Sweet salsa with a very jazzy vibe – very much what you'd expect from the brace of trumpets pictured on the cover! Ernie Agosto's really got his groove on here – and has honed and sharpened his energy from earlier recordings – to a point where he's got this soaring vibe that ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
Dayme Arocena —
Cubafonia ... CD Brownswood (UK), 2017. New Copy ...
The deepest work we've heard so far from Dayme Arocena – a Cuban singer we first discovered in Gilles Peterson's Havana Cultura project, but one who's really gone onto find her own strong musical paths in recent years! This set has Dayme working with Dexter Story on production – and ... (Neo Soul, Latin)read moreCD
Ray Barretto —
Acid ... CD Fania, Late 60s. New Copy ...
A monster! If you buy one Latin record this year – make it this one – because it's one of the greatest ever recorded! Ray's late 60s Acid album is a landmark recording – a sublime mixture of Latin jazz, percussion, and soul – grooving hard in a variety of styles, and ... read moreCD
Willie Colon declares Ruben Blades as the champ on the cover of this early solo set – and for good reason too, as the album's one of Blades' best! There's a clear, clean simplicity to the record that's totally wonderful – a purity of vision before some of Ruben's later crossover ... read moreCD
(Remastered from the original analog master tapes!)
2 late 70s gems from Willie Bobo – 1978's Hell Of An Act To Follow and 1979's Bobo – on a single CD! Hell Of An Act To Follow is really nice stuff from Willie – maybe not as hard and funky as his early 70s work, but very nice in kind of a Latin Club mode, thanks to some great ... read moreCD
Coke ... CD Sound Triangle/Essential, Early 70s. New Copy ...
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 moreCD
(This is an on-demand title printed in limited quantities.)
A monster album of 70s salsa – and one that has bad boy Willie Colon taking the Latin world by storm – forging the new sound that would push him and the New York scene into the frontline of 70s Latin! Willie's got a strength on the set that's very much in keeping with his machine gun ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
A fantastic pairing of talents – one that seems to push each individual artist to a new high point in their career! By the time of the set, Johnny Pacheco was emerging as one of the strongest forces in 70s salsa – a crack percussionist whose instrumentation was driving on a younger ... read moreCD
Celia Cruz & Johnny Pacheco —
De Nuevo ... CD Vaya/Uniko (Canada), 1985. New Copy ...
It's hard to stop the duo of Celiz Cruz and Johnny Pacheco at this point in their careers – as the two Latin legends really seem to have found a perfect way to work together – at a level that makes their albums together some of the high points of their later careers! Johnny's groove is ... read moreCD
A fantastic tribute to the great Cal Tjader – and a set that features heavy contributions from the equally-wonderful Louie Ramirez – a vibist whose 60s work had as much influence on Latin sounds as the best records by Cal! The set was recorded in the late 80s, but has a vibe that's a ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
An album with an ancient-looking image on the cover, but one that actually represents the continuing tradition of ritual percussion in the Haitian scene – a fantastic musical legacy that began with voodoo practices in the 18th century, but which has continued to transform as the years moved ... (Global Grooves, Latin)read moreCD
El Turronero —
New Hondo ... CD Belter/Pharaway Sounds (Spain), 1980. New Copy ...
A funky treasure from the Spanish scene at the end of the 70s – a groundbreaking combination of flamenco roots and upbeat funk and soul! The album's got a groove that grabs you right from the start – almost like some of the tighter sound library funk of the European scenet at the time, ... read moreCD
A set of mostly solo piano from Cuban legend Frank Emilio – a set of older danzas and danzones, played in a spare, but highly rhythmic style! Emilio's got more than enough command of the keyboard to hold up strongly on his own – and although a few tracks feature additional guiro from ... read moreCD
Cheo Feliciano —
Cantando ... CD RMM/Uniko (Canada), 1991. New Copy ...
