Wikipedia : This day (February 17, 2006), in Hoboken, New Jersey, died Ray Barretto, a Puerto Rican conga player.
Ray Barretto @allmusic : His records often have a more tense, more adventurously eclectic edge than those of most conventional salsa groups, unafraid to use electronics and novel instrumental or structural combinations, driven hard by his rocksteady, endlessly flexible percussion work.
@allmusic : Ray Barretto, one of the most profilic and influental Latin percussionists in the history of modern jazz, makes an invaluable addition to his extensive recording legacy with the release of My Summertime.
@last.fm : Soon Mambo was the rage, and Barretto eventually started playing with Tito Puente in 1957, replacing the famed Mongo Santamaria. He became a band leader on his own by 1961, and had a big hit with his group Charanga Moderna and their boogaloo dance craze single called “el Watusi”
@Discogs : He was a member of Tito Puente’s orchestra from 1957 to 1960 and formed his own orchestra in 1961. He was also one of the Fania All Stars and a highly demanded session musician.
Video : Live In Paris . Libertad Spirit . Irresistible . Cocinando . w/ Celia Cruz & Adalberto Santiago – Nadie Se Salva De La Rumba . w/ Ruben Blades – Canto Abacua . Todo Se Va A Poder . Me Voy Pa´Mi Islita .