Gabriel Alegria Afro Peruvian Sextet —
10 ... CD Zoho, 2015. New Copy ...
A great little record that celebrates a decade's worth of music from the Afro Peruvian Sextet – but which also brings in a host of other jazz artists for the festivities too! The core sound is from the group led by trumpeter Gabriel Alegria – a well-balanced combo that begins in ... read moreCD
A wicked album of Latin Soul tunes – recorded by Harvey Averne, one of the heaviest hitting producers of the New York scene of the late 60s! The album's one of the few that Harvey issued under his own name, and it features him on piano and vibes, working with arrangements by Marty Sheller, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sweet sounds from the days when Fania Records was one of the greatest things going on the New York scene – and some of its key artists got a chance to work for other labels! This set's one of the best examples of that moment – as Ray Barretto steps out here in some sweet soulful ... read moreCD
Sweet sounds from the days when Fania Records was one of the greatest things going on the New York scene – and some of its key artists got a chance to work for other labels! This set's one of the best examples of that moment – as Ray Barretto steps out here in some sweet soulful ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ray Barretto just before the Latin Soul era – working in the excellent style he used on his Charanga Moderna album – a choppy groove that has plenty of weird twists and turns – always rhythmic, and always plenty darn soulful! The instrumentation here is a mix of small combo jazz ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really wonderful album from Ray Barretto – more jazz fusion than his usual 70s salsa – but in a way that we really really love! The album's a crossover gem that has Ray working with Stix Hooper, Joe Sample, and Wilton Felder of The Crusaders – a trio who produced the record, ... read moreCD
Killer stuff all around! This album's a monster – one of Ray's greatest, with the same sort of Latin Soul groove heard famously on his classic Acid LP. The record has Ray cutting across many genres – blending Latin, soul, jazz, and a slight bit of funk – all into a set of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
"Head Sounds" is a heck of a great way to describe this album – as it's filled with some of Ray's most mind-expanding cuts! The album kicks off with the tune "Acid", which you probably know from the album of the same name, but which still really does a great job of ... 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
Wonderful early work from Ray Barretto – proof that he was one heck of a hip cat, even at the start! The album's got an approach to Latin jazz that's certainly informed by the charanga sound of the New York scene in the early 60s – but one that's also opened up a bit more to new ideas ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Teal label Orpheum productions pressing. Cover has a sticker on the spine.)
Ray Barretto —
Message ... LP Fania, 1972. New Copy (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
One of Ray Barretto's hardest-hitting salsa albums of the 70s – a raw set of grooves that's got Ray moving away from the playfulness of the Latin Soul years, into a more righteous mode that's easily guessed at from the title of the set! The vibe here is very straightforward – with Ray ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ray Barretto —
Senor 007 ... LP United Artists, 1965. New Copy (reissue)...
One of our favorite Ray Barretto albums of the 60s – a real gem from the pre-Latin Soul years! The album's a clear attempt to cash in on the cash in on the James Bond craze of the time – issued by United Artists, who were releasing the Bond films, but also had Ray under contract during ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Landmark recordings from Cuban singer Abelardo Barroso – one of the most expressive voices on the Havana scene – both before and after the revolution! Barroso is heard here in he company of Orquesta Sensacion – a great group with a very rhythmic vibe, and a style that's often in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Stunning soul from the great Joe Bataan – a really groundbreaking mix of modes that's right up there with the best of the Spanish Harlem scene of the late 60s! The album is Joe Bataan's debut for the Fania Records label – and the start of an incendiary run of Latin classics that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amazing work from the Spanish Harlem underground of the late 60s! From the title, to the cover, to the beautiful blend of songs, this album perfectly sums up the rich energy and raw power bubbling in the NuYorican scene of the time – effortlessly blending together soul, Latin, jazz, and funk ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Joe Bataan —
Salsoul ... LP Mericana, 1973. New Copy (reissue)...
