It's the end of the 60s, and El Gran Combo are really going strong – working in a tight, focused groove that's definitely on the cuttingedge of Latin music at the time – even though these guys were already turning into one of the biggest acts on the scene! There a good mix of New York tough and Puerto Rican roots in the music – and their trademark blend of two saxes and two trumpets somehow has a bit more soul than some of the larger acts of the time – even while elements of the music still hold onto tradition nicely. Titles include "Falsaria", "Las Tres Marias", "Antes Que Tu", "Serrana", "Veijo Verde", "Mi Ritmo", "Oye Mi Canto", and "A Ti Te Pasa Algo". CD
One of the greatest jazz-based albums ever recorded by Tito Puente – a rare west coast session cut for the GNP label! The sound here is leaner, cleaner, and more swinging than some of Tito's work of the period for Tico Records – with some especially great work in the lead from the horns, cutting and carving out some very dynamic lines that really live up to the percussive undercurrent set up by Puente! Personnel is unfortunately not named – but there's some great vibes in the mix on a few numbers, plus a bit of flute as well. Titles include "Ojos Negras", "Pajaro Cho Gui", "Ah Vah", "Pachanga Flute", "TP on the Strip", "Baila Pachanga", and "Negra Bon Bon". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original white label pressing with a deep groove. Cover has some edge wear & a stereophonic sticker.)
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Latin Jazz Quintet —
Latin Soul ... LP Prestige/New Jazz, 1965. New Copy (reissue)....
A wonderful batch of Latin Jazz grooves – played by a group who more than deserved the right to call themselves the Latin Jazz Quintet! The core sound features vibes and piano jamming away nicely, really hitting some great modal rhythms – but this album's also got an added bonus in the presence of alto player Bobby Capers, an old bandmate of Mongo Santamaria, and a real killer of a player on a hard Latin groove! Capers really makes this album shine – cutting in some hard-edged sax solos amidst the warmer pulse of the vibes and piano – and titles include some hard grooving classics like "Rip a Dip", "Dilly Dali", "Blues Waltz", "Milestones", "Red Top", and "Sunday Go Meetin'". LP, Vinyl record album