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
(Original multi-colored label pressing – in great shape!)
A Latin soul party – beyond compare! The album's a completely wonderful live set that really captures the energy, excitement, and warm sociability of the hip New York scene at the end of the 60s. The music is stunning – a freewheeling blend of jazz, soul, and Latin themes – ... read moreCD
A smoking descarga session from the 60s – one of the best albums ever by percussionist Kako! The album explodes with wonderful jazzy playing, and features 4 very long tracks that are stuffed with great solo work on piano and sax – bubbling over in heavy percussive excitement, with the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Atmospheric psych pop from Lima's Kanaku Y El Tigre – a group with a wonderfully diverse vibe, from sultry subtropical rhythms, to dusty desert folk, modern Peruvian spins on psychedelic pop and well beyond - all done with some nice fuzzy production touches! Their warm approach to the vocals ... read moreCD
Atmospheric psych pop from Lima's Kanaku Y El Tigre – a group with a wonderfully diverse vibe, from sultry subtropical rhythms, to dusty desert folk, modern Peruvian spins on psychedelic pop and well beyond - all done with some nice fuzzy production touches! Their warm approach to the vocals ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A crack set of early 70s Latin, played by "the cream of New York" – a group that includes Louie Ramirez on piano, vibes, and organ, and Mauricio Smith on flute and sax! The whole album's pretty darn great, with a really strong jazzy touch – thanks to great work by Ramirez and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
No woe here at all – because the album's very upbeat, and very joyous all the way through – played in the best young combo mode of the 60s! Latin soul, jazz, and older descarga modes all come into play on the set – mixed up in the Puerto Rican groove of the Fonseca Records scene ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A lovely compilation of La Lupe gems – including many of her great tracks from her best efforts for Tico in the 70s – grand, string and percussion ballads and more more brass oriented Latin orchestra numbers with Tito Puente and others. La Lupe's voice is the shining light of the ... read moreCD
Second volume of classic recordings that he did with the orchestra of Bebo Valdes. Lots of merenges and boleros, with the tracks "Bilongo", "Candida", "Lagrimas Negras", "A La Rigola", and "Muchas Gracias". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original deep groove pressing. Cover has a bit of light marking and peeling from water on one side – but overall is nice.)
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
(Original pressing! Cover has a cutout hole.)
Lat-Teens ... CD Zebra (Colombia), Late 60s. New Copy ...
A wonderful collection of grooves from the ultra-cool Lat-Teens – a late 60s Latin soul group who are often best-remembered for the drug references in their English language tunes, but a combo who could also groove on all sides of the Latin spectrum! The set's got loads of excellent numbers ... read moreCD
A wild wild album of Latin soul – one of the maddest albums ever recorded for the legendary Speed label! The group, like a rare few others of their generation, are an insane mix of Latin jamming, psychedelic soul, and stoner funk riffing – all sifted together in a blender, with a sound ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Latin Jazz Quintet —
Chant ... LP Prestige/Tru Sound, 1962. New Copy (reissue)...
One of the best albums ever recorded by this groundbreaking Latin jazz combo – and a magnificent blend of jazz instrumentation and deeper Latin roots! Juan Amalbert's Latin Jazz Quintet was a new sound in Latin jazz – one that took the piano/bass/conga rhythms of smaller groups of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Latin Jazz Quintet —
Latin Soul ... LP Prestige/New Jazz, 1965. New Copy (reissue)...
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
A sweet set of funky Latin with a great jazzy vibe – hardly the stiff sounds you might expect from the "machine", in the group's name – and instead a very loose, fluid set that almost takes us back to the 70s! Tenorist Bob Mintzer is a big part of the group – and we ... read moreCD
Although the big New York hotels had their share of great Latin pianists, Chicago had it's own great one during the 50s – in the person of the little-known David Le Winter, a supremely talented pianist who seems to have only cut this one album for Mercury during the 50s. The record itself is ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has some discoloration from age.)
A fantastic bit of 70's Latin jazz by the great Manny Oquendo and his legendary Libre group. The sound is prime 70's New York, and the record's filled with great players like Andy Gonzalez, Dave Valentin, Ronnie Cuber, Milton Cardona, and Marty Sheller, who does the arrangements. The record's got ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Joe Loco's most haunting albums, and a moody mix of spare Latin percussion with haunting off-kilter piano solos, in a swirling blend of tracks that form Joe's Mambo Fantasy. Joe's work on the keys is as captivating as ever, and with the no-nonsense arrangements of the tracks, you can really ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear.)
