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We're especially heavy on New York sounds of the 60s and 70s -- Latin Soul, salsa, boogaloo, and more!




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Aposento AltoGoodby Old Friends (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Windeco/Think (Japan), 1978. New Copy (reissue)... $28.99
A Cali soul classic from the 70s – an album recorded totally live in the studio, with no heavy production or overdubs at all – all touches that are hardly needed, given the sharpness of the group! Aposento Alto have an approach that mixes some of the more Latin-inflected soul styles of ... (Soul, Latin) read more CD

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Dayme ArocenaNueva Era ... CD
Brownswood (UK), 2015. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
A wonderful record from Dayme Arocena – a Cuban singer who first emerged as part of Gilles Peterson's Havana Cultura project, although Gilles himself had been following her music since she was a child! This debut full length is wonderful – and really pushes past the initial modes of ... (Neo Soul, Latin) read more CD

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Rubens BassiniRitmo Fantastico ... CD
Pawal/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1961. New Copy ... $22.99
Fantastic rhythms from percussionist Rubens Bassini – a set that has all the raw live energy of a Latin jazz jam session, but which also carries some of the sweet touches of the bossa nova scene in Brazil – a really wonderful mixing of modes that makes the album a gem all the way ... (Brazil, Latin) read more CD

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Ray Camacho BandReach Out ... CD
PMG (Austria), 1980. New Copy ... $18.99
Brilliant brown-eyed soul from Ray Camacho – an artist who was previously known for more border-styled work with his Teardrops band, but who steps out here with a surprisingly great blend of electric jazz and boogie! The approach is wonderful – a real re-direction of Ray's earlier ... read more CD
Also available Reach Out ... LP 23.99

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Chocolate CalienteBien Sabroso! ... CD
Mericana/Octave (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $23.99
The legendary Latin trumpet of Alfred "Chocolate" Armenteros is at the forefront of this recording by his group Caliente – blowing with the bold, jazzy style that always made his horn one of the more influential trumpets in Latin music! With records like this in the 70s and 80s, ... read more CD

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CokeCoke ... CD
Sound Triangle/Essential, Early 70s. New Copy ... $11.99 12.99
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 more CD
(This is an on-demand title printed in limited quantities.)

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Willie ColonFantasmas ... CD
Fania, 1981. New Copy ... $8.99 12.99
A brilliant new move for Willie Colon – a set that goes even further than his mid 70s classics with Ruben Blades, and pushes Willie into a Pan-American consciousness carried off with ambitious musical vision! The sound is still salsa at the core, but Willie's also brought in bits of other ... read more CD

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Willie ColonSolo ... CD
Fania, 1979. New Copy ... $12.99
An amazing little record from Willie Colon – one that has him stepping forth into the limelight as both singer and leader – after years of working with better-known vocalists like Hector LaVoe and Ruben Blades! But even more than the vocals the thing we really love here are the ... read more CD

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CortijoAnsonia Years – 1969 to 1971 ... CD
Ansonia/Vampi Soul (Spain), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $18.99
Some of the best work ever from Puerto Rican percussionist Rafael Cortijo Verdejo – sides recorded in New York for the Ansonia label, at a time when Cortijo's music was even more rootsy than it was a decade before! The material here marks a renewed sense of tradition in players of Cortijo's ... read more CD

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Jack CostanzoMr Bongo ... CD
Jazzman (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $9.99
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 more CD
Also available Mr Bongo ... LP 25.99

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Roman DiazL'O Da Fun Bata ... CD
Motema, 2015. New Copy ... $8.99 14.98
A very rootsy set of Cuban bata – and a record that almost feels like a vintage session for Folkways than some of the more contemporary music on the Motema label! The album's got a strong Yoruba bend – and features spoken passages between most of the percussive tracks – ... read more CD

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Clare Fischer with 2+2 PlusFree Fall ... CD
Discovery (Japan), 1986. New Copy ... $21.99
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 more CD

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Grupo XSongs From Our Latin Soul – The Best Of Grupo X ... CD
Loft (UK), 2000s. New Copy ... $13.99
Nice little retrospective bringing together some of best of UK Latin Soul combo Grupo X! From the beginning, the group's had an incredible knack for blending feverish percussion with the sometimes heavy, sometimes moody horns and unstoppable Latin rhythms of classic styles – from NY salsa to ... read more CD

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IrakereIrakere (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $13.99
A landmark album from this powerhouse Cuban group of the 70s – their first record issued formally to an American market, and quite possibly their greatest effort of the decade! The sound here is a lot more focused than on the group's Cuban sessions from previous years – not commercial ... read more CD

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✨✧ Los BrincosContrabando (with bonus tracks) ... CD
El (UK), 1968. New Copy ... $3.99
A really cool record from the late 60s Spanish rock scene – done with a pop-ready simplicity, but accented with some gritty, garage psych touches too! Contrabando features a newer line-up of the group, after Juan Pardo and Antonio "Junior" Morales left the group to for Juan Y ... (Rock, Latin) read more CD

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MachitoKenya ... CD
Roulette/Warner (Japan), 1957. New Copy ... $14.99
A real corker from Machito – a set that's got a lot more bite and earthy fire than some of his other albums of the 50s – as you might be able to guess from the cover and the title! The record definitely lives up to the Afro-Cuban promise on the front – thanks to very hip ... read more CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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MachitoTanga – The King Of Afro Jazz ... CD
El (UK), Late 40s/1950s. New Copy ... $13.99
Seminal sounds from the mighty Machito – all recorded during those key years when he was having a huge impact on both the jazz and Latin scenes in New York! Much of the work here features that blend of Havana roots and bebop performance that Machito and Mario Bauza pioneered during the ... read more CD

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MaloDos ... CD
Warner (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $14.99
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 more CD
Also available Dos ... LP 8.99

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MaloMalo ... CD
Warner (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $14.99
Wonderful 70s Latin soul from the legendary Bay Area combo that included Jorge Santana, Luis Gasca, and Coke Escovedo – all players who'd go onto great solo fame on their own, working together here as a youthfully inventive group that really set the tone for the west coast sound of the decade! ... read more CD
Also available Malo ... LP 7.99

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Pedrito Martinez GroupHabana Dreams ... CD
Motema, 2016. New Copy ... $11.99 14.98
Pedrito Martinez has some heavy help here – an all-star array of guests that includes Wynton Marsalis, Ruben Blades, and Angelique Kidjo – but as before, the real strength of the record comes from the core energy of his group – one that plays in more than enough old school Latin ... (Jazz, Latin) read more CD
 
 



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