Basic Background Info

Birth: April 29, 1929 - February 17, 2006
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Band: Fania All Stars
Genres: Latin
Instruments: Percussion
Occupation: Musician


Ray Barretto broke barriers for Latin musicians; his song "El Watusi" was the first Latin song recorded on the Billboard charts. Before Ray Barretto was born, his parents left Puerto Rico for New York, hoping for a brighter future. They raised Ray in Spanish Harlem, where he listened to jazz legends Duke Ellington and Count Basie. While stationed in Germany in the Army, Ray Barretto met Belgium vibraphonist, Fats Sadi. Then when he listened to Cuban percussionist Chano Pozo playing on Dizzy Gillespieís Manteca, Ray Barretto knew he would be a professional percussionist.

After returning from military service, Ray Barretto perfected playing congas in clubs and jam sessions. During one of many performances, Charlie Parker heard Ray Barretto play and invited him to join his band. Ray Barretto also played with Jose Curbelo and Tito Puente.

Ray's ability evolved into a unique style on the congas. Jazz bandleaders sought out his distinctive playing, as well as Latin percussion players in general. In addition performing live, Ray Barretto was a house musician for labels Prestige, Blue Note, and Riverside in 1960. A year later, Ray's big hit, "El Watusi" appeared on the Billboard charts. The song was so successful and unique, it typecast Ray Barretto in the Latin jazz genre.

In 1967, Ray Barretto recorded an experimental R&B/Latin fusion album, Acid, on the Fania record label. Ray played salsa music for a while and then returned to Latin jazz and directed the Fania All Stars. Ray Barretto also regularly produced his own music and that of other musicians.

Ray Barretto received many accolades including: recording with the Rolling Stones and the Bee Gees, a 1975 Grammy nomination for his song "Barretto," a 1978 Grammy nomination for the album Barretto LiveÖ Tomorrow, a 1980 Best Album award from Latin NY Magazine for Ricanstruction, a 1980 Conga Player of the Year award from Latin NY Magazine, a Grammy Award for album Ritmo en el Corazon in 1990, and induction into the International Latin Music Hall of Fame in 1999.

Ray Barretto died on February 17, 2006, of heart failure. In Puerto Rico, the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture formally honored his body and his remains were cremated.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1950 Dizzy's Diamonds: The Best of Verve Years Dizzy Gillespie
1950 Greatest Hits: The 50s Gene Ammons
1950 Lush Life: The Billy Strayhorn Songbook Various Artists
1951 Babarabatiri Tito Puente
1953 Columbia Small Group Swing Sessions 1953-62 Various Artists
1955 Great Jazz Artists Play Compositions Of Harold Arlen Various Artists
1956 Best of Kenny Burrell [Blue Note] Kenny Burrell
1956 Best of Kenny Burrell [Prestige] Kenny Burrell
1956 Eddie's Function Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis
1957 Great Jazz Artists Play Compositions of Jerome Kern Various Artists
1957 Swing and Soul Lou Donaldson
1957 Talkin' Verve Dizzy Gillespie
1957 Verve Jazz Masters 56 Herbie Mann
1958 Blue Gene Gene Ammons
1958 Blues in the Night Red Garland
1958 Blues Walk Lou Donaldson
1958 Dance Mania Tito Puente
1958 Drums Around the Corner Art Blakey
1958 Herman's Heat & Puente's Beat Woody Herman & Tito Puente
1958 Holiday for Skins, Vol. 1 Art Blakey
1958 Holiday for Skins, Vol. 2 Art Blakey
1958 Legends of Acid Jazz: Hammond Heroes Various Artists
