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. LP, Vinyl record album
An album that definitely lives up to its title – as congolero Francisco Aguabella comes on hard, hitting strong throughout – and serving up a wicked blend of Latin, funk, and soul! The mid 70s set is a standout recording from Aguabella – done after he left the group Malo, and one of the best west coast takes on the modes that scene was changing up from New York at the time – really transforming the sound of contemporary Latin with a trans-genre vibe that was easily some of the most revolutionary music of the period. Rhythms are acoustic, but there's a nice dose of electric energy too, thanks to some sweet keyboards. Some cuts have English vocals, others are instrumental – and titles include "Hitting Hard", "I Wanna Know", "Cisco", "Image of a Star" and a nice version of Edu Lobo's "Casa Forte". LP, Vinyl record album
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", "Debbie's Mambo", "Sidewinder", and "King Conga". Also includes a great remake of Freddie Hubbard's classic "Little Sunflower"! LP, Vinyl record album
A Latin soul treasure from Bobby Matos – quite different than his straighter jazzy work of recent years, and a stone cooker to rival the best of the New York indies in the late 60s! Like cookers on Fania and Cotique, the set's got a groove that's rooted in descarga – with loads of great percussion and jazzy instrumentation – then mixed with a heady dose of late 60s Spanish Harlem soul, which means that there's some good boogaloo elements on the set that really start things on fire – a massive groove that goes way beyond standard Latin, and which has made the record a treasure for years! Nearly ever cut's a killer – and titles include "Raices", "Mambo Maxims", "Trailo A Casa", "Caliente Y Grasoso", "Up In Alfred's Pad", and "Ritchie's Boogaloo". Essential LP, Vinyl record album
Bobby Matos & John Santos —
Mambo Jazz ... LP CuBop/Ubiquity, 2001. New Copy ....
One of the rawest albums we've heard from Cubop in a long time – and an excellent session that teams up west coast Latin percussionists Bobby Matos and John Santos! The album's got a majesty that's remarkable – blending Afro Cuban rhythms, modern jazz, and a strong sense of swing – in a manner that reminds us of some of Eddie Palmieri's best work of the 70s. About half the tracks have vocals – but apart from "I Don't Speak Spanish", in which the vocals kind of detract from the overall song – the main groove is really carried by the percussion and jazzy soloing. Great stuff all around – and with tracks that include "Entrada", "Caminando", "Nueva Diana", "Cachao", and "Ya Se Ve". LP, Vinyl record album
Dave Pike —
Peligrosso ... LP CuBop/Ubiquity, 2000. New Copy ....
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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". LP, Vinyl record album
A legendary bit of Latin from the New York scene of the 60s – recorded by a host of youthful players working under the direction of percussionist Montego Joe! The group's name is a contraction of "Harlem Youth" – a program in which all players participated, as part of an effort to get kids involved in music uptown – spearheaded by Montego Joe, whose guidance in the set is greatly appreciated! There's a strong Latin Soul vibe running through the set – but one that's different than Joe's other work, a bit more rootsy at times, given all the percussion in the lineup – but warmed up nicely with bits of guitar, trumpet, and alto sax. The album's filled with great groovers – including the classic "Welcome To The Party Jam", and the amazing "Oua-Train" jazz cut, which has a slightly spiritual feel. Other tracks include "Feed Me Good", "Barrets Bag", "Tico", "Ngoma", and "Santa Cruz". LP, Vinyl record album
Snowboy & The Latin Section —
Para Puente ... LP CuBop, 2002. New Copy 2LP ....
$9.9919.98Out Of Stock
A pretty sweet little album from Snowboy – still staying true to his Latin roots, despite an increasing public persona as an expert on all things funky! The record's nice, tight, and very jamming – a full on Latin jazz experience, with some great bass work by the legendary Nico Gomez! Other instrumentation includes Hammond, trumpet, tenor, and Fender Rhodes – and tracks include "Two For T", "Rocky & Perry", "Barrago", "Chango Moti Awa", and "Puente". LP, 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, but which comes off here with even more dynamic energy! Sabu's sound is quite different from the more staid styles of the cha cha/charanga generation at the time of this recording – and thanks to his own heavy conga, percussion from Louie Ramirez, trumpet from Marty Sheller, and alto sax from Bobby Porcelli, the whole album bristles with electricity and excitement. The horn solos are given plenty of room to do their thing – space you might find more on Blue Note or Prestige – and Sabu adds in some great sparer percussion bits too. Titles include "The Oracle", "Breakin' It In", "Flipping", "Nica's Dream", "Otra Vez", and lots lots more great ones! LP, Vinyl record album