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 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
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
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 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
Nico Gomez & His Afro Percussion Inc —
Ritual ... CD Omega/Mr Bongo (UK), 1970. New Copy ...
Fierce funky grooves from the legendary Nico Gomez – a set cooked up in Europe, but heavy with influences from the other side of the Atlantic – from Havana all the way up to New York! There's definitely a Latin groove to the record – one that's similar to other Gomez productions ... read moreCD
Grupo Fantasma —
Problemas ... CD Blue Corn Music, 2015. New Copy ...
That's a mighty trippy cover on this album from Grupo Fantasma – and it kind of sums up the more expansive, experimental sound the group is taking this time around – an approach that mixes their Latin roots with bits of psych, funk, and a whole range of global elements too – all ... read moreCD
Grupo Folklorico & Experimental Nuevayorquino —
Concepts In Unity ... CD Salsoul/Octave (Japan), 1975. New Copy ...
A landmark set of highly percussive tracks! Back in the mid-70's, when Salsoul was still recording Latin music and not disco, they put out this great double album of traditional Latin percussion playing by the new revivalist Grupo Folklorico, which featured Virgilo Marti and other great New York ... 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
La Fantastica —
2001 ... CD Mericana/Octave (Japan), 1974. New Copy ...
The only album we've ever seen by this cool New York combo of the 70s – quite a shame, as they're really cooking on all levels – with the kind of youthful energy that matches some of their best contemporaries during the early Latin years of the Salsoul label! The record's got a tight, ... 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
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
A Latin Soul classic – but one that's a lot more obscure than some of the better-remembered albums on Fania and Tico from the late 60s! Orlando Marin is probably mostly known as an arranger, and a leader from the earlier years of the New York scene – but during the Latin Soul years he ... 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
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
An incredible album of Latin jazz! The great vibist Bobby Montez leads one of the hippest combos you'll ever hear on record – a modal quintet that grooves like no other Latin combo we can think of – topped with wonderful vibes from the leader, on an album that's totally unique – ... read moreCD
Lost grooves from Spanish Harlem – an incredible set of Latin Soul from The 107th Street Stickball Team! With a name like that, the group certainly aren't as well-remembered as contemporaries like Joe Bataan or Willie Colon, but they've got a soulful groove that definitely fits the style of ... 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.)
Fiercely percussive, heavily soulful Latin sounds from Quarter Street – cut from the cloth of the classic, hard hitting 70s NYC salsa of Fania and Tico – and convincingly carrying that vibe in the contemporary Melbourne scene! It takes a depth of talent to retrace the past and sound ... 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
Rey Roig Y Su Sensacion —
Aqui Llego ... CD Mericana/Octave (Japan), 1972. New Copy ...
A cool little combo from pianist Rey Roig – a smaller group who work with the energy of the 60s Latin soul generation, but who come across with a more traditional spirit overall! The shift is key – that tighter 60s element moving back into older Latin modes – as Rey's piano ... 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
A great 70s group – a bit lost in the shifting sands of time, but one who maintained a classic Latin groove that's steeped in tradition – while also bringing in a lot of the younger energy of the New York scene at the time! The group's led by William Millan, who plays bass and tres on ... read moreCD
The first album by Latin combo Tempo 70 – in case you couldn't guess from the title – and a very nice debut for this multi-faceted group! The combo smoke in plenty of heady salsa territory – especially on the upbeat tracks, which have a lively spirit that really makes the album ... read moreCD
Johnny Zamot —
Zamot ... CD Mericana/Octave (Japan), 1974. New Copy ...
Quite an obscure little set by Johnny Zamot – the man who's best known for his boogaloo records of the 60s, but who was still grooving hard in the 70s! This set was a one-off date that Johnny recorded for Salsoul – in a tight mode that's mostly salsa-based, with lead vocals by Manny ... read moreCD
A totally cool collection of unusual cumbia cuts from 70s Peru – music that definitely earns the psychedelic tag promised in the title, given its heavy use of electric guitars and trippy production! The style here is different than more familiar cumbia from Colombia – rooted in the ... 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
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
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
Tripped-out Latin sounds, both classic and contemporary – served up in a collection that bristles with excitement throughout! The initial wave of this music came from a late 60s stretch when the cats up in Harlem were getting a bit more freewheeling than usual – picking up not just the ... read moreCD