A key early moment for the great Ismael Rivera – really stepping out here strongly with a tight group of his own! Ismael's in the lead on vocals, but his arrangements for the group are quite strong too – cast in that best mix of jazz and Latin roots that you'll find in forward-thinking ... read moreCD
The last album that Ismael Miranda cut with Orchestra Harlow – but an extremely strong effort that draws from all the great work they did together! Larry Harlow's still very firmly at the helm of the set – producing, arranging, and playing piano with the classic Orchestra Harlow lineup ... read moreCD
A slightly offensive title, but a set that features some great percussion from Montego Joe – in a much wider range than his usual Latin grooves! Marie Brooks narrates, and there's other drummers working with Joe – in a really wicked groove that's almost urged on by Marie's shouts and ... (Global Grooves, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Enrique Montoya El Nino De Alicante & the Flamenco —
Flamenco Fire ... CD Tradition, 1950s. Used ...
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
A very unique little record – and one with a sublime blend of Latin, soul, and vocal styles! The record's a fair bit more sophisticated than most other efforts like this from the 60s – thanks to a strong batch of talents that includes Gil Fuller on arrangements, Phil Moore III on piano ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic stuff by Noro – and a wonderful selection of hard to find material from the 50s! This isn't really a greatest hits album – but it is a good sampling of some of his better (and better-recorded) work during the postwar years, and almost all of the tracks have a nice hard groove ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A lost boogaloo classic! This is one of the rare few records to come out on the tiny Speed label during the 60s – a hotbed of production for some of New York's most unique Latin Soul sides. Like other albums on the label, this set is a nicely messed up batch of tracks that shifts ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ocho 1 ... LP United Artists, 1972. Very Good+ ...
Just Sold Out!
The rare first album by Ocho – and a killer batch of Latin tracks that breaks down all definitions of the music! Ocho were a seminal group in the NuYorica scene of the early 70s – blending soul, funk, Latin, jazz, and other styles into a groove that was perhaps a bit too complicated ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing! Cover has a small split on the top seam.)
There's a tornado on the cover, and a tornado in the grooves as well – as the mighty Ocho step off their first three albums for UA Latino, and move into even headier territory here on the El Sonido label! The group are really at the top of their game – effortlessly blending jazzy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic! Chico O'Farrill did some great Latin work for Verve, Norgran, and Mercury over the years – but most of it was only released on 10" LPs, and has only been the province of collectors for a number of years. Now, though, this killer 2 CD set brings together a whopping 45 sides ... read moreCD
A great early record by Larry Harlow's famous combo – every bit the "smokin" set that the title might imply! Harlow and the group are in full force here – ripping through a set of short tracks that really groove with a darkly percussive edge – not entirely a Latin Soul ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The dances of today – circa 1962 – served up here by Orquesta Aragon with a sweet blend of pachanga and charanga styles! Instrumentation is relatively lean – and even the string elements are used in a nicely punctuated style – one that works well with the sweet-stepping ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great little album of boogaloos and hard Latin tracks – one of the few rare gems on the long-lost Speed label. The set features the work of the Orquesta Olivieri, led by trumpeter Herbie Olivieri, and featuring more trumpet, piano, and percussion, plus lead vocals by Angelo Jiminez and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A landmark album, and the first-ever record on the young Alegre label – a sure-fire hit that put both the company and Pacheco firmly on the map! The record's a genre-setting batch of hard early charanga grooves filled with great flute work from a young Johnny Pacheco – recording here ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original deep groove, black label Alegre pressing. Cover has some wear, with a split top seam & partially split bottom.)
One of the last albums from the team of Johnny Pacheco and Pete El Conde Rodriguez – and one of the best, too! The set's got an all-solid feel all the way through – a well-crafted approach to the tunes that's simple, and almost effortless – but which comes from Pacheco's years of ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Ralfi Pagan —
Ralfi ... LP Fania, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)...
