Cubop have done it again! This is a brilliant comeback album by the legendary San Francisco conga player Francisco Aquabella, and man, is it a doozy! Aqubella was originally in the group Malo, but he also played on loads of the best west coast Latin sessions of the 70's – so he's extra-exper ... read moreCD
Francisco Aguabella —
H2O ... CD CuBop/Ubiquity, 1999. New Copy ....
One of the greatest new albums from this legendary conga player! Although Francisco Aquabella is probably best known to Dusty Groove customers for his 70's funk classic "Hitting Hard", or his work with the group Malo – in recent years, he's emerged as quite an important player on ... read moreCD
Classic Cuban jazz material from the group of trumpeter Rolando Aquilo – done in a style that's a bit tighter than some of the other Jam Session albums from the time, but still plenty darn great! Rolando's trumpet is firmly in the lead on most tracks, but the overall presentation is still ... read moreCD
Cesar Ascarrunz —
Cesar 830 ... CD Flying Dutchman/BGP (UK), 1975. New Copy ....
Lost Latin funk from the Bay Area scene of the 70s – and an album that may well blow away better-known work by groups like Malo, Azteca, or El Chicano! The album's near-perfect right from the start – and brings in plenty of New York elements to the groove, thanks to the inclusion of a ... read moreCD
A crowning moment for the west coast Latin scene in the 70s – a wonderful Bay Area set that brings together some of the best talents working on that scene at the time! The set's got a great blend of modes – Latin soul, touches of funk, and plenty of the jazzy inflections you'd expect ... read moreCD
A really special record from a really special group – one of two sublime 70s gems from Azteca – a wicked blend of jazz, funk, Latin, and soul – all put together by a young Coke Escovedo! Coke's ostensibly the leader of the group, but there's also a richly collaborative feel going ... read moreCD
Ray Barretto just before the Latin Soul era – working in the excellent style he used on his Charanga Moderna album – a choppy groove that has plenty of weird twists and turns – always rhythmic, and always plenty darn soulful! The instrumentation here is a mix of small combo jazz ... read moreCD
A nice jammer from the "second wind" period of CTI – and a strong return to Latin jazz for Ray! The set's a great mixture of smooth CTI electric funk and Latin-oriented grooves – and it features work by Ray on congas and percussion, plus a list of players that includes Tito ... read moreCD
Joe Bataan working in a pronounced dancefloor soul mode! While the legendary Bataan was no stranger to the fusion of Latin, soul and funk, this some of the most club soul oriented sounds from Joe we've ever heard – and the sessions are seeing official release for the first time ever! The ... read moreCD
A landmark album from Joe Bataan – so great, that it made the entire record company change its name! The record has Joe really bursting out after his seminal Latin Soul work of the late 60s – blending Latin rhythms and American soul into a whole new style of music – one that Joe ... read moreCD
Quite possibly the greatest album ever from California congolero Johnny Blas – a set that also has him returning to saxophone in addition to percussion, and which comes off with some of his sharpest grooves ever! There's a definite lean towards the jazzier side of the spectrum here – ... read moreCD
A smokin bit of salsa from 70s Brooklyn – one of a rare few albums cut by The Brooklyn Sounds, a totally great group with a really firey spirit! The set grooves hard from the first moment – with tight horn blasts over fast rhythm, and soulful vocals that really capture the spirit of ... read moreCD
Bwana ... CD Acid Symposium, 1972. New Copy ....
An insanely wonderful bit of Latin funk! The groove is super heavy, and falls somewhere in between NuYorican soul and Chicano Power rock – with a sound that's pretty close to Black Sugar, but a little bit more psychedelic, due to the heavy guitars and keyboards in the grooves. Hard congas ... read moreCD
Ray Camacho Band —
Reach Out ... CD Creole Stream (Japan), Early 80s. New Copy ....
