Juan Amalbert's Latin Jazz Quintet —
Hot Sauce ... LP Tru Sound, 1961. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A lost treasure – one of the few albums ever cut by this fantastic Latin Jazz ensemble, an ultra-hip group led by congolero Juan Amalbert, with a modal vibes/piano groove that's simply wonderful! The combo were one of the hippest early 60s Latin acts – and took equal part inspiration ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label deep groove pressing – nice and heavy!)
Very heavy duty Afro-Cuban material, with a focus on carnaval grooves – played by 2 different groups: Carlos Barbeira's Banda Kubavana, and Alberto Zayas Grupo Afro-Cubano. We like the Grupo Afro-Cubano the best, as they have a nice raw percussion sound, and a very hard groove with ensemble ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has some light discoloration along the opening & a small split on the bottom seam.)
An early 70s killer from Ray – recorded right in the same era as most of his best albums! The feel here is strongly in the salsa mode – as Ray steps effortlessly from the Latin Soul era into a whole new decade of musical magic. And like the best of his 60s work, Ray's salsa cooks at a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A real turning point for Joe Bataan – and the beginning of his funky Latin sound of the 70s! The album was one of the first in Joe's "Salsoul" style – a sweet blend of Latin rhythms, late 60s Latin soul influences, and some of the hipper styles bubbling through the NuYorican ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Boogaloo – and nothing but! This is the kind of groovy Latin soul record you always hope to find when digging for Latin sides – and it's got that perfect mix of soul vocals and sock-boogaloo grooves that some of the best young combos were turning out in the late 60s. Bennito and crew ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Miguel Bose —
XXX ... LP Atlantic, 1988. Very Good- ...
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve. Cover has a cutout notch and promo stamp.)
Mostly a Tex Mex batch of tracks – but an album that also features 2 decent Latin Soul numbers – both in English. "Some Timey Woman" features vocals by Freddy Hill – and it's sort of a bluesy shouter, grooving along in a style that's a lot rougher than New York Latin ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the few albums ever issued as a leader by the great Joe Cain – a wonderful Latin arranger with a really mad ear for a groove! Cain's approach is often quite choppy in the rhythms – short, hard, and very very sharp – then topped with sweeter, jazzier lines – played on ... 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
(Later stereo pressing. Cover has a small cutout hole, gloss peeling on one corner, and thin stains on the edges.)
Some mighty nice groovers – with lots of weird organ lines! Titles include "El Brinquito", "Panuelito Blanco", "De Ponce A Guayama", "Medley De Piano", "Guajira Guantanamera", and "A La Orilla Del Mar". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a bit of pen on the back.)
Stunning stuff – and one of the best-ever Latin soul albums of all time! Despite the fact that Eddie Cano's earlier albums are more in a Latin easy mode, this late 60's side for Dunhill is totally smoking – and probably his greatest album ever! Forgive the superlatives, but we're ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The coolest, funkiest, and most soulful set ever issued by Chakachas – a record that's way different than most of their Latin-based music – with a strong American funk vibe all the way through! There's still lots of percussion in the mix, but it's often used in ways that echo more of a ... (Soul, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Despite the "disco" in the title, this is actually a compilation of Johnny Colon's best dancefloor Latin tracks from the late 60's and early 70's, with a mix of boogaloo, Latin jazz, and salsa that represents some of his best work. As with all his early albums, the arrangements are very ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light ringwear, and some tape on the top seam.)
Willie Colon —
Big Break ... LP Fania/Get On Down, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)...
A mid 70s classic from Willie Colon – continuing the progression of "gangster" image by supposedly having him break out of prison! (Previously, Willie had been brought to justice on the Juicio album – but now on the loose, is described in a wanted poster on the cover – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A monster album of 70s salsa – and one that has bad boy Willie Colon taking the Latin world by storm – forging the new sound that would push him and the New York scene into the frontline of 70s Latin! Willie's got a strength on the set that's very much in keeping with his machine gun ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Seminal early work from the legendary Joe Cuba – highly percussive Latin tracks, served up in a small combo mode that really helped pave the way for the Latin Soul generation! Joe's shaking off most of Latin tradition here – going for a tightly focused sound that features plenty of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Eduardo Davidson may look a bit strange in his pink pants, but he can really cook up an unusual groove when he wants! Titles here include "Que Bueno Esta El Ambiente", "Alma Libre", "Hay Que Saber Perder", "Ramona", "Elba", and "El Sucu ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear, and a very light stain on one edge.)
