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VariousViva Cubop! Vol 1 – Jazz The Afro Cuban Way ... CD
CuBop/Ubiquity, 1999. New Copy ... $5.99 16.98
Although the Ubiquity label originally started out as a home for rare groove and funky jazz, sometime in 1995 they began their Cubop imprint as a home for all of the great Latin jazz currently being played on the west coast. The label immediately became one of the best Latin ones out there – and the past 5 years have seen an amazing set of Latin jazz releases that stand as some of greatest of the past decade! This tasty set compiles 13 tracks from the small but rich catalog of the label – and it's not only a perfect introduction to their great work, but also a great sampler for anyone into Latin jazz with a classic flavor. Titles icnlude "The Last Dynasty" by Papo Vazquez, "Picadillo" by Johnny Blas, "Tanga" by the Afro-Rican Ensemble, "Tierra Va Tamblar" by Snowboy, "Descarga On Las Palmas" by Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers, "The Creator Has a Master Plan" by Bobby Matos, and "Cavalie" by Franciso Aquabella. Great package, too! CD

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VariousViva Cubop! Vol 2 – Dance The Afro-Cuban Way ... CD
CuBop/Ubiquity, 2000. New Copy ... $5.99 16.98
Some of the best recent Latin Jazz around – all tied up in one slick package by those crafty folks at Cubop! In a world of silly "fake" Latin remake projects, Cubop's delivered some of the best straight Latin around – taking older giants and getting them back in the studio, as well as discovering rich new talents that have been gigging around the west coast in the underground scene. This set features a handsome batch of tracks from Cubop releases – including a few that you won't find easily – and titles include "Sandunga" by Dave Pike, "Herencia" by Bobby Matos, "Mujer Chicana" by Jazz On The Latin Side All Stars, "Sandra Malandra" by Marlon Simon, "La La La" by Jack Costanzo, "Jonny's Bugalu" by Grupo X, "Obalata" by Afroshock, and "Con Mi Guaguanco" by Ray Armando. CD

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New VariousViva Cubop! Vol 3 – The Essential Latin & Afro-Cuban Jazz Collection ... CD
CuBop/Ubiquity, 2003. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Long live Cubop – one of the greatest labels for Latin music in the past 25 years, and still one of the imprints that most frequently graces our turntables! Cubop have stepped in where many other labels fail –resurrecting a solid, classic style of Latin jazz that isn't always recorded with such care and respect. Work on the label has features some of the greatest talents – young and old – of the sometimes-neglected west coast scene, as well as essential work by other players who've been influenced by older recordings by those originators. This 13 track set features a great selection of work from Cubop – and includes a few exclusive and rare tracks, next to others from some of the best releases on the label. Titles include "Kimbisa" by Bobby Matos, "My Favorite Things" by Francisco Aguabella, "My Dream Boogaloo" by Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers, "Bemba Colora" by Jack Costanzo, "Back To The Roots" by Dave Pike, "Juan Jose" by Papo Vazquez, "Barrets Bag" by Har You Percussion Group, "Tresguanco" by Derf Reklaw, and "Skin & Bones" by Johnny Blas. CD
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Francisco AguabellaH2O ... CD
CuBop/Ubiquity, 1999. New Copy ... $5.99 16.98
One of the greatest new albums from this legendary conga player! Although Francisco Aquabella is probably best known to Dusty Groove customers for his 70's funk classic "Hitting Hard", or his work with the group Malo – in recent years, he's emerged as quite an important player on the Latin jazz scene, and is starting to return to the recording scene in a strong way. This album slightly predates Aguabella's current efforts for Cubop, but it's a similar session, with an excellent Latin jazz groove, and a moody mellow feel that shows Aquabella's heritage as a west coast Latin player. Charles Owens is in the band on reeds, and most of the tracks are instrumentals, with only occasional vocal choruses. The Latin Jazz component of the album is very very strong – and this is a totally satisfying session throughout! Titles include "Short History", "Intensity", "Wood Place", and "Nena". CD

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Johnny BlasIndestructible Spirit ... CD
CuBop/Ubiquity, 2007. New Copy ... $5.99 16.98
Quite possibly the greatest album ever from California congolero Johnny Blas – a set that also has him returning to saxophone in addition to percussion, and which comes off with some of his sharpest grooves ever! There's a definite lean towards the jazzier side of the spectrum here – not just in Johnny's solos, but also in the overall execution of the tunes – which are all done in tight, small combo formation. Latin roots still show on some of the recordings, but there's also a more contemporary California vibe too – one that sparkles with the warmth of the best Cubop/Ubiquity approach to the music. Titles include "Oaklands Mambo", "Lubi", "Barry Rogers", "Afro Rican", "Indestructible Spirit", and "Boogaloo Blas". CD

