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Acid by Ray Barretto
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Acid by Ray Barretto
Released: Jan 1968
Label: Fania
Not nearly as psychedelic as the cover art would have you believe, Acid nevertheless pried up the edges of salsa and let a lot of weirdness slip in. Barretto had been a fixture on the '60s jazz scene, playing sessions for Cannonball Adderley, Dizzy Gillespie and many others, and it shows. There are horn parts here that come straight out of the era's avant-garde jazz scene (check the aptly named "Espiritu Libre"). There's also a commanding and at times unutterably brilliant solo from Mr. Hard Hands himself (on "Acid"), and of course the perennial Latin soul classic "Deeper Shade of Soul."
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