A landmark album from Joe Bataan – so great, that it made the entire record company change its name! The record has Joe really bursting out after his seminal Latin Soul work of the late 60s – blending Latin rhythms and American soul into a whole new style of music – one that Joe ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A landmark album from Joe Bataan – so great, that it made the entire record company change its name! The record has Joe really bursting out after his seminal Latin Soul work of the late 60s – blending Latin rhythms and American soul into a whole new style of music – one that Joe ... read moreCD
One of our favorite Latin soul albums ever – a rollicking mix of upbeat party tracks, gentle ballads, and more – all handled with the undeniable magic that is Joe Bataan at his best! The album kicks off with the fantastic groover "Subway Joe" – a hilarious tune about ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An amazing achievement for Ruben Blades – a full suite of tracks conceived and composed by Ruben as a "disco drama" on wax! The work isn't the disco-styled album you might think from this description – and is more of a mini-opera or concept album by Blades, one that features ... read moreCD
Hard soulful Latin from the great Willie Bobo! The record's an extremely tasty blend of cuts that mix hard Latin grooving with a swinging 60s pop feel – all filtered through the crossover genius of late 60s Verve. There's lots of great boogaloo groovers, shing-a-ling rhythms, and a tight no- ... read moreCD
Latin soul percussionist Willie Bobo hits a new dimension here – singing as well as playing timbales, hitting a groovy groove that's perfect for his rough and ready vocals! The track list is a mix of 60s soul covers and a few very tasty original tunes – all done in a mod style that's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Forget the "blues" in the title – this is another one of Willie Bobo's groovy Latin soul albums for Verve, with a good set of New York soul arrangements by Bert Keyes, Bert DeCoteaux, and Sonny Henry. Willie does a number of soul covers, like "Bad Bad Whiskey", "Walk ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Killer material, and one of Willie's best-ever albums for Verve! The album's filled with groovy numbers that hit the good mix of soul and Latin that was coming out of the New York scene at the time – and Willie delivers all of it with a tight jazzy sound that works great with the titles. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has staining & peeling along the bottom seam & a cutout hole.)
An excellent batch of descarga tunes – very much in the same spirit as Cachao's groundbreaking Cuban work of the early 60s – but done here as a wonderful return to roots in the mid 70s – part of that key shift back towards tradition on the New York scene, yet one that was still ... read moreCD
A beautiful bit of Latin funk – and one of the rarest albums ever from the mighty Candido! The album's one of the first that has Candido stepping out of the straighter Latin jazz mode of earlier years – working with a funky lineup of players arranged by the mad genius Joe Cain, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Liberty pressing. Cover has some edge wear and a sticker on back.)
A mighty set of club tunes from the legendary Candido – and proof that the congolero was still going strong at the end of the 70s! The set's got a nice stretched out feel – one that takes the fuller disco arrangements of Salsoul, and peppers them with some harder-hitting percussion ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Candido's funkiest albums! The record's got a similar sound to Candido's great albums for Blue Note and Solid State – with short, hard funky tunes that have a really great 70s edge! Chico O'Farrill did the arrangements, and the record chops along nicely with some very funky tracks ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
It's hard to imagine anyone making music for as many years as the legendary Candido – nor anyone who might still sound as great after so many decades in music! This set's definitely well-titled – as the congolero works here with a gorup of Latin jazz musicians, on an album that's one ... read moreCD
Stone lost Latin funk! This one's Candido's rarest – and it's a killer batch of conga-heavy grooves, recorded in the late 60s for Solid State, and featuring a very groovy set of mod Latin arrangements by Joe Cain. The band features organ, guitar, bass, horns, and some upfront conga solos ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Coke ... LP Sound Triangle, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)...
Funky Latin breaks and very groovy grooves – the kind of record that you hear for only a second, and say "oh yeah, this is the stuff!" Coke were an obscure Florida combo who mixed together Latin, funk, and soul – served up in a crossover style that's halfway between the sound ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A little bit Latin, a little bit jazz, a little bit loungey – and a lotta bit groovy! LA flute jazzer Buddy Collette leads the session, and it's got a nice groove that mixes the piano of Eddie Cano with guitar by Tommy Tedesco and a blend of jazz drumming and Latin percussion. The record ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing. Vinyl has an edge chip that ends just outside the play area. Vinyl is VG+ otherwise.)
Titles include "Hola Querida", "Me Da Lo Mismo", "Derrota Moral", "Perlas Negras", "Como Antes", "Bonita", and "Album De Bodas". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a light mark from an old sticker in the bottom corner.)
Willie Colon —
El Malo ... LP Fania, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)...