A contemporary Latin combo, but one with a really unique feel as well – a mix of 60s charanga modes, 50s Cuban roots, and some definite modern phrasing! The group has a really wonderful blend of flute, violin, trombone, tres, and percussion – and congolero Hector "Papote" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A classic Machito session from the 50s – with stunning arrangements by Mario Bauza and AK Salim! The record is a beautiful batch of Latin jazz tracks that shine with a sound that's unlike anything else Machito was doing at the time – and the band wails hard, with soloists that include ... read moreCD
Quite late in his career for Machito – but a great set nonetheless, with some hard-hitting Latin jazz arrangements that are some of his best work in years! Tracks are long and very jamming – performed live by a big band with Chocolate Armenteros on trumpet, and lots of nice long and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Extremely rare Machito soundtrack for the film of Hemmingway's Sun Also Rises, which starred Tyrone Power and Ava Gardner. The music is some of Machito's best from the time, and the whole record has an incredibly raw Afro-Cuban groove to it, with none of the sleepiness that you can get in some of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing – nice and heavy! Cover is great on front, and back has two small names, but is nice too.)
A blend of soulful styles from the mighty Macondo! This self-titled set is pretty hip batch of tracks – sort of a mixture of early 70s LA Latin funk, with some lighter elements of Brazilian music, possibly added into the record by Claudio Slon, who produced the set for Sergio Mendes. The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(El Salvadorian pressing.)
Dos ... LP Warner, 1972. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
A seminal bit of Latin funk from the Bay Area scene of the early 70s – the second album from Malo, and an even harder-hitting jam session than the first! The group are really in top form here – taking off with Santana-inspired riffs that are filled with heavy percussion, soaring organ, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Malo may be evolving a bit, but they're still right in the pocket as far as we're concerned! This excellent west coast Latin ensemble mixes together jazz, funk, soul, and slight touches of Chicano rock – into a heavy groove that was one of the best-conceived at the time. Jorge Santana lays ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Mindblowing work from the legendary Latin percussionist Sabu Martinez – some extremely heavy sides recorded overseas during his time on the Swedish scene in the 70s, some of which are appearing here for the first time ever! The groove here is amazing, and goes even further past Sabu's famous ... read moreCD
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, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most unique sessions ever cut for Blue Note – an album of very rootsy Afro-Cuban jamming, led by percussionist Sabu Martinez – and a date that's even rawer and less jazz-based than some of the other percussion-heavy records for the label! The music on the album's comprised ... read moreCD
A rare meeting between percussionist Sabu Martinez and reedman Sahib Shihab – both American players, but working here in a really unique European setting! The tracks are filled with great percussion from Sabu – that legendary groove he first laid down on Blue Note and Alegre albums ... read moreCD
A great little set from the legendary Bobby Matos – and maybe the record that comes closest to his initial Latin soul sessions of the 60s! The album features more vocals than usual – including cool harmony soul from The Mighty Echoes, and a lead from the great Joe Bataan – plus ... read moreCD
Bobby Matos —
Sessions ... CD CuBop/Ubiquity, 1980s/1990s. New Copy ...
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 ... read moreCD
One of the grooviest records ever recorded – and pretty darn rare, too! The Moon People – aka Los Astronautas – were a Latin Soul studio band who played behind some of the other killer recordings on the Speed Label. They're best known for their sock-boogaloo instrumental "La ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bold-toned Latin jazz from Chico O'Farrill – one of a handful of excellent 90s sessions cut for Milestone Records – a label who really let Chico reclaim the glory of his older Verve albums from years back! The style here is a bit more modern – echoes of some of the Latin jazz ... read moreCD
Orchestra Kool —
Kool Heat ... LP Fonseca/Andale, Mid 60s. New Copy (reissue)...
Excellent (and very rare) boogaloo album by Orchestra Kool! The group has a rough hewn, tightly walloping feel that we totally love – with English vocals on some tunes and Spanish on others – with killer rhythms and some jazzy reed work. The album includes lots of hard stompin' ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic charanga work from Orquesta Sublime – grooving here at a slightly mellower pace than some of their other 60s albums, but at a level that's still more than rhythmic enough for the dancing promised in the title! The instrumentation is nicely varied – so that sometimes the violin ... read moreCD
Titles include "Trabajando", "Patricia", "Mala Suerte", "Isla Del Encanto", and "El Jibarito". Produced by Johnny Pacheco – with arrangements by Louis Perico Ortiz, Sonny Bravo, and Louie Ramirez! LP, Vinyl record album
Ralfi Pagan —
Ralfi ... LP Fania, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
Sublime falsetto soul from the great Ralfi Pagan – one of the most unique artists on the New York Latin scene at the start of the 70s! Ralfi shares some of the sweet soul modes of Joe Bataan – when Joe's in the right mood – but he also goes further, too – and really pushes ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the great recordings from Eddie's classic 70's period. Vocals are by Ismael Quintana, and the LP includes an excellent 10 minute track called "Pa La Ocha Tambo", of the long jamming type that Eddie was so good at during this time. Other cuts include "El Molesto", "M ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album