You know the story. Ry Cooder got tired of playing with Ali Farka Toure, set his sights on another culture to plunder, and the rest is history! Who'd have ever thought the Cuban embargo would create a useful situation for a dried-out rocker to suddenly have great record sales again? Can't blame ... read moreCD
A great lost 70s New York session from Angel and his group! The sound is very tight, with a smoothly produced salsa sound, but still a lot of rootsiness in the playing, and Angel's vocals are nice and soulful. Canales put the whole thing together himself, and issued it on his own Selanac label ... read moreCD
A monster album of 70s salsa – and one that has bad boy Willie Colon taking the Latin world by storm – forging the new sound that would push him and the New York scene into the frontline of 70s Latin! Willie's got a strength on the set that's very much in keeping with his machine gun ... read moreCD
A brilliant new move for Willie Colon – a set that goes even further than his mid 70s classics with Ruben Blades, and pushes Willie into a Pan-American consciousness carried off with ambitious musical vision! The sound is still salsa at the core, but Willie's also brought in bits of other ... read moreCD
This is about as strong as you can get from Willie Colon – he's holding a gun to some cat's head on the cover! (And hip hoppers think they invented the gangster image!) More than just a catchy picture, though, the image is really important at a symbolic level – as the guy Willie's ... read moreCD
A wicked batch of funky tracks from the Fania All Stars – one of their greatest albums, and one with a good story to boot! Supposedly, the group were all set to do an all-star concert with some very famous guests, but the whole thing turned out to be a disaster with lots of problems in the ... read moreCD
The Fania All Stars pay tribute to a form that inspired many of its players – but which faded from Latin vogue before the group was properly formed in the late 60s. The session's a nice bit of retro Latin, with some strong late era salsa touches. Titles include "Guajira Con Tumbao" ... 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
Bobby Matos —
Sessions ... CD CuBop/Ubiquity, 1980s/1990s. Used ....
Just Sold Out!
After having such great success with their two recent Bobby Matos recordings, Cubop has gone ahead and put together this great collection of material that Bobby recorded over the past 15 years. It includes a few tracks recorded for Cubop and not released at the time (including a very funky Latin ... read moreCD
A seminal bit of 70s Latin from Eddie Palmieri – a full, rich session that really earns the "sun" in its title! Eddie's working here in that complicated approach to jazzy rhythms from the later Tico years – inflected by a bit of straighter salsa rhythms – in a style ... read moreCD
Fairly traditional-sounding Latin grooves by flautist Lou Perez, and a record that has him introducing the conga-heavy "Bom Bon" beat. That groove's heard to best effect on the tracks "El Ritmo Bom Bon", "Bom Bon Bata", and "El Commentario" – but our ... read moreCD
A smoking little tribute to Cuban great Beny More – recorded in the mid 70s by Tito Puente, in a way that nicely updates the classic sound! The style here is certainly traditional, but the record really benefits from tighter salsa-era production from Louie Ramirez – who gives the music ... read moreCD
A smoking compilation of some of Tito's best sides for the Tico label – most of which were recorded in the early and mid 60s, when he was in a very hard-hitting mode! There's loads of great groovers here – like the boogaloo cuts "Fat Mama" and "TP's Shingaling", and ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Booklet has a few wrinkles, but is fine overall.)
Rabbits & Carrots —
Soul Latino ... CD Musart/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1969/1971. Used ....
One of the funkiest Mexican groups at the end of the 60s – a hard-hitting combo who could almost go head to head with any American ensemble of the funky 45 generation! Rabbits & Carrots work in a mostly-instrumental mode here – a style that has just a slight element of Latin in the ... read moreCD
Luaka Bop compilation of recordings by Cuban vocalist Silvio Rodriguez – most of them recorded for the Egrem label during the late 70s and 1980s. As with all the other Luaka Bop comps, this one's a very complete look at the artist – with a great set of notes that provides a strong ... read moreCD
"New" is a relatively redundant word to use for an artist like Chucho Valdes – who's been breaking down boundaries since his earliest recordings – but it's also the quickest and least complicated way to address the manner in which he works. The set's like other American sides ... read moreCD
A nice little dip into the sound of modern Latin music – one that offers up some of the more soul-based styles of the scene, and which nicely gets past some of the fluffier hits and chart tracks! There's a groove here that's clearly influenced by mainstream R&B and hip hop, but which ... read moreCD