Cubop have done it again! This is a brilliant comeback album by the legendary San Francisco conga player Francisco Aquabella, and man, is it a doozy! Aqubella was originally in the group Malo, but he also played on loads of the best west coast Latin sessions of the 70's – so he's extra-exper ... 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
Fantastic rhythms from percussionist Rubens Bassini – a set that has all the raw live energy of a Latin jazz jam session, but which also carries some of the sweet touches of the bossa nova scene in Brazil – a really wonderful mixing of modes that makes the album a gem all the way ... (Brazil, Latin)read moreCD
An excellent collection of Joe Bataan's most soulful work for Fania records – the sort of brown-eyed classics that broke him out of the Latin ghetto, into the dreamy world of east coast indie soul! Joe's unique origins gave him a wonderful take on a soulful vocal – inflecting it with ... read moreCD
A collection of important early work by Ruben Blades – and easily one of the best examples of his tremendous talents in the 70s! The title is very well put, as Blades is both poet and bohemian on the record – hitting themes that are both personal and political in a way that other Latin ... 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!)
Nice stuff! Conga player Johnny Blas put his first LP out on Ubiquity a few years ago, and although we thought that was a cracklin' set of Latin jazz, we totally love this release, which has a very sharp vibe to it, and a good hard groove that's peppered with some funkier moments than last time. ... 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
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
Stone lost Latin funk! This is Candido's rarest – and it's a killer batch of conga-heavy grooves, recorded in the late 60s for Solid State, and featuring a very groovy set of mod Latin arrangements by Joe Cain. The band features organ, guitar, bass, horns, and some upfront conga solos from ... read moreCD
A surprisingly great little Latin set from Rosemary Clooney – one that makes us want to forgive her for all her pop takes on the genre in the early 50s! Backings here are by Perez Prado, who really brings a nice degree of "zing" to the session – kicking things up with that ... (Vocalists, Latin)read moreCD
(Out of print.)
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 mid 70s classic from Willie Colon – continuing the progression of "gangster" image by supposedly having him break out of prison! (Previously, Willie had been brought to justice on the Juicio album – but now on the loose, is described in a wanted poster on the cover – ... 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
Wild early work from Willie Colon – a record that's equally poised between the Latin Soul and later salsa era, and which features great lead vocals from Hector Lavoe! The album's got some very strong tracks that percolate in Willie's dark trombone-led groove – like the mighty 7 minute ... 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
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
One of the few good things to come out of the cultural pillage of the Buena Vista Social Club was the reintroduction of soulful Cuban singer Ibrahim Ferrer to American audiences. Ferrer's voice is extremely wonderful, so much so that even cloying production by Ry Cooder can't keep it down. The ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Ibrahim Ferrer Con Chepin Y Su Orquesta Oriental —
Mi Oriente ... CD Tumbao, Early 60s. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
(Out of print.)
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
Classic 50s work from vocalist Abbe Lane – and a record that's made all the better by some great arrangements from Tito Puente! Abbe's getting past the sexy tricks of other records here – and singing in a dusky tone that works perfect with Tito's tight, choppy, and highly percussive ... (Vocalists, Latin)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
A beautiful little record from Hector Lavoe – one deepens his sound and emotion, but manages to do so without going into any schmaltzy territory! Some tracks here are full-on groovers, and others are mellower – but even these have a depth of feeling that really commands our attention ... read moreCD
Essential work from LTG Exchange – a seminal group in the early days of disco, one who blended together elements of funk, Latin, and uptempo soul – into a groove that was one of the hippest on the New York scene at the time! This CD is essential listening from the group – as it ... (Soul, Latin)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
Machito & His Afro Cubans —
Cubop City ... CD Tumbao (Spain), 1949/1950. Used ...
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 killer bit of Latin jazz from the 70s – one of the first records issued under the name of percussionist Ray Mantilla, and a really smoking set that features funky flute from Jeremy Steig, bass from Eddie Gomez, and both drums and keyboards from the mighty Joe Chambers! The tunes have a ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
Pedrito Martinez has some heavy help here – an all-star array of guests that includes Wynton Marsalis, Ruben Blades, and Angelique Kidjo – but as before, the real strength of the record comes from the core energy of his group – one that plays in more than enough old school Latin ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD