Ray Barretto

Latino con Soul

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Firmly in the boogaloo (Latin soul) era, Latino con Soul would be Barretto at his hippest -- except for the pernicious strings. "Eras" is remade with a sappier, poppier sound; this time vocals are by Adalberto Santiago and Pete Bonet. Of the two fine boogaloo tracks, DJs are likely to find "Do You Dig It?" more useful. Otherwise, all are solid Latin, Latin jazz, and percussion tracks, two-thirds of them originals. Henry Jerome's production ensures that the horns are prominent, especially on "Trompeta y Trombon."

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