Dave Barretto: Para Mis Hermanos
Fans of Ralfi Pagan should appreciate this gem of a song from a dollar bin rescue, “What You Never Had To Lose”. Shadow Morton produces and he recreates a true New York sound-scape from 1974. Check out Tito Puente’s heavy rock riff on the timbale and the way it takes you back to the loping loop of a beat that recurs throughout. Candido punctuates said beat with tasteful bongos. These are the names that drew me in as I pondered inside the bargain basement at FOS whether or not David is Ray’s more “theatrical” cousin (the version of “On Broadway” on this lp has BRAKS), looking like a cross between Bernie Taupin and Bob Fosse.