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CandidoLatin Fire – The Big Beat Of Candido ... LP
ABC, 1959. Very Good ... $14.99
One of the grooviest early albums recorded by Candido – done way before his later funky sides, and served up with plenty of unusual touches that set it apart from the usual 50s Latin set! Candi's very much in front of the arrangements on congas – hitting hard with a percussive fury that certainly marks his space – but he's also getting wonderful support from Manny Albam on arrangements, who brings in some searing solo work from players like Nick Travis, Phil Woods, and Ernie Royal – all of whom color the sound with some strong lines on their horns. And added to this too are some sparely-used vocal bits – scatting chorus passages that are never hokey, and expand out the tunes with a finger-snapping sound that's way better than you might expect! The record's one of the most subtle "with voices" efforts we've ever heard – and we love Albam's economical use of this element alongside the stronger jazz soloists. Titles are mostly traditional numbers, but they're transformed tremendously with this sound – as you'll hear on the album's versions of "Royal Garden Blues", "King Porter Stomp", "Ja Da", "Swinging The Blues", "Sweet Sue", and "Exactly Like You". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a center split on the bottom seam.)

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Willie ColonEl Baquine De Angelitos Negros ... LP
Fania, 1977. Very Good Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
A very cool soundtrack album written, arranged, and produced by Willie Colon – and with a sound that's unlike anything you'll hear on his own albums from the time! Most of the tracks are instrumentals, and they have a haunting mix of styles that includes modern charanga, Latin jazz, and nicely orchestrated instrumentals with a Latin tinge. Marty Sheller conducted the band with Willie, and players include Milton Cardona, Mauricio Smith, Yomo Toro, Jose Mangual, Andy Gonzales, and others. The album is a tremendous effort – one that shows that Willie was a hell of a talent at the time, with an incredibly rich musical vision – and titles include "Angustia Maternal", "Camino Al Barrio", "8th Avenue", "El Baquine", "Angelitos Negros", and "Cuatro Por Tres". Great stuff, and in a gatefold cover! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light water damage in one corner.)
 
 
 
 



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