Stone Latin Soul – from one of the greatest groups of the genre! In the late 60s, New York was on top of the Latin Soul sound – blending together bits from Puerto Rican and African-American roots to come up with a whole new sound. But by the time of the early 70s, LA had taken over ... read moreCD
Estrellas Cubanas, Orquesta America Del 55, et al —
Charanga! ... LP Seeco, Early 60s. Very Good+ ...
Hard early 60s charanga tracks, played by a number of different groups – including Estrellas Cubanas, Orquesta America Del 55, La Sonora Matancera, and Hermanos Ferreira. Celia Cruz sings vocals on the track "Carmelos", and other titles include "Guachupita", "Que Me ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Second pressing, on Bronjo. Cover has split seams lined with clear tape, and some general wear.)
Killer early work by the Fania All Stars – caught live at the legendary Cheetah club, which was the heart of the New York salsa scene at the start of the 70s! The album is easily one of the best by the group – and features long tracks that really capture the jamming intensity that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Multi-colored label pressing. Cover has some ring & edge wear, a small split on the top seam, a mostly split bottom seam, a stained corner, and fading on the spine.)
A fresh new groove from The Fania All Stars – one that definitely has them picking up some of the Spanish elements mentioned in the title – the fusing them into the tight mix of Latin, club, and jazz they were doing at Columbia Records in the late 70s! These new elements are often ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, fading on the spine, a couple of small stains, and some pen on the back.)
The one and only album we've ever seen from this ultra-hip Latin Soul combo – an outfit that has a sweet swinging sound, soulful lead vocals, and some nicely tripped-out guitar! The style here is a bit different than some of the other New York groups of the time – as these guys bring ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Priscilla Flores —
Navidad ... LP Ansonia, Mid 60s. Very Good ...
A very soulful outing by this obscure Latin soul group! The record mixes heavy soul and Latin styles – with a much deeper feel than your average boogaloo album, and kind of a righteous vibe that you wouldn't expect on a Fania album from the time. The title cut – "Yes I Will" ... read moreCD
One of the best Latin jazz LPs of the time, with a crack lineup that includes Hilton Ruiz, Steve Turre, Milton Cardona, and Jerry himself on trumpet. Highlights include a great version of Wayne Shorter's "Nefertiti", Monk's "Evidence", "Caravan", and a goofy take on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A dozen hard early 60s Latin numbers – performed by Rene Grand and his combo, with some occasional vocals by Frankie Rodriguez – but also a number of great instrumentals with a sweet jazzy finish! The groove is very strong, with lots of mambo jazz in the mix, and a hard New York groove ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A legendary Latin funk album – spearheaded by Eddie Palmieri! The record is a landmark crossover album from the early 70s – cut at the end of the Latin soul era, but featuring that genre's wonderful mix of Puerto Rican soul, Spanish Harlem Latin, and New York funk – which are ... read moreCD
A classic early album from Larry Harlow's flute-playing brother – a set that grooves along with the trademark family groove, but which also has a fair bit of sensitive moments as well! There's a jazzier style here than on some of the classic Orchestra Harlow albums – one that comes not ... read moreCD
One of those cookers from the great years when Milestone was crossing boundaries to bring the best in Latin jazz to US shores – featuring a tightly-crafted Irakere session recorded in Tokyo, easily some of their strongest studio work from the time! Chucho Valdes plays as much electric keys ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great stuff from this legendary Cuban jazz group – live material, and arguably better than even their studio LPs from the time! All the material in the set was recorded live at different points during the mid 70s – and it's all got a great style that mixes up Latin jazz with electric ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An unusual 80s session from Irakere – one that seems to have them taking on the new decade's funky modes to replace some of the styles they used in the 70s! There's still lots of Latin jazz at the core of the set, but a few tunes show some more modern elements too – a bit of drum ... read moreCD
A great single-artist release that follows on the Chica compilation from Barbes Records – and like that set, a great look at a really under-discovered scene! The grooves here have a skittishly romping feel in the rhythms, but also feature some great guitar and organ parts too – a great ... read moreCD
A crack set of early 70s Latin, played by "the cream of New York" – a group that includes Louie Ramirez on piano, vibes, and organ, and Mauricio Smith on flute and sax! The whole album's pretty darn great, with a really strong jazzy touch – thanks to great work by Ramirez and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Early work from La Lupe – but a set that already shows the highly dynamic style that would make her a real standout in 60s Latin music! A number of the tracks here are listed as "rock" in the rhythms – which doesn't exactly mean that Lupe's singing rock music, but already ... read moreCD
Good people, these Latin Teens – a very cool group that was young enough to not worry about names or labels, and who jammed in the best open-ended style of the time! As their name might imply, the group was mostly made up of kids – and as such, they had kind of a freewheeling approach ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing! Cover has a cutout hole.)
