Dear All:

It saddens me to announce that one of the greatest percussionist in the Latin music has passed away this morning. Ray Barretto, a true pioneer to salsa and Latin jazz was 76. Ray Barretto was without a doubt in a league of its own. Though I got the opportunity to meet him, it was very brief at the Jazz cafe where we performed and it breaks my heart.

I am sure you all have a great respect for a Latin musical leader like Ray Barretto. although his era will never be repeated, he inspired many like myself to write and perform the music style that they made great, Salsa.

Fania is an icon for many a salseros still today. I for one grew up listening to the salsa that was performed by all the Salsa recorded by the galaxy of stars that era produced. Long live Salsa.

People like Ray Barretto will always live in the hearts of us all.

Victor Hugo