Brilliant brown-eyed soul from Ray Camacho – an artist who was previously known for more border-styled work with his Teardrops band, but who steps out here with a surprisingly great blend of electric jazz and boogie! The approach is wonderful – a real re-direction of Ray's earlier ... read moreCD
Charanga 76 at the end of the 70s – but still grooving hard in the new charanga mode that made them such a hit at the time! The style here is a great combination of new advances in 70s salsa and older instrumentation from 60s charanga – violin, flute, and tight timbales mixed with some ... read moreCD
A great new set from this legendary Miami Latin combo – working here in a classic style that really shows their roots! The album's no-nonsense salsa right from the start – great rhythms at the core of each tune, some soaring work on trumpets and trombone to really give the cuts a jazzy ... read moreCD
The young Joe Cuba's coming on plenty strong here – working with a stripped-down sextet that was his answer to the larger, stuffier Latin groups of the previous generation! Cuba's combo has plenty of fire right from the start – and a sublime mix of jazz and percussion that's a key link ... read moreCD
A nice little collection of early work by the Joe Cuba Sextet – recorded before Joe's Latin Soul years, when he was recording for the Seeco label, and turning out some of the best small combo Latin of his time! Joe's approach was a lot more percussive than many of his contemporaries – ... read moreCD
An obscure but excellent session – recorded at the end of the 70s with some of the best players in the New York salsa underground! The music is extremely vibrant – and the styles of the tracks range from hard Afro-Cuban percussion grooving to tight Latin jazz in a classic mode – ... read moreCD
A very cool set from vocalist Rey Davila – and one that features backings from a mighty hip band! Rey's able to embrace a number of different styles – including some mambo and boogaloo modes – and there's definitely some of that soulful undercurrent you'd find in the New York ... read moreCD
We're not sure if Jose Fajardo actually recorded this album in Japan, but we can say that it's a great little smoker that stands with his best from the early 60s – filled with lively pachanga rhythms, and graced with plenty of his own deft work on flute! The vibe is upbeat and lively – ... read moreCD
A great little set from flautist Jose Fajardo – recorded during that brief early 60s period when Columbia was putting out some of the strongest pachanga records on the New York scene! Fajardo's work on flute is completely wonderful – that hard, punctuated approach to the instrument ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
One of the proudest moments of the New York Latin underground – a time when some of its best players wound up playing for Columbia, through a brief affiliation between Fania and the larger label! And although you might think that the album would totally sell out the group's best points, it's ... read moreCD
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
Pretty wild stuff – a mixture of Cuban rhythms, tripped out rock, folksy instrumentation, and even a bit of Latin jazz! The styles vary from track to track – played by a range of different artists brought together by project director Leo Brouwer – and the album's a fascinating ... read moreCD
A legendary bit of Latin from the New York scene of the 60s – recorded by a host of youthful players working under the direction of percussionist Montego Joe! The group's name is a contraction of "Harlem Youth" – a program in which all players participated, as part of an ... read moreCD
Warm, wonderful work from Irakere – a combo who are working here in a style that's more straightforward than some of their material from the 70s – but equally nice, and played with a rock-solid blend of Latin and jazz that comes off perfectly throughout! Chucho Valdes is at the head of ... read moreCD
A great early 80s session from Irakere – and one that really upgrades the funkier side of their groove! The approach is still that great mix of Cuban roots and Latin jazz we've always loved from the group – but there's also a bit tighter production, and great use of keyboards from ... read moreCD
A fantastic blend of funk, jazz, and Cuban rhythms – served up by the youthful Irakere, working here at the height of their powers! There's a sense of boundless energy throughout the entire record – an effort to try on so many things at once, and somehow get them all really right ... read moreCD
Killer 70s work from this legendary Cuban group! The record's better than most of their output outside of Cuba, and it features a stunning mix of Latin grooves and electric funky elements, in a manner that's very similar to some of the NuYorican groups in America during the time. The great Chucho ... read moreCD
The second Columbia album for this amazing Cuban combo – and a record that really helped get the talents of Irakere a lot of overdue exposure here in the US! The record's surprisingly tight – especially for a major label effort of the time – really committed to the deepest sides ... read moreCD
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 go-go dancer on the cover, and some very tasty grooves on the record – hard and heavy Latin work from the mighty Kako, cut with a sound that's a lot more classic than you might guess from the image on the front! The style here has a slight nod to the boogaloo generation, but also really ... read moreCD
La Crema De New York —
El Party ... CD United Artists/West Side Latino, Early 70s. New Copy ....
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 moreCD
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
Latin Percussion Jazz Ensemble —
Just Like Magic ... CD Latin Percussion Ventures, 1979. New Copy ....
A killer set of percussion-heavy Latin jazz tracks – one that brings together two different generations of Latin Jazz, working here in a stripped-down groove that's totally wonderful! The album's a real stunner from the legendary late 70s run of the Latin Percussion label – the imprint ... read moreCD
Pupi Legarreta —
Que Lio! ... CD Uniko (Canada), 1965. New Copy ....
