Conga drummer Ray Barretto was one of the first true crossover artists in the 1950s--a favorite of all the major Latin bandleaders, first-call for numerous studio dates (including several R&B hits), and a jazz-friendly addition to the rhythm sections supporting such stars as Gene Ammons, Lockjaw Davis, and Red Garland. Barretto organized his first band, Charanga Moderna, in 1962 for these Riverside recordings, which capture two sides of his style and Latin music generally. His debut Pachanga with Barretto features the violin-and-flute front line of the charanga bands, playing music by Hector Rivera for dancing the then-popular pachanga. Latino!, in contrast, is a descarga (Latin jam session), with the arrangements left at home and hot soloists “El Negro” Vivar (trumpet) and Jose “Chombo” Silva (tenor sax) supplementing the leader’s group.
Manhã de Carnaval (Theme from "Black Orpheus"), Sugar's Delight, Exodus, Descarga La Moderna, Summertime, El Negro y Ray, Mira Que Linda, Cocinando Suave, Pachanga Oriental, Barretto En La Tumbadora, Cumbamba, El Paso, Linda Mulata, Oye Heck, Los Cueros, Pachanga Suavecito, Ponte Dura, Pachanga Para Bailar
with "El Negro" Vivar, José "Chombo" Silva, Frank Mercado, Jose Canoura, Mike Stancerone, Alfredito Valdez, Jr., Ricky Jackson, Ray Mantilla, Wito Kortwright, Willie Rodriguez, Rudy Calzado