A nice jammer from the "second wind" period of CTI – and a strong return to Latin jazz for Ray! The set's a great mixture of smooth CTI electric funk and Latin-oriented grooves – and it features work by Ray on congas and percussion, plus a list of players that includes Tito ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An amazing crossover moment of the 70s Latin scene! During the 60s Joe Bataan had been experimenting with the many different mode of Latin Soul – crossing over styles in a way that not only reflected his complicated roots, but which also tried to break Latin music out of the small uptown ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the best later albums from Joe Bataan – a really wonderful little set that takes off strongly from the salsoul experiments he first began on the Afrofilipino album! The album's got a great blend of clubby rhythms and Latin soul touches – all arranged by Marty Sheller, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the Verve albums that focuses on Willie Bobo's talents as a singer – still very much in the tight Latin Soul style of Willie's other work from the time, but with more vocals on the tracks – done in Willie's rough-styled soulful mode! Includes the groovers "Feelin' So ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent early session from Candido – and one of his first to move from straighter Latin into a much groovier vein! The session's done in collaboration with Lalo Schifrin – who was also working for Roulette at the time – and it's got a style that links Candido's older 50s-styl ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a center split on the bottom seam.)
Stone lost Latin funk! This one's Candido's rarest – and it's a killer batch of conga-heavy grooves, recorded in the late 60s for Solid State, and featuring a very groovy set of mod Latin arrangements by Joe Cain. The band features organ, guitar, bass, horns, and some upfront conga solos ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A duo from Chile, but one with a good ear for American pop of the 60s – which they sing in their own groovy way, with a style that's a bit different than usual late 60s Latin soul! The set features versions of "Mind Excursion", "Younger Girl", "Jelly Jungle", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Chaparro's The Godfather on the cover of this cool early 70s set – adding in a heavy cover image to back up the record's tight salsa groove! Chaparro was never as much of a bad boy or gangster as Willie Colon, but his group here romps along in similar territory – with Chaparro's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lush Cuban material, recorded by the Conjunto Casino in the years before Castro's regime, when RCA could still get its hands on material like this, and package it for release in the US. The tracks have a fairly traditional approach – with a mix of romantic numbers and mambos – and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Early 60s black label pressing with a deep groove, and no red border on the cover. Cover has tape around the edges.)
A great little record – and a prime example of the strong Jewish/Latin crossover that was going on in the late 50s and early 60s. The record features the kind of crack cha cha sound that was bringing couples into the Palladium from Long Island, but it's also touched with occasional yiddish ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the best albums ever by Mr. Bongo! This one was recorded live at the Garden Of Allah, and it features Jack Costanzo leading up a tight little group of congas/bass/drums/piano, plus some nice tenor work by Jay Corre. Tracks include "Garden Of Allah Bongo", "La Cumparasa" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original turquoise label pressing with deep groove.)
Original pressing of some Jack "Mr. Bongo" Costanzo's hard LA Latin sides from the late 50's. Issued on the budget TOPS label, but a strong batch of tracks that shows the Latin percussionist at his best. The band is a tight little combo with percussion, piano, and trumpets – plus ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has discoloration due to age, some light wear, a partially split top seam, and small splits on the spine and bottom seam.)
A collection of tracks produced by Joe Cain, Al Santiago, Pancho Cristal, and Tito Puente – probably all collected from other albums, and featuring Celia singing to arrangements by Louie Ramirez, Tito, and Memo Salamanca. Titles include "La Guarachera", "Tatalibaba", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Celia Cruz & Johnny Pacheco —
De Nuevo ... LP Vaya, 1985. Near Mint- ...
Joe Cuba breaks out with some great work from his classic sextet – a cool combo who really helped rewrite the rules for Latin music in the 60s! The group's got this focus that's quite different than the larger Latin bands of the previous years – yet they also kick a lot harder than the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful first pressing – in heavy die-cut gatefold sleeve!)
Great Joe Cuba set from the mid 60's. This one was recorded slightly before Joe hit it big with his Latin soul hit "Bang Bang", and the sound's a mix of Latin jazz and tracks that have more of a Latin soul sound. The lineup includes the classic sextet, and tracks include "Oye ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Tico pressing. Cover has some wear and a partially split top seam. Vinyl is nice and clean overall.)
An early classic from vocalist Jimmy Sabater – one of the greatest singers of the New York scene, and a vocalist who was equally talented with both English and Spanish lyrics! The record's got a nicely soulful feel – not really Latin Soul, but in the kind of sophisticated approach that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
12 classic tracks, played by the Cuban All Stars, and issued on Seeco with their usual raw approach to putting together an album. The tracks are all fairly lively, with a heavy flute/violin line in all titles – including "Pachanga De Sabrina", "Bachanga, Bachanga", "S ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Deep groove pressing. Cover has some wear. Top & bottom seams are lined with clear tape.)
The definitely got the "quiet excitement" in the title right here – because the Cugie featured on this record is a long way from his harder, heavier 50s sides! The mode is lush and laidback – strongly inspired by 60s bossa arrangements, and penned here by Dick Jacobs – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Xavier Cugat —
Ole! ... LP Columbia, Mid 50s. Very Good ...
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(Original heavy red label pressing. Cover has a small split on the top seam, a bit of light wear, and some pen on the back.)
