Ancestral Messages is a bold, proud record that really lives up to its title – a batch of tunes that has Ray leading a strong combo with Ray Vega on trumpet and Jay Rodriguez on tenor and flute – both tightly woven into a strong-voiced frontline that gives the record a tremendous amount ... read moreCD
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Ray Barretto & New World Spirit —
Contact! ... CD Blue Note, 1997. Used ...
Latin Bird, but way more Latin than Bird ever was – if that makes any sense! In other words, TK Blue really steps out nicely with this album – doing way more than just a Charlie Parker tribute, and certainly not rehashing the cubop elements of Bird's early 50s sides – and instead ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
Killer Cuban sounds from Cachao – a set that's definitely done with the "feeling" promised in the title! Jazz is at the core of the set – lots of great instrumental interplay between piano and percussion, tres and trumpet, and bass, of course – guiding the whole thing ... read moreCD
A great counterpart to the better-known Cuban Jam Session In Miniature sessions – one that features a wealth of additional descarga work from bassist Israel "Cachao" Lopez! The first 2 tracks on the set were recorded with the group of Tito Rodriguez in New York in the mid 60s ... read moreCD
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Camaron De La Isla Con La Colaboracion Especial De —
Arte Y Majestad ... CD Polygram/Philips (Spain), 1975. Used ...
Willie Colon's last album for Fania Records – and a well-rounded hit that ensured his success into the 90s! Despite the cheesy cover and title, the music is actually quite strong – a bit of a departure from the classic Colon sound, with some added keyboards and stronger use of ... read moreCD
A classic batch of Latin tracks from Diva Celia Cruz, and one that's got her backed by the great combo Sonora Matancera. Celia's rich voice is in amazing form, and it works perfectly with the arrangements to create a haunting batch of titles that include "Rinkinkalla", "Retozon" ... read moreCD
The album may have "flamenco" in the title, but in the hands of Paco De Lucia, the style is something else entirely – a richly personal vision of music – played by Paco with incredible deftness on the guitar, yet with a way that's never trying to show off, or bury feeling with ... (Global Grooves, Latin)read moreCD
Some of the best of the best of The Fania All Stars – magical music from that short stint when the combo were recording for Columbia Records in the late 70s! While at Columbia, the group grew even more than the styles of their roots at the Fania label – picking up some hipper touches ... read moreCD
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Fania All-Stars —
Bamboleo ... CD Fania/Movie Play (Portugal), 1988. Used ...
Don't let the cheesy 80s cover of this album put you off, because the album's got a classic Fania All-Stars groove all the way through – and is quite possibly one of the last great sessions by the combo! The title cut "Bamboleo" is the group's great version of the Gypsy Kings hit ... read moreCD
One of the proudest moments of the New York Latin underground – a time when some of its best players wound up playing for Columbia, through a brief affiliation between Fania and the larger label! And although you might think that the album would totally sell out the group's best points, it's ... read moreCD
Top Soul indeed, as Fusion is a hip Chilean funk band from the early 70s – one who take plenty of influence from American grooves, but also bring in their own soulful elements as well! The sound here is somewhere between Kool & The Gang and Banda Black Rio – with quite a bit of the ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
Armando Garzon With The Quinteto Oriente —
Boleros ... CD Corason, 1996. Used ...
Features Carter Jefferson on tenor and Larry Willis on piano! (Jazz, Latin)CD
Jerry Gonzalez & The Fort Apache Band —
Fire Dance ... CD Milestone, 1996. Used ...
Trumpeter Jerry Gonzalez cooks away nicely with his Fort Apache band – swinging in that hip mix of Latin and jazz that's always made the combo so great! This sweet set was recorded live, which gives the band lots of long, open-ended tunes on which to really open up and do their thing – ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
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The legendary Cuban jazz group, caught live before a very enthusiastic audience at London's Ronnie Scott's Club. Pianist Chucho Valdes is in great form, and he arranged and composed all the tracks on the set, including "Mr. Bruce", "Neurosis", and "Flute Notes". All ... read moreCD
Nice "best of" set of work by this excellent Latin combo – featuring tracks that are mostly pulled from the years when they were changing their bag from Latin Soul into 70s salsa. The album's got a cool cartoony basketball cover – and tracks include "Son Sabroson", ... read moreCD
Dang! Does David Murray ever stop re-inventing himself? We think not – and this album is great proof of that fact! The set's a really tasty batch of Latin Jazz numbers – played to perfection by Murray and a host of excellent New York musicians, working together in large group format ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
One of Cuba's biggest groups of the 50s – presented here in a set that got equal circulation in the US, thanks to RCA! The sound here is a nice precursor of the charanga groove that would dominate New York in a few years to come – violin from Rafael Lay, the leader of the group – ... read moreCD
A real Latin jazz cooker from Orquesta Conexion Latina – a late 80s German group, but one that cooks with a hard New York vibe! The combo is co-led by trombonist Rudi Fuesers and vocalist Wito Rodriguez – and the instrumentation includes trumpet, piano, bass, percussion, and guest ... read moreCD