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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
Also available Awakening ... LP 24.99

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Gabriele PosoAwakening ... LP
BBE (UK), 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $24.99 27.98
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) LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Awakening ... CD 16.99

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Luis QuinteroPercussion Maddness – Presented By Louie Vega ... CD
BBE/Rapster (UK), 2006. Used ... $14.99
One of the greatest albums we've heard from the hands of Louie Vega since his Nuyorican Soul project of a decade back – a mostly-Latin session built around the talents of percussionist Luisito Quintero, and featuring tracks in a mix of traditional and current dancefloor modes! There's hardly any of the house here that you might expect from the Vega name – and instead, the record bristles with raw acoustic energy from Quintero and a host of great guests that include Hilton Ruiz, Brian Lynch, Nestor Torres, Milton Cardona, Jose Mangual, and Blaze! And while Luisito certainly brings in plenty of Afro-Cuban percussion to the record, the tracks themselve stretch out in a real variety of pan-global influences – including Brazilian fusion, 21st century soul, and some of the best cross-cultural styles coming out of the current New York scene. The whole thing's great – Latin jazz at the core, but with so much more added on top – and titles include "Percussion Madness", "M'Bongi", "Our Love", "Love Remains The Same", "Oshgarina", "Four Beat Mambo", "Acid", "Quintero's Jam", "Tumbao", "Gabagada Gabagada Gabogodo Gabogodo", and "Aquilas Coisas Todas". (New Grooves, Latin) CD
(Out of print. Digipack has some light wear.)

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✨✧ Luis QuinteroPercussion Maddness Revisited ... CD
BBE (UK), 2007. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great continuation of the grooves heard on the first Percussion Madness album by Luis Quintero – a sublime blend of rootsy Latin rhythms with some contemporary New York touches – all produced to perfection by Louie Vega! Although not marked as such on the cover, most of the tracks here are remixes of work from the first LP – mostly done by Louie, and handled with a spirit that's similar, but often more dynamic than the originals! A few other tracks are new to the album – including a great remake of the Latin Soul classic "Skinny Papa", done with percussion from Jose Mangual and Milton Cardona – who also join in on the rootsier "El Jibarito Y Cubanito". Other highlights include a killer jazzy remix of "Our Love" by Nicola Conte, and a guest appearance by Claudia Acuna on "Free My Soul". Other titles include "Music For Gong Gong", "Tumbao", "Love Remains The Same", "Aquilas Coisas Todas", "Quintero's Jam", and "Bonatune". (New Grooves, Latin) CD
(Out of print.)

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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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Joe CubaWe Must Be Doing Something Right (Estamos Haciendo Algo Bien) ... CD
Tico, Mid 60s. Used ... $19.99
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
(Out of print. Original CD pressing.)

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Henri GuedonRetrospective ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1970s/1980s. New Copy 2CD ... $19.99 29.99
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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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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VariousAfrica Boogaloo – The Latinization Of West Africa ... LP
Honest Jons (UK), 1950s/1960s/1970s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $24.99
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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VariousPalenque, Palenque! – Champeta Criolla & Afro Roots in Colombia 1975 to 1991 ... CD
Soundway (UK), Late 70s/1980s/Early 90s. Used ... $14.99
A killer collection of champeta work from the Caribbean coast of Colombia – music that still has plenty of local touches, but also shares a lot with African imports of the time – a really unique little hybrid that makes for plenty of heavy rhythms! The sound is quite unique – a slight echo of more familiar Colombian music at points, but often a more full-on approach to rhythm – with plenty of heavy percussion at the bottom, driving Afro rhythms, and some occasional Caribbean touches in terms of the production – which can make things nicely trippy at just the right points! Soundway have done a great job of introducing us to this unique genre – thanks not only to a wicked selection of tunes, but also a full complement of notes and photos, which really open up our understanding of the music. Titles include "Yoro" by Wganda Kenya, "El Scususu" by La Nelda Pina, "Tetero" by Cumbia Moderna De Soledad, "Esclavo Moderno" by Manuel Alvarez Y Sus Sangers, "Bumburumbumbum" by Cassimbas Negras, "Naga Pedale" by Cumbia Siglo XX, "Pim Pom" by Wganda Kenya, "Tetero" by Cumbia Moderna De Soledad, "Palenque Palenque" by Son Palenque, and "Shacalao" by Lisandro Meza & Su Conjunto. CD
(Out of print. Digipack has light wear.)

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✨✧ Ray CamachoMucha Salsa ... CD
Luna/Everland (Austria), 1978. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An obscure salsa set from Ray Camacho – an artist who always seems willing to mix up styles in his music! That's definitely the case here, as Ray mixes straighter Latin modes with a few border touches – creating a hybrid of New York and Mexican modes that's pretty unique – but which also has some occasional funk and soul currents that are probably the record's strongest suit! Ray plays trumpet, and the rest of the group includes guitar, trombone, and plenty of percussion – plus sax and piano from Manuel Palafox, who also handles arrangements. Titles include a great cover of "Low Rider", dubbed "El Pachuco", the Latin funk number "Tomas Al Timbal", and a funky take on Brass Construction's "Movin On". – plus "Me Patina El Coco", "Madrecita Linda", "Dime La Verdad", "El Pachuco", "Confesion", "Testigo Fui", and "Dulce Y Amarga". CD

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✨✧ Ray CamachoMucha Salsa ... LP
Luna/Everland (Austria), 1978. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An obscure salsa set from Ray Camacho – an artist who always seems willing to mix up styles in his music! That's definitely the case here, as Ray mixes straighter Latin modes with a few border touches – creating a hybrid of New York and Mexican modes that's pretty unique – but which also has some occasional funk and soul currents that are probably the record's strongest suit! Ray plays trumpet, and the rest of the group includes guitar, trombone, and plenty of percussion – plus sax and piano from Manuel Palafox, who also handles arrangements. Titles include a great cover of "Low Rider", dubbed "El Pachuco", the Latin funk number "Tomas Al Timbal", and a funky take on Brass Construction's "Movin On". – plus "Me Patina El Coco", "Madrecita Linda", "Dime La Verdad", "El Pachuco", "Confesion", "Testigo Fui", and "Dulce Y Amarga". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Orquesta El MacabeoSalsa Macabra ... CD
Disco De Hoy, 2011. Used ... Out Of Stock
A sharp set of salsa dura from the contemporary Puerto Rican scene – and proof that they still "make 'em like the old days" – if you know where to look! The group are young, but play with some deep Caribbean roots – really sounding especially nice on the upbeat tracks, which often have some sharp, lively descarga energy in the instrumentation! There's a few rootsy elements which deepen the groove from time to time – and titles include "Charlatan", "La Noche", "Macabionico", "Se Pone", "Swing", "La Culpa", and "Supermercado". CD

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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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