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
A 70s corker from Charlie Palmieri – and a record that has him stretching out from piano, playing a bit of organ, and a bit of Fender Rhodes! The tracks are relatively straight salsa, but the use of these different keys really gives them an edge – one that's honed even further by Bobby ... read moreCD
A great little record from Charlie Palmieri – and one of his oddest! The "electro" in the title refers to a strange tinny organ that Charlie plays on many cuts on the record, a cool little instrument that gives the songs a nice twist. The backing's pretty great in the classic Coco ... read moreCD
Instrumental Latin from Charlie Palmieri – an indie set from the 80s, but one that almost has the classic feel of some of his first few albums at the end of the 50s! The approach here is similar to those – especially Charlie's work for United Artists – a jazz-inflected approach ... read moreCD
A fantastic 70s session from Charlie Palmieri – featuring some of his best keyboard solos of the decade, and some very cool work on organ that almost makes us think Sun Ra is in the group! The style is quite unusual, even for Charlie – with a weird sound from his organ that really ... read moreCD
Jazzy goodness from Eddie Palmieri – a recent set that shows him still burning strong after a stunning 50 years in Latin music! The arrangements are spare, but extremely creative – well-penned jazz charts that allow Eddie plenty of modern moments on the keys of the piano, but which ... read moreCD
One of Eddie Palmieri's greatest albums of the 70s – even though it was recorded for a major label! Like a number of his old counterparts in the New York indie world at the time, Eddie made a move to Columbia Records in the late 70s – a shift that should have dampened his soul, but ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo, including the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a tracklist sticker and some stains on the back.)
Eddie Palmieri —
Sentido ... CD Coco/Bomba (Japan), 1973. New Copy ...
Eddie Palmieri and the Coco label were a team that couldn't be beat – and this beautiful album is complete proof of that fact! The set's a wonderful batch of tunes – expanded arrangements from Eddie with just the right touches of funk, jazz, or rootsy instrumentation, shifting moods ... read moreCD
Eddie Palmieri's work for the Coco label is some of his best of the 70s, and this album is no exception – and while the title may call the record "unfinished", it sounds pretty darn well done to our ears – far better than most other Latin sides of the time! The album includes ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Brilliant 70s work by Eddie Palmieri – easily one of his greatest records of the decade! The album features Eddie really showing off his jazz chops on a number of longer tracks – tunes that bring together some of the spirit forged during the Harlem River Drive era, with some of the ... read moreCD
Brilliant 70s work by Eddie Palmieri – easily one of his greatest records of the decade! The album features Eddie really showing off his jazz chops on a number of longer tracks – tunes that bring together some of the spirit forged during the Harlem River Drive era, with some of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Eddie's early gems with his La Perfecta group – a hard-hitting ensemble with a sound that encompassed the charanga era, yet which also pointed the way towards many styles past it. Eddie's strong piano is a very big part of the group's success – jazzing things up at the right ... read moreCD
Great obscure boogaloo album recorded on Decca (and if you know this stuff, you know how hard the Decca albums are to find!) The record indeed lives up to the title in its excitable moments, with some firey playing and an all around propulsive atmosphere, but there are also some pretty delicate ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Believe it or not, this is a crackling batch of Latin jazz tracks, featuring the alto solos of Charlie Parker and (more importantly) the arranging genius of the great Chico O'Farrill. The material was originally issued on a number of different 10" jazz LPs – some under Parker's name, ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
One of our favorite Latin jazz albums ever – and a truly amazing record! Bobby Pauntteo, aka Bobby Vince Paunetto, is probably best known for his groundbreaking Latin fusion albums of the NuYorican era – but this rare gem from the 60s shows that he was a really forward thinker, even at ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An amazing little set – one that's got a sound we could hardly expect! The album's a unique Latin jazz session that brings together some of the best talents of the west coast scene of the late 50s – one that features arrangements from Bill Holman, Benny Carter, and Art Pepper – ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
The only album ever cut by conga player Armando Peraza – the killer percussionist who worked with Cal Tjader in the 60s! The album's got a very similar feel to Cal's work of the time – blending together jazz, Latin, and groovy 60s rhythms – with lots of percussion on the bottom, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very cool group from Peru – one that's as far-reaching as it is funky, thanks to a huge amount of experience and talent from all of its individual members! The core force here might be the electric bass of Enrique Luna, which creates a pulse on all of the numbers, even when the ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Nice reissue – heavy vinyl, with bonus insert of notes!)
