Joe Bataan —
Salsoul ... LP Mericana, 1973. New Copy (reissue)...
A landmark album from Joe Bataan – so great, that it made the entire record company change its name! The record has Joe really bursting out after his seminal Latin Soul work of the late 60s – blending Latin rhythms and American soul into a whole new style of music – one that Joe called "Salsoul", because of it's mixture of salsa and soul! The blend is fantastic, a real milestone in the NuYorican scene – and handled perfectly by Joe on every cut! There's some massive Latin funk on here, including the tracks "Latin Strut" and "Aftershower Funk", plus some straighter Latin jazz, like "Sunny Gets Blue Mambo", and a great Latin Soul cut with English vocals called "Johnny". LP, Vinyl record album
Not the famous "Ling Ching Tong" tune of doo wop fame, but a new track by Joe from his Latin disco years. The track's got a Salsoul type beat, but Joe's sticking to his Latin soul approach with the lyrics – despite the modern sound of the production and backings. Marty Sheller arranged, too! (Soul, Latin)12-inch, Vinyl record
A nice 70s groover from Alfredo "Chocolate" Armentero! The record was issued during Salsoul's brief Latin era, and it's got a great 70s New York groove to it – tight salsa, but with some nice traditional touches. The set features lead vocals by Willie Garcia, arrangements by Jose Rodrigues, and plenty of sweet solo work on trumpet by Chocolate – and tracks include the 2-part groover "Chocolate En C7", plus "Trumpet En Montuno", "Aprietala En El Rincon", "Controlate", and "La Cayuga". LP, Vinyl record album
A very well-titled set from Libre – as the group were one of the more incredible acts on the New York scene of the 70s – always a bit more underground than the salsa mainstream, and able to easily bridge so many generations with their music! Leader Manny Oquendo has a great ear for unusual sounds – and finds a way to blend contemporary jazzy currents with some deeper Afro-Cuban rhythms – with a sound that's both holding to tradition, but able to really push things forward – without some of the more reactionary tendencies found in some of his scenemates. The quality of the musicians is one of the great strengths of the record – as the set features work from Dave Valentin on flute, Jerry Gonzalez on congas and trumpet, and Papo Vasquez on trombone – under the direction of bassist Andy Gonzalez, who handles arrangements with Marty Sheller and Luis Cruz. Titles include "Tracionera", "Decidete", "Yo No Vuelvo Contigo", and "Goza La Vida". CD
Dos ... LP Salsoul, 1977. Used ...
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A rare American session by Israel "Cachao" Lopez – one of a few sides he cut for the Salsoul label in the mid 70s, back at a time when the company had a strong commitment to traditional Latin grooves! The set's built upon the same principles as the classic jam session recordings that Cachao first cut in Havana at the end of the 50s – with open-ended tracks that feature a loose collective of players that include Charlie Palmieri, Chocolate Armanteros, Virgilo Marti, and Pupi Lagaretta. The album's got a tasty descarga track entitled "Trombon Melancolico", and other tracks include "Chambelona", "Ko Wo Ko Wo", and "Jovenes Del Ritmo". LP, Vinyl record album
A landmark set of highly percussive tracks! Back in the mid-70's, when Salsoul was still recording Latin music and not disco, they put out this great double album of traditional Latin percussion playing by the new revivalist Grupo Folklorico, which featured Virgilo Marti and other great New York Latin percussion players of the time. The album's a totally stripped down mix of tracks that manages to swing all the way through – grooving in mode that has lots of the descarga touches of the 60s scene, and the mix of traditional and newer styles of the 70s years. This CD includes all the tracks from the double album, including "Cuba Linda", "Choco's Guajira", "A Papa Y Mama", and "Adelaida". CD
An excellent batch of descarga tunes – very much in the same spirit as Cachao's groundbreaking Cuban work of the early 60s – but done here as a wonderful return to roots in the mid 70s – part of that key shift back towards tradition on the New York scene, yet one that was still flavored with all the newer experiences of salsa! The format is very loose and free – similar to some of the Grupo Folklorico y Experimental albums on Salsoul, or to some of the harder Latin jazz sides on the LPV label at the time. Cachao's leading the group on bass, and other players include Afredo Chocolate Armenteros, Virgilo Marti, Pupi Legaretta, Alfredo De La Fe, Charlie Palmieri, and Manny Oquendo. All tracks are long and hard-jamming – with plenty of solos over a traditional groove. Titles include "La Trompeta Y La Flauta", "A Ti No Te Falta Nada", "Adelante", and "Se Va El Matancero". CD
A key chapter in the rich long legacy of Candido on record – a set that pushes the percussion maestro strongly into the disco generation – with wonderful results that are still massively strong all these many years later! Candido had always been one of the funkiest conga players around – especially as his music moved into the 70s – but here, he really takes off with some sublime disco arrangements – full clubby grooves that are some of the best Salsoul sounds of the time, yet which still leave plenty of room for Candi's congas! The congas participate in the rhythms at every level – and often take on a nice solo spotlight too – and all tracks are nice and long, with killers that include a club remake of "Thousand Finger Man", plus "Dancin & Prancin", "Jingo", and "Rock & Shuffle". CD features a massive amount of bonus tracks – more than on the album – with gems from singles that include "Jingo (original 12" version)", "Thousand Finger Man (12" ext version)", "Jingo (Shep Pettibone mix)", "Thousand Finger Man (single)", "Jingo (single)", and "Jingo (inst)". CD
Dos ... CD Salsoul, 1977. Used ...
