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
Hard-driving Latin from Los Hacheros – a group of younger players who really get the sound of the classic era down perfectly – mixing Cuban roots, descarga jamming, and some really wonderful vocal refrains throughout! Instrumentation is heavy on percussion, and the grooves feature lots ... read moreCD
Kenya ... CD Roulette/Warner (Japan), 1957. New Copy ...
A real corker from Machito – a set that's got a lot more bite and earthy fire than some of his other albums of the 50s – as you might be able to guess from the cover and the title! The record definitely lives up to the Afro-Cuban promise on the front – thanks to very hip ... 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
A great document of the genius of Machito – 4CDs worth of material, dating from the early 40s on up through his famous Latin jazz years of the late 40s and early 50s! The set's nicely divided into segments, with disc 1 comprising early sides, disc 2 featuring bop-influenced tunes, disc 3 ... 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
A gem of a record from a time when flute Mann Herbie was really taking off – a set that shows his growing love of Latin rhythms, which are used to wonderful effect throughout! Mann had been recording straighter chamber jazz a few short years before, but there's a nicely unbridled feel to ... (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
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
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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
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 contemporary salsa group, but one with a really classic New York vibe – a no-nonsense approach that focuses both on the excellent vocals of leader Jose Conde, and on the rhythmic interplay from the members o fthe group! The lineup features two trombones – in a bold, soulful style ... 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
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
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
A crackling set – recorded in 1948, a seminal year for bop, Latin jazz, and the Cubop fusion of the two idioms! The group on the set features Dizzy's combo with congolero Chano Pozo, the brilliant talent who worked with Diz to Latinize his sound, and take the bebop groove to a whole new ... 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
A standout Latin Soul session from Tito Puente – one of his first nods to the younger generation of Latin music, after bad-mouthing boogaloo for the first few years! The sound here is kind of a split between Tito's groove of the earlier 60s and some of the more soul-based ones of the time ... 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
Roberto Y Su Nuevo Montuno —
Aqui Esta ... CD International, Mid 70s. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
A deep groover from bassist Roberto Barrios and his sweet 70s combo – a set that moves with this sly, slinky style that's plenty soulful – almost a blend of Latin soul depth with some of the newer modes of the salsa generation! The best cuts have the bass really bumping along the ... 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
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 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
Mongo Santamaria —
Mongo '70 ... CD Atlantic (Japan), 1970. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
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