Gabriel Alegria Afro Peruvian Sextet —
10 ... CD Zoho, 2015. New Copy ...
A great little record that celebrates a decade's worth of music from the Afro Peruvian Sextet – but which also brings in a host of other jazz artists for the festivities too! The core sound is from the group led by trumpeter Gabriel Alegria – a well-balanced combo that begins in ... read moreCD
A Cali soul classic from the 70s – an album recorded totally live in the studio, with no heavy production or overdubs at all – all touches that are hardly needed, given the sharpness of the group! Aposento Alto have an approach that mixes some of the more Latin-inflected soul styles of ... (Soul, Latin)read moreCD
Luis Eduardo Aute & Silvio Rodriguez —
Mano A Mano ... CD BMG/Ariola (Spain), 1998. Used 2 CDs ...
Fantastic 2 CD set compiling the tracks from Gato's first two LPs for Impulse, plus 5 previously unreleased tracks, and full length versions of tracks that were edited on the original albums. In case you don't know this stuff, it's amazing. Gato went down to Argentina to record the stuff, and it's ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
(Out of print, penmark through barcode & clear promotional sticker on digipack cover.)
Killer material from the mid 60s – recorded for United Artists after Ray's initial watusi work for Tico – and in a similar style that has mixes together Ray's Charanga Moderna sound with some more boogaloo and Latin Soul numbers! The record's a key bridge between these two chapters of ... read moreCD
Brilliant brown-eyed soul from Ray Camacho – an artist who was previously known for more border-styled work with his Teardrops band, but who steps out here with a surprisingly great blend of electric jazz and boogie! The approach is wonderful – a real re-direction of Ray's earlier ... read moreCD
A mad mix of Latin and funky rhythms – a 70s classic from the Belgian group Chakachas! The album's best known for its title hit "Jungle Fever" – an insane cut that features heavy drums, choppy guitar, and a stop/start action that's peppered with sounds of female pleasure! ... (Soul, Latin)read moreCD
Chocolate Caliente —
Bien Sabroso! ... CD Mericana/Octave (Japan), 1974. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
The legendary Latin trumpet of Alfred "Chocolate" Armenteros is at the forefront of this recording by his group Caliente – blowing with the bold, jazzy style that always made his horn one of the more influential trumpets in Latin music! With records like this in the 70s and 80s, ... 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 —
Solo ... CD Fania, 1979. New Copy ...
An amazing little record from Willie Colon – one that has him stepping forth into the limelight as both singer and leader – after years of working with better-known vocalists like Hector LaVoe and Ruben Blades! But even more than the vocals the thing we really love here are the ... 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
Some of the best work ever from Puerto Rican percussionist Rafael Cortijo Verdejo – sides recorded in New York for the Ansonia label, at a time when Cortijo's music was even more rootsy than it was a decade before! The material here marks a renewed sense of tradition in players of Cortijo's ... read moreCD
Jack Costanzo —
Mr Bongo ... CD Jazzman (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ...
A killer collection of work from percussionist Jack "Mr Bongo" Costanzo – a cat who's way cooler than you might guess from his gimmicky nickname – not only one of the most powerful forces on the west coast Latin scene in the 50s, but also one of the jazziest too! Jack's ... read moreCD
Saxophonist Paquito D'Rivera plays the music of Cuban music legend Armando Manzanero – but in a way that makes the music come alive in a whole different way! Paquito's group is a small combo, with a very fluid, open approach to the tunes – lots of room for improvisation, and very ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
A very rootsy set of Cuban bata – and a record that almost feels like a vintage session for Folkways than some of the more contemporary music on the Motema label! The album's got a strong Yoruba bend – and features spoken passages between most of the percussive tracks – ... read moreCD
Beautiful Afro-Cuban jazz – and the US debut recording by this legendary Cuban pianist! Emilio has a wonderful warm style on the keys – filled with fragmented emotions, and a very rhythmic sensibility, similar to recent work by Chucho Valdez. Blue Note have handled this session in a ... read moreCD
Clare Fischer with 2+2 Plus —
Free Fall ... CD Discovery (Japan), 1986. New Copy ...
Very groovy work from keyboardist Clare Fischer – a musician we first fell in love with from Cal Tjader albums in the 60s, and continued to love for his MPS Records material in the 70s! Here, Clare's working with the 2+2 vocal ensemble – a gently swinging male/female harmony group that ... (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
A great Dizzy Gillespie Latin session recorded during the mid 70s – proof that he could still hold onto the cubop spirit of the old days! The session features a larger group arranged and conducted by Chico O'Farril – who manages to keep a solidly Cuban groove at the base, but really ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
A classic early album from Larry Harlow's flute-playing brother – a set that grooves along with the trademark family groove, but which also has a fair bit of sensitive moments as well! There's a jazzier style here than on some of the classic Orchestra Harlow albums – one that comes not ... 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
La Fantastica —
2001 ... CD Mericana/Octave (Japan), 1974. New Copy ...