1958 Light Foot Lou Donaldson
1958 Manteca Red Garland Trio with Ray Barretto
1958 Rojo Red Garland
1958 To You with Love Joe Zawinul
1958 Workin' Shirley Scott
1959 Bacalao Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis & Shirley Scott
1959 Best of Arnett Cobb Arnett Cobb
1959 Complete Riverside Recordings Wes Montgomery
1959 Keep on a Blowin' Willis "Gator" Jackson
1959 Latin Golden Oldies for Dancing, Vol. 1 Various Artists
1959 Misty Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis with Shirley Scott
1959 Mucho Cha-Cha Tito Puente
1959 Party Time Arnett Cobb
1959 Rediscovered Masters, Vol. 1 Red Garland
1959 Time Is Right Lou Donaldson
1960 Afro-American Sketches Oliver Nelson
1960 Best of Herbie Mann Herbie Mann
1960 Bongos Flutes Guitars Los Admiradores
1960 Boss Tenor [RVG Remaster] Gene Ammons
1960 Boss Tenor Gene Ammons
1960 Common Ground Herbie Mann Afro-Jazz Sextet + Four Trum
1960 Complete Argo/Mercury Jazztet Sessions Art Farmer/Benny Golson
1960 Gene Ammons Story: Organ Combos Gene Ammons
1960 Gentle Jug, Vol. 2 Gene Ammons
1960 Gillespiana/Carnegie Hall Concert Dizzy Gillespie
1960 Greatest Hits, Vol. 1: The Sixties Gene Ammons
1960 Headin' South Horace Parlan
1960 Midnight Sun Lou Donaldson
1960 Revolving Bandstand Tito Puente/Buddy Morrow
1960 Stompin' Shirley Scott
1960 Talk That Talk Johnny "Hammond" Smith
1960 TambÛ Tito Puente
1960 Velvet Soul Gene Ammons
1961 African Waltz Cannonball Adderley
1961 Afro-Jaws Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis
1961 Al Grey/Billy Mitchell Sextet Al Grey
1961 Artist's Choice: The Eddie Harris Anthology Eddie Harris
1961 Barretto Para Bailar Ray Barretto
1961 Boss Soul Gene Ammons
1961 Bottom Groove Wild Bill Moore
1961 Carnegie Hall Concert Dizzy Gillespie
1961 Columbia Small Group Swing Sessions 1953-62 [Discs 5- Various Artists
1961 Dance Mania, Vol. 2 Tito Puente
1961 Herbie Mann Returns to the Village Gate Herbie Mann
1961 It's Party Time Jesse Powell
1961 Jug Gene Ammons
1961 Late Hour Special Gene Ammons
1961 Main Stem Oliver Nelson
1961 Most Much Jimmy Forrest
1961 Rah! Mark Murphy
1961 So Much Guitar Wes Montgomery
1961 Soul Street Jimmy Forrest
1961 Soul Summit, Vol. 2 Gene Ammons
1961 Soul Summit Gene Ammons/Sonny Stitt/Jack McDuff
1961 Steppin' Out Jack McDuff
1961 Talkin' Verve: Roots of Acid Jazz Cal Tjader
1961 Twistin' the Jug Gene Ammons
1961 Up Tight! Gene Ammons
1961 Wild Bill's Beat Wild Bill Moore
1962 Bluesy Burrell Kenny Burrell With Coleman Hawkins
1962 Charanga Moderna Ray Barretto
1962 Concinando Suave Ray Barretto
1962 Girl from Ipanema: The Antonio Carlos Jobim Songbook Antonio Carlos Jobim
1962 Goin' to the Meetin' Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis
1962 Limbo Carnival Dave Pike
1962 Listen to Art Farmer and the Orchestra Art Farmer
1962 Moderna, La & El Watussi Ray Barretto
1962 Moon Child [Original] Johnny Lytle
1962 Nuther Fu'ther Sonny Stitt with Jack McDuff
1962 Out of This World Kenny Burrell
1962 Pachanga Ray Barretto
1962 Soul Classics Sonny Stitt
1962 Southern Comfort Frank Wess
1962 Stitt Meets Brother Jack Sonny Stitt and Jack McDuff
1962 Thunderbird Willis "Gator" Jackson
1962 Walk on the Wild Side: The Best of the Verve Years Jimmy Smith
1963 Big Hits Latin Style Ray Barretto
1963 Crash! Kenny Burrell with Brother Jack Mc Duff
1963 Crash! Jack McDuff
1963 Freedom Kenny Burrell
1963 Latino! Ray Barretto
1963 Midnight Blue Kenny Burrell
1963 Moon Child [1962] Johnny Lytle
1963 Never Let Me Go Stanley Turrentine
1963 On Fire Again & Danzon de Paganini Ray Barretto
