Track

Ray Mantilla

Primary Instrument: Percussion

Born: June 22, 1934    

Ray Mantilla was born in 1934 in the rhythm rich, dance-crazed atmosphere of the South Bronx where Afro-Cuban rhythmic forms transmogrified with jazz harmonies and sensibilities in the streets, the homes and dance halls. By 21, Mantilla was on the bandstand playing conga drums along with contemporaries Eddie Palmieri and Ray Barretto, playing that unique Neo-Nuyorican synthesis known as 'salsa' With flutist Herbie Mann, Ray Mantilla entered the international spotlight in 1960. Then, Max Roach invited him to be part of the classic “Freedom Now Suite” recording.

After a stint in Puerto Rico where he honed his skills on the trap set, Ray returned to the States to find himself touring nationally and in Europe and Japan with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. For the seven years Ray was with Blakey he occupied his off-hours doing studio work while recording and performing with almost every major figure in jazz including singers Eartha Kitt and Josephine Baker....
read more

  • Good Vibrations

    HighNote Records
    2006
  • Man-Ti-Ya

    Savant Records
    2005
  • Mantilla

    Abracadabra Music
    1978

This information is provided by discogs.com or the profile administrator.

Please Sign Up or Log In to send your inquiry.

Events Calendar

Date Venue Ticket
Jul28 Ray Mantilla Ensemble
Bushnell Park
Hartford, CT
buy

Post these events to your social pages. Learn how here.

CD/LP/Track Review

Good Vibrations by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio

Good Vibrations by Nic Jones

Man-Ti-Ya by Javier AQ Ortiz

More articles about

comments powered by Disqus
Rank: 3,588 Views: 6,002 Fans: 1
Featured recording “Good Vibrations”

Good Vibrations
Savant Records (2006)

Weekly Giveaways

Peter Lerner

Peter Lerner

About | Enter

Jamie Saft

Jamie Saft

About | Enter

Sun Trio

Sun Trio

About | Enter

Paul Bley

Paul Bley

About | Enter

An innovative and rich resource For Jazz Musicians

The All About Jazz musician database grows daily
with the help of musicians, supportive professionals and advocates.

Musician? Plug in and promote yourself today.

Learn how