(Cover has a cutout hole, taped seams, and large stickers on front.)
Ambergris ... LP Paramount, Early 70s. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
A genre-busting batch of tunes from Ambergris – a group with styles that range from Memphis soul, to New York Latin, to some of the heavier sides of the underground rock scene of the time! The ensemble features Latin Soul maestro Larry Harlow on piano, organ, and percussion – working ... (Rock, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sweet sounds from the days when Fania Records was one of the greatest things going on the New York scene – and some of its key artists got a chance to work for other labels! This set's one of the best examples of that moment – as Ray Barretto steps out here in some sweet soulful ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A brilliant set of jazzy Latin fusion – one of Willie Bobo's best of the 70s, and a seminal crossover LP! The album takes the heavy Latin soul of Willie's earlier work, and gives it a sweet 70s twist – adding in larger arrangements, impeccable production, and plenty of space to let the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Latin soul percussionist Willie Bobo hits a new dimension here – singing as well as playing timbales, hitting a groovy groove that's perfect for his rough and ready vocals! The track list is a mix of 60s soul covers and a few very tasty original tunes – all done in a mod style that's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very obscure LP by what seems to be a lost Chicano funk group from Chicago. Released by the small Pipas label on the south side, the LP includes a nice cover of "Funky Nassau", plus covers of "Do Me Right", "Simple Song", and "Them Changes". The LP also ... (Soul, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An interesting piece of modernist jazz – recorded by a quartet that features vibist Jack Brokensha, in a lineup that includes piano, bass, and drums. Brokenshaw's originally an Australian player, but he's working here with a group that he hooked up with in Detroit, where he was working ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Celia Cruz Y La Sonora Poncena —
La Ceiba ... LP Fania, 1979. Near Mint- ...
One of a number of successful 70s pairings of vocalist Celia Cruz with another strong Fania act – in this case the mighty La Sonora Poncena, who support Celia's vocals with a really full and focused sound! The styles here vary a bit – from a few rougher numbers to tighter tracks that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent album from El Chicano – still very much in the jazzed-up mode of Viva Tirado, and working here with a very similar mix of organ and guitar, filtered into a soulful LA funky Latin mode. The guitarist, Mickey Lespron, is in fantastic form here – jamming away over the organ ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amazing stuff – and the beginning of a strong tradition of west coast funky Latin groups! El Chicano were one of a number of groups to emerge from LA of the 60s – rising forth on a wave of Mexican American pride to come up with a west coast version of the Latin Soul sound that had been ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Killer early work by the Fania All Stars – caught live at the legendary Cheetah club, which was the heart of the New York salsa scene at the start of the 70s! The album is easily one of the best by the group – and features long tracks that really capture the jamming intensity that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Oh, the feeling here is more than good – as the album's a stunner from the legendary Jose Feliciano, the kind of set that never fails to make us smile when we hear it! Jose's really evolved here from his earliest days – going even farther past the genius of his late 60s work for RCA, ... (Soul, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear.)
Pedro Garcia & His Del Prado Orchestra —
Cha Cha Cha ... LP Audio Fidelity, Early 60s. Very Good ...
A great Dizzy Gillespie Latin session recorded during the mid 70s – proof that he could still hold onto the cubop spirit of the old days! The session features a larger group arranged and conducted by Chico O'Farril – who manages to keep a solidly Cuban groove at the base, but really ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing. Cover has an unglued bottom seam and some gloss separation on the spine.)
Killer 70s work from this legendary Cuban group! The record's better than most of their output outside of Cuba, and it features a stunning mix of Latin grooves and electric funky elements, in a manner that's very similar to some of the NuYorican groups in America during the time. The great Chucho ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great stuff from this legendary Cuban jazz group – live material, and arguably better than even their studio LPs from the time! All the material in the set was recorded live at different points during the mid 70s – and it's all got a great style that mixes up Latin jazz with electric ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sweet set of 70s Latin Disco – less Afro-Cuban than you might expect, but a great illustration of the way that older Latin modes had filtered down to more mainstream dancefloors at the time! There's definitely still some Latin elements in the mix – but the set's also got Michael ... (Soul, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)
Malo ... LP Warner, 1972. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a bit of marker on the back, with light aging.)
Some great Latin work that Herbie cut for Verve at the end of the 50s – featuring tracks pulled from the Flautista album, plus other that showed up on another release. The tracks on the set are nice and long – with Herbie doing a snakey flute groove that's almost better than any of his ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A mid 70s cracker from Pacheco – salsa with a mix of traditional influences, in a mode that follows shifts of other Latin acts at the time, yet still keeps things in the lean grooves you'd expect from Pacheco! The album is is first in many without Pete "El Conde" Rodriguez on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mexican pressing. Cover has some wear and seam splitting.)
A real lost chapter in the career of vibist Dave Pike – an obscure one-off Latin session recorded for Decca in the mid 60s! The album was done in the years between Pike's first few early jazz sides and his later tripped-out sessions for MPS and Vortex – and features Dave leading a ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a speach bubble in pen, split spine & bottom seam, tape residue on the edges. Vinyl has an edge chip on side 1 that does not affect play.)
Another tasty batch of short firey Latin tracks from Tito's immediate post-RCA years! The cuts are a nice mix of mambo jazz numbers and guarachas, with a few cha chas thrown in – and they all have that tight raw sound that made Tito's Tico work so much better than most of his 50's stuff. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nice session of 80s Latin jazz tracks, recorded in Havana in 1986, and featuring the kind of long, jamming tracks that let Rubalcaba really open up on keyboards. The group also features sax work by Manuel Varela – who takes a searing solo on the cut "Pluma", and plays nicely on the ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Salsaya Big Band —
Live ... LP Timeless (Netherlands), 1986. Near Mint- ...
Well, in our opinion, Cal went Latin right from the start, practically. Still, this "Goes Latin" LP is one of his best of the genre from the old days, and features a host of great players like Lonnie Hewitt, Chombo Silva, Mongo Santamaria, Paul Horn, and Willie Bobo. The album includes ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red vinyl pressing. Cover has some stains on the corners and spine.)