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A rare American session by Israel "Cachao" Lopez – one of a few sides he cut for the Salsoul label in the mid 70s, back at a time when the company had a strong commitment to traditional Latin grooves! The set's built upon the same principles as the classic jam session recordings that Cachao first cut in Havana at the end of the 50s – with open-ended tracks that feature a loose collective of players that include Charlie Palmieri, Chocolate Armanteros, Virgilo Marti, and Pupi Lagaretta. The album's got a tasty descarga track entitled "Trombon Melancolico", and other tracks include "Chambelona", "Ko Wo Ko Wo", and "Jovenes Del Ritmo". CD
A real turning point for Joe Bataan – and the beginning of his funky Latin sound of the 70s! The album was one of the first in Joe's "Salsoul" style – a sweet blend of Latin rhythms, late 60s Latin soul influences, and some of the hipper styles bubbling through the NuYorican scene. A few cuts are in the sweet soul ballad mode of Joe's earlier years – but there's others that pick up the groove nicely, and add in some guitar and vibes for a sweet electrified groove. Includes a great remake of "Theme From Shaft", plus the two-part "I Wish You Love", "If I Were A King", "Coco E", "El Regreso", and "Charangaringa". LP, Vinyl record album
The rebirth of the Afro-Cuban groove on the New York scene of the 70s – great recordings in the "new traditionalist" sound of the time! After the boom of the Latin Soul sound of the late 60s, and the rise of salsa in the early 70s, there was also a "back to basics" movement within the players of the New York Latin community – a shift that stripped down the sound, reintroduced traditional instrumentation, and worked in rhythms that might have been used on older sessions, but which were slightly updated for the newer recordings. The work of that period, although strong, has often been overlooked in favor of some of the flashier sounds of the scene – and this set wonderfully corrects that fault by bringing together a great sampling of work from the traditional spectrum of the Salsoul and SAR record labels, along with the kind of notes and commitment to quality that makes the Honest Jon's reissues so great! Titles include "Son Sabroson" by Rey Roig, "Chuchillo Para La Pina Cubana" by Charlie Rodriguez, "Chocolate En C7" and "Trumpet En Montuno" by Chocolate, "Oriente" and "Tiene Sabor" by Henry Fiol, "Yo Perdi El Corazon" by Lita Branda, "Camina Y Ven Pa La Loma" by Roberto Torres, "Celosa" by Angelo Y Su Conjunto Modelo, and "Los Dos Hermanos" by Los Jimaguas. LP, Vinyl record album
One of the most obscure albums ever from Machito – and also one of the best! This lesser-known 70s record was cut for Salsoul during the earliest days of the label, and although its title names the singer Graciela – one of Machito's frequent musical partners – Machito himself also sings a bit too, over grooves that are wonderfully tight, and maybe even sharper than the early days! The arrangements are what really make the record great – and have this way of holding onto all the best elements of Machito's roots, while focusing on some hipper edges that give the record a slightly more modern vibe – although never in a salsa-styled way. Chico O'Farrill, Joe Madera, and Frankie Colon handled the charts – and titles include "Masacote", "Como Quieras", "Chango Ta Beni", "Dale Jamon A La Jeva", "Buena Noche Che Che", and "Rumbantela". CD
Johnny Zamot —
Zamot ... CD Mericana/Octave (Japan), 1974. New Copy ...
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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 Roman on most tracks – who gives the record a soaring, soulful vibe that really reflects Johnny's new groove at the time! And while most titles might be more straight Latin than Zamot in the 60s, there's still lots of heavy percussion – and the album's got a great version of "Soul Makossa" – one that takes the Afro-funk classic and gives it a sweet Latin groove, with loads of bass at the bottom! Other tracks include "Oh Vida", "No Me Digas", "La China", "Aguadila", "Me Dejaron Flores", and "Con Mi Negrita De Mano". CD