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Johnny BlasKing Conga ... CD
CuBop/Ubiquity, 1999. New Copy ... $5.99 16.98
A killer album of Latin jazz tracks! This is most likely the best album that Johnny Blas has cut for the Cubop label – and it's stone solid all the way through. Johnny's playing here with his new band – and most of the tracks have a nice stripped-down lineup that features piano, conga by Blas, and a very hard-hitting trombone section, playing with a classic jazzy groove. The set's got excellent production in keeping with the usual Cubop high standards – and titles include "Our Sound", "Sobale", "Scorro", "Rican Conga", "Sidewinder", and "King Conga". Also includes a great remake of Freddie Hubbard's classic "Little Sunflower"! CD

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Jack CostanzoBack From Havana ... CD
CuBop/Ubiquity, 2001. New Copy ... $5.99 16.98
A real treasure – and the best album in years from Latin percussion maestro Jack "Mr Bongo" Costanzo! Jack's moved past the bongo rhythms that he was famous for in the 50s and 60s, and is working here as the lead congolero in a tight group that features some bright young west coast Latin Jazz talents. The record's got all the fresh flavor of some of the best recent Cubop sessions – and the session was produced by Bobby Matos, with a real appreciation for the strongest points in Jack's playing. No-nonsense, hard-hitting Latin jazz all the way through – and tracks include "", "Jack's Back", "Going Home", "Trompeta y Bongo", "Airegin", "Milestones", "Nana Sere", and "Jive Samba". CD

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Jack CostanzoScorching The Skins ... CD
CuBop/Ubiquity, 2002. New Copy ... $5.99 16.98
A slammer from percussionist Jack Costanzo – returning to the strength of his work from the 50s and 60s! Jack's playing here with a host of strong California Latin jazz musicians – in a freer style than his earlier work for Liberty, and filled with a fire that you'd hardly expect, given how long he's been in the music business. The record sparkles even more than Jack's previous Back From Havana album for Cubop – with a tighter jazz component that's more in keeping with Jack's hard snapping approach on the congas and bongos. A few tracks feature vocals by the lovely Marilu – and titles include "Bongo Jam", "Mambo Costanzo", "Green Onions", "Birk's Works", "Bop Mambo", and "La Connection". CD

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Jazz On The Latin Side All-StarsJazz On The Latin Side All-Stars Vol 1 ... CD
CuBop/Ubiquity, 2000. New Copy ... $5.99 16.98
An excellent set that's a fitting tribute to the genius of the West Coast Latin Scene! For as many years as New York's been a hot city for Latin jazz, Los Angeles has also had an excellent scene, filled with many talented players – but it's always been eclipsed in the history books because of a New York-centrism in reissues, compilations, and general writing on Latin music. However, one of the strongest forces to change this Big Apple-bias in Latin fans has been the groundbreaking Jazz On The Latin Side radio program – which for the past decade has provided public radio with broadcasts of live sets that show the rich amount of talent on the west coast. On the 10th anniversary of the show, a host of great players teamed up to cut this live set for Cubop in LA – including Justo Almario, Francisco Aguabella, Alex Acuna, Otmario Ruiz, Poncho Sanchez, and many others. The music is sophisticated Latin jazz, drenched in the soulful history that separates west coast Latin – especially that of the 70s – from its east coast counterpart. The playing is great, and the record is way more than a loose roots-oriented jam session. Higlights include the massive 15 minute "Descarga Cachao", plus original compositions "Mujer Chicana", "Shortcuts", and "Arabian Moods", which were all written by Jose Rizo, the host of the Jazz On The Latin Side program. Great stuff – and another winner for Cubop! CD

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Bobby MatosBest Of Bobby Matos ... CD
CuBop/Ubiquity, 1990s/2000s. New Copy ... $5.99 16.98
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 imprint – records that set a whole new standard in Latin jazz, and which really returned the music back to its hard-driving, acoustic roots. The package is overflowing with great tracks – a massive 16 numbers at all – almost all instrumentals, filled with as many great horn and piano solos as they are with Bobby's great percussion. Titles include "Naima", "Philadelphia", "Guiro Elegua", "Crisis", "Footprints", "Trompeta Y Bongo", "So What/Impressions", "I Don't Speak Spanish But", "The Creator Has A Master Plan", "God Of The Crossroads", and "La Charanga". CD

