Ralph Irizarry & Timbalaye Performs Witch Doctor

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Ralph Irizarry is a Grammy award-winning percussionist, bandleader, and studio musician who has played on jingles, film and television scores, and whose distinctive playing style has made an indelible mark on those artists with whom he has performed. In addition, he has performed, recorded, and toured with the likes of Harry Belafonte, David Byrne, Celia Cruz, Paquito D’Rivera, Juan Luis Guerra, Earl Klugh, Israel Lopez “Cachao”, Wynton Marsalis, Paul Simon and many others.

“Ralph Irizarry is a formidable-sounding virtuoso. His group, Timbalaye respond to his commanding style with virtuosity of their own right through this repertoire. The music – much of which is composed by members of the band – is immediately appealing. Timbalaye musicians give it their all as do the guests and Ralph Irizarry fills the percussion chair with aplomb. The music is smooth and moodily chamber-like by turns. As befits this principal line of work for a group this size. The Afro-Cuban character of the music and the arrangements of the pieces are eminently suited to Mr. Irizarry’s wonderful, clipped and angular style. There is no unnecessary showboating and puffery – just light, lean and pleasingly melodious work from end to end.” — Raul da Gama

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