The only album we've ever seen by this cool New York combo of the 70s – quite a shame, as they're really cooking on all levels – with the kind of youthful energy that matches some of their best contemporaries during the early Latin years of the Salsoul label! The record's got a tight, ... read moreCD
A really wonderful record from this up-and-coming singer – a set that features Spanish language lyrics throughout, but has this universal appeal right from the very first note! Natalia's got a way of crossing generations and styles with her music – a bit like some of the best creative ... read moreCD
A sweet set of 70s salsa from Latin Dimension – a group who are both at home with traditional Latin modes, and some of the hipper touches of their time! The group's heavy on percussion, but also have lots of jazzy touches too – thanks to use of sax and flute on the record, which gives ... read moreCD
A stone kicker by the Lebron Brothers – not as all-out Latin soul as the group's first few records, but a heck of a great session nonetheless! The album's got the brothers moving into more of a 70s salsa mode, but still keeping the small combo edge of their earlier albums – singing in ... read moreCD
The first crucial album from Manny Oquendo and his legendary Libre group – a combo who'd go onto have great power in the Latin scene in the years after this release – thanks to their perfect blend of rhythmic roots and bold jazzy elements! Libre almost prefigure the more sophisticated ... read moreCD
A night in Jamaica, circa 1965 – but a record that's got more than enough Latin touches to be titled A Night In Havana, too! Pianist Cecil Lloyd steps away from more familiar Jamaican styles of the time, to work with small combo backing that's much more in the mode of the best Latin pianists ... (Reggae, Latin)read moreCD
Ray Lugo & The Boogaloo Destroyers —
Mi Watusi ... CD Freestyle (UK), 2011. New Copy ...
A great Latin boogaloo set from Ray Lugo & his Boogaloo Destroyers – fulfilling Lugo's longtime ambition of modern take a the mix of Latin soul, rhythm & blues and more that were so inspiring to Lugo's childhood in NYC! Lugo is a veteran of the modern Afro Funk scene – having ... (Deep Funk, Latin)read moreCD
Ray Lugo & The Boogaloo Destroyers —
Que Chevere ... CD Freestyle (UK), 2014. New Copy ...
A real old school set from Ray Lugo & The Boogaloo Destroyers – just about the only contemporary combo we've ever heard come close to the classic sound of the Latin Soul scene in the 60s! The album smokes like some rare gem on Fania or Cotique – with wicked Latin rhythms tied up in ... (Deep Funk, Latin)read moreCD
Seminal sounds from the mighty Machito – all recorded during those key years when he was having a huge impact on both the jazz and Latin scenes in New York! Much of the work here features that blend of Havana roots and bebop performance that Machito and Mario Bauza pioneered during the ... read moreCD
Very cool stuff – and one of Herbie Mann's greatest albums! The record is a tight set of Latin jazz tracks, with a feel that's a lot more rootsy than you'd expect. Herbie's flute is tight and choppy, but there's lots of other nice moments by Johnny Rae on vibes, and Patato Valdez and Jose ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
A Latin Soul classic – but one that's a lot more obscure than some of the better-remembered albums on Fania and Tico from the late 60s! Orlando Marin is probably mostly known as an arranger, and a leader from the earlier years of the New York scene – but during the Latin Soul years he ... read moreCD
Nice bit of modern Latin jazz, played by cuban saxophonist Tony Martinez, with a group that includes pianist Gonzalo Rublcaba and trumpeter Julio Padron, from the group Irakere. A few tracks have some vocals, but the main focus here is on Tony's alto, tenor, and flute playing – plus his ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
Tony Martinez & The Cuban Power —
Maferefun ... CD Blue Jackel, 1999. Used ...
A great set from Al McKibbon – Cal Tjader's bassist on a number of classic 60s recordings, and a player who's gone onto become a key force in west coast Latin Jazz! The set's got a no-nonsense jazz-based approach that would have made Cal proud – with McKibbon stepping out in full, ... read moreCD
Sergio Mendoza is a mighty cool cat – a musician who can handle keyboards, vibes, percussion, and other instruments with effortless ease – all in the retro-styled take on Latin sounds that you might expect from the album's cover! The record has a very unusual vibe – not straight ... read moreCD
A long lost late 60s Latin Soul record by Nitty Gritty Sextet – featuring legendary New York Latin players, and a hip, soulful boogaloo sound that should have made major waves on the scene – but somehow never saw release back in the day! The personnel reads like a who's who of the ... read moreCD
Lost grooves from Spanish Harlem – an incredible set of Latin Soul from The 107th Street Stickball Team! With a name like that, the group certainly aren't as well-remembered as contemporaries like Joe Bataan or Willie Colon, but they've got a soulful groove that definitely fits the style of ... read moreCD