A real lost chapter in the career of vibist Dave Pike – an obscure one-off Latin session recorded for Decca in the mid 60s! The album was done in the years between Pike's first few early jazz sides and his later tripped-out sessions for MPS and Vortex – and features Dave leading a ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a speach bubble in pen, split spine & bottom seam, tape residue on the edges. Vinyl has an edge chip on side 1 that does not affect play.)
Funky Latin psychedelic soul from Perez Prado from the dawn of the 70s – a totally killer batch that we love from the opening note the last second – and a rare one, to boot! 70 has loads of walloping Latin funk instrumentals, incredibly groovy bits and strains of the psychedelia of the ... read moreCD
(Comes a great little LP style sleeve!)
Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers —
Jungle Fire! ... LP Prestige/BGP (UK), 1969. New Copy (reissue)...
One of the greatest albums by this funky Latin combo! The record differs from some of their earlier Prestige albums in that the tracks are longer, more instrumental, and have a hard fuzzy electric groove. The band jams hard in a way that's more like some of the funk combos of the early 70s, than ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tito Puente's more obscure second tribute to Beny More – with great arrangements from Mraty Sheller, Louie Cruz, and Puente himself – and vocals by Hector Lavoe, Pete Conde Rodriguez, Santos Colon, Ismael Miranda, Celia Cruz, and Cheo Feliciano! CD
A surprisingly nice salsa set from the mid 70s – featuring arrangements by Tito and Louie Ramirez, and lead vocals by Santos Colon. Titles include "La Leyenda", "Amor De Mi Bohio", "Bombata", "Fiesta A La King", "Amor En Serio", "Alma ... read moreCD
(Out of print. CRC pressing. Rear tray card has some slight rippling.)
Proof that Tito Puente's later home at Concord Records was always a mighty nice fit – a move to a west coast outlet, which couldn't have been easy for the legendary New Yorker – but a place that always gave him a chance to cut no-nonsense Latin jazz sets like this! The group's got a ... read moreCD
Louie Ramirez —
Tipico ... LP West Side Latino, 1974. New Copy (reissue)...
An early 70s killer from Louie Ramirez – and a striking return to traditional styles after his work in the Latin Soul era! Louie shows that he can keep the groove as well as any young salseros, and the record's a mix of tracks done in an early 70s trad groove, with a few more jazzy elements. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very groovy work – and one of the best-selling albums of the Latin Soul era! During the 70s, Ricardo Ray was best known for his salsa work – but back in the 60s, he was really swinging around in the early blend of boogaloo and shing-a-ling styles! The set's got a really frenetic feel ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An amazing follow up to Ricardo Ray's first album of Jala Jala and Boogaloo tracks – a real killer Latin soul set that's even better than the first! The record's got a full-on style that kicks in from the very first note – a blend of uptight Latin tracks and some very groovy 60s-styled ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ricardo Ray & Bobby Cruz —
El Diferente ... CD West Side Latino/Polygram, Early 70s. Used ...
Titles include "A Jugar Bembe", "El Diferente", "Ay Compay", "Toma Y Dame", and "El Guarataro". CD
Some of the tightest funky 70s jamming ever – a lost gem from Ray & His Musical Court, a group that perfectly fuses JB/Horny Horns funk with beat-heavy Afro-Cuban groove! Ray and the group are one of the more obscure funky combos of the era, and it's a damn shame, because the group's ... (Soul, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Recent work by Emil Richards – the hip percussionist/vibist who was one of the best things going in the LA studio scene of the 60s! Although Emil's worked on countless sessions – from rock, to soul, to jazz, to soundtracks – he's always had a great ear for the Latin groove, and ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Chollo Rivera & The Latin Soul Drives —
By Chollo ... LP Cotique, 1969. New Copy (reissue)...
An obscure classic from the Latin Soul generation – the standout set recorded by the young Chollo Rivera and his strangely-named group The Latin Drives! The set's got equal parts soul and equal parts Latin – in a way that's similar to some of Joe Bataan's albums for Fania from the same ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A monster album of Latin soul – arguably the greatest record ever cut by Hector Rivera! The record's a rare cooker that never lets up at all – a non-stop boogaloo party that definitely lives up to its swinging cover image – and which is quite different than most other albums from ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A killer set of heavy Latin numbers from the great Hector Rivera – hiding under the guise of a simple dance record! Back in the late 50s and early 60s, Hector was always getting tagged for the big fads by labels – and made to produce albums that had him jumping on a dance fad bandwagon ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A classic set from Hector Rivera – one in which he shifts back to more traditional Latin styles after his Spanish Harlem sets of the 60s! The record has a strong nascent salsa groove – and features a great band, with Hector's piano bouncing along on the top, and a four-trumpet line ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hector Rivera & The Latin Renaissance —
Hecto-Mania ... LP 4 Points, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)...
A fantastic little Latin soul album – cut by bandleader Hector Rivera, and the Latin Renaissance soul group. The group sings in a warm harmony vocal style, with three female singers, and one male. Hector's in fine fine form laying down some jazzy Latin backings – and the record's got ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Incredible sounds by one of the hippest artists in Latin music during the postwar years – Cuban-born Arsenio Rodriguez, whose combo made a huge number of amazing records both on scenes in Havana and New York! This collection brings together a good number of those gems – LP sides, rare ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pete "El Conde" Rodriguez was always one of the richest voices to sing on the New York Latin scene in the 70s – a talent with this way of going deep, and really stretching out his notes – but at a level that was quite different than so many other singers of his generation! ... read moreCD
A fantastic record that's truly one of Tito Rodriguez's best from the 60s – a very jazzy affair, and one that breaks the pattern of most of his other albums of the time! As the title implies, Tito's working here live at Birdland nightclub – with a jazz-based lineup to match the setting ... read moreCD
A nice little session of Latin jazz – percussive at the bottom, but with an overall jazz mambo feel that's similar to early 50s work by Chico O'Farrill. Tracks are shortish, but have some nice solos by unnamed players – and titles include "Hi Fi Mambo", "Mambo A La ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing with deep groove. Cover has some splitting on the seams & a few spots of tape.)
Willie Rodriguez —
Mi Montuno ... LP Fonseca/Andale, Mid 60s. New Copy (reissue)...
Willie Rodriguez at his 60s best – driving his combo with a fire and fury that few other Latin leaders could match! The grooves here are raw and tight, right from the start – a recasting of Cuban descarga modes into an even tighter combo setting – with percussion leading the way ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A lucky seventh album from Roberto Roena and his groundbreaking Apollo Sound combo – a set that's filled with spectacular arrangements and a new level of sophistication for the group – yet one that's still firmly pointed towards the dancefloor! There's a richness here that's really ... read moreCD
Really wonderful work from the Texas scene of the 60s – not the heady psych or garage usually associated with the state, nor the more Latin-inflected modes from the border – but instead a unique batch of music that feels more like work from either coast, and which comes across with a ... (Rock, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great set of Cuban recordings from pianist Gonzala Rubalcaba – all done for the Areito label in the mid 80s, and with a style that mixes sharp Latin jazz group numbers with more sensitive solo and trio material! The piano is mostly acoustic, but sometimes electric – and two tracks ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
Early 80s genius from trumpeter Arturo Sandoval – 2 albums that were never issued in the US at the time! First up is the sublime Turi from 1981 – an album that mixes smooth spacey fusiony production with Sandoval's soulful trumpet style – and the result is a sweet grooving set ... read moreCD
Joan Sanmarti —
1967 ... CD Jazzgranollers, 2008. Used ...
A really pivotal album in the career of Mongo Santamaria – one that has Mongo stripping down the groove, kicking up some jazz, and mixing together soulful styles that brought him to the top of the Latin crowd of the 1960s! There's a tightness here that goes beyond any of Santamaria's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album