1963 On Fire Again (Encendido Otra Vez) Ray Barretto
1963 Open House Johnny "Hammond" Smith
1963 Somethin' Slick Jack McDuff
1963 Talkin' Verve: Roots of Acid Jazz Jimmy Smith
1964 Christmas Cookin' Jimmy Smith
1964 Cole Slaw Lou Donaldson
1964 Guajira Y Guaguanco Ray Barretto
1964 Plays the Blues Wes Montgomery
1964 Soul Call Kenny Burrell
1964 Stanley Turrentine Stanley Turrentine
1964 Swing La Moderna & Los Cueros Ray Barretto
1964 Talkin' Verve: Roots of Acid Jazz Wes Montgomery
1964 Ultimate Wes Montgomery Wes Montgomery
1964 Verve Jazz Masters 14 Wes Montgomery
1964 Wes Montgomery's Finest Hour Wes Montgomery
1965 Best of Eddie Harris Eddie Harris
1965 Descargas Live at the Village Gate, Vol. 1 Tico All-Stars
1965 Great Moments in Jazz [Atlantic] Various Artists
1965 Impressions: The Verve Jazz Sides Wes Montgomery
1965 In Sound/Mean Greens Eddie Harris
1965 Lusty Moods Various Artists
1965 Viva Watusi! Ray Barretto
1966 Backlash Freddie Hubbard
1966 California Dreaming Wes Montgomery
1966 Descargas Live at the Village Gate, Vol. 2 Tico All-Stars
1966 Further Adventures of Jimmy and Wes Jimmy Smith & Wes Montgomery
1966 Jimmy & Wes: The Dynamic Duo Jimmy Smith and Wes Montgomery
1966 Mean Greens Eddie Harris
1966 Ray Criollo Ray Barretto
1966 SeÒor 007 Ray Barretto
1966 Soul Fountain Clifford Jordan
1966 Tequila [Bonus Track] Wes Montgomery
1966 Tequila Wes Montgomery
1967 Alma Alegre Ray Barretto
1967 Day in the Life Wes Montgomery
1967 Descargas Live at the Village Gate, Vol. 3 Tico All-Stars
1967 Down Here on the Ground Wes Montgomery
1967 Electrifying Eddie Harris [Bonus Tracks] Eddie Harris
1967 Electrifying Eddie Harris/Plug Me In Eddie Harris
1967 Hip Vibrations Cal Tjader
1967 Soul Drummer Ray Barretto
1968 Acid Ray Barretto
1968 Fiesta en El Barrio Ray Barretto
1968 Hard Hands Ray Barretto
1968 Live at the Red Garter, Vol. 1 Fania All-Stars
1968 Live at the Red Garter, Vol. 2 Fania All-Stars
1968 Road Song Wes Montgomery
1968 Solar Heat Cal Tjader
1968 Trust in Me Soul Flutes
1968 Verve Jazz Masters 21 George Benson
1969 Other Side of Abbey Road George Benson
1970 Barry Miles Barry Miles
1970 Best of Freddie Hubbard [Columbia] Freddie Hubbard
1970 Best of Stanley Turrentine [Columbia] Stanley Turrentine
1970 Diverse Yusef Lateef/Suite 16 Yusef Lateef
1970 Doc Severinsen's Closet Doc Severinsen
1970 New Face of Bonf· Luiz Bonf·
1970 Something to Remember Ray Barretto y su Orquesta
1970 Together Ray Barretto
1971 Best of Yusef Lateef Yusef Lateef
1971 Edgar Winter's White Trash Edgar Winter's White Trash
1971 From the Beginning Ray Barretto
1971 God Bless the Child Kenny Burrell
1971 Live at the Cheetah, Vol. 1 Fania All-Stars
1971 Soulful Rebel Johnny Lytle
1972 Barretto Power Ray Barretto
1972 Concinando Ray Barretto
1972 Full Moon Full Moon
1972 Head Sounds Ray Barretto
1972 Message Ray Barretto
1972 Our Latin Thing (Nuestra Costa) The Fania All-Stars
1972 Prelude Deodato
1972 Sky Dive Freddie Hubbard
1973 Carnaval (Latino!/Pachanga with Barretto) Ray Barretto
1973 Donatodeodato Jo„o Donato & Eumir Deodato
1973 Feelin' So Blue Woody Herman
1973 Giant Steps Woody Herman
1973 Jacarand· Luiz Bonf·
1973 Live at the Cheetah, Vol. 2 Fania All-Stars
1973 Other Road Ray Barretto
1973 Spectrum Billy Cobham
1973 True Stories and Other Dreams Judy Collins
1973 With a Little Help from My Friend Cheo Feliciano
1974 Discotheque Herbie Mann
1974 Goodbye Gene Ammons
1974 Latin-Soul-Rock Fania All-Stars
1974 Mysterious Traveller Weather Report
1974 Todo o Nada Luiz Bonf·
1975 Barretto Ray Barretto