Great work from the legendary Cheo Feliciano – working here with these soaring salsa arrangements that are a perfect match for the majesty of his voice! The horns and percussion are great – and bubble along with a jazzy groove on most tracks, creating complicated changes in the rhythms ... read moreCD
Really lively 80s work from Cheo Feliciano – a set produced with a bit of a modern vibe, but also with lots of jazzy instrumentation in the arrangements! Louis Garcia handled the musical direction of the set, and he does a great job here of keeping Feliciano in the kind of setting that shows ... read moreCD
80s ballads from Latin legend Cheo Feliciano – sung in the kind of style that made him a huge attraction from the early years onward! Instrumentation is a mix of acoustic and electric elements, often with a laidback, warm style that fits the mellow tunes nicely – and titles include ... read moreCD
A set that brings together key moments from these two great singers – with a nice array of surprises along the way! The package appears to feature some live tracks as well as studio numbers – and there's definitely some great Charlie Palmieri touches in the arrangements, too – ... read moreCD
Roberto Fonseca —
ABUC ... CD Impulse, 2016. New Copy ...
One of the most hard-hitting albums we've ever heard from pianist Roberto Fonseca – a set that deeply digs back into an older Afro-Cuban sound – as you might guess from the title's backward-spelling of Cuba! The music here is surprisingly rich and full – not just Cuban flavoring ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
The coolest grooves we've ever heard from percussionist Henri Guedon – a really wonderful blend of Latin, Caribbean, and jazz-based influences – all filtered into a very special sound! There's plenty of percussion at the core, but there's also some sweet keyboards too – used ... (Global Grooves, Latin)read moreCD
An obscure album from the mighty Kako – issued in the 80s, but with the sharp percussive crackle of his earlier work! The album lists Ismael Rivera as the singer, and also credits Josto Betancourt, Menique, and Tito Allen as chorus singers – and the vocals are matched perfectly to the ... read moreCD
Searing 60s work from the legendary Kako – the tight timbales player who took the Latin groove a lot farther than the generation of Tito Puente! Kako really had his ear to the streets – and comes across here with a sound that's a lot more smoking Spanish Harlem than some of his ... read moreCD
A killer of a mid 70s album from Hector Lavoe – recording here as a solo act after his split from the Willie Colon group, but still with strong backings and musical supervision from Willie himself! The style here is very similar to the last few albums Lavoe recorded with Colon – a ... read moreCD
Violinist Pupi Legarreta was one of the key players of the earlier charanga scene – and here, he gets a great update on his older sound in a sweet 70s session put together by Johnny Pacheco! The style of the grooves hasn't changed much from the early 60s, but the music also shows the growing ... read moreCD
Not just flute to boot – but a heck of a lot more jazz, too – thanks to a lineup that features Johnny Griffin on tenor, Curtis Fuller on trombone, and Herbie Mann on flute! The presence of the three players really make this set a cooker – quite possibly Machito's best Latin jazz ... read moreCD
One of the most tuneful albums we've ever heard from Chico Mann – and a set that moves into much more song-based territory than some of his earlier work! The style here is a unique hybrid of beats, breaks, and Latin – almost in a mode that could crack a larger global market, if the ... (New Grooves, Latin)read moreCD
For decades now, Ray Mantilla's been one of the few cats who can effortlessly fuse together Latin rhythms and jazz – creating the kind of music that's completely satisfying to fans of both styles, but all without ever resorting to any sort of easy cliches or overdone modes! Mantilla's the ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
A lasting classic from the great Landy Nova – a 70s salsa session at the core, but one that also seems to carry on some of the energy of the Latin Soul generation too! Landy handled all the songs and arrangements himself – and the lyrics are a mix of English and Spanish, sung by Chino ... read moreCD
Raw salsa from the streets of Brooklyn – served up here by a very obscure group, but one who work in the best styles of the Fania and Cotique Records scenes of the time! There's a strong Puerto Rican influence on the rhythms at times – very much that new spirit that was emerging with ... read moreCD
Massive work – one of Charlie's best albums of the 70s! The album's a straight salsa set, but it's done with a level of energy that kicks in from the first note – really blasting in with some strong statements by the band, then letting loose on longer tracks than usual, all of which ... read moreCD
Fantastic work from Eddie Palmieri – right up there with his best of the 70s, and filled with the kind of tunes you'd buy one of his best records for! The set was recorded live in Puerto Rico in 1971, and is a mix of the late Latin Soul styles that were heard on the Sing Sing albums, with ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
Eddie Palmieri & Cheo Feliciano —
Too Much ... CD Uniko (Canada), Late 70s. New Copy ...
