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Gabriele PosoAwakening ... CD
BBE (UK), 2018. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
Clubby grooves and rootsy percussion – served up here by Gabriele Poso in a really wonderful combination! The music here is as rich and organic as the cover – almost in the 21st Century blend of contemporary and classic that we've loved in records from artists like Joe Clausell or Osunlade – but very much in its own particular style, and, if anything, even more textured and complex than music from those two artists! Gabriele Poso recently gave us a collection of drum-heavy tracks by others on BBE, but this set of his own music even tops that – as the roots go even deeper, even though the music is all new. Titles include "Playa 80", "Awakening", ":Adorando", "Words Never Work", "The Night Falls", "Mi Amigo", "Otro Barrio", "Sotto Il Campanile", and a really nice cover of "Everybody Loves The Sunshine". (New Grooves, Latin) CD

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✨✧ VariousDJ Amir Presents Buena Music Y Cultura – Good Music & Culture – Rare Latin Sounds From Across The Americas ... CD
BBE (UK), Late 60s/1970s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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 York scene, he's also come across plenty of rare Latin nuggets – not familiar salsa or crossover Latin Soul, but instead some much deeper numbers that show just how much spirit and imagination the music had when it was at its best! Most of the numbers here are from late 60s and 70s vintage – and many have this jazzy energy that goes way past just simple grooves, and which instead features the richer colors and complicated motions of some of Eddie Palmieri's music, especially in the 70s. Titles include the previously unreleased "Salsa (parts 1 & 2)" by Fito Foster – plus "Picadillo" by La Moderna Of New York, "Bomba" by Dax Pacem, "Paranoia" by Wayne Gorbea Y Su Conjunto Salsa, "Rogelio Tiene La Salsa" by Chino Y Su Conjunto Melao, "Yo No Bailo Con Juana" by Cortijo Y Kako, "Vete De Aqui" by Joey Aponte, "Asi Asi Descarga" by Mike Hernandez Y Su Sonora Casino, "Tembelque" by Louie Colon, "El Ritmo Soledad" by Orchestra Soledad, and "El Pulpo" by Joey Pastrana. (Funky Compilations, Latin) CD

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✨✧ Orchestra SoledadVamonos/Let's Go ... CD
Futuro/BBE (UK), 1970. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Raw salsa from the streets of Brooklyn – served up here by a very obscure group, but one who work in the best styles of the Fania and Cotique Records scenes of the time! There's a strong Puerto Rican influence on the rhythms at times – very much that new spirit that was emerging with pride and power as the 70s moved in – but there's also some trailing currents of the Latin Soul generation, in the way that Cotique was working at the time – particularly on records by Joey Pastrana! Lyrics are in English on some tracks, and mighty darn soulful – and the group's led by Hector Ramos, who both sings and plays some massive trombone! Titles include "I'll Make You A Queen", "Vamanos/Let's Go", "Uptight", "Just Like A Fool", "Problems", "Cuero", and "Candela" CD
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Jonah Jones/Ivy Pete & His LimbomaniacsJonah Jones/Ivy Pete & His Limbomaniacs ... CD
Alma, Mid 60s. Used ... $8.99
An unusual combination of records – both pretty darn great! First up is Jazz Tropical from Jonah Jones – one of the coolest albums ever from this legendary trumpeter – a set that's got a strongly Latin flavor, and which provides a very unique setting for Jonah's horn! The backings feature loads of great elements – dreamy piano lines, some nice vibes, and plenty of Latin percussion to set up some sweetly syncopated grooves that make for a really nice change from the Jones style of the 50s – but which are still topped by his warm approach to a trumpet solo. Titles include "Eddie's Bossa Nova", "Yellow Days", "Where Is Your Laughter", "Jurame", "Claudia", "Jonah's Pachanga", and "La Pollera Colora". Next is Limbo Party from Ivy Pete – seemingly a dance craze cash-in, but a set that also seems to mix in a fair bit of Latin elements with the Caribbean styles! The record is way better than the usual limbo set from the time – as the instrumentation is razor sharp, and filled with tight, fast percussion riffs that really drive the grooves – while flute provide much of the melody, and sweet electric guitar lines come into the mix to hold the whole thing together! Pete sings a bit with the group on the record, always jumping along with the rhythms – and titles include "Donkey Wants Water", "Little Brown Skin Girl", "Sly Mongoose", "I Adore Her", "Man Smart Woman Smarter", and "Peas & Rice". (Jazz, Latin) CD
(Out of print.)