1975 Cut the Cake The Average White Band
1975 Main Course The Bee Gees
1975 Refazenda Gilberto Gil
1975 Sugar Man Stanley Turrentine
1975 Waterbed Herbie Mann
1976 Echoes of Blue Freddie Hubbard
1976 Live at Yankee Stadium, Vol. 1 Fania All-Stars
1976 Live at Yankee Stadium, Vol. 2 Fania All-Stars
1976 Salsa Fania All-Stars
1976 Tomorrow: Barretto Live Ray Barretto
1976 Tribute to Tito Rodriguez Fania All-Stars
1976 Tymes Up The Tymes
1977 2001 Deodato
1977 Benny & Us The Average White Band & Ben E. King
1977 CSN Crosby, Stills & Nash
1977 Energy to Burn Ray Barretto
1977 Eye of the Beholder Ray Barretto
1978 Can You Feel It? Ray Barretto
1978 Fiesta de Soneros Tommy Olivencia
1978 Gracias Ray Barretto
1978 Live [1978] Fania All-Stars
1978 Salsa Greats, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1978 Warmer Communications The Average White Band
1979 Asi Hablo Zarathustra Deodato
1979 Cuna Ray Barretto
1979 Greatest The Bee Gees
1979 Rican/Struction Ray Barretto
197 Max Weinberg Presents: Let There Be Drums, Vol. 3 Various Artists
1980 California Jam Fania All-Stars
1980 Giant Force Ray Barretto
1980 Rain Forest Jeremy Steig
1980 Sebesky Fantasy Don Sebesky
1980 Spirit of Deodato Jo„o Donato
1980 Todo Se Va Poder Ray Barretto
1981 Mr. Natural Stanley Turrentine
1981 Soy Dichoso Ray Barretto
1982 CTI Double Gold Superdisc [2 LPs] Various Artists
1982 Que Viva La Musica Ray Barretto
1982 Rhythm of Life Ray Barretto
1983 60's Gold Various Artists
1983 Super Fusion 1900: Deodato Deodato
1983 Tremendo Trio Celia, Ray & Adalberto
1984 Best of Ray Barretto [Tico] Ray Barretto
1984 Cross Currents Hilton Ruiz
1984 Deodato Deodato
1985 Sun City: Artists United Against Apartheid Various Artists
1986 Best of Deodato Deodato
1986 Live in Africa Fania All-Stars
1986 Viva La Charanga Fania All-Stars
1987 Aqui Se Puede Ray Barretto
1987 Compact Jazz: Wes Montgomery Wes Montgomery
1988 American Rock 'N' Roll Classics, Vol. 5 Various Artists
1988 Bamboleo Fania All-Stars
1988 Hard Hands [Charly] Ray Barretto
1988 Original Jazz Classics: The Prestige Sampler Various Artists
1988 Ritmo en el Corazon Celia Cruz/Ray Barretto
1989 15th Anniversary Stash Sampler Various Artists
1989 Guasasa Fania All-Stars
1990 Atlantic Jazz: 12 Vol. Box Set Various Artists
1990 Beginning Joe Zawinul
1990 Crazy Rhythm Woody Herman
1990 Giants of Funk Tenor Sax Various Artists
1990 Giants of the Blues Tenor Sax/Giants of The Funk Teno Various Artists
1990 Latin Vogue: Sequence One Various Artists
1990 Latino Club! Various Artists
1990 Love Is Strange Mickey & Sylvia
1990 Mambo Mania/Havana 3 A.M. Perez Prado
1990 Ray Barretto Ray Barretto
1990 Voodoo Suite/Exotic Suite of the Americas Perez Prado
1991 Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974 [Box] Various Artists
1991 Best of Blue Note, Vols. 1 & 2 Various Artists
1991 Grandes Compositores Luiz Bonf·
1991 Handprints Ray Barretto
1992 Ancestral Messages Ray Barretto
1992 Artistry of Wes Montgomery Wes Montgomery
1992 Best of Blue Note, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1992 Bird Lives! Various Artists
1992 Blue Berlin Various Artists
1992 Blue Bossa Various Artists
1992 Hits Gordos De Fania Various Artists
1992 Irresistible Ray Barretto
1992 Live in New York Ray Barretto
1992 Recuerdos Romanticos [1992] Various Artists
1992 Super Salsa Greats, Vol. 3 Various Artists
1992 Zarathustra [2-LP Set] Deodato
1993 Best of Lou Donaldson, Vol. 1: (1957-1967) Lou Donaldson
1993 Blue Gardenia Tito Puente and Woody Herman
1993 Carlito's Way [Original Soundtrack] Various Artists
