One of Barretto's finest work
William Matos | San Antonio, TX USA | 08/24/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is Ray Barretto's(congas and percussion) already a band leader on his own merits and a frequent sideman for George Benson, Airto, Freddy Hubbard and many of the "stars" from the legendaries CTI recordings (Hubert Laws, Bob James) first "Latin jazz" recording under his name. After many years without listening to this album it still sound like something recorded yesterday. The Other Road is a very good example of what Latin jazz is all about, recorded in New York around 1972. The work of Billy Cobham (drums), Art Webb (flute) and Roberto Rodriguez(trumpet) in this album is great. Barretto's version of Monk's jazz classic 'Round about Midnight' is explendit, Other musicians in this session were Eddie Martinez( piano/rodhes) Manny Duran(Flugel/Trumpet), J Roman(trumpet),Ray Romero(timbales),Tony Fuentes(bongos and cowbell), G. Edghill (Fender bass). After this recording Ray Barretto's Road was different and took the "afinque and tumbao" to another level. For Latin jazz and jazz aficionados this album is a most have."
William Jones | Rockville, MD USA | 04/15/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A 70's latin jazz (as opposed to salsa) recording that showed what Ray Barretto would be doing twenty years later. Impressive."
Smooth and classy as can be.
Justo Roteta | Los Angeles, California United States | 10/25/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Ray Barretto's entry into the Latin Jazz market resulted in this classy and sophisticated album which sadly remains one of his most underexposed Fania titles. His superb rendition of Thelonious Monk's classic "Round About Midnight" is given a bolero undertone and its arrangement is nothing short of brilliant. This is music that will nourish your heart, soul and spirit."