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Bobby MatosSessions ... CD
CuBop/Ubiquity, 1980s/1990s. New Copy ... $5.99 16.98
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 version of "Chameleon"), some that were only issued in limited editions, and a number that came out on a now-out of print release called Collage. As with all of Bobby's releases, the CD is a great batch of Latin jazz that never lets up for a minute. The band is always tight, the music's always smokin, and the choice of material is excellent. With "The Creator Has A Master Plan", "Mi Guaguanco", and "Afro Cubisimo". CD

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Dave PikePeligrosso ... CD
CuBop/Ubiquity, 2000. New Copy ... $5.99 16.98
A killer album of Latin jazz – and one of Dave Pike's best recordings in years! The set grooves a lot harder than Pike's previous album for Ubiquity – and no wonder, since he's got Bobby Matos helping him out to maintain a strong Latin jazz sound. Pike's one of those players who's amazingly adaptable, and who in fact always seems to take new strength from new settings. This record shows him pushing past some of the ill-chosen moments of other recordings of the past two decades, to return to his glory as one of the best vibes players around. Titles include "Peligroso", "Bronx Blue", "Cayo Coco", "Sandunga", and "Beauty & The Beast". CD

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John Santos & MacheteTribute To The Masters ... CD
CuBop/Ubiquity, 2000. New Copy ... $5.99 16.98
Proof that the Cubop label is home to some of the best Latin Jazz currently in print! Congolero/percussionist John Santos leads an extremely tight Bay Area Latin combo through 13 hard wailing tracks with a very strong jazz sensibility – and the set sparkles with an intensity that you don't always find on other Latin Jazz sets. The bulk of the material was recorded during the years 1998 and 1999, but Cubop have also included some older tracks from 1990 – although with a very similar feel. The reed players in the group are great – especially Melecio Magdaluyo, who we'd never heard before, and who shines wonderfully on versions of "So What", "Tin Tin Deo", and Coltrane's lost classic "Syeeda's Song Flute". Other tracks include "Iyesa", "Itim", "Matters Not", and "Obalution" – and the whole CD's great! CD

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Papo VazquezCarnival In San Juan ... CD
CuBop, 2003. New Copy ... $5.99 16.98
Crack Latin from trombonist Papo Vazquez – one of the strongest sets we've ever heard from Cubop Records, a label that's always pretty darn great! Vazquez' vision here is quite strong – working with a big group to craft some tunes that are surprisingly lean while still managing to be deep and evocative. Papo's horn is at the lead – working in in a style that seems to stretch back to older work by Chico O'Farrill, but which also pushes on in a combination of Puerto Rican salsa and west coast Latin jazz. A really great set throughout – with titles that include "Stuffy Turkey", "Las Torres", "Mundo Bizarro", "Carnival In San Juan", "Vianda Con Bacalao", "Carlitos Coco", and "Snow Angel". CD

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New Pucho & The Latin Soul BrothersCaliente Con Soul! ... CD
CuBop/Ubiquity, 1999. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A killer new album from Pucho – and the best one he's done since the early 70s! Unlike some of his weaker recent ones, which try to hard for a "fake funk" feel that just ends up going nowhere, this one plays on Pucho's strong Latin jazz sensibility, and it lets the band get nice and jazzy, with a stone groove that's right in keeping with the excellent Latin work on the Cubop label. The band still includes sax work by the great Eddie Pazant, a masterful player who made Pucho's classic albums work so well – and Pucho himself's wailing away on timbales, while John Spruill delivers some tasty piano lines to keep the rhythm section rolling along. It's great to have Pucho and the group back at a level where they belong – but we wouldn't expect anything less from an artist on the Cubop label! Includes a cover of Lou Donaldson's "Alligator Boogaloo", plus Eddie Harris' "Cold Duck Time", and originals like "Happy Feet Mambo", "Lena's Moods", and "Descarga On Las Palmas". CD