1993 Charangas De Cuba Y Nueva York Various Artists
1993 Everybody Cha Cha Cha Various Artists
1993 Indestructible Ray Barretto
1993 Tesoros de la Musica Afrolatina, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1993 Tesoros de la Musica Afrolatina, Vol. 4 Various Artists
1994 3 Grandes Orquestas E Interpretes de La Musica Afro-C Tito Puente/Beny More/Orquesta Aragon
1994 Atlantic Jazz Saxophones, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1994 Atlantic Jazz: Best of the '60s, Vol. 1 Various Artists
1994 Atlantic Jazz: Best of the '60s, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1994 Atlantic Jazz: Saxophones Various Artists
1994 Best of Dance Mania Tito Puente
1994 Drums of Passion and More Babatunde Olatunji
1994 Evolution of Mann: The Herbie Mann Anthology Herbie Mann
1994 Fania 30 Great Years, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1994 Felicidades Cheo Feliciano
1994 I Like It Like That, Vol. 1 Original Soundtrack
1994 I Like It Like That, Vol. 2 Original Soundtrack
1994 Jazz Man Cal Tjader/Palmieri/Puente/Barretto
1994 Latin Dance Party, Vol. 2 [Polygram] Various Artists
1994 Latino con Soul Ray Barretto
1994 New York Latin Sounds of '60s Various Artists
1994 Prestige Soul/Jazz Encyclopedia, Vol. 1 Various Artists
1994 Rock Instrumental Classics, Vol. 4: Soul Various Artists
1994 Salsa Greats, Vol. 1 Various Artists
1994 Taboo Ray Barretto
1994 Vamos a Bailar [Saludos Amigos] Various Artists
1994 Varig Collection: Movie Theme Songs, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1994 Warmer Communications [Warmer Communications... And M The Average White Band
1995 Best of Blue Note, Vol. 2 [Japan] Various Artists
1995 Beyond the Barrio Ray Barretto
1995 Complete RCA Victor Revolving Bandstand Sessions Tito Puente & Buddy Morrow
1995 Descarga Criolla Ray Barretto
1995 Fania Latin Jazz Party Various Artists
1995 Ismael Quintana Ismael Quintana
1995 Jazz Dance Classics, Vol. 4 Various Artists
1995 Latin Gold Collection Ray Barretto
1995 Live [1995] Fania All-Stars
1995 Mambo Mania!: The Kings & Queens of Mambo Various Artists
1995 Moderna de Siempre Ray Barretto
1995 My Summertime Ray Barretto
1995 New York Latin Salsa Various Artists
1995 Rock Instrumental Classics, Vols. 1-5 Various Artists
1995 Soul of Jazz, Vol. 1 Various Artists
1995 That Good Feelin'/Talk That Talk Johnny "Hammond" Smith
1995 Touch of Boogaloo Various Artists
1995 Yambeque: The Progressive Side of Tito Puente Tito Puente
1996 Cha Cha Ch·: Live at Grossinger's Tito Puente
1996 Constelacion de Estrellas: Fania Platino, Vol. 1 Various Artists
1996 Constelacion de Estrellas: Fania Platino, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1996 Latin Jazz Dance Classics Various Artists
1996 Latin Soul Boogaloo Various Artists
1996 Latin Treasures, Vol. 1 Various Artists
1996 Legends of Salsa Bass Various Artists
1996 Liberty City DJ Uncle Al
1996 N.Y. Salsa Expolsion Various Artists
1996 Portrait in White & Black Hector Martignon
1996 Recuerdos de Mi Barrio Various Artists
1996 Woman's World [Metalimbo] Various Artists
1997 50 Years of Swing: 50 Great Years & Tracks Tito Puente
1997 Best of Tito Puente: El Rey del Timbal! Tito Puente
1997 Clair Obscur Bernard Lavilliers
1997 Contact! Ray Barretto & New World Spirit
1997 CTI: Acid Jazz Grooves Various Artists
1997 Dife Kassav'
1997 Fiesta Picante: The Latin Jazz Party Collection Various Artists
1997 Groovy, Vol. 2: A Collection of Rare Jazzy Club Track Various Artists
1997 Jazz Giants Play George Gershwin: 'S Wonderful Various Artists