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Pazant BrothersLive At The Museum Of Modern Art ... CD
Ace/BGP (UK), Early 70s. Used ... $9.99
A lost funky treasure – never issued before! For those not in the know, The Pazant Brothers (Ed & Al) were a duo of funky hornmen that first came to fame working with Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers – and then moved onto cut some great funky records of their own in the 70s. The pair formed a very tight group that had a killer funky sound – one that we'd easily rank right up there with the JBs and The Meters for hard, raw, power – but sadly, they only ever recorded one full album and a handful of singles – which is why this previously unissued concert is even more of an important treat! We have no idea what the folks at MOMA were thinking when they invited the Pazants down to get their groove in gear – but whatever the case, this CD is totally great! Forget the silly cover – which is way too cold and modern to get at the heart of the grooves – and forget the location too, because the tracks on the set sound like they were cut at some smoky club in Harlem, not in the colder midtown setting of MOMA. The whole thing's totally great – a massive batch of instrumental funk that leaves us to wonder why the heck this thing was never issued at the time. Titles include "Groovin", "Skunk Juice", "P Soul", "Fly Vines", "Work Song", "Momma Momma", "We Got More Soul", "Clabber Biscuits", and "Greasy Greens". Totally great! (Soul, Latin) CD

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✨✧ Joe CubaWe Must Be Doing Something Right (Estamos Haciendo Algo Bien) ... CD
Fania, Mid 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The group were certainly doing something right – as this album has Joe Cuba's sextet at the top of their game, easily showing why they were one of the best groups on the New York scene of the 60s! The album's a pivotal one in the development of Latin Soul – as it sports the incredible track "El Pito" – one of those Latin jammers that grabbed everyone right away, and which has barely ever been matched since! The album's also got some great use of English language lyrics – crucial to the unique crossover sound that Joe was forging, and a real bridge between Spanish and African American Harlem in the 60s. Titles include "My Wonderful You", "El Pito (I'll Never Go Back To Georgia)", "Pruebalo, OK?", "Bochinchosa", "Incomparable", and "Clave Mambo". CD
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✨✧ Conrad Herwig with Eddie PalmieriLatin Side Of Herbie Hancock ... CD
Half Note, 2010. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the best sets yet from trombone player Conrad Herwig's Latin steeped jazz homages – here presenting The Latin Side Of Herbie Hancock with a great band live at the NY Blue Note in the summer of 2008 – a heck of an undertaking given Herbie's legendary stylistic breadth, but Herwig & crew pull it off masterfully! The Latin elements are never tacked on or labored, with percussionist Pedro Martinez doing his part wonderfully, and the whole band doing a great job of laying down iconic jazz numbers with the right balance. Guests include the great Eddie Palmieri and Randy Brecker, with core lineup featuring Mike Handy on sax, flute & clarinet, Bill O'Connell on piano, Rebben Rodriguez on bass and others. The closer "Watermelon Man" was done in a legendary Latin mode by Mongo Santamaria in the early 60s, so that's a natural, but Herwig shows some great creativity with other numbers like "Oliloqui Valley", "One Finger Snap", "Butterfly", "The Sorcerer", "Actual Proof", "Maiden Voyage" and "Cantaloupe Island". (Jazz, Latin) CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Johnny Pacheco with Pete Conde RodriguezLa Perfecta Combinacion (remastered edition) ... CD
Fania, 1971. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A stellar Latin groover from Johnny Pacheco & Pete Colde Rodriguez – rightfully dubbed a perfect combination – recorded in 1969 and released in 1971, and we can think of no reason to have delayed such a smoking set! It's one of the better albums in the successful series of them that Pacheco cut with vocalist Rodriguez – with styles that stick mostly in a traditional Latin mode, with a few salsa touches that would become much more pronounced in the 70s. Titles include "La Esencia Del Guaguanco", "Blanca", "Sin Cana Y Sin Platanal", "Sonero", "Mi Nuevo Amor", and "Lo Anoro". Nice cover, too – with the pair toasting and playing dice! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Henri GuedonRetrospective ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1970s/1980s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
Latin grooves in many styles – a massive collection of work by percussionist Henri Guedon – a musician with roots in the French West Indies, but who played heavily on both the Paris and New York scenes! Guedon's music here has a vibe that really shows that cross-cultural blend – Latin rhythms that are as strong as the best of the 70s salsa generation, but also served up a bit differently too – not with the Caribbean touches you might expect, but maybe just a wider knowledge of all the rhythmic modes possible – which Henri seems to criss-cross in his music! Make no mistake – if you love Latin grooves, you'll find plenty to love here – but you'll also find plenty more too, on tracks that run from about 1972 to 1992, all with a very heavy booklet of notes in French, and lots of photos too. Titles include "Vulcano", "Almendra Leitmotiv", "Fanfaria Seis Por Ocho", "Negro Congo", "Mamborap", "Laisse Yo Pale", "Neg Marron", "Moforibo Rere", "Mazurka Tropical", "Pani Fave", "Mrenguedon", "Douce", "Bomba Mizicien", "Faut Pas Pousser", and "Ochun Y Botala". (Global Grooves, Latin) CD

