Ray Barretto's not looking too "irresistible" on the cover of this one – thanks to a too-white costume and sock-less loafers – but the record's still a great one, with a nicely jazzy vibe throughout! The album was Ray's last for Fania, but it's by no means a contract-filler ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
This is Charanga 76's second record and it features nine songs with a salsa sound. The group's leaders are Felipe Martinez and Hansel Martinez and they are joined by singer Raul Alfonso, Frank Bello on piano, Andrea Brachfeld on flute, David Castro on bass and many others. Tracks include "Kuk ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The young Joe Cuba's coming on plenty strong here – working with a stripped-down sextet that was his answer to the larger, stuffier Latin groups of the previous generation! Cuba's combo has plenty of fire right from the start – and a sublime mix of jazz and percussion that's a key link ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
We're not sure that this was actually a "greatest hits" because it's hard to find these tracks turning up elsewhere but it's a nice batch of lighthearted Latin dance tracks in any case. Tracks include "Mama Inez", "Tea For Two", "Taboo", "Sway", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has tape on the spine and some pen on back.)
A monumental album – for a monumental movie! The film Our Latin Thing was a key part in breaking the New York scene to the rest of the world – a 1972 movie that combined documentary and musical footage, showing the rich culture of Spanish Harlem at a time when it was bubbling over with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)
Gilberto & The Musicabana Orchestra —
Cha Cha Cha ... LP Mercury, Late 50s. Very Good ....
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(Cover has white splotches from oxidation across the front, a small split on the bottom seam, and a bit of pencil on the back.)
This one's a bit subdued, but it's still classic RCA material by Tito – with a strong easy Latin vibe, of the sort that went down very big with the Catskills crowd. The record's got plenty of Cha Cha and Mambo Latin jazz tracks, most of which are covers, apart from the originals "Dancing ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label mono pressing. Cover has a spot of tape & a small rip on the spine, and some wear.)
A great bit of funky Latin from Tito! The record's a lot more electric than his other work, with lots of nice keyboards and vibes – and although Tito kind of dissed the younger funkier players in the late 60s and early 70s, he adapts nicely to the styles broken by their work. Features loads ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and a light stain, with some splitting on the top and bottom seams.)
Mongo Santamaria —
Yambu ... LP Fantasy, Late 50s. Very Good+ ....
Just Sold Out!
One of Mongo's great early records, with a spooky Afro-Cuban sound, and a great assortment of drummers that includes Francisco Aquabella, Carlos Vidal, Willie Bobo, and Modesto Duran. The overall vibe is much more traditional than Mongo's other albums – and there's none of the pop Latin jazz ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cool red vinyl pressing – OJC. Cover has light wear, and a small stain on the back.)