1997 Latin Jazz Dance Classics, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1997 Latino Festival Various Artists
1997 Maxi Salsa Various Artists
1997 Riverside Records Story Various Artists
1997 Texas Tenors Various Artists
1998 Blue Note Festival '98 Various Artists
1998 Blue Note Salutes Motown Various Artists
1998 Greater Than the Sum of His Parts Eddie Harris
1998 Jazz Giants Play Cole Porter: Night and Day Various Artists
1998 Jazz Giants Play Jerome Kern: Yesterdays Various Artists
1998 Jazz Giants Play Rodgers & Hart: Blue Moon Various Artists
1998 Kenny Burrell and the Jazz Giants Kenny Burrell
1998 Listen in Color Various Artists
1998 Man with the Big Front Yard Yusef Lateef
1998 Mega Caraibes Various Artists
1998 Pulp Fusion, Vol. 2: Return to the Tough Side Various Artists
1998 Red's Blues Red Garland
1998 Sabroso: The Afro-Latin Groove Various Artists
1998 Tjader-ized: A Cal Tjader Tribute Dave Samuels
1998 Trip to Brazil: 40 Years of Bossa Nova Various Artists
1998 Ultimate Dizzy Gillespie Dizzy Gillespie
1998 Uno Dos Tres: Latin Jazz Grooves Various Artists
1998 Very Best of Tito Puente Tito Puente
1998 Work Song: 1960-1969 Cannonball Adderley
1999 Adalberto [1999] Adalberto Santiago
1999 Afro-Cuban Grooves, Vol. 4 [Melodie] Various Artists
1999 Barrio Nuevo: Latin Funk, Latin Rock, Latin Disco, La Various Artists
1999 Blue 45s: The Ultimate Jukebox Various Artists
1999 Blue Bossa, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1999 Blue Note Years, Vol. 3: Organ & Soul 1956-1967 Various Artists
1999 Donatodeodato [Japan] Jo„o Donato/Eumir Deodato
1999 Groove Jammy, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1999 Jazz Giants Play Duke Ellington: Caravan Various Artists
1999 Jazz Stars Play Gershwin Various Artists
1999 Land of 1000 Dances [Ace] Various Artists
1999 Latin Roots: Cocinando Salsa de la Buena Various Artists
1999 Latin Spectrum: Real Latin for Real People Various Artists
1999 Mas Ritmo Latino Various Artists
1999 Most of Latin Groove: A Litter of Latin Lovelies Various Artists
1999 Prestige Records Story Various Artists
1999 Tequila [Japan Bonus Track] Wes Montgomery
1999 Wes Montgomery [Giants of Jazz #1] Wes Montgomery
1999 With Charlie Parker And Tito Puente Woody Herman/Charlie Parker/Tito Puente
2000 Best of Freddie Hubbard in the CTI Years Freddie Hubbard
2000 Best of the Everest Years Gloria Lynne
2000 Carnavals Dave Pike
2000 Colors of Latin Jazz: Cubop! Various Artists
2000 Colors of Latin Jazz: From Samba to Bomba! Various Artists
2000 Colors of Latin Jazz: Soul Sauce! Various Artists
2000 Complete Blue Note Horace Parlan Sessions Horace Parlan
2000 Fania Superhits Various Artists
2000 Gentle Jug, Vol. 3 Gene Ammons
2000 Golden Drops Fania All-Stars
2000 Grandes del Bolero [Fania] Various Artists
2000 Harlem Lullaby/I Believe to My Soul Junior Mance
2000 Incontournables Ray Barretto
2000 Incontournables Kenny Burrell
2000 Incontournables Oliver Nelson
2000 Jazz with a Twist/Explosion! The Sound of Slide Hampt Slide Hampton
2000 Jimmy Smith's Finest Hour Jimmy Smith
2000 Latin Beat Magazine: Real Latin Jazz: Percussion, Pia Various Artists
2000 Latin Beats: A Tribute to Tito Puente Various Artists
2000 Latin Cool: Essential Latin Jazz Various Artists
2000 Latin Hot!: Hot Latin Jazz from the Big Apple Various Artists
2000 Latin Spectrum, Vol. 2 Various Artists
2000 Latino [Sonodisc] Various Artists
2000 Long Road Frank Wess
2000 Portraits in Jazz and Clave Ray Barretto
2000 Prelude [Japan Bonus Track] Deodato
2000 Salsa [Mercury] Original Soundtrack