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✨✧ VariousAfrica Boogaloo – The Latinization Of West Africa ... LP
Honest Jons (UK), 1950s/1960s/1970s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A long-overdue collection of work – one that really gets at the unusual appearance of Latin rhythms on the African scene of the postwar years! Latin sounds from Africa are nothing new, but they're one of those things that's always taken for granted, too – kind of assumed in most discussions of the rhythms from the 60s onward, but never explained as fully as might be needed! Given the already-great grooves going down on the continent for generations, it's surprising that African musicians might pick up styles from Cuba and the Caribbean – yet due to the vagaries of global cultural circulation, that's exactly what happened – and the music has never been the same ever since. This really well-done package offers up a range of tracks from the 50s through the 70s – showing some of the earliest African extrapolations of Latin styles – clearly enforcing the "Afro" in Afro-Cuban rhythms – then moving onto some later grooves that offer up some funkier styles too. The work's a bridge between the ethnographic sets on Honest Jons, and some of the tighter grooves you might find on a Soul Jazz collection – a wonderful blend of music, packaged beautifully too. Titles include "A Moins Que Namikosa" by Orchestra OK Jazz, "Rampa Rampa" by Orchestre Yaya Mas, "Quiero Wapacha" by Charles Lembe, "Ven Y Ven Y Ven" by Orchestre OK Jazz, "Vamos A Bailar" by Rio Band, "Guantanamo" by Laba Sosseh, "On Verra Ca" by Orchestre Baobab, "Mi Guajeo" by Orchestre N'Guewel, "N'Niyo" by Amara Toure, "Il N'Est Jamais Trop Tard" by Pierre Tchana & Orchestre Poly Rhythmo, "Africa Boogaloo" by Le Grande Kalle with Don Gonzalo & Manu Dibango, and "Adigbedoto" by Gnonnas Pedro. (Global Grooves, Latin) LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Henri GuedonCosmozouk Percussion (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Epic/Production Dessinee (Japan), Late 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The coolest grooves we've ever heard from percussionist Henri Guedon – a really wonderful blend of Latin, Caribbean, and jazz-based influences – all filtered into a very special sound! There's plenty of percussion at the core, but there's also some sweet keyboards too – used sparely, so that the album's not a funky electric one – but in just the right ways to bring in a cool sort of 70s funk touch to the whole record – almost in some of the ways you'd find with Nuyorican funk of the same time! Vocals are great, too – mostly in French – but the instrumental element is what really moves us – and it moves us plenty! Titles include "Brujeira", "Tou Patou Feme", "Guajira Contestation", "Bomba Miscien", "Vulcano", and "Marcel Song". (Global Grooves, Latin) CD

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✨✧ Orchestra HarlowLa Raza Latina – A Salsa Suite ... LP
Fania, 1977. Used ... Out Of Stock
A really standout set from Orchestra Harlow – an ambitious late 70s project that traces the evolution of Latin music in an extended "Salsa Suite"! The work is far more complex than some of the group's other recordings – a real evolution in their own sound too, yet a record that also has all of the swing and soul we've come to expect from the ensemble. Some moments have a rootsy percussion groove, others burst out with some brightly jazzy orchestrations – and the group gets help from some great guests who include Art Webb on flute, Bobby Porcelli on alto and baritone sax, Nelson Gonzalez on tres, and Jon Faddis on trumpet. The suite is divided up into 4 parts, named "Africa", "Caribbean", "New York", and "Futuro" – each with the vibe you might expect! LP, Vinyl record album
(Mexican pressing. Cover has ring & edge wear, splitting on the spine, and a peeled strip on front.)

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