A blend of soulful styles from the mighty Macondo! This self-titled set is pretty hip batch of tracks – sort of a mixture of early 70s LA Latin funk, with some lighter elements of Brazilian music, possibly added into the record by Claudio Slon, who produced the set for Sergio Mendes. The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, a cutout notch, some stains, a promo sticker, another small sticker, and an ink stamp on the back.)
Malo may be evolving a bit, but they're still right in the pocket as far as we're concerned! This excellent west coast Latin ensemble mixes together jazz, funk, soul, and slight touches of Chicano rock – into a heavy groove that was one of the best-conceived at the time. Jorge Santana lays ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Malo ... LP Warner, 1972. Very Good Gatefold ...
Wonderful 70s Latin soul from the legendary Bay Area combo that included Jorge Santana, Luis Gasca, and Coke Escovedo! This first record's a masterpiece in the California Latin Soul style – a sweet blend of Latin, jazz, funk, and rock that took up where the New York groups left off at the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Percussionist Sabu Martinez is one of the all-time greats of Latin music – and this record is probably the rarest he ever cut! The album came out of Sweden, where Sabu was residing during the 70s – enjoying some success as an expatriot jazz player in the European scene. The album ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
A crack salsa combo from New York – contemporary, but with a very old school vibe – and a really rich sense of arrangement! The group's got two trombones and two trumpets – but arrangements are by pianist Mike Eckroth, who's got a really broad sense of color – and uses the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
An excellent set of groovy Latin-tinged tunes – and one of the rarest records on Prestige from the 60s! The set's one of the few ever recorded under the name of Montego Joe – a great conga player who's probably best remembered for his work with the Har-You Percussion Ensemble, but who ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the grooviest records ever recorded – and pretty darn rare, too! The Moon People – aka Los Astronautas – were a Latin Soul studio band who played behind some of the other killer recordings on the Speed Label. They're best known for their sock-boogaloo instrumental "La ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Noro Morales' most ambitious recording, and a beautiful reading of Ernesto Lecuona's extended Afro Cuban Suite! The suite spans both sides of the album, and is done here in a beautiful orchestral intervweaving of Latin themes, with arrangements by George Siravo, and piano by Noro, who also leads ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear, some seam splitting, a sticker, and some stains on the back.)
Noro Morales turns his rich talents to a set of merengue tracks – but the style's a lot different than you'd expect from the later sound of the genre! Instead, these cuts have a sly sinister sound, with kind of a snakey approach that adds a nice element to the music, and which keeps things ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label mono pressing. Cover has a small split on the top seam.)
Ocho 3 ... LP United Artists, 1974. New Copy (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
The killer 3rd album by this legendary Latin group from the early 70s! The set's a very tasty batch of Latin jazz, Latin funk, and a few straighter Latin cuts – and it's possibly their toughest album to find in the original. The group gets hot and heavy on a Latin version of James Brown's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great early record by Larry Harlow's famous combo – every bit the "smokin" set that the title might imply! Harlow and the group are in full force here – ripping through a set of short tracks that really groove with a darkly percussive edge. There's a surprising amount of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great early record by Larry Harlow's famous combo – every bit the "smokin" set that the title might imply! Harlow and the group are in full force here – ripping through a set of short tracks that really groove with a darkly percussive edge. There's a surprising amount of ... 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
Although Chicago has never ever boasted a big Latin music scene – or at least not one that's in the same vein as New York or LA – the Orquesta La Solucion is one of the city's best Latin acts, and their few rare records are all pretty decent salsa albums. This one, from (we think) the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Orquesta Maravillas De Florida —
En Vivo ... LP Areito (Cuba), Late 70s. Very Good+ ...
Hard to find vinyl pressing of this 1989 Real World album by the famous Cuban group. Still pretty darn good, despite the fact that Peter Gabriel had a hand in the album. Titles include "El Ron Pa Despue", "21 De Mayo", "Runidera", "La Gente No Se Puede ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Orquesta Tipica Almendra —
Se Paso ... LP Cubitas, 1976. Very Good+ ...