2000 Trip Around the World Various Artists
2000 Trip to Brazil: Bossa Nova & Beyond [Double LP] Various Artists
2000 Viva la Charanga [Protel] Various Artists
2001 African Waltz [Japan Bonus Track] Cannonball Adderley
2001 Afro-Cuban Grooves, Vol. 4 [Wagram] Various Artists
2001 Afro-Cuban Jazz Now Various Artists
2001 Barreto 50th Anniversary Ray Barretto
2001 Batucada, Vol. 1 Various Artists
2001 Complete RCA Recordings, Vol. 2 Tito Puente
2001 Detroit Pistons: Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 Various Artists
2001 Family of Mann/The Wailing Dervishes Herbie Mann
2001 Golden State Warriors: Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 Various Artists
2001 Got That Feeling!/Moon Child Johnny Lytle Trios
2001 Gourmet Music Deluxe: Brazil Various Artists
2001 Have You Had Your Vitamin B-3 Today? Various Artists
2001 Houston Rockets: Clutch City Various Artists
2001 Jazz Moods: Cha Cha Party Various Artists
2001 Jazz Moods: Jazz Party Mix - Cocktail Party/Groovin' Various Artists
2001 Kool It: Soul, Funk & Jazz Go Latin Various Artists
2001 Latin Cool! [Fania] Various Artists
2001 Latin Legends [Medalist] Various Artists
2001 Latin: The Essential Album Various Artists
2001 Latina Cafe, Vol. 2 Various Artists
2001 Legends of Salsa Celia Cruz
2001 Lock the Fox/The Fox and the Hounds Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis
2001 Los Angeles Clippers: Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 Various Artists
2001 Mas Mambo Mania: More Kings and Queens of Mambo Various Artists
2001 Miami Heat: Can You Feel the Heat Various Artists
2001 Neon [Expanded] The Cyrkle
2001 New Jersey Nets: Jersey Style Various Artists
2001 NuYorican Funk Experience: Salsa Caliente de Nu York! Various Artists
2001 Power House Fania All-Stars
2001 Preludes & Rhapsodies Deodato
2001 Rock & Soul Instrumental Classics Various Artists
2001 Salsa Caliente de Nu York! [Music Club] Ray Barretto
2001 Salsa Caliente de Nu York! [Nascente] Ray Barretto
2001 Saoco! Masters of Afro-Cuban Jazz Various Artists
2001 Sing Me a Song of Songmy/Echoes of Blue Freddie Hubbard
2001 Talkin' Verve Quincy Jones
2001 Trancedance Ray Barretto & New World Spirit
2001 Turtle Bay/Discotheque Herbie Mann
2001 Very Best of Judy Collins Judy Collins
2001 Waterbed/Surprises Herbie Mann
2002 Best of Blue Note Box Various Artists
2002 Best of the Atlantic Years Herbie Mann
2002 Blue Note Quintet/Sextet Studio Sessions Stanley Turrentine
2002 Bomba Bomba Ray Barretto
2002 Brown Sugar: Latin Breakbeats, Basslines & Boogaloo Various Artists
2002 Classic Jazz: Jazz Legends Various Artists
2002 CTI: The Master Collection Various Artists
2002 God Bless the Child [Bonus Track] Kenny Burrell
2002 Great Night in Harlem Various Artists
2002 Latin Jazz: The Essential Album Various Artists
2002 NuYorican Funk Experience, Vol. 2: Further Adventures Various Artists
2002 Prestige Original Jazz Classics Sampler Various Artists
2002 Que Pasa?: The Best of Fania All-Stars Fania All-Stars
2002 Ray Bryant Trio/Dancing the Big Twist Ray Bryant
2002 Stranger in Town Gene Ammons
2003 Cigar Lounge, Vol. 3 Various Artists
2003 Classic Jazz: Jazz Greats Various Artists
2003 Concord Records 30th Anniversary Various Artists
2003 Homage to Art Ray Barretto
2003 Hot Hands Ray Barretto & New World Spirit
2003 Man Behind the Music [4-CD Longbox Set] Claus Ogerman
2003 Michel Sardaby in New York Michel Sardaby
2003 Mojito Mix [Zyx] Various Artists
2003 Orisha Suite Michael Philip Mossman
2003 Trip to Brazil, Vol. 3: Back to Bossa Various Artists
