Francisco Aguabella —
H2O ... CD CuBop/Ubiquity, 1999. Used ...
One of the greatest new albums from this legendary conga player! Although Francisco Aquabella is probably best known to Dusty Groove customers for his 70's funk classic "Hitting Hard", or his work with the group Malo – in recent years, he's emerged as quite an important player on ... 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
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, BMG music club pressing. Digipack has some edgewear.)
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
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.)
Brilliant early work from a young Willie Colon – a true hustler if there ever was one! The album has an amazing energy that really bridges a number of Latin scenes – it's part descarga jamming, part Latin soul, and part traditional Latin – put together with a no-nonsense approach ... 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
Celia Cruz & Johnny Pacheco —
De Nuevo ... CD Vaya/Uniko (Canada), 1985. New Copy ...
It's hard to stop the duo of Celiz Cruz and Johnny Pacheco at this point in their careers – as the two Latin legends really seem to have found a perfect way to work together – at a level that makes their albums together some of the high points of their later careers! Johnny's groove is ... 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 Camaron De Las Isla with Paco De Lucia —
Soy Caminante ... CD Mercury (Spain), 1974. Used ...
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
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
Cheo Feliciano —
Cantando ... CD RMM/Uniko (Canada), 1991. New Copy ...
Great work from the legendary Cheo Feliciano – working here with these soaring salsa arrangements that are a perfect match for the majesty of his voice! The horns and percussion are great – and bubble along with a jazzy groove on most tracks, creating complicated changes in the rhythms ... read moreCD
80s ballads from Latin legend Cheo Feliciano – sung in the kind of style that made him a huge attraction from the early years onward! Instrumentation is a mix of acoustic and electric elements, often with a laidback, warm style that fits the mellow tunes nicely – and titles include ... read moreCD
A set that brings together key moments from these two great singers – with a nice array of surprises along the way! The package appears to feature some live tracks as well as studio numbers – and there's definitely some great Charlie Palmieri touches in the arrangements, too – ... 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
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
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
A great little set from one of the greatest Latin Jazz acts going – an all-star assemblage of players that includes some of the best Latin legends of the west coast scene! The album's the first on the group's own label, and we actually think it's their best so far – with a depth and ... 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 ...
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
A great early record by Larry Harlow's famous combo – every bit the "smokin" set that the title might imply! Harlow and the group are in full force here – ripping through a set of short tracks that really groove with a darkly percussive edge – not entirely a Latin Soul ... read moreCD
Raw salsa from the streets of Brooklyn – served up here by a very obscure group, but one who work in the best styles of the Fania and Cotique Records scenes of the time! There's a strong Puerto Rican influence on the rhythms at times – very much that new spirit that was emerging with ... read moreCD
Fantastic work from Eddie Palmieri – right up there with his best of the 70s, and filled with the kind of tunes you'd buy one of his best records for! The set was recorded live in Puerto Rico in 1971, and is a mix of the late Latin Soul styles that were heard on the Sing Sing albums, with ... read moreCD
Eddie Palmieri —
Sentido ... CD Coco/Bomba (Japan), 1973. New Copy ...
Eddie Palmieri and the Coco label were a team that couldn't be beat – and this beautiful album is complete proof of that fact! The set's a wonderful batch of tunes – expanded arrangements from Eddie with just the right touches of funk, jazz, or rootsy instrumentation, shifting moods ... read moreCD
Eddie Palmieri's work for the Coco label is some of his best of the 70s, and this album is no exception – and while the title may call the record "unfinished", it sounds pretty darn well done to our ears – far better than most other Latin sides of the time! The album includes ... read moreCD
The genius of Eddie Palmieri never seems to dim at all as the years go on – and, if anything, the genius only seems to flower even more – finding new ways of expression that maybe even blow away some of Eddie's classic work from the 60s and 70s! This set is amazing – a ... read moreCD
Joey Pastrana —
Joey ... CD Cotique, Late 60s. New Copy ...
Brilliant early work by one of the sharpest bandleaders of the Latin Soul era! A young Joey Pastrana leads his sharp little combo through a stunning mix of Latin jazz, Latin soul, and descarga tracks – all with the kind of hard playing, jazzy grooves, and dark edges that characterized a lot ... read moreCD