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Fuerza Gigante: Live in Puerto Rico April 27, 2001 – Ray Barretto

Fuerza Gigante: Live in Puerto Rico April 27, 2001 - Ray Barretto Artist: Ray Barretto
Album: Fuerza Gigante: Live in Puerto Rico April 27, 2001
Release Date: June 15, 2004
Duration: 02:01:41
Genre: Latin, Jazz
Styles: Afro-Cuban Jazz, Latin Jazz, Latin Pop, Salsa, World Fusion
Recording Date: April 27, 2001 – June, 2001
Recording Location: Anfiteatro Tito Puente, Puerto Rico; Telesound Studios

Ray Barretto’s concert in Puerto Rico’s Tito Puente Auditorium on April 27, 2001 would prove the conguero’s farewell to salsa. After decades of dual residency in both the worlds of salsa and Latin jazz, Barretto says “Adios” to the former, opting to spend his last few years in the industry recording more jazz-oriented material. This star-studded performance takes a look at the career and collaborations of the most significant conguero/bandleader of the latter half of the 20th century. Barretto’s many years in the salsa limelight made him some good friends, many of whom take the stage to join him for his final offering to the salsa world. The vocal lineup is incredible, including Ray de la Paz, Adalberto Santiago, Victor Manuelle, Yolanda Rivera, and Tito Allen. Manuelle, who was filling in for Tito Gomez, is actually not listed in the credits, having been brought out of the audience to fill in on “Guarare” at the last moment. Though the performances are scorching hot, the sound quality leaves a bit to be desired. Poor fidelity aside, this two-disc set features 14 of not only great salsa hits, but the hitmakers as well. Ray Barretto certainly knows how to go out with a bang!

Title/Composer Performer Time
Fuerza Gigante / Ray Barretto Ray Barretto 7:35
Quítate la Máscara / Hugo Gonzalez Ray Barretto 8:01
Nadie Se Salva de la Rumba Ray Barretto 7:25
Amor Artificial / Tite Curet Alonso Ray Barretto 7:33
Guajira Para Vieques / Ray Barretto Ray Barretto 8:19
El Hijo de Obatalá / Tite Curet Alonso Ray Barretto 11:42
Club Mix 50 Aniversario / Tite Curet Alonso Ray Barretto 10:26
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