A real return to greatness for bassist Al McKibbon – a player who's best known for his classic work with Cal Tjader, and who's grooving here in a very similar mix of Latin jazz styles! The album's really wonderful – sparkling with a fresh and no-nonsense sound that really captures the ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
A bold take on Cuban jazz – strikingly modern at most moments, in ways that really remind us of that fresh flourish from the Havana scene in the mid 70s! The group's led by guitarist Pablo Menendez, and features lots of flute, tenor, trumpet, and percussion – plus a bit of vocals on a ... read moreCD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)
Mexican Institute Of Sound & Toy Selectah —
Compass ... CD Six Degrees, 2016. Used ...
A key early moment for the great Ismael Rivera – really stepping out here strongly with a tight group of his own! Ismael's in the lead on vocals, but his arrangements for the group are quite strong too – cast in that best mix of jazz and Latin roots that you'll find in forward-thinking ... read moreCD
The last album that Ismael Miranda cut with Orchestra Harlow – but an extremely strong effort that draws from all the great work they did together! Larry Harlow's still very firmly at the helm of the set – producing, arranging, and playing piano with the classic Orchestra Harlow lineup ... 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
(On demand CDr pressing.)
Orchestra Harlow —
Salsa ... CD Fania, 1974. New Copy ...
Orchestra Harlow were already at the top of their game by the time of this classic early 70s album – yet they also managed to leap forward strongly too – both embracing and lending a name to the growing salsa movement of the time! The streetwise sounds that Harlow created in the 60s ... read moreCD
One of the last albums from the team of Johnny Pacheco and Pete El Conde Rodriguez – and one of the best, too! The set's got an all-solid feel all the way through – a well-crafted approach to the tunes that's simple, and almost effortless – but which comes from Pacheco's years of ... read moreCD
A 70s corker from Charlie Palmieri – and a record that has him stretching out from piano, playing a bit of organ, and a bit of Fender Rhodes! The tracks are relatively straight salsa, but the use of these different keys really gives them an edge – one that's honed even further by Bobby ... read moreCD
A great little record from Charlie Palmieri – and one of his oddest! The "electro" in the title refers to a strange tinny organ that Charlie plays on many cuts on the record, a cool little instrument that gives the songs a nice twist. The backing's pretty great in the classic Coco ... read moreCD
Massive work – one of Charlie's best albums of the 70s! The album's a straight salsa set, but it's done with a level of energy that kicks in from the first note – really blasting in with some strong statements by the band, then letting loose on longer tracks than usual, all of which ... read moreCD
A relatively recent effort by Eddie, but also one of his best albums in 25 years! The record's a beautiful batch of Latin jazz instrumentals, played with a lot of fire, but also a lot of maturity and creativity. The compositions are great, and Eddie's in top form on piano, with backing by Donald ... 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
Believe it or not, this is a crackling batch of Latin jazz tracks, featuring the alto solos of Charlie Parker and (more importantly) the arranging genius of the great Chico O'Farrill. The material was originally issued on a number of different 10" jazz LPs – some under Parker's name, ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)
Joey Pastrana —
Joey ... CD Cotique, Late 60s. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
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
An amazing little set – one that's got a sound we could hardly expect! The album's a unique Latin jazz session that brings together some of the best talents of the west coast scene of the late 50s – one that features arrangements from Bill Holman, Benny Carter, and Art Pepper – ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
A cracker of a Latin set from the end of the 60s – one originally issued in Venezuela, but done with all the hard, soulful styles of the New York scene of the time! Ray Perez has a very sharp, tight combo here – one that can pull out a heavy bassline when needed, or hit the piano with ... read moreCD
A special package that combines 2 of Perez Prado's best 50s albums for RCA – the full track list of Mambo Mania, plus the original 10" recording of the Voodoo Suite! The first dozen tracks on the set are jazzy mambos, done in the "ugh" Prado mode of the time – with tight ... read moreCD
Funky Latin psychedelic soul from Perez Prado from the dawn of the 70s – a totally killer batch that we love from the opening note the last second – and a rare one, to boot! 70 has loads of walloping Latin funk instrumentals, incredibly groovy bits and strains of the psychedelia of the ... read moreCD
Tito Puente —
El Rey ... CD Picante/Concord, 1984. Used ...