(Cover has some surface wear, a center split on the top seam, and small spots of white paint on front.)
Dos Santos —
Logos ... LP International Anthem, 2018. New Copy ...
A fantastic album from this groundbreaking Latin combo from Chicago – one who've got an inclusive spirit that grabs together so many different elements of music and unifies them as one! The style isn't quite salsa, isn't Latin rock or jazz – but instead has so many strands of sounds ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great boogaloo jammer! These guys are about as obscure as you can get – but that doesn't stop them from turning out some wonderful Latin Soul tunes – jumping percussive rhythms peppered with a lot of piano, and featuring some hard-wailing horn solos that cook up the groove nicely. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tight and soulful grooves from the team of Pete and Sheila Escovedo – a set that still has elements of the pair's Latin roots, but which also explodes in a flurry of funk, soul, and fusion moments too! As with their first Fantasy album, the duo have Billy Cobham on deck to produce – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp.)
Pete & Sheila Escovedo —
Solo Two ... LP Fantasy, 1977. Near Mint- ...
Funky Latin grooves from Sheila Escovedo – recorded in the decade before she hooked up with Prince and dropped the "scovedo" from her last name – when she was part of a hip Bay Area scene that also included her brother Pete! The album's got a great blend of funky fusion and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great instrumental grooves from Fajardo – played with a group that's a bit fuller than the usual charanga, but which keeps things lean and tight throughout! Fajardo's flute is at the lead of all tracks – played with a style that's quite sharp, even when sweet – this edge that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amazing flute work from the legendary Fajardo – a player who was right up there with Pacheco in his pre-percussion years! The set's got a great sharp edge right from the start – a quality that might well come from the production, but which definitely keeps things from ever sounding too ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Features work by Papo Vazquez and Rafi Torres on trombone, Juancito Torres on trumpet, Jose Raul Rios on flute and alto, and David Cruz on tenor! LP, Vinyl record album
(Back cover has a few light notes.)
Clare Fischer —
Manteca! ... LP Pacific Jazz, Early 60s. Very Good ...
One of our favorite albums ever from the great Clare Fischer – and one of the first to really show his special talents at their best! The sound here is a wonderful blend of jazz, Latin, and Brazilian modes – and in addition to piano, Clare plays plenty of organ on the date – ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Back cover has some aging.)
Clare Fischer & His Latin Jazz Sextet —
Tjaderama ... LP Trend, 1988. Near Mint- ...
A mid 80s session from keyboardist Clare Fischer – a tribute to Cal Tjader, fitting enough given that Fischer was one of Tjader's best accompanists during the 60s! Fischer's playing digital piano and overdubbing vibes on the set – and other instrumentation includes flute, sax, bass, ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the grooviest albums that Clare Fischer ever recorded – featuring his electric Latin fusion group Salsa Picante, fronted by a two-man/two-woman vocal quartet who give the album kind of a "Brasil 66 meets Singers Unlimited" kind of sound! Fisher is on Fender Rhodes, and the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Clare Fischer with 2+2 Plus —
Free Fall ... LP Discovery, 1986. Near Mint- ...
Very groovy work from keyboardist Clare Fischer – a musician we first fell in love with from Cal Tjader albums in the 60s, and continued to love for his MPS Records material in the 70s! Here, Clare's working with the 2+2 vocal ensemble – a gently swinging male/female harmony group that ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Features backings by F Moreno Torroba – on titles that include "El Televisor", "Jerezana", "Ay Seguirillas", "Echame A Mi La Culpa", "Ave Maria Lola", "Vente De Vargas", and "Marussella". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Back cover has some aging, but front looks nice.)
A great small combo set from percussionist Gerardo Frisina – a set that feels as if it's got some programming in the rhythms, a bit like some of his earlier singles – but which also features a fair bit of live jazz instrumentation too! The album's got a sound that really fits the color ... (New Grooves, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The lovely singer works with guitar and orchestra – on titles that include "Mientime", "Te Busco En Mi Recuerdo", "Cautiva", "Sin Tu Amor", "Entre Las Sombras", "Tu Me Acostumbrastes", and "Una Noche Mas". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some tape on the edges, but is nice overall.)
