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
Lat-Teens ... CD Zebra (Colombia), Late 60s. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
A wonderful collection of grooves from the ultra-cool Lat-Teens – a late 60s Latin soul group who are often best-remembered for the drug references in their English language tunes, but a combo who could also groove on all sides of the Latin spectrum! The set's got loads of excellent numbers ... read moreCD
A extremely rare album that Eric Dolphy recorded with the Latin Jazz Quintet – a rare Latin-based side of Dolphy's career, and a set that's a bit different than the Prestige album by the same pairing! This set features a slightly different lineup of the LJQ – one that includes Louie ... read moreCD
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 great overview of the revival years of Latin percussionist Bobby Matos – a player we initially loved for his boogaloo work in the 60s, but who's returned as an even stronger force in recent years! Most of the tracks here are from Bobby's albums of the past decade or so for Ubiquity's Cubop ... read moreCD
Bobby Matos —
Sessions ... CD CuBop/Ubiquity, 1980s/1990s. New Copy ...
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
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
2 rare Latin albums from the Prestige/Fantasy vaults – both of them great! The set compiles the records Wild & Warm and Arriba! Con Montego Joe – by congolero Montego Joe, a key figure in the underground New York scene of the 60s. Both albums have a good hard Latin jazz feel, with ... 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
Charangas for everyone – served up here in a sweet, lean 60s style by Orquesta Sublime! The flute is especially strong in the combo – very sharp and high up in the mix – so that its lines stand out very strongly, and have this forceful feel that really brings the violin and ... read moreCD
Classic charanga work from Orquesta Sublime – grooving here at a slightly mellower pace than some of their other 60s albums, but at a level that's still more than rhythmic enough for the dancing promised in the title! The instrumentation is nicely varied – so that sometimes the violin ... read moreCD
Nice split CD that brings together rare early material by these two Latin music giants! The disc has 20 tracks in all – with 10 by Prado and 10 by Morales, and all tracks from the late 40s. Perez performs "Mambo No 5", "Actopan", "Hembra Maia", "Mi ... read moreCD
A killer new album from Pucho – and the best one he's done since the early 70s! Unlike some of his weaker recent ones, which try to hard for a "fake funk" feel that just ends up going nowhere, this one plays on Pucho's strong Latin jazz sensibility, and it lets the band get nice ... read moreCD
A Puerto Rican equivalent of the Fania and Alegre All Stars – and a group that works with equally hard-driving energy! The overall format is mighty tight – a great trumpet and trombone section, perched nicely on heavy rhythms from a group that features Papo Lucas on piano, Tony Sanchez ... read moreCD
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
Don't let the title fool you, because it's similar to the album that Ricardo Ray and Bobby Cruz started off the 70s with – El Bestial Sonido – but the record's something quite different indeed! This set has Ricardo and Bobby exploring a more spiritual side of their music – one ... 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
A brilliantly burning set from Salsa Fever – and one with a much more complicated groove than some of their previous work – a spacious, soaring undercurrent that's loaded with jazz, and which really makes the album stand out from the pack! There's a sophistication to the arrangements ... read moreCD
A nice Prestige 2-fer collecting 2 early sides Mongo cut for Fantasy in the late 50s. The first, released under the title Mongo, is a no-nonsense batch of Latin jazz tracks, arranged by himself and Francisco Aguabella, who's sort of the co-leader of the group on the set! Players include Emil ... read moreCD
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
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
Colombian dancefloor stormers from Michi Sarmiento Y Su Combo Bravo – stellar guaguancos, descargas and cumbias from the late 60s and the heart of the 70s – compiled with the utmost love by Roberto Gyemant, Quantic and Miles Cleret! Soundway's forays into Colombian music to date – ... 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
One of the coolest, grooviest albums of Latin Soul you could ever hope to find – one of the few records ever from the great Ray Terrace – and a set that goes even beyond some of the similar sides on Tico or Fania at the time! Ray's groove here is totally wonderful – upbeat, ... read moreCD
Tipica 73 at their early best – filled with life, fire, and imagination – a mighty approach that tries to grab up many different Latin styles at once, and which makes most of them come out pretty darn great! There's a nice return to tradition on most tunes here – but the approach ... read moreCD
A stone killer from one of the greatest Latin trombonists ever – a set that really lives up to its title, and maybe even blows away some of the earlier Cuban sessions by Juan Pablo Torres! Juan's a great leader throughout – working here with a tight ensemble that's heavy on percussion, ... read moreCD
If a cover was enough, this album would already be great – but it's also one of the hardest-grooving sets from Bobby Valentin, cut at the end of the 60s with a heavy early salsa groove! Bobby's really stepping off his Latin soul work nicely with the set – moving into a realm of longer, ... read moreCD
Crack Latin from trombonist Papo Vazquez – one of the strongest sets we've ever heard from Cubop Records, a label that's always pretty darn great! Vazquez' vision here is quite strong – working with a big group to craft some tunes that are surprisingly lean while still managing to be ... read moreCD