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
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
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
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
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
Bobby Rodriguez Y La Neva Compania —
Mi Regreso ... CD Caiman, 1984. Used ....
Nice compilation that features Pete's best boogaloo tracks from the late 60s. Cuts include "Pete's Boogaloo", "Bobby", "I Like It Like That", "Micaela", "People Want To Know", "Fango", "Soy El Ray", "Cata Con Tata", ... 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
A standout session from Willie Rosario – an album that has him introducing singer Junior Toledo, who really makes the record sparkle with his vocals! The grooves here are in those warmly jazzy styles that kept Rosario on top well into the 80s – an approach to salsa that has a bit more ... 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
"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
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
A great set of Latin grooves – more of a freewheeling collection of heavy jazzy numbers, pulled from rare LP sources, than the sleepy sort of overview of "masters" than you might expect from the title! There's some great gems from the New York scene of the 60s on here – ... 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
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