The album's got a 70s-styled cover, but the groove is pure 60s charanga from the mighty Pupi Legarreta – a smoking set filled with lively rhythms, some tight piano and flute, and loads of great solos from the leader over the top! Vocals are mostly in a chorus mode, and leap along with the ... read moreCD
A Tico Records classic from the legendary Pupi Legarreta – one of the few cats who can really make a violin groove! The set's cut in a lively charanga mode – great instrumentation from the leader over these choppy, percussive rhythms – plus smoking jazzy flute lines that dip, ... 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
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
One of the rare gems from the wonderful Bobby Montez – a leader who only cut a rare few Latin albums at the start of the 60s – all of them great! This set has Bobby working strongly in a pachanga mode, but still with all the exotic jazzy inflections that make his other records so great ... read moreCD
Bobby Montez —
Viva Montez! ... CD World Pacific/Melodias (Colombia), 1961. New Copy ....
An incredible album of Latin jazz! The great vibist Bobby Montez leads one of the hippest combos you'll ever hear on record – a modal quintet that grooves like no other Latin combo we can think of – topped with wonderful vibes from the leader, on an album that's totally unique – ... read moreCD
Great stuff – and one of the purest examples we can find of the Latin piano style of the great Noro Morales! Noro plays here without any of the trappings of some of his other records – just working with a small rhythm combo on an all-instrumental set – with tremendous solo work ... read moreCD
Olguita & George Hernandez —
Latinsville ... CD World Pacific/Palladium (Spain), 1962. New Copy ....
A gem of a record from this overlooked singer of the 60s – a Puerto Rican vocalist who got her start in New York, but recorded this sweet session for the west coast jazz label World Pacific – at a time when the imprint was really cooking up some great Latin dates with a very unusual ... read moreCD
Sweet pachanga grooves from Orquesta Aragon – and a set that's a lot more stripped down than some of their material from the 50s! There's still a few echoes of the cha cha groove here, but the overall approach is definitely in keeping with the image on the cover – light flute lines ... read moreCD
Classic 60s sounds from this cool charanga group – one who definitely have the New York vibe you'd expect from the Broadway in their name! Percussion, piano, and all the string instruments are right on the money – using the latter in ways nobody would have expected a decade before, ... read moreCD
These guys just keep getting better and better – and this time around, they've got such a tight groove, it's hard not to compare the group with some of the best of the 70s salsa generation! Rhythms are right on the money, and the instrumentation is completely sublime – very jazzy, with ... read moreCD
Luis Perico Ortiz —
My Own Image ... CD Latin Percussion Ventures, 1978. New Copy ....
A hell of a trumpeter – making his debut here on one of the grooviest albums on the legendary Latin Percussion label! The session's a bit fuller than some of the other LP albums – a crackling blend of jazz, funk, and Latin rhythms – warm, but with some pretty complicated moments, ... read moreCD
Lots of loco drums from Nelson Padron – a set that's got a slightly different feel than some of the other work we've heard from the Latin Percussionist – and we mean that in a good way! The record was cut with a nice use of echo in the mix – creating an almost watery sound at ... read moreCD
Charlie Palmieri —
Charanga! ... CD United Artists/West Side Latino, 1961. New Copy ....
Insanely great charanga work from Charlie Palmieri – proof that in the hands of the right leader, the new sound could really sound incredible! There's a rawness and energy to the record that you'd hardly hear in some of the more mainstream pachanga sets of the period – that edge that ... read moreCD
Charlie Palmieri Quartet —
Easy Does It ... CD Gone/Blue Moon (Spain), 1959. New Copy ....
