Landmark work from Eddie Palmieri – a stunning performance by his Harlem River Drive band, recorded live before a very wild crowd at Sing Sing Prison! The feel here is a blend of the sound heard on the legendary Harlem River Drive album – a unique fusion of Latin, soul, and political ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of our favorite Latin jazz albums ever – and a truly amazing record! Bobby Pauntteo, aka Bobby Vince Paunetto, is probably best known for his groundbreaking Latin fusion albums of the NuYorican era – but this rare gem from the 60s shows that he was a really forward thinker, even at ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wonderful early work from Astor Piazzolla – quite an early record for the famous Argentine bandoneon player, but one that already shows his really unique approach to his music! The style is tango, but not in conventional terms – and Astor's "nuevo" approach to the form is ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, but this is a nice copy overall.)
Perez Prado —
Escandalo ... CD Schema (Italy), 1972. New Copy Gatefold ...
Not the Perez Prado of "King Of Mambo" fame, but actually his younger brother Pantaleon Perez Prado – working in a grittier early 70s Latin Funk mode than the more famous elder Perez! This Perez Prado plays bongos and congas – keeping a nicely thumping Latin beat underneath ... read moreCD
Not the Perez Prado of "King Of Mambo" fame, but actually his younger brother Pantaleon Perez Prado – working in a grittier early 70s Latin Funk mode than the more famous elder Perez! This Perez Prado plays bongos and congas – keeping a nicely thumping Latin beat ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A real Latin standard of the 50s – packaged with a title and a cover that perfectly evoke the lure of pre-Castro Cuba at its best – and played by Perez Prado with a style that's more open and flowing than some of his earlier singles! The album's got a really unified feel overall – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing with deep groove. Cover has split seams.)
Perez Prado —
Prez ... LP RCA, Late 50s. Very Good ...
One of Perez Prado's classics, with a side of Latin stuff and a side of jazz stuff – all played by Prado's classic group. Tracks include "Maria Bonita", "Machaca", "Marta", "Fireworks", "Leo's Special", and "Lullaby Of Birdland". ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Whoa! Funky work from Afro Cuban percussionist and bandleader Pantaleon Perez Prado – sharing credit with singer Don Alfio – with a surprising wealth of spacey funk in the mix! Before your mind is rendered full- blown by this obscure, funky record, we need to let you know that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl also includes the full album on CD!)
Pucho & His Latin Soul Brothers —
Heat! ... LP Prestige, 1968. Good+ ...
Brilliant work – and one of Pucho's greatest albums ever! This one really gets all the elements right – from Latin jazz, to boogaloo soul, to some of that funkiness that was creeping into the group's work at the time. The fantastic Pazant Brothers (Eddie & Al) are on sax and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has a name in pen, a split top seam, and some wear.)
Nice compilation of some of the more Latin Soul-oriented tracks cut by Pucho and his group for Prestige. Lots of these tracks feature Jackie "Soul" Thompson on vocals, and they groove with a nice tight soul sound that's an excellent representation of the band at their best. There's lots ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A double-header to die for – two of the rarest albums from Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers – back to back on a single CD! First up is Saffron & Soul – one of the first albums from the legendary Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers – a wonderful little record that ... read moreCD
Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers —
Tough! ... LP Prestige, 1966. New Copy (reissue)...
Killer Latin soul from Pucho and crew – and an album that's one of their greatest! The record is also one of the earliest by the group, and it features a different lineup than later ones – with William Bivens on vibes, Claude Bartee on tenor, and Vince McEwan on trumpet. There's a bit ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great compilation of Tito's work for the Tico label – put together in celebration of his 20 years in show biz, and mostly featuring tunes recorded around the time of the release of the record. The set contains some great 60s groovers – and titles include "Loco De Amor", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tito Puente and his group caught live in The Catskills – jamming strongly at Grossinger's Hotel on one of their best sessions for RCA! Despite the resort setting of the set, Tito and the group make things cook just like they were back in the city – and the liveness of the set seems to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has a half split top seam, some wear, and a small sticker.)
One of Tito's classic 50's recordings for Tico, all of which have a much rawer sound than his work for RCA from the same time. The tracks on here represent some Tito's best work in the Cha Cha Cha format – played with a hard sound and a good percussive drive aimed towards a very appreciative ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a half split top seam and moslty split spine.)
It's easy to cha cha when Tito Puente's in the house – especially when he's working in his near-perfect RCA mode of the late 50s! The tunes are nothing fancy, but the execution is sublime – tight Latin rhythms at the bottom, done in a way that's never too bombastic – topped with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear, aging and splitting. Vinyl plays with some crackles.)
