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Raymond Mantilla (June 22, 1934 – March 21, 2020) was an American percussionist

Inspired by his South Bronx Afro-Cuban roots, percussionist Ray Mantilla rose to prominence in the early '70s, performing with a host of prestigious bands, and eventually led his own band in the '80s, the Ray Mantilla Space Station. All this time Mantilla remained active and continued his prolific streak into the 2000s.

Born in 1934, in the South Bronx, Mantilla's musical career began early. By the time he was in his 20s, he was already performing in New York, blending his Afro-Cuban roots with the contemporary jazz idiom of the time. The culmination of Mantilla's upward climb came when he began touring the States, Europe, and Japan with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. He remained with Blakey for several years in the '70s, yet he still managed to work with countless others, including Charles Mingus and Max Roach.

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Mantilla
Latin Jazz 1978
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Hands Of Fire
Latin Jazz 1984
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Synergy
Latin Jazz 1986
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Dark Powers (aka Jazz Masters (100 Ans De Jazz))
Latin Jazz 1989
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Ray Mantilla The European Space Station : Head Games
Latin Jazz 1998
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The Jazz Tribe : The Next Step
Latin Jazz 1999
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Man-Ti-Ya
Latin Jazz 2004
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Good Vibrations
Latin Jazz 2008
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The Jazz Tribe : Everlasting
Latin Jazz 2009
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The Connection
Latin Jazz 2013
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High Voltage
Latin Jazz 2017
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Rebirth
Afro-Cuban Jazz 2020

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