[JPL] Ray Barretto remains stable after by-pass surgery

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Thu Feb 2 16:29:07 EST 2006

For immediate release:  February 1, 2006
Contact: Aurora Flores: 212.876.1936 or 646.345.7474

Internationally renown artist Ray Barretto
remains stable after by-pass surgery

WHO/WHAT:     NEA Jazz Master and 2006 Grammy nominee, Ray Barretto, remains
at The Valley Hospital, due to further unexpected complications.  Ray is
under the care of Dr. Eric Bronstein, Dr. Blumberg, and Dr. Mitch
Rubenstein.  The Barretto family is asking all those concerned to send cards
to the hospital.  

Valley Hospital 
223 N. Van Dien Avenue
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
(webinfo at valleyhealth.com)

Ray's spirit is strong and he's determined to make a full recovery. Your
continued prayers and get well wishes are truly appreciated by Ray and the
entire Barretto family. Barretto¹s wife, Annette Rivera (Brandy) has been a
constant by his side since he was taken to the hospital late last month.  ³I
can feel the collective global Œummm² from the prayers and well-wishes of
friends and fans alike.  These prayers and good vibrations have been keeping
Ray strong for this struggle. Ray is a fighter, and he is fighting his way
back. We ask that you continue your prayers and in the spirit of human love,
find time to send him a card or note expressing your good faith and wishes
for him.  At this moment, it is those little human details that will help to
brighten his day and make a difference in Ray¹s speedy recovery.  We ask
that you write to him at the hospital.  We sincerely appreciate the
outpouring of love that we have received from you,² she underscored.

For nearly 40 years, conguero and bandleader Ray Barretto has been one of
the leading forces in Latin jazz. His hard, compelling playing style has
graced the recordings of saxophonists Gene Ammons, Lou Donaldson, Sonny
Stitt, and guitarists Wes Montgomery and Kenny Burrell.

Born April 29, 1929, in Brooklyn, Barretto is one of the most prolific and
influential Latin percussionists in the history of modern jazz. With a
musical heritage as deeply rooted in the bebop jam sessions held in Harlem
during the late-'40s as in his Puerto Rican ancestry, Barretto has spent
over four decades refining the integration of Afro-Caribbean rhythms with
the improvisational elements of jazz. Coincidentally, it was the tune
³Manteca² recorded by Gillespie with Chano Pozo on percussion that drove
Barretto to music.  And it was a version of that same tune that became
Barretto¹s first recording with Red Garland.

Few artists have been as successful over the years at fusing these two
genres as Barretto, an undisputed master of this style. A pioneer of the
salsa movement, Barretto achieved international superstardom and released
nearly two dozen albums with the Fania label from the late-'60s until
salsa's popularity peaked in the mid-1980's.


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