A wonderfully-done session of Latin jazz – played by a combo formed to pay tribute to the music of Cuban composer Emiliano Salvador! The group on the set is totally great – and features piano by Chuco Valdes, trombone by Juan Pablo Torres, tenor and flute from Juan Manuel, and congas ... read moreCD
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
(Out of print.)
Ray Barretto & New World Spirit —
Contact! ... CD Blue Note, 1997. Used ...
Mario Bauza, Paquito D'Rivera & Jorge Dalto —
Afro-Cuban Jazz ... CD Caiman/Yemaya (Spain), 1986. New Copy ...
One of the first records to return Mario Bauza to the glory of his initial years in Latin jazz – a set that's a real back-to-basics outing – with Bauza's alto at the head of a super-sharp group! The production style is a bit more modern than on the cubop sides of the late 40s, but the ... read moreCD
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
An obscure album by Willie Bobo – and a great one too! The session predates Willie's more famous work on Verve, and it catches the percussionist as he's coming off of some very successful years in the Cal Tjader band – a place where he really picked up a flair for jazzy and lyrical ... read moreCD
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
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
(Out of print.)
Camaron De La Isla Con La Colaboracion Especial De —
Arte Y Majestad ... CD Polygram/Philips (Spain), 1975. Used ...
Milton Cardona —
Bembe ... CD American Clave, 1986. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
An excellent set by Latin percussionist Milton Cardona – very rootsy, with a spare Afro Cuban sound that reminds us a bit of the Grupo Folklorico y Experimental, although perhaps stripped down even more. Much of the album features Cardona's percussion group working through songs dedicated to ... read moreCD
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
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
(Out of print, small cutout notch through spine.)
Willie Colon & Ruben Blades —
Siembra ... CD Fania (France), 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 legendary crossover Latin album from the mid 70s! Percussionist Rafael Cortijo leads a killer group that mixes Latin jazz, salsa, and 70's soul instrumentation into a groove that's still being touted highly today – a classic Nuyorican sound that's only slightly electric, but has a really ... read moreCD
Nice CD that brings together 20 of Celia Cruz' early recordings with the legendary Sonora Mantancera. All tracks were recorded in Havana between 1950 and 1953, and titles include "Agua Pa Mi", "Cao Cao, Mani Picao", "Bonco", "Quede Zaina", "La ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Celia Cruz & Willie Colon —
Winners ... CD Sonido, 1987. Used ...
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
70s recordings by Cuban tenor giant Paquito D'Rivera – done in the company of a host of different ensembles, and representing some great work recorded for the Egrem label, not readily available in the US! Some sides have Rivera blowing with longtime compatriot Chucho Valdes on piano – ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
Rare work by Paquito D'Rivera – recorded in Finland and Cuba in the years before his bigger fame in the US – a sweet and gentle set of tracks that has him working in a mixture of straight jazz and more Latin-infused styles! The first 3 tracks on the set are a batch of gentle ballads ... (Jazz, Latin)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
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
Sweet sexy sounds from Spanish singer Susana Estrada – a performer known for her famous erotic work of the 70s, stepping out here in a set of clubby tracks for the disco generation! The early 80s date of these tracks mark Susana as maybe being a bit later than some of the porn stars turned ... (Soul, Latin)read moreCD
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
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
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
(Out of print, punch through barcode & promotional stamp on CD.)
Fantastic work from one of the hippest British groups of the postwar years – an ensemble who definitely live up to their name – by presenting both modern sounds of bop, and some hard-driving rhythms rooted in Afro-Cuban modes! The approach is very similar to the best Verve-related ... (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
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 moreCD
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
Hard-jamming Cuban jazz from the group of trombonist Generoso Jimenez – two rare 60s albums back to back on one CD! First up is the 1965 session Trombon Majadero – a set that's got a nicely lean approach to Latin jazz, and one that reminds us a bit of some of the refinements to the ... read moreCD