Great stuff – and a very sharp album cut by Willie during the Latin soul era, featuring a bunch of tracks that veer more towards the boogaloo side of things than his later albums! The groove is nice and hard – stripped down with the youthful energy that Willie brought to the scene at ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A roots-oriented 70s classic from Willie Colon – one of his standout albums of the decade! Willie continues his "life of crime" approach for the early 70s – moving into an old west look on the cover, and matching that with a slightly rootsier sound on the album! The real ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Willie Colon —
Hustler ... LP Fania, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
Brilliant early work from a young Willie Colon – a true hustler if there ever was one! The album has an amazing energy that really bridges a number of Latin scenes – it's part descarga jamming, part Latin soul, and part traditional Latin – put together with a no-nonsense approach ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Willie Colon's last album for Fania Records – and a well-rounded hit that ensured his success into the 90s! Despite the cheesy cover and title, the music is actually quite strong – a bit of a departure from the classic Colon sound, with some added keyboards and stronger use of ... read moreCD
A solid 70s session from Willie Colon – a combination of a few tracks from previous efforts, mixed with other new ones, all featuring lead vocals by the wonderful Hector Lavoe! The work on the album's the kind that was so influential at the time, it's almost hard to hear how important it was ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rootsy rhythms from contemporary Cuba – a beautiful package of work presented on this new Soul Jazz sub-label! Although recorded recently, the record has a really timeless feel – no surprise, given the long history of the percussion group – which stretches back over a century, ... read moreCD
Killer combo work from the legendary Cortijo – and just the kind of set to show why he was easily one of the sharpest Latin leaders of the 60s! The emphasis here is on heavy rhythms – the sort that set the dancefloor on fire right from the start, but keep things compelling through a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy early pressing – on Tropical.)
Jack Costanzo —
Mr Bongo ... LP Jazzman (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
A killer collection of work from percussionist Jack "Mr Bongo" Costanzo – a cat who's way cooler than you might guess from his gimmicky nickname – not only one of the most powerful forces on the west coast Latin scene in the 50s, but also one of the jazziest too! Jack's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes a very cool "How To Play Bongos" instructional booklet – replicating one that was included in one of Jack's classic albums!)
A rare set from these two excellent Latin vocalists – with titles that include "Desperately", "Times Are Changion", "Lalle Lalle", "El Senor Embajador", "Qu Se Rian", "Malambo", and "Babalo". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small cutout hole and a light mark from an old sticker.)
One of the many great recordings that Celia and Johnny cut together during the 70s – in a really great combination that had her soulful vocals giving a new injection of energy to the Pacheco sound of the time! The result was a great blend of new styles and respectful traditionalism – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has light wear and a small cutout hole.)
One of a number of very popular late 60s albums with Celia fronting Tito's group – recorded in Spain with arrangements by Charlie Palmieri and Osvaldo Estivill. Titles include "Palmeras Palmeras", "Sabor Gitano", "Yo Soy Esa", "Rico Azuquitar", "So ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A Latin classic from the word "bang"! This album was the one that busted Joe Cuba out of the Latin ghetto – into the sound of 60s soul, early funk, and beyond. The record's a stone winner – filled with boogaloo tracks delivered by Joe's firey young sextet, a killer ensemble ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Joe Cuba breaks out with some great work from his classic sextet – a cool combo who really helped rewrite the rules for Latin music in the 60s! The group's got this focus that's quite different than the larger Latin bands of the previous years – yet they also kick a lot harder than the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
12 classic tracks, played by the Cuban All Stars, and issued on Seeco with their usual raw approach to putting together an album. The tracks are all fairly lively, with a heavy flute/violin line in all titles – including "Pachanga De Sabrina", "Bachanga, Bachanga", "S ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Not to be confused with Cugat's Favorite Rhumbas, his best-selling album on Columbia – this set's a batch of mambo and rhumba tunes of similar vintage, recorded for Mercury, and featuring Cugie at his big band Latin best! Titles include "A Gay Ranchero", "Miami Beach ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really unique album from this salsa legend – a set that has Oscar D'Leon paying tribute to the era of big bands, both Latin and jazz – with full orchestral backing alongside his vocals! The package has a really unusual presentation – in that it features two different CDs of the ... read moreCD
One of the weirdest, coolest Latin Soul albums we've ever heard – the only offering ever from the duo of Dianne & Carole – two female singers who come off with a great deal of enthusiasm on the set! That's our way of saying that the ladies are a bit rough on the vocals – but ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album