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
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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
The first crucial album from Manny Oquendo and his legendary Libre group – a combo who'd go onto have great power in the Latin scene in the years after this release – thanks to their perfect blend of rhythmic roots and bold jazzy elements! Libre almost prefigure the more sophisticated growth in Latin jazz to come in the 80s and 90s – that style, which was also unleashed by Eddie Palmieri, in which the core classic elements could still hold strongly – especially in rhythms and vocals – while soloists could get a bit more adventurous over the top. That latter aspect is a great thing – given that the record features a lineup that includes Dave Valentin on flute, Ronnie Cuber on baritone, Papo Vasquez and Barry Rogers on trombones, and Jerry Gonzaez and Milton Cardona on percussion. Marty Sheller handles the arrangements – and titles include a great version of Charlie Parker's "Donna Lee", done in a Latin medley with "A Gozar Y Bailar" – plus "Saoco", "Risque", "Lamento Borincano", and "Bamboleate". LP, Vinyl record album
Increible ... CD Salsoul/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1981. New Copy ...
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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
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