One of Tito Puente's best sides for RCA – a really jazzy effort that was cut with a top-shelf list of players! The groove's a bit different than some of Tito's other work – but in a good way, and one that has him stretching past straight Latin to mix in a heavy dose of jazz – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Essential grooves from Tito Puente – a really unique record for the time, and a set that's only grown in power over the years! The album's an all-percussion jam from Puente – one that strips away most other instrumentation, to focus just on heavy drum work from Puente and a core group ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent set from Tito – very funky, unlike most of his other work from the time! The record has a great electric vibe to it – thanks to a hip bass player in the group, to Charlie Palmieri, who plays organ and electric piano on the record, and to Tito himself, who's never sounded ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the greatest Tito Puente albums from the 50s, and a spare percussion jam session that's right up there with his legendary Puente In Percussion album! The group features Mongo Santamaria, Bill Correa, Julito Collazo, and Enrigue Marti on percussion with Tito – and the only other ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A later album by Louie – but a great set of jazz tracks with lots of excellent work on vibes! A few of the cuts have vocals, but the sound is mostly Latin jazz, and there's lots of solos by Louie. Cuts include "Suavecito", "Geisha Girl", "Midnight Sun", "Ba ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Louie Ramirez —
Salsero ... LP Cotique, 1980. Very Good+ ...
Just Sold Out!
A landmark album from Louie Ramirez – one of the best talents in the New York scene, and a powerful force on records for 20 years before this one! The album's kind of a summation of the great salsa work that Louie had been doing for others during the 70s – a rich blend of styles and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear.)
Louie Ramirez & Ray De La Paz Y Su Orchestra —
Con Cache ... LP Caiman, 1984. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
Killer Latin sounds from the 70s Spanish scene – and a record that would be much more at home in the New York scene of the 60s! The percussion is very lively – in a way that takes us back to the sound of Cortijo's combo in the 60s – and is mixed with a sweet range of salsa ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Johnny Ray & Salsa Con Clase —
Mascarada 2 ... CD JZ Productions, Early 2000s. Used ...
Plenty of salsa with class from the great Johnny Ray – an old-school percussionist, but one who really knows how to hold a groove! The album's a sweet indie effort from the east coast scene – one that shows that a jazzy vibe's still alive and well in New York – especially when ... read moreCD
An amazing follow up to Ricardo Ray's first album of Jala Jala and Boogaloo tracks – a real killer Latin soul set that's even better than the first! The record's got a full-on style that kicks in from the very first note – a blend of uptight Latin tracks and some very groovy 60s-styled ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very early merengue sounds from Ricardo Rico – served up with an earthy blend that really gets to the root of the genre! The tracks often feature strong percussion alongside these really bouncing basslines – but acoustic ones, without the too-heavy style of more contemporary merengue ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy black label pressing – vinyl and cover are nice!)
A classic set from Hector Rivera – one in which he shifts back to more traditional Latin styles after his Spanish Harlem sets of the 60s! The record has a strong nascent salsa groove – and features a great band, with Hector's piano bouncing along on the top, and a four-trumpet line ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A Christmas album, but one that comes off sounding a lot more like straight salsa than any other holiday music we've heard! Although the themes are centered around the season, the style is Puerto Rican salsa most of the way through – with relatively rootsy percussion, and great lead vocals ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible record and very unique – cut around the same time as Arsenio's rare boogaloo album for Tico Records! Like that session, this one has a style in which Arsenio is featured in a larger group – playing with a raspy edge that really steps out in front of the fuller instruments ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A real 70s classic from Pete Conde Rodriguez – a set that has the singer's warmly soulful voice really soaring in a set of strong salsa backings penned by Papo Luca, Louie Cruz, and Jose Febles! There's a cohesiveness here that other records by Pete sometimes lack – a sense of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great little record by Pete Rodriguez – one that seems to post-date his boogaloo work, rolling in more of a 70s salsa vein – still with plenty of wonderfully percussion numbers and soulful vocals! The record was recorded for the small All-Art label in New York, eventually reissued by ... read moreCD
A collection of some of Tito's best work for RCA during the 50s – issued as a package in the mid 60s, to cash in on Tito's growing fame at that time! Tracks are a mix of jazzy mambos and cha cha numbers – augmented by a few other styles as well – and titles include "El ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label mono pressing, with deep groove. Cover has writing in pen on the front and back, some wear, some seam splitting, and tape on part of the top seam.)
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has half split seams.)
