Titles include "Comedia", "Periodico De Ayer", "El Cantante", "Hacha Y Machete", "Sombras Nada Mas", "Songoro Consongo", and "Rompe Saraguey". Arrangements by Willie Colon, Edwin Rodriguez, Jose Febles, and Luiz Ortiz. CD
A really cool record from the late 60s Spanish rock scene – done with a pop-ready simplicity, but accented with some gritty, garage psych touches too! Contrabando features a newer line-up of the group, after Juan Pardo and Antonio "Junior" Morales left the group to for Juan Y ... (Rock, 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
Dos ... CD Warner (Japan), 1972. New Copy ...
A seminal bit of Latin funk from the Bay Area scene of the early 70s – the second album from Malo, and an even harder-hitting jam session than the first! The group are really in top form here – taking off with Santana-inspired riffs that are filled with heavy percussion, soaring organ, ... read moreCD
Malo ... CD Warner (Japan), 1972. New Copy ...
Wonderful 70s Latin soul from the legendary Bay Area combo that included Jorge Santana, Luis Gasca, and Coke Escovedo – all players who'd go onto great solo fame on their own, working together here as a youthfully inventive group that really set the tone for the west coast sound of the decade! ... read moreCD
Ray Mantilla & The New Space Station —
Man-Ti-Ya ... CD Savant, 1994. Used ...
Wonderful wonderful work from percussionist Ray Mantilla – and a record that we like as much as any of his classic work from years back! The set features Ray leading a group that's equal parts jazz and Latin – with Willie Williams on soprano and tenor saxes, Enrique Fernandez on ... (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
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
Jose Merce —
Lio ... CD Virgin, 2002. Used ...
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
A brilliant meeting of modes from the mighty Arturo O'Farrill – a set that combines a rich tapestry of Cuban styles with American jazz elements from the cubop years and beyond – all into a spacious double-length set of performances that brings together musicians from around the globe, ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
A gem of a record from Orchestra Harlow – a set that's a tribute to Cuban music great Arsenio Rodriguez, and one that has the group hitting some much rootsier modes than before! The album was one of their first of the 70s, and the start of a great run that really saw Larry Harlow and crew ... read moreCD
A group with all the power you'd expect from their name – a youthful 70s combo led by Juan Robles on timbales – and featuring some nice sax lines from Luis DeJesus amidst the trumpets and trombones! There's some great sinister currents between the piano and percussion – almost a ... read moreCD
Brilliant 70s work by Eddie Palmieri – easily one of his greatest records of the decade! The album features Eddie really showing off his jazz chops on a number of longer tracks – tunes that bring together some of the spirit forged during the Harlem River Drive era, with some of the ... read moreCD
Whoa! Funky work from Afro Cuban percussionist and bandleader Pantaleon Perez Prado – sharing credit with singer Don Alfio – with a surprising wealth of spacey funk in the mix! Before your mind is rendered full- blown by this obscure, funky record, we need to let you know that ... read moreCD
A killer collection of work from the legendary Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers – one of the coolest, grooviest groups to record in the 60s – and one who equally touched the worlds of soul, jazz, and Latin at the time! The group have a really special blend here – a ... read moreCD
Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers —
Mucho Pucho ... CD Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1997. New Copy ...
A great revival set for Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers – recorded at a time when the group was firmly coming back into the limelight, thanks to discovery and new appreciation by a generation of younger listeners! Pucho's still very much at the top of his game here – and brings in ... read moreCD
Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers —
Tough! ... CD Prestige, 1966. Used ...
Killer Latin soul CD that brings together 2 of the smokin' albums that Pucho and his Latin Soul Brothers cut for Prestige during the late 60s. If you don't know the material, it's totally fierce, in a Latin soul sort of way. Pucho plays timbales, and leads his tight little combo that features ... read moreCD
One of the wildest albums in the history of Latin music – a crazy batch of Latin soul tunes made by Louie Ramirez under the alter ego of Ali Baba! The album starts with Ali saying "I hope you buy this album. I need the bread to buy a couple of camels. You see, I haven't had a hump in ... read moreCD
A wonderful collection of Latin recordings from postwar France – all recorded by Cuban native Filiberto Rico, an artist who moved between Havana and Paris in the early part of his life – and seemed to leave quite a musical legacy in the process! Rico was part of seminal Cuban ... read moreCD
Wonderful sounds from Rey Roig – a leader who works here in a mode that recalls the bigger Latin ensembles of the 50s and early 60s, but with a lean vibe that really reflects the changes taking place on the New York scene! The album isn't as much of a hard salsa effort as other Salsoul Latin ... read moreCD
Juan Carlos Romero —
Romero ... CD Harmonia Mundi (Spain), 2004. Used ...
