Ray Mantilla, known for his work with Max Roach and Mingus, has died

Celebrated latin-jazz percussionist Ray Mantilla died last weekend at hospital in New York. The bandleader known for his group the Space Station and conguero was 85 and died from complications...

Published: 24 Mar 2020. Updated: 6 days.

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Celebrated latin-jazz percussionist Ray Mantilla died last weekend at hospital in New York.

The bandleader known for his group the Space Station and conguero was 85 and died from complications caused by lymphoma.

Known for his work with Max Roach’s M’Boom, Herbie Mann and Charles Mingus (Mantilla is on the title track of the 1978 release Cumbia & Jazz Fusion) Mantilla was inspired by Cándido. Born in the South Bronx of Puerto Rican descent, he used multiple congas as part of his set-up and often played solo recitals.

In the late-1970s with Dizzy Gillespie's group he played Cuba and was one of the first US jazz musicians to play there since the 1962 travel embargo.

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