A great little record from Charlie Palmieri – and one of his oddest! The "electro" in the title refers to a strange tinny organ that Charlie plays on many cuts on the record, a cool little instrument that gives the songs a nice twist. The backing's pretty great in the classic Coco ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An important early album from Eddie Palmieri – one in which he introduces the "mozambique" rhythm – essentially a conga-styled approach to the tune, and one that features a lot more percussion than on his earlier sides! The group that supports him is strong enough to carry ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ahhhhh . . . The wonderful sounds of Joey Pastrana – the hip Latin Soul bandleader who was known to the kids as "Hot" Pastrana! This album's one of his best for Cotique – a strong mix of boogaloo numbers and straighter Latin tracks, all played with the kind of fire that was ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Remastered 140 gram vinyl. Numbered limited edition of 1000.)
A really unique little 60s Latin session from Verve – recorded with a surprisingly stripped-down feel that you wouldn't expect from the label, given that they mostly went for a groovier pop-Latin approach at the time! Percussionists Patato Valdez and Totico join with Arsenio Rodriguez, ... read moreCD
One of our favorite Latin jazz albums ever – and a truly amazing record! Bobby Pauntteo, aka Bobby Vince Paunetto, is probably best known for his groundbreaking Latin fusion albums of the NuYorican era – but this rare gem from the 60s shows that he was a really forward thinker, even at ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The title says "ugh!" and there's lots of that in this record! Perez plays in that tight hard way that he used on his best 50s recordings, making his trademark grunt of "ugh!" as the songs change rhythms – in a style that the notes describe as "the only vocal baton ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original black label mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear.)
Perez Prado —
Prez ... LP RCA, Late 50s. Very Good ...
One of Perez Prado's classics, with a side of Latin stuff and a side of jazz stuff – all played by Prado's classic group. Tracks include "Maria Bonita", "Machaca", "Marta", "Fireworks", "Leo's Special", and "Lullaby Of Birdland". ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear. Vinyl plays with a short click on side 2, track 3.)
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
Nice compilation of some of the more Latin Soul-oriented tracks cut by Pucho and his group for Prestige. Lots of these tracks feature Jackie "Soul" Thompson on vocals, and they groove with a nice tight soul sound that's an excellent representation of the band at their best. There's lots ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers —
Tough! ... LP Prestige, 1966. New Copy (reissue)...
Killer Latin soul from Pucho and crew – and an album that's one of their greatest! The record is also one of the earliest by the group, and it features a different lineup than later ones – with William Bivens on vibes, Claude Bartee on tenor, and Vince McEwan on trumpet. There's a bit ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tito Puente and his group caught live in The Catskills – jamming strongly at Grossinger's Hotel on one of their best sessions for RCA! Despite the resort setting of the set, Tito and the group make things cook just like they were back in the city – and the liveness of the set seems to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has a half split top seam, some wear, and a small sticker.)
One of Tito's classic 50's recordings for Tico, all of which have a much rawer sound than his work for RCA from the same time. The tracks on here represent some Tito's best work in the Cha Cha Cha format – played with a hard sound and a good percussive drive aimed towards a very appreciative ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a half split top seam and moslty split spine.)
A heavy groover from Tito Puente – recorded in a back to basics style, but with a hard percussive edge! The sound here has plenty of jazzy touches – almost in the mode of Tito's funky big band records of the mid 70s, but with less of the funk or the large group touches – almost a ... read moreCD
Essential grooves from Tito Puente – a really unique record for the time, and a set that's only grown in power over the years! The album's an all-percussion jam from Puente – one that strips away most other instrumentation, to focus just on heavy drum work from Puente and a core group ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the greatest Tito Puente albums from the 50s, and a spare percussion jam session that's right up there with his legendary Puente In Percussion album! The group features Mongo Santamaria, Bill Correa, Julito Collazo, and Enrigue Marti on percussion with Tito – and the only other ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the wildest albums in the history of Latin music – a crazy batch of Latin soul tunes made by Louie Ramirez under the alter ego of Ali Baba! The album starts with Ali saying "I hope you buy this album. I need the bread to buy a couple of camels. You see, I haven't had a hump in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Killer Latin sounds from the 70s Spanish scene – and a record that would be much more at home in the New York scene of the 60s! The percussion is very lively – in a way that takes us back to the sound of Cortijo's combo in the 60s – and is mixed with a sweet range of salsa ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
An amazing follow up to Ricardo Ray's first album of Jala Jala and Boogaloo tracks – a real killer Latin soul set that's even better than the first! The record's got a full-on style that kicks in from the very first note – a blend of uptight Latin tracks and some very groovy 60s-styled ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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