A rare killer! Charlie Palmieri cut this album for the mostly-R&B Gone label in the years before moving onto straight Latin labels – and the session's a rare treat with a very unique sound! Charlie is out front on piano, and the overall sound is straight Latin jazz, with lots of firey ... read moreCD
Some of the best work we've heard in years from the legendary Eddie Palmieri – sounds recorded especially for a film on pick-up basketball in New York City, and done with a style that really takes us back to Eddie's best records from years back! The music is very jazzy – with long ... read moreCD
Joe Pappy's best known for his work in an early 60s plena mode – but here, he blends that style with the new groove of the Latin Soul generation – and comes up with some very tasty tracks in the process! The set isn't the same sort of straight boogaloo you might hear from Fania or Tico ... read moreCD
A lost classic from Pearly Queen – definitely a record that's been a true treasure hunt for crate diggers over the years! The set's best-sought for its funkier numbers – about half the set, in which Pearly Queen smoke nicely with a blend of Cuban roots and 70s modes – showing a ... read moreCD
Tight, moddish Latin jams from the King Of Mambo – a rare mid 60s set from Perez Prado that's totally incredible – stacked from beginning to end with hard charging, pulpy uptempo groovers! Con Ritmo A Go Go is a record that lives and breathes for the rhythmic groove – with drums ... read moreCD
Johnny Ray's got a new groove here – one that takes his older salsa mode and changes it up for the younger generation by bringing in a fair bit of reggaeton rhythms! The backings are often a bit more programmed and electric than Johnny's other records, but there's still a bit of live salsa ... read moreCD
A mighty tribute to Johnny Ray's many years in music – including his early work as Johnny Zamot – and proof that the percussionist is still one hell of a cooker after all these years! The charts are tight, upbeat, and very jazzy – served up with a really classic feel throughout, ... read moreCD
Contemporary work from Johnny Ray – aka Johnny Zamot – a set of salsa-heavy tunes that also aims to cross over nicely – thanks to its choice of popular tunes, and its slight use of electric instrumentation! Johnny's group here salsifies a batch of numbers from the 70s and 80s ... read moreCD
Johnny Ray & Salsa Con Clase —
Encendido ... CD JZ Productions, 2006. New Copy ....
Salsa with class from congolero Johnny Ray – a set that's got many of the same tight edges used in his 70s work as Johnny Zamot, but which comes across with a sound that's slightly more contemporary overall! The group here features Johnny on congas, plus horns, piano, percussion, and a bit ... read moreCD
Johnny Ray & Salsa Con Clase —
Mascarada 2 ... CD JZ Productions, Early 2000s. New Copy ....
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
Johnny Ray's combo is cooking nicely on this set – steeped in Puerto Rican salsa sounds, but carrying off the music with lightly grooving quality! The instrumentation here includes trumpet, trombone, piano, and percussion – plus a bit of more contemporary keyboards on a few tracks, but ... read moreCD
Walfredo De Los Reyes Y Su Orquestra —
Sabor Cubano ... CD Rumba, Early 60s. New Copy ....
Great Cuban grooves, with some heavy trumpet in the lead – as you'd guess from the sparkling cover of this vintage album! The set's got a nice raw feel throughout – and the strong use of lead trumpet almost gives some of the cuts the feel of Dizzy Gillespie's cubop experiments from the ... read moreCD
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
Wonderfully jazzy work from Tito Rodriguez – and further proof that his live albums are often some of the best he ever recorded! The set's got an earthy feel that's quite different than some of Tito's studio albums – still that tight groove he brought to Latin music at the end of the ... read moreCD
Tito Rodriguez returns to the Palladium – in a smoking set that's got all the great jazzy touches of his first volume at the famous club, but a bit more of a charanga groove overall! The core combo elements that make Tito great are firmly in place – that strong sense of rhythm and ... read moreCD
The long-overdue issue of these lost sides – recorded by Arturo Sandoval in LA in 1989, during a period when he was stopping in the city on tour, at a time right before he defected from Cuba. You don't need to know Sandoval's politics to enjoy the set, though, because it's a great batch of ... 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
An overlooked salsa gem from the New York scene of the 80s – one of those great Montuno Records albums that was a lot more rootsy than most other work of the time! The group work here with a blend of salsa energy and deeper Afro-Cuban roots – especially on the percussion, which really ... read moreCD
One of the coolest collections of Latin music we've ever seen – and one of the first to really demonstrate the importance of the Jewish market during the postwar years! The New York scene wasn't just fed by a hotbed of Cuban and Puerto Rican customers – and Jewish listeners were a key ... read moreCD
A treasure trove of 50s and 60s music from Puerto Rico – and a killer compilation centered around the pioneering work of percussionist Rafael Cortijo and singer Ismael Rivera! Essentially, this a blueprint for the global salsa, tropical and Latin scenes to come – and it's invigorating ... read moreCD
Long live Cubop – one of the greatest labels for Latin music in the past 25 years, and still one of the imprints that most frequently graces our turntables! Cubop have stepped in where many other labels fail –resurrecting a solid, classic style of Latin jazz that isn't always recorded ... read moreCD