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.)
After a disastrous attempt at recording a live show, the Fania All-Stars went in the studio with guests like Billy Cobham and Manu Dibango and created their funkiest and one of their finest albums of the seventies! A few cuts are more straight Latin sounding, some of these tracks have a nice hard ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 Latin soul party – beyond compare! The album's a completely wonderful live set that really captures the energy, excitement, and warm sociability of the hip New York scene at the end of the 60s. The music is stunning – a freewheeling blend of jazz, soul, and Latin themes – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 ...
Nico Gomez & His Afro Percussion Inc —
Ritual ... CD Omega/Mr Bongo (UK), 1970. New Copy ...
Fierce funky grooves from the legendary Nico Gomez – a set cooked up in Europe, but heavy with influences from the other side of the Atlantic – from Havana all the way up to New York! There's definitely a Latin groove to the record – one that's similar to other Gomez productions ... 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 killer bit of Latin Soul – one of the few albums ever recorded by conga player George Guzman, working here with a very cool, very hip, late 60s ensemble! The group sport 3 trumpets, piano, bass, and some very strong percussion – plus vocals in both English and Spanish, which makes ... 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
Early 80s material from this legendary Cuban group! They're working in a mode that relies heavily on traditional forms and rhythms like Son, Bolero and Cha Cha, rather than some of the fiery fusion or hard Afro-Cuban electric funk of their 70s years, but this album reveals a subtle side to the ... 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
A wild wild album of Latin soul – one of the maddest albums ever recorded for the legendary Speed label! The group, like a rare few others of their generation, are an insane mix of Latin jamming, psychedelic soul, and stoner funk riffing – all sifted together in a blender, with a sound ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Killer Latin soul! This record is one of the hardest to find from the late 60's boogaloo era, and it's a massive stormer filled with tasty grooves! The band is small and tight, with a 2-sax frontline, for an extra-soulful sound. Vocals are in English and Spanish, and the album wails away like a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
A contemporary Latin combo, but one with a really unique feel as well – a mix of 60s charanga modes, 50s Cuban roots, and some definite modern phrasing! The group has a really wonderful blend of flute, violin, trombone, tres, and percussion – and congolero Hector "Papote" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 ...
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+ ...
A crack salsa combo from New York – contemporary, but with a very old school vibe – and a really rich sense of arrangement! The group's got two trombones and two trumpets – but arrangements are by pianist Mike Eckroth, who's got a really broad sense of color – and uses the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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