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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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✨✧ Tito AllenAhora Y Siempre ... CD
Alegre, 1977. New Copy ... $12.99
An early classic from this standout salsa star – a record that really sparkles wonderfully, thanks to Tito's great vocals! The instrumentation is great too – soaring jazzy 70s salsa, arranged by Louie Ramirez and Marty Sheller, and produced to perfectionby Ramirez with that nice sense ... read more CD

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✨✧ Tito AllenMaldades ... CD
Alegre, 1975. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
One of those 70s salsa albums that grabs us right from the very first note – with warm piano lines and this strong sense of rhythm that hooks us even before the vocals come in! Then, Tito Allen comes into the mix and shows us why he's always been such a standout singer – bringing this ... read more CD

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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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✨✧ Ray BarrettoOn Fire Again/Encendido Otra Vez ... CD
Tico, Mid 60s. New Copy ... $12.99
A great one from Ray – billed on the cover as the "El Watusi Man", and recorded with a similar Charanga Moderna sound to that big hit. The grooves are tighter than those on most of his contemporaries, and the charanga sound is expanded here with a range of influences, and even a ... 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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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 ColonHustler ... CD
Fania, Late 60s. New Copy ... $12.99
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 more CD
Also available Hustler ... LP 9.99

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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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✨✧ Willie Colon & Ruben BladesSiembra ... CD
Fania, 1978. New Copy ... $12.99
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 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
Also available Ansonia Years – 1969 to 1971 ... LP 17.99

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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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Nico Gomez & His Afro Percussion IncRitual ... CD
Omega/Mr Bongo (UK), 1970. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
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 more CD
Also available Ritual (with download) ... LP 23.99

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✨✧ Grupo Folklorico Y Experimental NuevayorquinoLo Dice Todo ... CD
Mericana/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $23.99
The second album by this wonderful Latin music project – an ensemble who really live up to their name in the way they work with both folksy styles and more experimental modes – all while hitting the best sort of hip New York 70s vibe! The list of artists here is like a "who's ... read more CD

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Andy HarlowSorpresa La Flauta ... CD
Vaya, 1972. New Copy ... $9.99 13.98
A classic early album from Larry Harlow's flute-playing brother – a set that grooves along with the trademark family groove, but which also has a fair bit of sensitive moments as well! There's a jazzier style here than on some of the classic Orchestra Harlow albums – one that comes not ... 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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✨✧ Lat-TeensLat-Teens ... CD
Zebra (Colombia), Late 60s. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
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 more CD
 
 



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