80s work from Tito – but very nicely grooving, with a small combo that has a nice jazzy finish, and lots of strong west coast Latin work from the likes of players like Francisco Aguabella, Jorge Dalto, Jose Madera, and Johnny Rodriguez. The set was recorded live in SF – and titles ... read moreCD
Tito Puente —
Tambo ... CD RCA (France), 1960. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A wonderful bit of exotica from Tito Puente – an album done in collaboration with producer Marty Gold, and featuring a highly percussive sound that Gold himself was exploring on his own albums of the period! There's a heck of a lot of percussion on the set – in styles that mix both ... read moreCD
A pretty sweet late 70s salsa set from Chamaco Ramirez – a wonderful singer best remembered for his work in the 60s & 70s for bandleader Tommy Olivencia – and this is the one-and-only solo album to Chamaco's name! Alive & Kicking was released in 1979, and in a bit of sad irony, ... read moreCD
Recent work by Emil Richards – the hip percussionist/vibist who was one of the best things going in the LA studio scene of the 60s! Although Emil's worked on countless sessions – from rock, to soul, to jazz, to soundtracks – he's always had a great ear for the Latin groove, and ... read moreCD
A killer album by the self-appointed King Of The Boogaloo! Pete's late 60s sides for Alegre are some really incredible records – and this album's one of the best of the bunch, stuffed with tight groovy tracks that really have the whole band going to town! Percussion steps around piano, bass ... read moreCD
A wonderful album of Latin grooves from Shorty! The record is one of his best, and features a whopping array of percussionists – including Carlos Vidal, Modesto Duran, and Mike Pacheco all coming into play with Shorty's west coast style of arrangements, tweaked greatly here to pick up an ... (Jazz, 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 —
Sabroso ... CD Fantasy/OJC, Early 60s. Used ...
Heavy charanga work from Mongo Santamaria – a really early west coast take on the genre, and a record that features a slightly bigger group than usual for Mongo! Early partner Willie Bobo is in the combo on Timbales – and other players include Pupi Legarreta and Jose Chombo Silva on ... read moreCD
Enough funk to stop a truck – and a rare collection of tracks made by Senor Soul, a heavy-hitting LA group from the 60s – and the precursor to War! The tunes on the set are pulled from the group's sessions for the Whiz and Double Shot labels, plus a few previously unissued tracks ... (Soul, Latin)read moreCD
A French combo, but one who really love the best styles of 70s Latin from the New York scene – particularly the funky current that was only handled by a few great acts at the time! These guys effortlessly mix electric bass, keyboards, and guitar with rootsier elements on percussion – ... (Deep Funk, Latin)read moreCD
Killer Latin funk from the mid 70s – a totally rare little set, but a masterpiece all the way through! Sol is a combo headed up by keyboardist Joe Gallardo – and they've got a groove that blends together some wonderful elements – including jazz funk, straight Latin, and a bit of ... read moreCD
(LP sleeve edition – printed in Japan, and very well done!)
Not the sort of stodgy affair you might think from the "concert" in the title – and instead a relaxed, nicely-grooving little set – recorded by Cal Tjader in the very familiar territory of the Blackhawk night club in San Francisco! The recording quality is less live than ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
A way cooler set of music than you might expect – not the kind of overdone Caribbean cliches of the mainstream, but some really great lesser-known gems that mix together sounds and styles from Cuba to Haiti, to Jamaica, and beyond – served up here in a host of gems all hand-picked by ... (Global Grooves, Latin)read moreCD
60s Spain must have been a hell of a place to be a rocker – as the country was a hotbed of underground activity – with countless groups cutting loads of great singles, often with a raw sound that matched the best of the American and British scenes of the time! This excellent second ... (Rock, Latin)read moreCD
One of the deepest digs we've ever seen into the rich array of grooves from Colombia – a double-length page that covers a much wider range of sounds than you might expect! Colombia's unusual amongst Latin American nations, in that it's got kind of a "crossroads" sort of role – ... (Global Grooves, Latin)read moreCD
One of the most fantastic collections we've ever heard from DJ Amir – a set that may well blow away his classic On/Off Track sets for the depth of its spirit and feeling! Amir's been well-known as a crate digger for many years – and while digging for funk, soul, and hip hop on the New ... (Funky Compilations, Latin)read moreCD
A killer batch of boogaloo and Latin Soul – and a set that even features 2 unissued gems from the vaults of Fania Records! As with the previous entry in this series, the sound here is plenty darn soulful throughout – lyrics that are often in English, and rhythms that borrow heavily ... (Funky Compilations, Latin)read moreCD
A fantastic overview of the wonderful sounds that Gilles Peterson has been cooking up in Havana since 2009 – the rich array of artists he's collaborated with as part of the bigger Havana Cultura project – which has given great exposure to a whole new generation of brilliant Cuban ... read moreCD
Not some cheapo Ry Cooder spinoff project, but instead a great little look at the range of artists who recorded for the Sound Triangle label in Miami during the 70s – nearly all of them Cuban ex-patriots who were then living in the US, and really hitting a new groove in their music! Some of ... read moreCD
A landmark collection – and one that virtually defined an entire generation unto itself! Back in the mid-90s, when this early Soul Jazz collection was first issued – there was a certain strain of Latin music that had been ignored for decades – that unusual fusion of Latin, soul, ... read moreCD
A wicked little set that really gets at the way that Latin record collecting has moved way past the usual sounds from New York, Puerto Rico, and Cuba – to embrace a whole host of styles from around the globe! In a world of collections that feature oft-reissued numbers from the Fania catalog, ... read moreCD
Heavy Latin grooves – served up with plenty of funk, jazz, and soul in the mix – and put together as a collection that's even better than the first volume in this series! DJ Pablo Yglesias seems to get sharper ears each time we tune into one of his projects – and this time around ... read moreCD