A collection of the great work that Eddie Palmieri did with singer Cheo Feliciano at the end of the 70s – music that was a perfect showcase for the growing sophistication that Palmieri brought to his instrumentation, which also seemed to give Feliciano a whole new spectrum of expression! As ... read moreCD
Joey Pastrana —
Joey ... CD Cotique, Late 60s. New Copy ...
Brilliant early work by one of the sharpest bandleaders of the Latin Soul era! A young Joey Pastrana leads his sharp little combo through a stunning mix of Latin jazz, Latin soul, and descarga tracks – all with the kind of hard playing, jazzy grooves, and dark edges that characterized a lot ... read moreCD
Omara Portuondo —
Singles ... CD Egrem/Malanga (Spain), Late 60s/1970s/1980s/1990s. New Copy ...
Four decades' worth of singles recorded by Cuban vocalist Omara Portuondo – plus an assortment of even rarer tunes from various artists compilations! The presentation here is really wonderful – and most tracks are beautifully remastered, and accompanied by great notes in both English ... read moreCD
A wonderful collection of Latin recordings from postwar France – all recorded by Cuban native Filiberto Rico, an artist who moved between Havana and Paris in the early part of his life – and seemed to leave quite a musical legacy in the process! Rico was part of seminal Cuban ... read moreCD
Ismael Rivera —
Oro ... CD Tico/Uniko (Canada), 1979. New Copy ...
Pure 70s gold from Ismael Rivera – the kind of music that shows why he was one of the best vocalists of the growing salsa scene! The set collects together some of the best tracks from Rivera's work in the 70s Fania empire – all arranged with very sharp arrangements from Joe Cain, ... read moreCD
A great meeting of talents in the studio – as Ismael Rivera sings lead vocals for Kako's smoking combo, complete with congas by Patato Valdez! The sound here is a great – rootsy and highly percussive on the bottom, yet smooth on the top thanks to Ismael's vocals – sung here in a ... read moreCD
A classic example of the power of the male vocalist in 70s New York Latin – as Ismael Rivera represents himself as a simple working class Puerto Rican on the front and back covers of the record, but steps out with a tremendous sense of majesty on his vocals for the set! The instrumentation ... read moreCD
A killer album by the self-appointed King Of The Boogaloo! Pete's late 60s sides for Alegre are some really incredible records – and this album's one of the best of the bunch, stuffed with tight groovy tracks that really have the whole band going to town! Percussion steps around piano, bass ... 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
A sweet little tribute to Latin jazz giant Eddie Palmieri – one that features Eddie's piano on a few key tracks, but a set that also stands as a great showcase for the writing talents of trumpeter Charlie Sepulveda too! The album follows strongly in that modern jazz style that Palmieri ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
One of our favorite Cal Tjader albums ever – and one of the first to have his vibes working alongside Fender Rhodes! The record's a surprising little set from the start of the 70s – one that almost has Cal picking up some of the New York sounds of a few years before, then mixing them ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
Wonderfully sweet work from trombonist Juan Pablo Torres – two albums issued under a "romantic" tag for the Cuban audience of the time, but which have a very wide-ranging set of styles! Mangle Instrumental is from the mid 70s, and has a sound that's a bit like an Italian soundtrack ... read moreCD
Peruvian grooves from the heights of the Andes – but music that also resonates strongly with the hipper Latin styles of the South American scene at the time! These aren't the moody pan flute numbers that were popularized abroad in the 60s – the kinds of records that played big with the ... (Global Grooves, Latin)read moreCD
Not some cheapo Ry Cooder spinoff project, but instead a great little look at the range of artists who recorded for the Sound Triangle label in Miami during the 70s – nearly all of them Cuban ex-patriots who were then living in the US, and really hitting a new groove in their music! Some of ... read moreCD
A set that really gets at the full spectrum of the boogaloo groove – not just the Spanish Harlem sounds of the Latin Soul generation – but also the deeper roots of the style from across the USA! "Boogaloo" is a term that most folks use to refer to that New York uptown fusion ... (Funky Compilations, Latin)read moreCD
Not the better-known sounds of Havana, Rio, and Acapulco – but instead a range of sounds from more rural settings in Latin America – music from sources that run the gamut from Argentina through Brazil, Venezuela, and Peru – on up to Mexico and Cuba as well! The package isn't ... read moreCD