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
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
Angel Canales —
Sabor ... CD Alegre, 1975. New Copy ...
Possibly the greatest album ever from Angel Canales – a 70s salsa classic through and through, and one with great links between the New York scene and Canales' Puerto Rican roots! The tunes are wonderfully heartfelt throughout – sung with a youthful sense of soul that's far different ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
Willie Colon & Ruben Blades —
Siembra ... CD Fania, 1978. New Copy ...
A classic 70s salsa jammer from Willie Colon – working here with his one of his greatest vocalists – the young Ruben Blades, back before he'd crossed over to super-huge success! The album really marks a departure for Willie – moving past the bad boy style of earlier records, that ... read moreCD
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
A wicked dip into Colombian music – focused around the work of two true giants of the scene! CD1 features 21 massive tracks from Fruko – one of the hardest-hitting artists working in Colombia in the 70s – often in a sound that starts out in New York salsa, but takes all these ... 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 moreCD
Pachanga? Cha Cha Cha? We'll take it – especially with results this great! The groove here is different than the usual albums of the mode at the time – as most numbers have a brassy finish over the top, which changes the pachanga instrumentation to a bolder vibe with some nice use of ... read moreCD
A really wonderful record from this up-and-coming singer – a set that features Spanish language lyrics throughout, but has this universal appeal right from the very first note! Natalia's got a way of crossing generations and styles with her music – a bit like some of the best creative ... read moreCD
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 stone kicker by the Lebron Brothers – not as all-out Latin soul as the group's first few records, but a heck of a great session nonetheless! The album's got the brothers moving into more of a 70s salsa mode, but still keeping the small combo edge of their earlier albums – singing in ... read moreCD
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
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
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
A long lost late 60s Latin Soul record by Nitty Gritty Sextet – featuring legendary New York Latin players, and a hip, soulful boogaloo sound that should have made major waves on the scene – but somehow never saw release back in the day! The personnel reads like a who's who of the ... read moreCD
Orchestra Harlow's answer to the Who's Tommy – Hommy, a Latin Opera, and one of the few concept albums we know from the New York Latin scene of the time! The tracks are fairly short, and they're separated by short "interludes" throughout the album that feature some cool spoken bits ... read moreCD
A lost classic from Pearly Queen – definitely a record that's been a true treasure hunt for crate diggers over the years! The set's best-sought for its funkier numbers – about half the set, in which Pearly Queen smoke nicely with a blend of Cuban roots and 70s modes – showing a ... read moreCD
(This is an on-demand title printed in limited quantities.)
A double-header to die for – two of the rarest albums from Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers – back to back on a single CD! First up is Saffron & Soul – one of the first albums from the legendary Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers – a wonderful little record that ... read moreCD
Strong 70s work from Ismael Rivera – an album that has him working here with his popular Cachimbos group, set to arrangements by Javier Vasquez – in a really unified sound that's mostly salsa all the way through, but also has a few nice twists and turns as well! The album's got one ... read moreCD
Heavy duty Latin Soul from Johnny Rivera – an excellent bandleader from the late 60s, with a sound that's a lot harder than you might guess from the Tijuana Brass in the title! True, Johnny's group's got a lot of work on horns – but in a style that's like the best of the boogaloo ... read moreCD
Mongo Santamaria —
Red Hot ... CD Tappan Zee/Victor (Japan), 1978. New Copy ...
A great Bob James-directed session from Mongo Santamaria – and a set that takes the fusion-inflected Latin work he was doing on the Vaya label, and blends it with an even tighter, sharper CTI Records vibe! The approach is a bit like that combination of underground Latin and larger label ... read moreCD
Monguito Santamaria —
On Top ... CD Fania, 1968. New Copy ...
A killer rare boogaloo album – and one of the few great late 60s sides cut by pianist Monguito Santamaria, son of Mongo! Monguito's different than his old man in that he's a pianist and a singer – and not a percussionist – but this gem of an album has a hard-hitting sound that ... read moreCD
The second album from Seguida – a great little Latin funk group from the Nuyorican scene of the 70s! This set's got Seguida working in a style that's got a bit more of a dancefloor focus than before – bringing in some of the fuller Latin disco touches that were popular in the wake of ... read moreCD
A pretty sweet little album from Snowboy – still staying true to his Latin roots, despite an increasing public persona as an expert on all things funky! The record's nice, tight, and very jamming – a full on Latin jazz experience, with some great bass work by the legendary Nico Gomez! ... read moreCD
A wonderful second chapter to Gilles Peterson's Havana Cultura project – one that takes all the cool contemporary cuts, and offers them up in hip remixed versions! As usual with a Peterson set like this, the remixes are often quite respectful – specially commissioned from contemporary ... read moreCD
A landmark collection – and one that virtually defined an entire generation unto itself! Back in the mid-90s, when this early Soul Jazz collection was first issued – there was a certain strain of Latin music that had been ignored for decades – that unusual fusion of Latin, soul, ... read moreCD
Funk and soul meet Latin rhythms – and the result is a really special moment in the New York scene – a time when disco rhythms helped the underground scene burn brightly in the midtown clubs! Back in the 60s, nightspots in the city would routinely host Latin bands – but by the ... read moreCD
A wicked little set that really gets at the way that Latin record collecting has moved way past the usual sounds from New York, Puerto Rico, and Cuba – to embrace a whole host of styles from around the globe! In a world of collections that feature oft-reissued numbers from the Fania catalog, ... read moreCD
Heavy Latin grooves – served up with plenty of funk, jazz, and soul in the mix – and put together as a collection that's even better than the first volume in this series! DJ Pablo Yglesias seems to get sharper ears each time we tune into one of his projects – and this time around ... read moreCD
Cumbia sounds get trippy – as a host of Latin American artists picked up the electric guitar in the 60s, and really helped transform the style with some psychedelic touches! Most of these tracks feature cumbia rhythms at the core, but take the music far from its Colombian roots – ... read moreCD