Ray Barretto (conga), Chief Bey (conga), Brock Peters (vcl), George Duvivier (b), Stick Evans (tympani), Al Leas (fl)
Reference: BMCD 1624
Bar code: 8427328016247
For the first time available on CD, this obscure and extremely rare album of Ray Barretto "El Watusi," with the sensational voice of Brook Peters and which was originally issued on Charlie Parker Records, is considered as a gem by Exotica / African / Latin Jazz music lovers.
Ray Barretto is perhaps the greatest conga artist in the world today. He will not surprise his fans with his performances here. He is magnificent throughout the entire album. He plays with an authenticity he draws from the ethnic roots of music and provides us with the excitement of the music itself and the discovery of the roots of modern jazz.
Film star Brock Peters is said to have one of the finest voices of his generation and is a multi-talent that is top drawer in whatever he does. He performed successfully in Duke Ellingtons Concerts of Sacred Music. His father was a Senegalese, and although Brock was born in New York City, out of the misted memories of his heritage has come the inspiration for this album.