Tito Rodriguez —
Uptempo ... LP Tico, Late 50s/1978. Very Good+ ...
We're not entirely sure, but we have a feeling that the material on this set is older than the 1978 date on the album – as it feels a lot like classic Tito from the early days, possibly from his first few LPs at Tico. Tracks are short, with distinct choppy late 50s-styled grooves – and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The 9th album that Roena cut with his Apollo Sound combo – and they're still grooving hard! The set's got a strong 70s salsa feel, with a three trumpet lineup, bongos from Roena, and some nice tenor and flute work by Miguel Rodriguez. Titles include "Marejada Feliz", "Nadie ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the first albums ever from percussionist Roberto Roena – and a set that already shows his amazing way with a groove! The set's got a bit more Latin jazz than some of Roena's other records – which is a great thing by us, especially given the album's strong use of tenor and alto ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Willie's great slammers for the Bronca label in the early 80s – all sessions that cook with the same burning energy of the best New York salsa sets of the 70s! Vocals on the album are by Tony Vega and Gilberto Santa Rosa – and Willie's timbales help the whole thing groove along ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl has a mark that clicks a bit at the beginning of Side 2.)
Killer 70's material from Mongo, featuring a funky Latin groove tinged with some excellent electric playing on bass and Fender Rhodes. The record includes some of Mongo's best cuts from the time – like "Jelly Belly", "The Good Doctor", and the incredible "Happy As A ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A killer set from Mongo Santamaria – one of his first albums on Atlantic, and a record that really keeps up the groove of his Columbia sides! Mongo's moving into very funky territory here – working with arranger Marty Sheller, and getting some great help on keyboards from Neal Creque ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, a split top seam, and a small center split on the bottom seam.)
Mongo Santamaria at the height of his Latin Soul years – working on a cool Columbia session titled after an earlier hit, but served up with his new lean sound of the late 60s! The album's got that perfect Santamaria combo from the time – a group that features trumpet and these ... read moreCD
Mongo Santamaria —
Red Hot ... LP Tappan Zee, 1979. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
Sweet fusiony work by Mongo Santamaria – the New York Latin sound inflected with major label jazzed-up electricity, in the style that was also employed by Ray Barretto and the Fania All Stars at the same time. Mongo's working here with a great group of CTI players – including Bob James ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a promo stamp, some wear, and a tracklist sticker.)
A killer album from Mongo Santamaria's classic 60s run for Columbia – and a record that also features some wonderful alto work from a young Sonny Fortune! Sonny's the key soloist on the record – bringing some sharp jazz elements to an album that's equal part Latin and 60s soul ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo pressing. Cover has a label-maker sticker.)
A seminal moment in the career of Mongo Santamaria – and probably the first record to show that he was destined for greatness! As you might guess from the title, the set features Mongo's key recording of Herbie Hancock's "Watermelon Man" – served up here in a sharp-edged ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red label Battle pressing. Cover is mostly stained and a bit wavy.)
Oooooo-weee – a monster album by one of our favorite talents of the Latin soul era! Monguito Santamaria had a really great way of putting the electric bass right up front in his tracks – kicking things up with a bouncing groove that's as sock-boogaloo as boogaloo can get, and which ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Proof that the Cubop label is home to some of the best Latin Jazz currently in print! Congolero/percussionist John Santos leads an extremely tight Bay Area Latin combo through 13 hard wailing tracks with a very strong jazz sensibility – and the set sparkles with an intensity that you don't ... read moreCD
Johnny Sedes —
Mama Calunga ... LP Fonseca/Andale, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
A rare gem from the legendary Fonseca catalog of the 60s – a smoking set from saxophonist Johnny Sedes – a player who really gets to soar on his solos! In a world of brass-led Latin combos, Sedes horn really makes a difference – and brings a strongly jazzy sensibility to the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A lost slammer from the Fania catalog of the 60s – the one and only album from the highly dynamic Lenni Sesar! Lenni's got a sound that's quite different from other Latin leaders of his time – very jazzy overall, especially on the uptempo numbers on the set – with a really full ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A contemporary combo from Colombia, but one whose sound takes us back to the glory days of Fania Records in the 70s! These guys have a raw, spontaneous power right from the start – a mix of acoustic basslines at the bottom that ground the music in a jazzy undercurrent of tradition, mixed ... read moreCD
The third LP from supremo salsa combo Sonora Poncena under Papo Lucca's direction and a wonderful early production effort from the great Larry Harlow, to boot! Algo De Locura is a great record that's been overlooked for decades and it sounds as great to us as their earlier couple of albums – ... read moreCD