Ralph Irizarry And Timbalaye Performing Piesotes

by chipboaz on January 11, 2017

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Ralph Irizarry is the epitome of class, style, fire, and finesse in the percussion world, playing on, around, and within the groove on every project he touches. After a childhood in New York, Irizarry moved to Puerto Rico during his teens, where hd received musical training. This served him well, leading to gigs with some of the island’s best salsa bands, El Gran Combo and Sonora Poncena. Several years later, Irizarry moved back to New York, where he landed in Ray Barretto’s band, recording six albums with the bandleader during the height of his popularity. In the early eighties, salsa icon Rubén Blades brought Irizarry into his new backing band, Seis Del Solar, leading to some of Baldes’ best work. During that time, the group formed a strong artistic bond, which they decided to continue after leaving Baldes – the result was two powerful Latin Jazz albums, Decision and Alternate Roots. In the nineties, Irizarry formed his own Latin Jazz group, Timbalaye, an impressive collection of musicians that turned out two amazing albums, Ralph Irizarry & Timbalaye and Best Kept Secret. He followed Timbalaye with a salsa band, SonCafe, recording two albums with them.

Over the past couple of years, Irizarry has made some incredible music that spans several projects. He rejuvinated his relationship with Blades, joining his Seis Del Solar bandmates for a tour and a new album, Todos Vuelven Live. This was a huge musical event that took the salsa world by storm, exciting crowds around the world. Along the way Seis del Solar found some time to revisit their own repertoire with sporadic Latin Jazz gigs. Irizarry also brought Timbalaye back to the forefront of the Latin Jazz world with a new album 20th Anniversary. As the title implies, this recording celebrated two decades of the group with some intense Latin Jazz that proved the group has only gotten better over the years. Today’s video features Irizarry leading Timbalaye through one of their songs “Piesotes,” showing his command of the music and impressive percussion skills.

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