Really wonderful work from the Texas scene of the 60s – not the heady psych or garage usually associated with the state, nor the more Latin-inflected modes from the border – but instead a unique batch of music that feels more like work from either coast, and which comes across with a ... (Rock, Latin)read moreCD
One of the best of Roswell Rudd's recent cross-cultural projects – a Latinized session done in collaboration with the legendary Yomo Toro, featuring full band support from Bobby Sanabria & Ascension! The style here is somewhat rootsy, but also has plenty of New York Latin tightness too ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
A nice record from Ruiz and one that really combines jazz elements with a Latin sound. Ruiz composed and arranged the songs on the record and plays piano as well. His ensemble consists of such players as Lew Soloff on trumpet, Steve Turre on trombone & seashells, Sam Rivers on flute and tenor ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
The long-overdue issue of these lost sides – recorded by Arturo Sandoval in LA in 1989, during a period when he was stopping in the city on tour, at a time right before he defected from Cuba. You don't need to know Sandoval's politics to enjoy the set, though, because it's a great batch of ... read moreCD
(Note: CD is missing back artwork in case – and is priced accordingly. Out of print.)
Joan Sanmarti —
1967 ... CD Jazzgranollers, 2008. Used ...
A nice Prestige 2-fer collecting 2 early sides Mongo cut for Fantasy in the late 50s. The first, released under the title Mongo, is a no-nonsense batch of Latin jazz tracks, arranged by himself and Francisco Aguabella, who's sort of the co-leader of the group on the set! Players include Emil ... read moreCD
One of Mongo's biggest records of the early 70s – and an important early side for Atlantic Records! Moving to Atlantic from Columbia, Mongo hipped things up even more – picking up on important trends in soul, rock, and the Latin underground of the time. Atlantic gave Mongo the freedom ... read moreCD
Doesn't Mongo have about 3 albums with this title? Whatever the case, this one's a great set – recorded in the early 90s in New York, a straight ahead Latin jazz session that's a nice little back-to-basics session! Players include Dave Valentin, Hubert Laws, and Johnny Almendra – and ... read moreCD
A killer set from Mongo Santamaria – one of his first albums on Atlantic, and a record that really keeps up the groove of his Columbia sides! Mongo's moving into very funky territory here – working with arranger Marty Sheller, and getting some great help on keyboards from Neal Creque ... read moreCD
A surprisingly great session of Latin Jazz from Mongo Santamaria – his first in years, but with a sparkling sound that recalls the best of the old days! No wonder, though, because Mongo's lifetime musical partner, the great Marty Sheller, is firmly in place directing the band. Marty's not ... read moreCD
2 of Mongo Santamaria's rarest albums for Fantasy, released on 1 CD! Both albums were recorded in Cuba during Mongo's brief return to his homeland in 1960, and they have a much rootsier feel than any of his other albums from the time. Willie Bobo joined Mongo in Havana for the sessions, and most ... read moreCD
Mongo Santamaria —
Skins ... CD Milestone, Early 60s/1976. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
One of those Milestone 70s two-fer sets, filled with Mongo's classic early Latin jazz sides cut for Riverside in the 60s. As you'd expect, there's lots of tight jazzy moments and straight ahead hard jamming, courtesy of an all-star cast that includes Nat Adderley, Ronnie Capers, Paul Serrano and ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Mongo Santamaria with Dizzy Gillespie —
Summertime ... CD Pablo, 1980. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A great cubop revival date – one that has Mongo Santamaria working with the great Dizzy Gillespie – all really opening up on some long live tracks that go quite a bit farther than bop/Latin sets like this from the late 40s! The tracks are all nicely extended, with lots of room for ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Marvin Santiago —
Oficial ... CD Parcha, Early 2000s. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
The strongest album in years from the mighty Snowboy – a set that firmly returns him to his Latin roots, but with a sound that's even better than before! The approach is perfect – loads of strong congas and percussion from the leader, and a wickedly jazzy lineup that do way more than ... (Deep Funk, Latin)read moreCD