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Fania All-StarsLive At The Cheetah Vol 1 ... LP
Fania, 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
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 occurred on stage when this many great artists were brought together in one space – kind of the "next step" for the older descarga mode put forth at the start of the 60s, pushed forward into the prouder, more unified Latin scene of the 70s! All Stars on this date include Ray Barretto, Larry Harlow, Bobby Valentin, Willie Colon, Johnny Pacheco, and others – and titles on this first volume include "Quitate Tu", "Descarga Fania", and "Anaconda". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Jerry Gonzalez & The Fort Apache BandRiver Is Deep ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1982. Used ... $8.99
The river is deep and the sound is wide – as the set features wonderful work from the Fort Apache Band of trumpeter/percussionist Jerry Gonzalez – recorded at a point when the group was really starting to cook! The music has its roots in Afro-Cuban styles, but stretches out with plenty of jazz as well – thanks to work from a lineup that includes both Steve Turre and Papo Vasquez on trombones, plus Wilfredo Velez on alto sax – all players who have a bold force in the lead, then soar of on great solos of their own! There's plenty of percussion on the group – played by Gonzalez with five other group members – and the set also features Jorge Dalto on piano and Andy Gonzalez on bass. Titles include "Elegua", "Bebop", "Rio Esta Hondo", "Parisian Thoroughfare", and "Guiro Apache". (Jazz, Latin) CD

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✨✧ Mongo SantamariaRed Hot ... LP
Tappan Zee, 1979. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $7.99
A great Bob James-directed session from Mongo Santamaria – and a set that takes the fusion-inflected Latin work he was doing on the Vaya label, and blends it with an even tighter, sharper CTI Records vibe! The approach is a bit like that combination of underground Latin and larger label resources that brought great sounds to both Ray Barretto and the Fania All Stars at the time – and the session features excellent CTI help from Bob James on keyboards, Eric Gale on guitar, and Hubert Laws on flute – the latter of whom got his start working with Mongo in the 60s! Titles include a funky electric remake of "Watermelon Man", plus the cuts "Afro Cuban Fantasy", "Jamaican Sunrise", "Jai Alai", and "Sambita". LP, Vinyl record album

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Various50 Years Of Revolucion! ... CD
Righteous (UK), Late 50s. New Copy ... $3.99
A tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution – and a sweet little set that starts and ends with spoken bits from Fidel Castro, yet also includes lots of classic Latin grooves in the middle! Some of the work here predates the revolution, which might make it subject to false consciousness – but overall, you can't deny the hard-wailing, sharp-grooving quality of the cuts – even though some of the tracks seem to be more in a Brazilian vibe, too – with lots of heavy batucada-like percussion. Titles include "Batanga No 4" by Justi Barreto, "No Se Que Voy A Hacer" by Quarteto D'Aida, "Jarro Da Saudade" by Turma Da Gafieira, "Como Usted" by El Gran Fellove, "Se Todos Fossem Iguais A Voce" and "Concerto De Outono" by Djalma Ferreira, "Profecia" by Quarteto D'Aida, and "Otro Coco" by Justi Barreto. CD

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VariousLatin Jazz Dance Classics Vol 1 ... CD
CuBop/Ubiquity, Early 70s. Used ... $11.99
A tremendous little set – one that digs through all the great Latin-inspired grooves in the vaults of Fantasy Records – which also includes plenty of rare jazz gems from labels like Prestige and Riverside too! The package follows strongly in the main Jazz Dance Classics series from Ubiquity – and some cuts start in a soul jazz vibe, but then really take off with some Latin rhythms – mixing great jazz solos with some mighty fierce percussion – while other tracks have a straighter Latin jazz approach – in a very classic mode! Tracks include "Mambero" by Cal Tjader, "Descara La Moderna" by Ray Barretto, "Guanco Lament" by Eddie Lockjaw Davis, "Solo Tu" by Pete & Sheila Escovedo, "Jackie's Mambo" by Latin Jazz Quintet, "Este Mambo" by Mongo Santmaria, "Sentido En Seis" by Louie Bellson, and "Swing Thing" by Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers. The CD includes 3 bonus tracks, including Cal Tjader's stellar "I Showed Them". (Funky Compilations, Latin) CD
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Chihuahua All StarsDescarga Cubana ... CD
Caney (Spain), 1964. Used ... Just Sold Out!
2 lost descarga sessions from the 60s – both of them played by groups led by Osvaldo Chihuahua Martinez! Martinez plays both timbales and guiro on the sessions, and he's working with a well-named selection of all-stars that includes Chocolate Armenteros on trumpet, Chombo Silva on tenor sax, Manfredo Lee on guiro, and Pupi Legarreta on flute and violin. The sessions feature some vocals by Vitin Lopez and Goody Osvaldo – but there's also a key focus on the instrumentation, which is really kept at a raw level in the mix, so that it really dominates the recordings, even when there is voice. Titles include "Guajiro Son", "Descarga Cubana", "Me Voy Pa Moron", "No No No Te Voy A Querer", "Cosquilla", "El Caballo", "Oye Lo Pollo", "Calefaccion", and "Coco De Agua". CD

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