Fantastic! Chico O'Farrill did some great Latin work for Verve, Norgran, and Mercury over the years – but most of it was only released on 10" LPs, and has only been the province of collectors for a number of years. Now, though, this killer 2 CD set brings together a whopping 45 sides ... 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
Hmm . . . A strange one. The name of the group makes you think they're from Japan, but honestly, the sound of the record is straight Cuban all the way. In fact, since most of the songs are boleros in Spanish, done with a romantic feel, we're hard pressed to believe their origin – but that's ... read moreCD
A lost classic from Pearly Queen – definitely a record that's been a true treasure hunt for crate diggers over the years! The set's best-sought for its funkier numbers – about half the set, in which Pearly Queen smoke nicely with a blend of Cuban roots and 70s modes – showing a ... read moreCD
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Truly incredible stuff, and one of the greatest albums ever by neuvo tango genius Astor Piazzolla! The record is a haunting batch of Piazzolla's original bandoneon compositions, produced with an edge that you don't find in most of his other albums – and offered with a freedom of expression ... 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
One of the greatest Tito Puente albums from the 50s, and a spare percussion jam session that's right up there with his legendary Puente In Percussion album! The group features Mongo Santamaria, Bill Correa, Julito Collazo, and Enrigue Marti on percussion with Tito – and the only other ... read moreCD
Fiercely percussive, heavily soulful Latin sounds from Quarter Street – cut from the cloth of the classic, hard hitting 70s NYC salsa of Fania and Tico – and convincingly carrying that vibe in the contemporary Melbourne scene! It takes a depth of talent to retrace the past and sound ... read moreCD
Strong 70s work from Ismael Rivera – an album that has him working here with his popular Cachimbos group, set to arrangements by Javier Vasquez – in a really unified sound that's mostly salsa all the way through, but also has a few nice twists and turns as well! The album's got one ... read moreCD
Heavy duty Latin Soul from Johnny Rivera – an excellent bandleader from the late 60s, with a sound that's a lot harder than you might guess from the Tijuana Brass in the title! True, Johnny's group's got a lot of work on horns – but in a style that's like the best of the boogaloo ... read moreCD
One of Arsenio's best American albums – a well-recorded early 60s session that features some great pachanga grooves! Arsenio's tres is juxtaposed starkly against some tightly snapping rhythms by a great little small combo – and the sound quality is a refreshing change from some of his ... read moreCD
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Rey Roig Y Su Sensacion —
Aqui Llego ... CD Mericana/Octave (Japan), 1972. New Copy ...
A cool little combo from pianist Rey Roig – a smaller group who work with the energy of the 60s Latin soul generation, but who come across with a more traditional spirit overall! The shift is key – that tighter 60s element moving back into older Latin modes – as Rey's piano ... read moreCD
Monguito Santamaria —
On Top ... CD Fania, 1968. New Copy ...
A killer rare boogaloo album – and one of the few great late 60s sides cut by pianist Monguito Santamaria, son of Mongo! Monguito's different than his old man in that he's a pianist and a singer – and not a percussionist – but this gem of an album has a hard-hitting sound that ... read moreCD
A great 70s group – a bit lost in the shifting sands of time, but one who maintained a classic Latin groove that's steeped in tradition – while also bringing in a lot of the younger energy of the New York scene at the time! The group's led by William Millan, who plays bass and tres on ... read moreCD
Diego Schissi Quinteto —
Tongos ... CD Sunnyside, 2012. Used ...
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Septeto Nacional Ignacio Pineiro —
Poetas Del Son ... CD Le Chant Du Monde (Germany), 2002. Used ...
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Sexteto Nacional —
Cubaneo ... CD Tumbao (Spain), Late 20s. Used ...
Very early recordings by this legendary Cuban group – cut in New York during the late 20s, and nicely remastered with the usual strong level of Tumbao quality! The set features 18 son recordings, with vocas by Juan De La Cruz and Bienvenido Leon. Titles include "Esas No Son ... read moreCD
The first album by Latin combo Tempo 70 – in case you couldn't guess from the title – and a very nice debut for this multi-faceted group! The combo smoke in plenty of heady salsa territory – especially on the upbeat tracks, which have a lively spirit that really makes the album ... read moreCD
Ana Tijoux —
1977 ... CD Nacional, 2009. Used ...
Johnny Zamot —
Zamot ... CD Mericana/Octave (Japan), 1974. New Copy ...
Quite an obscure little set by Johnny Zamot – the man who's best known for his boogaloo records of the 60s, but who was still grooving hard in the 70s! This set was a one-off date that Johnny recorded for Salsoul – in a tight mode that's mostly salsa-based, with lead vocals by Manny ... read moreCD
A totally cool collection of unusual cumbia cuts from 70s Peru – music that definitely earns the psychedelic tag promised in the title, given its heavy use of electric guitars and trippy production! The style here is different than more familiar cumbia from Colombia – rooted in the ... read moreCD
A collection of excellent Latin jazz tunes from the soundtrack to this recent film – including "Panamericana" by Paquito D'Rivera, "Samba Triste" by Eliane Elias, "From Within" by Michel Camilo, "Earth Dance" by Jerry Gonzalez & The Fort Apache Band ... read moreCD
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Ouch! The title almost makes us want to pass this one up – and we certainly wish that Luaka Bop would soft-pedal their politics a bit more, because the music is more than enough to make the compilations sell. The set focuses on Cuban dance music of the 60s and 70s – and provides some ... read moreCD
A wonderful second chapter to Gilles Peterson's Havana Cultura project – one that takes all the cool contemporary cuts, and offers them up in hip remixed versions! As usual with a Peterson set like this, the remixes are often quite respectful – specially commissioned from contemporary ... read moreCD
A great mix of Cuban music and diversely danceable, percussive sounds from around the globe – on this excellent entry in the Brownswood label's and producer/tastemaker Gilles Peterson's Havana Cultura series! It's amazing stuff, and about as seamless a blend of styles as can be, while still ... 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
Funk and soul meet Latin rhythms – and the result is a really special moment in the New York scene – a time when disco rhythms helped the underground scene burn brightly in the midtown clubs! Back in the 60s, nightspots in the city would routinely host Latin bands – but by the ... read moreCD
Cumbia sounds get trippy – as a host of Latin American artists picked up the electric guitar in the 60s, and really helped transform the style with some psychedelic touches! Most of these tracks feature cumbia rhythms at the core, but take the music far from its Colombian roots – ... read moreCD
Tripped-out Latin sounds, both classic and contemporary – served up in a collection that bristles with excitement throughout! The initial wave of this music came from a late 60s stretch when the cats up in Harlem were getting a bit more freewheeling than usual – picking up not just the ... read moreCD