(Red label pressing with deep groove. Vinyl plays with a short click on side 1, track 5.)
Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra —
Viva Cugat! ... LP Mercury, Early 60s. Very Good+ ...
Nice later material by Cugie – recorded slightly before his 60s pop excursions, and with a sound that retains a lot of his original conception, but which touches it with some nice exotic hi-fi production. Titles include "Siboney", "Anna", "Jungle Drums", "Ju ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing.)
Xavier Cugat/Marek Weber —
Tango Time ... LP Columbia, Early 50s. Very Good ...
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(Heavy 6 eye pressing!)
Juan D'Arienzo with Alberto Echague —
Carton Junao ... LP RCA (Uruguay), Late 50s. Near Mint- ...
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(Does not include original plastic wrapper. 70s pressing.)
Walfredo De Los Reyes, Francisco Hechevarria, Tany —
Walpatacas ... LP Tania, 1981. Very Good ...
A great indie salsa session from the early 80s – lots of fire, some great vibes, and even some bass from the legendary Cachao! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring & edge wear, with a sticker on the front.)
Estrellas Cubanas, Orquesta America Del 55, et al —
Charanga! ... LP Seeco, Early 60s. Very Good+ ...
Hard early 60s charanga tracks, played by a number of different groups – including Estrellas Cubanas, Orquesta America Del 55, La Sonora Matancera, and Hermanos Ferreira. Celia Cruz sings vocals on the track "Carmelos", and other titles include "Guachupita", "Que Me ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Second pressing, on Bronjo. Cover has split seams lined with clear tape, and some general wear.)
A landmark album – one that has the Fania All-Stars playing in a Latin club style that greatly influenced dance music for years to come! The title "Cross-Over" might make you think of this one as a sell-out attempt, but it's not – it's a brilliant effort by the New York Latin ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the better Fania All Stars albums from the time – recorded live in Havana, with a lineup that includes Roberto Roena, Larry Harlow, Reuben Blades, Johnny Pacheco, Ismael Quintana, and Papo Lucca. Includes the extended "Descarga A Cuba", plus "Castellanos Jam", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Killer early work by the Fania All Stars – caught live at the legendary Cheetah club, which was the heart of the New York salsa scene at the start of the 70s! The album is easily one of the best by the group – and features long tracks that really capture the jamming intensity that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Multi-colored label pressing. Cover appears to have been signed by some of the artists inside the gatefold.)
Cheo Feliciano —
Cheo ... LP Fania, Mid 70s. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
A wonderful mid 70s comeback from singer Cheo Feliciano – a set that still holds onto the soul of earlier years, but which also has a few wonderful touches of jazz in the mix! Arrangements here are by Bobby Valentin and Nick Jimenez, and they're played by a small combo that includes some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original gatefold pressing. Cover appears to have been signed by the artist.)
A soulful 70s set from Cheo Feliciano – cut-above salsa done in close collaboration with songwriter C Curet Alonso, who wrote most of the songs on the set! Bobby Valentin handles arrangements – and the groove here has that joyous, upbeat style of his own work at the time – pushed ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, a split bottom seam, and a bit of pen on back.)
Good album from the 70's by this classic Latin singer, and the sister of Machito (and the wife of Mario Bauza). Bauza and Chico O'Farrill handle the arrangements, and the tracks include "Yo Soy Asi", "A Cuba", "Kimbo Kimbisa", and "Delirio". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring & edge wear and a piece of tape on the spine.)
Grupo Folklorico Y Experimental Nuevayorquino —
Lo Dice Todo ... LP Salsoul/Mericana, 1976. Very Good+ ...
Just Sold Out!
The rare second album by this groundbreaking New York Latin group! Artists like Ruben Blades, Manny Oquendo, Jerry Gonzalez, Virgilio Marti, and Chocolate Armenteros join forces in an blend of modern and traditional explorations of the Latin groove – all with a good raw sound, and a hard New ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Larry Harlow certainly earns the name of Senor Salsa here – not just because of his decades-long pedigree in Latin music, but also because the record's easily one of his most solid since the 70s Fania years! There's a tight, jazzy feel to most of these numbers that's really great – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of those cookers from the great years when Milestone was crossing boundaries to bring the best in Latin jazz to US shores – featuring a tightly-crafted Irakere session recorded in Tokyo, easily some of their strongest studio work from the time! Chucho Valdes plays as much electric keys ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Good people, these Latin Teens – a very cool group that was young enough to not worry about names or labels, and who jammed in the best open-ended style of the time! As their name might imply, the group was mostly made up of kids – and as such, they had kind of a freewheeling approach ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great lost Latin Soul album, and a key link in the shared harmony vocal group tradition that linked up Latin and Soul genres in the late 60s. The group's got a Latin groove, but they also harmonize like a lost mid 60's east coast or New York group – with high notes, harmony choruses, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing. Cover has some wear, aging and a split spine.)
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
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.)
The record's not as hip as you might think, given the group's name and the date – and is mostly a set of mellower, romantic-styled tunes overall. But there are some nice baroque touches in the arrangements that deepen the sound somewhat – almost European-inspired at times, and which ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, a promo stamp, and a bit of pencil on back.)
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.)
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.)
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.)