Latin Jazz Quintet —
Chant ... LP Prestige/Tru Sound, 1962. New Copy (reissue)...
One of the best albums ever recorded by this groundbreaking Latin jazz combo – and a magnificent blend of jazz instrumentation and deeper Latin roots! Juan Amalbert's Latin Jazz Quintet was a new sound in Latin jazz – one that took the piano/bass/conga rhythms of smaller groups of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Latin Jazz Quintet —
Hot Sauce ... LP Prestige, 1961. New Copy (reissue)...
A lost treasure – one of the few albums ever cut by this fantastic Latin Jazz ensemble, an ultra-hip group led by congolero Juan Amalbert, with a modal vibes/piano groove that's simply wonderful! The combo were one of the hippest early 60s Latin acts – and took equal part inspiration ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hector Lavoe's vocals are wrapped tightly and beautifully here in Willie Colon production – and the album's one of the classics from the pair recorded at the height of Lavoe's solo career! The sound is tight and dynamic, but never too over the top – and although Lavoe's vocals are ... read moreCD
An unusual self-produced effort from Hector Lavoe – but a record that's every bit as strong as his other solo records from the time! Of course, Hector's got some big help on the record from Louie Ramirez and Jose Febles – who most likely did most of the arranging work, and ensure that ... read moreCD
Amazing work from the New York underground of the late 60s – an album that's as magical as its title implies! Latin definitely goes psychedelic on this one – burning through a cloud of smoke with a brilliant blend of soul, jazz, and the hipper rhythms of the Spanish Harlem scene at the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great set of Latin grooves – and despite the "calypso" in the title, this is pretty much a straight Latin album from Joe Loco, and it ranks as one of his best from the 50s. The grooves are nice and straight ahead, with searing percussion, and nice heavy piano from Joe. Who ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A solid groover from Joe Loco – cut in a pachanga style, as you'd guess from the title – but like all of his work at the time, the kind of a session that's really driven by his tight work on piano, no matter what the rhythm! Joe's heavy hand on the keys makes any sort of a record a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original mono pressing. Cvoer has light ring & edge wear.)
2 of Joe Loco's best albums (Pachanga With Joe Loco and Going Loco) compiled together on one double-length CD by Fantasy! The Pachanga album has (as you might expect) a good set of Pachanga grooves with Joe on piano, Mongo Santamaria on conga, and Willie Bobo on timbales. Going Loco is a bit more ... read moreCD
Funky fusion with plenty of Latin touches – a really compelling set from the Nicaraguan scene of the 70s! The album's got the same criss-crossing of influences you'd hear in some of the best Bay Area projects of this type – no surprise since Jose Chepito Areas is a key member of the ... read moreCD
Alexis Luichi Y La Compania —
Merengues ... LP Discos Heydi, 1986. Sealed ...
Excellent 2LP set that brings together a whole bunch of great Machito sides from the late 40's. This is classic stuff that defined the Latin jazz idiom, and stood as an inspiration to players for years. The group includes Mario Bauza on trumpet, Jose Madera on tenor, Frank Davila on trumpet, Jose ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the booklet. Cover has edge wear and a few creases.)
A tight little Machito album from the 60s – produced by Leroy Holmes, and done with a bit more punch than some of his other records from the time! The format's similar to other Machito sessions – in that some tracks have Machtio singing with a larger backing group, and others focus on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
This one's a bit tighter than some of the group's earlier albums – but still equally funky, and still very nice! Malo are at the top of their form here – grooving hard with great guitar from Jorge Santana, tight congas from Francisco Aquabella, sweet organ from Ron De Masi, and great ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner and some splitting on the top seam.)
Dos ... LP Warner, 1972. Very Good- Gatefold ...
A seminal bit of Latin funk from the Bay Area scene of the early 70s – the second album from Malo, and an even harder-hitting jam session than the first! The group are really in top form here – taking off with Santana-inspired riffs that are filled with heavy percussion, soaring organ, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some edge wear, a small center split on the spine, and a stain on the back.)
A masterpiece of Latin jazz – and one of the truest expressions of the genre we can think of! The album's quite unique, especially for the time – a spare, stripped-down presentation of Latin-influenced jazz – a sound that has its roots in the cubop experiments of a decade before, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Joseito Mateo & Luis Kalaff —
Merengue ... LP Karen, 1979. Very Good+ ...
Silvestre Mendez —
Oriza ... CD Seeco, 1958. New Copy ...
Fantastic work from the 50s New York scene – and a legendary set that offers up its own interpretation of Santerian rhythms! The groove on the set is very percussion-heavy – and done with that rich sort of vibe you might get on some of the classic Sabu Martinez records – or maybe ... read moreCD