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New Jazz On The Latin Side All-StarsJazz On The Latin Side All-Stars Vol 2 ... CD
CuBop/Ubiquity, 2001. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An excellent batch of Latin Jazz – and a great second chapter in this series from LA, one that's possibly even better than the first one! The Jazz On The Latin Side All-Stars is a crack group of players that includes old masters and fresh new talents – with a lineup that includes Pancho Sanchez on conga, Justo Almario on tenor, Ramon Flores on trumpet, Joe Rotundi on piano, Ramon Banda on timbales, Francisco Torres on trombone, Danilo Lozano on flute, Francsico Aguabella on congas, and Alex Acuna on drums. The tracks on the set are long hard-jamming numbers, all with the strong solos and tight grooves that you'd search for years to find in racks of older vinyl – and the quality of the recording is really up to the usual high Cubop standards. Titles include "Mambo Niles", "Descarga Borgers", "What If?", "Presentimento", and "McKibbon Walks The Talk". CD

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New Francisco AguabellaOchimini ... CD
CuBop/Ubiquity, 2004. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Why isn't this guy more famous? Francisco Aguabella is a living Latin Jazz legend – for our money much more interesting than all the old Cubans you could dig up in Havana, and still working with a sound that's extremely fresh, and not a rehash of an older era! This latest Cubop offering from Aguabella features the master congolero in the company of a great set of jazz players – including pianist Donald Vega, who works the tunes with Eddie Palmieri like magic on the keys, and saxophonist Justo Almario, who brings to the record some of the same soulful touches we loved so much back when he was working with Roy Ayers! The whole thing's great – produced to perfection, with no nonsense at all – and titles include "Funky Cha", "Ochimini", "Love For Sale", "OBA", "Te Olvide", and "Guajira Candela". CD

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New Bobby MontezJungle Fantastique ... CD
CuBop/Ubiquity, 1958. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An incredible record – one of the best sides of Latin jazz you could ever hope to find! West coast vibist Bobby Montez had a fantastic sound during the 50s – one that mixed together Latin rhythms in a way that few other players were using. He kind of fixed on a changing modal groove, the sort that would later be used more heavily by Dave Pike or Bobby Vince Paunetto – and he worked his combo like a shifting plate of rhythms, swirling around the grooves on piano, bass, and percussion in a weirdly complicated way, yet never failing to swing, or to hit that right groove for the dancefloor. This 1958 album is a rare gem – the sort that changes hands for hundreds of dollars in the original, and for good reason. It's been lovingly remastered here – and we're pleased as punch that it's finally back out again at a good price! The whole thing's brilliant – with loads of great tracks like "African Fantasy", "Jungle Sunset", "Chango", "Swinging At The M", and "Cha Cha Cha Por Neuva York". CD

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New VariousLatin Jazz Dance Classics Vol 1 ... CD
CuBop/Ubiquity, Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A tremendous little set – one that digs through all the great Latin-inspired grooves in the vaults of Fantasy Records – which also includes plenty of rare jazz gems from labels like Prestige and Riverside too! The package follows strongly in the main Jazz Dance Classics series from Ubiquity – and some cuts start in a soul jazz vibe, but then really take off with some Latin rhythms – mixing great jazz solos with some mighty fierce percussion – while other tracks have a straighter Latin jazz approach – in a very classic mode! Tracks include "Mambero" by Cal Tjader, "Descara La Moderna" by Ray Barretto, "Guanco Lament" by Eddie Lockjaw Davis, "Solo Tu" by Pete & Sheila Escovedo, "Jackie's Mambo" by Latin Jazz Quintet, "Este Mambo" by Mongo Santmaria, "Sentido En Seis" by Louie Bellson, and "Swing Thing" by Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers. CD also features three bonus tracks – "I Showed Them" by Cal Tjader, "Kick Those Feet" by Terry Gibbs, and "Bacoso" by Mongo Santmaria. CD
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TK BlueLatinbird ... CD
Motema, 2011. Used ... $5.99
Latin Bird, but way more Latin than Bird ever was – if that makes any sense! In other words, TK Blue really steps out nicely with this album – doing way more than just a Charlie Parker tribute, and certainly not rehashing the cubop elements of Bird's early 50s sides – and instead, taking the whole thing into the rich colors and joyous rhythms of the contemporary Latin jazz scene – far more involved and complicated than the old days! The album's got a lot more to offer than you might expect – a soulful acoustic vibe that's mighty nice – not just from TK's work on alto and flute, but from piano by Theo Hill, percussion by Willie Martinez and Roland Guerrero, guest trombone from Steve Turre, and even a bit of drums from Lewis Nash. Titles include "Chi Chi", "Si Si", "Blue Bird", "Visa", "Buzzy", "He Flew Away Too Soon", and "Moods Of Parker". CD
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