born on 22/6/1934 in New York City, NY, United States
died on 21/3/2020
Raymond Mantilla (b. June 22, 1934, in New York City, New York) is an American jazz drummer. He has played as a session musician and toured with some of the most significant jazz musicians of his time. Mantilla has been bandleader of his own ensembles and was a founding member of the percussion ensemble M'Boom, with Max Roach.
Mantilla played in New York from the 1950s, inspired by Afro-Cuban jazz. He played with a number of latin jazz ensembles in the 1950s, including the La Playa Sextet, Xavier Cugat, Lou Perez, René Touzet, Miguelito Valdez, and Monguito Conjunto. He played behind Eartha Kitt in 1955. In 1960 he toured with Herbie Mann and recorded with Max Roach. He recorded with Al Cohn in 1961, and recorded with Freddie Hubbard, Buddy Rich, and Larry Coryell in the 1960s. From 1963 to 1969 Mantilla led his own band in Puerto Rico, and in 1970 joined forces with Max Roach's percussion ensemble, M'Boom.
Mantilla was a member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers in the 1970s, during which time the ensemble toured the U.S., Europe, and Japan. Following this he recorded with Gato Barbieri, Joe Farrell, Micha Urbaniak (1974), Richie Cole, Don Pullen (197677), Charles Mingus (197778), Walter Bishop, Jr., and Morgana King (1979). He toured Cuba with Dizzy Gillespie in 1977.
In 1979 he founded his own ensemble, the Ray Mantilla Space Station, and through the 1980s toured or recorded with Muhal Richard Abrams, Kenny Burrell, Shirley Scott, and Warren Chiasson. In 1991 he put together a new ensemble, the Jazz Tribe.
- Mantilla (Inner City Records, 1978)
- Hands of Fire (Red Records, 1984)
- Synergy (Red, 1986)
- Dark Powers (Red, 1988)
- The Next Step (Red, 2000)
- Man-Ti-Ya (Savant Records, 2004)
- Good Vibrations (Savant, 2006)
With Gato Barbieri
- Chapter Three: Viva Emiliano Zapata (Impulse!, 1974)
With Art Blakey
- Child's Dance (Prestige, 1972)
- In My Prime Vol. 1 (Timeless, 1977)
- In My Prime Vol. 2 (Timeless, 1977)
- Collage (Soul Note, 1984)
- To the Max! (Enja, 1990-91)
With Jack McDuff
- Magnetic Feel (Cadet, 1975)
With Jeremy Steig
- Firefly (CTI, 1977)
With Cedar Walton
- Mobius (RCA, 1975)
- The Pentagon (East Wind, 1976)
- [Ray Mantilla at All Music Guide Ray Mantilla] at Allmusic
- Leonard Feather and Ira Gitler, The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz. Oxford, 1999, p. 433.