Ricardo Ray & Bobby Cruz

1975

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The celebrated pianist/singer association churns out another knockout album. The memorable "Juan Sebastián Fuga" is a Richie Ray experiment with Western classical music (drawing upon Bach's Sinfonia and Cantata No. 29); however, there is plenty of fire in tunes like "Mi Amigo Juan," "Mi Mayoral," and the revelatory "Jesús en el Jardín." Good stuff, and a treat for fans of Ray and Cruz's 1970s music, reflecting a time when the salsa genre was undergoing a needed stylistic refurbishing.