Killer Latin soul! This record is one of the hardest to find from the late 60's boogaloo era, and it's a massive stormer filled with tasty grooves! The band is small and tight, with a 2-sax frontline, for an extra-soulful sound. Vocals are in English and Spanish, and the album wails away like a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A stone kicker by the Lebron Brothers – not as all-out Latin soul as the group's first few records, but a heck of a great session nonetheless! The album's got the brothers moving into more of a 70s salsa mode, but still keeping the small combo edge of their earlier albums – singing in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amazing work from the New York underground of the late 60s – an album that's as magical as its title implies! Latin definitely goes psychedelic on this one – burning through a cloud of smoke with a brilliant blend of soul, jazz, and the hipper rhythms of the Spanish Harlem scene at the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great set of Latin grooves – and despite the "calypso" in the title, this is pretty much a straight Latin album from Joe Loco, and it ranks as one of his best from the 50s. The grooves are nice and straight ahead, with searing percussion, and nice heavy piano from Joe. Who ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has wear and staining on the back.)
A solid groover from Joe Loco – cut in a pachanga style, as you'd guess from the title – but like all of his work at the time, the kind of a session that's really driven by his tight work on piano, no matter what the rhythm! Joe's heavy hand on the keys makes any sort of a record a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original mono pressing. Cvoer has light ring & edge wear.)
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 contemporary Latin combo, but one with a really unique feel as well – a mix of 60s charanga modes, 50s Cuban roots, and some definite modern phrasing! The group has a really wonderful blend of flute, violin, trombone, tres, and percussion – and congolero Hector "Papote" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Funky fusion with plenty of Latin touches – a really compelling set from the Nicaraguan scene of the 70s! The album's got the same criss-crossing of influences you'd hear in some of the best Bay Area projects of this type – no surprise since Jose Chepito Areas is a key member of the ... read moreCD
Alexis Luichi Y La Compania —
Merengues ... LP Discos Heydi, 1986. Sealed ...
One of a few albums recorded by the enigmatic vocalist Lupo – a strangely-voiced singer with a trill sound that's as compelling as his name! The album's mostly a straight ahead Latin set with a good range of material handled in traditional fashion, but it does feature one great Latin Soul ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has a small cutout hole.)
By the end of the 50s, Machito was a king of the Latin scene – and had an ability to both groove hard, and lay down sophisticated arrangements that were a lot stronger than those of other throwaway cha cha cha groups. This album's one of his best from the era – and it includes lots of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A tight little Machito album from the 60s – produced by Leroy Holmes, and done with a bit more punch than some of his other records from the time! The format's similar to other Machito sessions – in that some tracks have Machtio singing with a larger backing group, and others focus on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
This one's a bit tighter than some of the group's earlier albums – but still equally funky, and still very nice! Malo are at the top of their form here – grooving hard with great guitar from Jorge Santana, tight congas from Francisco Aquabella, sweet organ from Ron De Masi, and great ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner and some splitting on the top seam.)
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
A masterpiece of Latin jazz – and one of the truest expressions of the genre we can think of! The album's quite unique, especially for the time – a spare, stripped-down presentation of Latin-influenced jazz – a sound that has its roots in the cubop experiments of a decade before, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Joseito Mateo & Luis Kalaff —
Merengue ... LP Karen, 1979. Very Good+ ...
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
Boleros and ballads from the silky voice of Gilberto Monroig – perfectly combined here with the orchestra of Tito Puente and arrangements of Redhames Reyes Alfau! The whole thing's pretty mellow overall, but still quite nice – and Tito's jazzy touches are appreciated. Titles include ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed, but open in one corner – which has some light tape.)
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
Fantastic! Chico O'Farrill did some great Latin work for Verve, Norgran, and Mercury over the years – but most of it was only released on 10" LPs, and has only been the province of collectors for a number of years. Now, though, this killer 2 CD set brings together a whopping 45 sides ... read moreCD
Orchestra Harlow —
El Exigente ... LP Fania, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
A stunning album from Orquesta Harlow – one of their wildest of the 60s, and filled with delights! The record starts with this strange sound of a train pulling into a station, then rolls into a massive boogaloo groove that really sets the pace for the album – hitting hard with some ... 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
Sweet pachanga grooves from Orquesta Aragon – and a set that's a lot more stripped down than some of their material from the 50s! There's still a few echoes of the cha cha groove here, but the overall approach is definitely in keeping with the image on the cover – light flute lines ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Light blue label with deep groove. Cover has some light wear.)
A Cuban classic from Orquesta Aragon – recorded back in the days when US labels like RCA still had access to music being recorded in Havana! The style here is very much in keeping with the cha cha cha in the title – but it's also very much the Cuban variation, with a slightly more ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label mono pressing, with deep groove. Cover has a bit of light wear and some small light stains.)
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
Hmm . . . A strange one. The name of the group makes you think they're from Japan, but honestly, the sound of the record is straight Cuban all the way. In fact, since most of the songs are boleros in Spanish, done with a romantic feel, we're hard pressed to believe their origin – but that's ... read moreCD
Luis Perico Ortiz —
My Own Image ... CD Latin Percussion Ventures, 1978. New Copy ...
A hell of a trumpeter – making his debut here on one of the grooviest albums on the legendary Latin Percussion label! The session's a bit fuller than some of the other LP albums – a crackling blend of jazz, funk, and Latin rhythms – warm, but with some pretty complicated moments, ... read moreCD
The title's no lie – as the album's one of Pacheo's hardest-swinging albums! The set is miles away from the more composed style of Pacheco's charanga years – and has him really opening up with a descarga style that has lots of jazzy touches. Jose Chombo Silva plays some great tenor on ... read moreCD
Pacheco grooving hard in his second period – working with his "Nuevo Tumbao" group, with a lot more focus on percussion than on his earlier albums. Plenty of firey timbales – and lead vocals by Pete Conde Rodriguez. Titles include "Azucar Mami", "Negra Bon ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Multicolor label pressing. Vinyl and cover are great!)
Lots of loco drums from Nelson Padron – a set that's got a slightly different feel than some of the other work we've heard from the Latin Percussionist – and we mean that in a good way! The record was cut with a nice use of echo in the mix – creating an almost watery sound at ... read moreCD
Ralfi Pagan —
Ralfi ... LP Fania, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)...
Sublime falsetto soul from the great Ralfi Pagan – one of the most unique artists on the New York Latin scene at the start of the 70s! Ralfi shares some of the sweet soul modes of Joe Bataan – when Joe's in the right mood – but he also goes further, too – and really pushes ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Killer early 60s work by Charlie and his La Duboney group, and one of the rarest records ever issued by the Alegre label! As you'd guess from the title, the material's all charangas and pachangas – and titles include "El Brinco Loco", "La Pachanga Se Baila", "El ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing – record and cover are beautiful! Back cover has a promo stamp.)
Eddie Palmieri's really opening up on this one – stepping off from some of his more uptight earlier modes, and hitting a freer, looser Latin jazz vibe! The album's one of the first that really shows Palmieri's modern contribution to the music – and although a few of the vocal moments ... read moreCD
Jazzy goodness from Eddie Palmieri – a recent set that shows him still burning strong after a stunning 50 years in Latin music! The arrangements are spare, but extremely creative – well-penned jazz charts that allow Eddie plenty of modern moments on the keys of the piano, but which ... read moreCD