2003 Verve Unmixed, Vol. 2 Various Artists
2004 Best of Eddie Lockjaw Davis [Prestige] Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis
2004 Best of the Red Garland Trios Red Garland Trios
2004 Champagne Lounge Various Artists
2004 Colors of Latin Jazz: Latin Jam! Various Artists
2004 CTI Master Collection, Vol. 2 Various Artists
2004 Fuerza Gigante: Live in Puerto Rico April 27, 2001 Ray Barretto y Su Orquestra
2004 Giants of Jazz: Samba Bossa Nova Various Artists
2004 Greatest Live Recordings of Fania All Stars Various Artists
2004 Guitar & Bass Ron Carter
2004 Live at Yankee Stadium Fania All-Stars
2004 Man and His Music Claus Ogerman
2004 Never Let Me Go [Bonus Track] Stanley Turrentine
2004 Oasis Ricky Gonzalez
2004 Ritmo Afro-Cubano Various Artists
2004 Sultanic Verses Adam Kolker
2004 Trios Deodato
2004 Trip to Brazil, Vol. 3 [2 LP Set] Various Artists
2004 Yambeque: The Progressive Side of Tito Puente, Vol. 2 Tito Puente
2005 Anthology - The Soul-Jazz Fusion Years: 66-82 Freddie Hubbard
2005 Artist Selects Kenny Burrell
2005 Artist Selects Lou Donaldson
2005 Blue Note Perfect Takes [CD & DVD] Various Artists
2005 Concord Picante 25th Anniversary Collection Various Artists
2005 CTI CD Club: The Best of CTI, 2-CD Set Various Artists
2005 Essential Tito Puente Tito Puente
2005 Harold Arlen Centennial Celebration Various Artists
2005 Hot Sweat: The Best of Fania Allstars Live Fania All Stars
2005 Jazz Lounge, Vol. 9: Easy Living Various Artists
2005 Late August Gregg August
2005 Mambo Sangria [Fabulous] Cal Tjader
2005 NEA Jazz Masters Dizzy Gillespie
2005 Prestige Profiles, Vol. 10 Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis
2005 Prestige Profiles, Vol. 7 Kenny Burrell
2005 Progressions: 100 Years of Jazz Guitar Various Artists
2005 Solar Heat [Just Jazz] Cal Tjader
2005 Time Was - Time Is Ray Barretto
2005 Warmer Communications/Benny & Us The Average White Band
2006 Adalberto [Fania] Adalberto Santiago
2006 Argo, Verve and Impulse Big Band Studio Sessions Oliver Nelson
2006 Collectables Classics [Box Set] Eddie Harris
2006 CTI Timeless Collection: Deodato Deodato
2006 Day in the Life/Down Here on the Ground Wes Montgomery
2006 Descarga Oriental: The New York Sessions Maurice el Medioni/Roberto Rodriguez
2006 Holiday for Skins Art Blakey
2006 Introducing Billy Cobham Billy Cobham
2006 Introducing Herbie Mann [Wea International] Herbie Mann
2006 Legends of Jazz with Ramsey Lewis [Box Set] Various Artists
2006 Legends of Jazz With Ramsey Lewis: Season One, Vol. 3 Various Artists
2006 Live [1995 Remastered] Fania All-Stars
2006 Que Viva La Musica [Compilation] Ray Barretto
2006 Riverside Profiles Wes Montgomery
2006 Sonido de la Bestia Ritchie Ray/Bobby Cruz
2006 Standards Rican-ditioned Ray Barretto
2006 Todos Sus Grandes Exitos Deodato
2006 Vintage Verve Various Artists
2007 Back to Mine Bugz in the Attic
2007 Bailando Con Azucar Soncafe
2007 Bumpin' on Sunset Wes Montgomery
2007 Can You Dig It? [Brown Sugar] Various Artists
2007 Computer Incarnations for World Peace Jazzanova
2007 Essential Ray Barretto: A Man and His Music Ray Barretto
2007 Greatest [Expanded] The Bee Gees
2007 Greatest [Japan] The Bee Gees
2007 Latin Soul Man Ray Barretto
2007 Live in Japan 1976 Fania All-Stars
2007 Tremendo Trio! [Remastered] Celia, Ray & Adalberto
2007 Viva Jazzanova 2: The Best of Latin & Bossa Jazz Various Artists
2008 Plays for Lovers Wes Montgomery


  • Ray’s surname was misspelled on his birth certificate as Barretto rather than Barreto.

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