This one's really living up to the "down to basics" in its title – as the record really just features spare percussion jams, mixed with a bit of electric piano – a really cool blend that's unlike anything else we can think of! The session features spoken introductions to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very mellow Latin instrumentals, with lots of slow conga in the background, and lead solos by tenor or trumpet, augmented by a bit of piano. The sound has a nice mellow sound, and is less cocktail than you'd expect – especially because the soloists are great, and have a very soulful sound. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy black label pressing! Record is great – cover has some tape on the seams.)
A very cool combination of folksy elements and jazzier styles – almost like some of the more sophisticated records that came from Havana at the end of the 60s! These guys do a wonderful job of mixing percussion, guitar, and flute with some warmer keyboards and other more modern touches ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, a bit of seam splitting, and a small old sticker.)
A killer Latin jazz set! Players include Al Grey on trombone, Wallace Davenport on trumpet, Bobby Platter on sax and flute, Rufus Jones on drums, Noahwell Cruz on piano, and Isauro on congas. Ricardo Reyes sings on a few tracks, but the best numbers are jazzy instrumentals! Titles include "M ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some aging & fully split seams, but the bottom seam is held with some clear tape.)
Latin Jazz Quintet —
Latin Soul ... LP Prestige/New Jazz, 1965. Used (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
A wonderful batch of Latin Jazz grooves – played by a group who more than deserved the right to call themselves the Latin Jazz Quintet! The core sound features vibes and piano jamming away nicely, really hitting some great modal rhythms – but this album's also got an added bonus in the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An insanely great record – filled with lots of odd twists and turns, and done in a really unusual way! The session is an obscure one that features Pharoah Sanders joining the tight combo, who are working here with a very different sound than usual! Earlier Latin Jazz Quintet albums have the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(NOTE: This reissue seems to have a bit of distortion on a track or two – not noisy, but something rumbling in the background. Most of the record sounds great, though!)
One of the grooviest groups of the Latin Soul scene – but they'd have to be, given their name! The Latin Souls are a vocal group with a really soulful feel – a great link between the earlier harmony sounds that were bubbling under in Spanish Harlem, and some of the hipper rhythms that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has some ring & edge wear, light aging, a small sticker on one corner, and a Demonstration stamp on back.)
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 hokey cover but a really classic album from Hector Lavoe – one of his biggest records of the 70s, and a great mix of modes that showcases the full range of his talents! The standout number here is the 10 minute groover "El Cantate" – a driving salsa tune penned by Ruben ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A killer of a mid 70s album from Hector Lavoe – recording here as a solo act after his split from the Willie Colon group, but still with strong backings and musical supervision from Willie himself! The style here is very similar to the last few albums Lavoe recorded with Colon – a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
If a cover was enough, we'd already love this record – but fortunately the music's even better than the image on the front – which makes the whole thing a stone cold winner! The album's a great early example of the fresh, raw sound that was coming out of Colombia at the start of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Los Chicos Malos look a bit folksy on the cover, but the sound of the album is anything but – and instead is a cool Colombian take on the best New York salsa modes of the 70s! The sound is clear and sharp throughout – on-fire tracks that are driven by plenty of percussion, and topped ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hard-driving Latin from Los Hacheros – a group of younger players who really get the sound of the classic era down perfectly – mixing Cuban roots, descarga jamming, and some really wonderful vocal refrains throughout! Instrumentation is heavy on percussion, and the grooves feature lots ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A triple-time killer from the Colombian scene at the start of the 70s – one of those rare gems on Discos Fuentes that had the label setting a new sort of fire on its own, in comparison to the New York Latin generation! In addition to the cumbia tracks you might expect, the set's also got ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great look at the earliest years of Machito – a set that follows him from early Cuban recordings, through bebop experiments on the New York scene of the postwar years, to some of his classic group albums of the 50s! Machito always had a strong ear for the jazzier sides of Latin styles - ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
70s work from Machito – still very much in the mode of his classics from earlier years, but with an undeniable punch on a few numbers, thanks to the smoking salsa groove of the Coco Records label! The album's got one really standout track entitled "Macho" – a 13 minute ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has split seams held with clear tape and some marker on back.)
Percussionist Sabu Martinez is one of the all-time greats of Latin music – and this record is probably the rarest he ever cut! The album came out of Sweden, where Sabu was residing during the 70s – enjoying some success as an expatriot jazz player in the European scene. The album ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album