Sweet sounds from the days when Fania Records was one of the greatest things going on the New York scene – and some of its key artists got a chance to work for other labels! This set's one of the best examples of that moment – as Ray Barretto steps out here in some sweet soulful ... read moreCD
A really wonderful album from Ray Barretto – more jazz fusion than his usual 70s salsa – but in a way that we really really love! The album's a crossover gem that has Ray working with Stix Hooper, Joe Sample, and Wilton Felder of The Crusaders – a trio who produced the record, ... read moreCD
Two massive records from Ray Barretto – both from a time when he was really opening up his groove! Eye Of The Beholder is a really wonderful album from Barretto – more jazz fusion than his usual 70s salsa – but in a way that we really really love! The album's a crossover gem ... read moreCD
A great little jazz album from Ray – more so than most of his earlier work from the 60s and 70s, and performed here with a great batch of players that include guest appearances by Kenny Burrell, Steve Turre, Eddie Gomez, and Joe Lovano. Adam Koller is in Ray's regular group – and he ... read moreCD
Joe Bataan —
Salsoul ... CD Salsoul/Unidisc (Canada), 1973. New Copy ...
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
A strangely wonderful Latin set with a very drum-heavy approach! Cuban percussionist Walfredo plays in a large group with Louie Belson on the regular kit and "moog drum" – and the rest of the group features strong Latin players like Francisco Aguabella, Clare Fischer, Emil Richards ... read moreCD
An amazing achievement for Ruben Blades – a full suite of tracks conceived and composed by Ruben as a "disco drama" on wax! The work isn't the disco-styled album you might think from this description – and is more of a mini-opera or concept album by Blades, one that features ... 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
Nice nice reissue of two rare Latin soul albums that Willie Bobo recorded for Verve in the mid 60s! Uno Dos Tres is certainly one of Willie's best-ever albums, and it's paired here with Spanish Grease, which is monsterously hard to find on vinyl. Both records are filled with groovy numbers that ... read moreCD
Roy Brown & Radio Pitata —
Nocturno ... CD Casa De Los Tapes, 1990. Used ...
You know the story. Ry Cooder got tired of playing with Ali Farka Toure, set his sights on another culture to plunder, and the rest is history! Who'd have ever thought the Cuban embargo would create a useful situation for a dried-out rocker to suddenly have great record sales again? Can't blame ... read moreCD
Angel Canales —
Sabor ... CD Alegre, 1975. New Copy ...
Possibly the greatest album ever from Angel Canales – a 70s salsa classic through and through, and one with great links between the New York scene and Canales' Puerto Rican roots! The tunes are wonderfully heartfelt throughout – sung with a youthful sense of soul that's far different ... read moreCD
One of the jazziest Candido albums ever – a tight little 50s set that features the master congolero working with a small combo that includes Al Cohn on tenor, Dick Katz on piano, and Joe Puma on guitar! The sound is nice and stripped-down – bristling with a percussive approach to the ... read moreCD
Candido's big disco album for Salsoul, and for some fans, as great of a record as any he ever made! Candi had already experimented with funk a lot during the early 70s, so he was in prime form to groove with the Salsoul crew on this set, which took a basic Latin funk form and expanded it a lot ... read moreCD
A key chapter in the rich long legacy of Candido on record – a set that pushes the percussion maestro strongly into the disco generation – with wonderful results that are still massively strong all these many years later! Candido had always been one of the funkiest conga players around ... read moreCD
It's hard to imagine anyone making music for as many years as the legendary Candido – nor anyone who might still sound as great after so many decades in music! This set's definitely well-titled – as the congolero works here with a gorup of Latin jazz musicians, on an album that's one ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
Willie Colon & Ruben Blades —
Siembra ... CD Fania, 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 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 Latin soul party – beyond compare! The album's a completely wonderful live set that really captures the energy, excitement, and warm sociability of the hip New York scene at the end of the 60s. The music is stunning – a freewheeling blend of jazz, soul, and Latin themes – ... read moreCD
Killer 70s work from this legendary Cuban group! The record's better than most of their output outside of Cuba, and it features a stunning mix of Latin grooves and electric funky elements, in a manner that's very similar to some of the NuYorican groups in America during the time. The great Chucho ... 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
A lovely compilation of La Lupe gems – including many of her great tracks from her best efforts for Tico in the 70s – grand, string and percussion ballads and more more brass oriented Latin orchestra numbers with Tito Puente and others. La Lupe's voice is the shining light of the ... read moreCD
Lat-Teens ... CD Zebra (Colombia), Late 60s. New Copy ...
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 moreCD
A sweet set of funky Latin with a great jazzy vibe – hardly the stiff sounds you might expect from the "machine", in the group's name – and instead a very loose, fluid set that almost takes us back to the 70s! Tenorist Bob Mintzer is a big part of the group – and we ... read moreCD
A classic Machito session from the 50s – with stunning arrangements by Mario Bauza and AK Salim! The record is a beautiful batch of Latin jazz tracks that shine with a sound that's unlike anything else Machito was doing at the time – and the band wails hard, with soloists that include ... 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
One of the most unique sessions ever cut for Blue Note – an album of very rootsy Afro-Cuban jamming, led by percussionist Sabu Martinez – and a date that's even rawer and less jazz-based than some of the other percussion-heavy records for the label! The music on the album's comprised ... 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
A great little set from the legendary Bobby Matos – and maybe the record that comes closest to his initial Latin soul sessions of the 60s! The album features more vocals than usual – including cool harmony soul from The Mighty Echoes, and a lead from the great Joe Bataan – plus ... 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