Orchestra Kool —
Kool Heat ... LP Fonseca/Andale, Mid 60s. New Copy (reissue)...
Excellent (and very rare) boogaloo album by Orchestra Kool! The group has a rough hewn, tightly walloping feel that we totally love – with English vocals on some tunes and Spanish on others – with killer rhythms and some jazzy reed work. The album includes lots of hard stompin' ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic charanga work from Orquesta Sublime – grooving here at a slightly mellower pace than some of their other 60s albums, but at a level that's still more than rhythmic enough for the dancing promised in the title! The instrumentation is nicely varied – so that sometimes the violin ... read moreCD
Titles include "Trabajando", "Patricia", "Mala Suerte", "Isla Del Encanto", and "El Jibarito". Produced by Johnny Pacheco – with arrangements by Louis Perico Ortiz, Sonny Bravo, and Louie Ramirez! LP, Vinyl record album
Another departure for Pacheco – as he kicks off the 70s with a set of funky instrumental tunes! The tracks on this set are quite different from either his earlier charanga records, or his later salsa ones – and sparkle with the kind of "soul meets Latin instrumental" style of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Multi color early Fania pressing! Cover has masking tape on edges.)
Ralfi Pagan —
Ralfi ... LP Fania, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)...
Sublime falsetto soul from the great Ralfi Pagan – one of the most unique artists on the New York Latin scene at the start of the 70s! Ralfi shares some of the sweet soul modes of Joe Bataan – when Joe's in the right mood – but he also goes further, too – and really pushes ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent – and hard-to-find – album by Charlie from the early 70s! The album features Charlie's focus opening up a bit more, with longer tracks, more complicated arrangements, and some very nice unusual touches – like organ, melodica, and electric bass. Charlie's work on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the great recordings from Eddie's classic 70's period. Vocals are by Ismael Quintana, and the LP includes an excellent 10 minute track called "Pa La Ocha Tambo", of the long jamming type that Eddie was so good at during this time. Other cuts include "El Molesto", "M ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Eddie Palmieri and the Coco label were a team that couldn't be beat – and this beautiful album is complete proof of that fact! The set's a wonderful batch of tunes – expanded arrangements from Eddie with just the right touches of funk, jazz, or rootsy instrumentation, shifting moods ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring & edge wear with a split bottom seam and a name in pen. Label has a name in pen.)
A seminal bit of 70s Latin from Eddie Palmieri – a full, rich session that really earns the "sun" in its title! Eddie's working here in that complicated approach to jazzy rhythms from the later Tico years – inflected by a bit of straighter salsa rhythms – in a style ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A real scorcher from Eddie Palmieri – as much a transition as a superimposition – and the kind of record that would have a huge impact on Latin jazz in the 70s! Eddie's got one foot in the small group styles of his 60s work, but he's also reaching forward in a mode that's rootsy and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Landmark work from Eddie Palmieri – a stunning performance by his Harlem River Drive band, recorded live before a very wild crowd at Sing Sing Prison! The feel here is a blend of the sound heard on the legendary Harlem River Drive album – a unique fusion of Latin, soul, and political ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A lost classic from Pearly Queen – definitely a record that's been a true treasure hunt for crate diggers over the years! The set's best-sought for its funkier numbers – about half the set, in which Pearly Queen smoke nicely with a blend of Cuban roots and 70s modes – showing a ... read moreCD
(This is an on-demand title printed in limited quantities.)
2 bands with silly names – but funky grooves! And although this set says "Cuban Rock" in the title, the feel here is much more in the Chicano funk mode – making the CD an essential one if you dig Latinized soul of the early 70s! Both groups hailed from Miami, and follow ... read moreCD
2 bands with silly names, but amazing grooves – all very much in the Chicano funk mode – making the CD an essential one if you dig Latinized soul of the early 70s! Both groups hailed from Miami, and follow firmly in the style of Coke – another Miami funk group from the time who've ... read moreCD
Truly incredible stuff, and one of the greatest albums ever by neuvo tango genius Astor Piazzolla! The record is a haunting batch of Piazzolla's original bandoneon compositions, produced with an edge that you don't find in most of his other albums – and offered with a freedom of expression ... read moreCD
Perez Prado —
Escandalo ... CD Schema (Italy), 1972. New Copy Gatefold ...
Not the Perez Prado of "King Of Mambo" fame, but actually his younger brother Pantaleon Perez Prado – working in a grittier early 70s Latin Funk mode than the more famous elder Perez! This Perez Prado plays bongos and congas – keeping a nicely thumping Latin beat underneath ... read moreCD
Not the Perez Prado of "King Of Mambo" fame, but actually his younger brother Pantaleon Perez Prado – working in a grittier early 70s Latin Funk mode than the more famous elder Perez! This Perez Prado plays bongos and congas – keeping a nicely thumping Latin beat ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Perez Prado at his best – sock-hard, with a choppy groove that's supported by some great percussion and really nice orchestrations! The feel here is in his best 50s mode – and possibly even better, as the recording quality on the set is great, and the mambo-focus makes for an album ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a light stain on back, but record should be fine.)
Perez Prado with Don Alfio —
Love Child ... CD Schema (Italy), 1973. New Copy Gatefold ...
Whoa! Funky work from Afro Cuban percussionist and bandleader Pantaleon Perez Prado – sharing credit with singer Don Alfio – with a surprising wealth of spacey funk in the mix! Before your mind is rendered full- blown by this obscure, funky record, we need to let you know that ... read moreCD
Whoa! Funky work from Afro Cuban percussionist and bandleader Pantaleon Perez Prado – sharing credit with singer Don Alfio – with a surprising wealth of spacey funk in the mix! Before your mind is rendered full- blown by this obscure, funky record, we need to let you know that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A double-header to die for – two of the rarest albums from Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers – back to back on a single CD! First up is Saffron & Soul – one of the first albums from the legendary Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers – a wonderful little record that ... read moreCD
Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers —
Tough! ... LP Prestige, 1966. Very Good ...
Killer Latin soul from Pucho and crew – and an album that's one of their greatest! The record is also one of the earliest by the group, and it features a different lineup than later ones – with William Bivens on vibes, Claude Bartee on tenor, and Vince McEwan on trumpet. There's a bit ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has light wear, some splitting on the top seam and light staining on the back.)
One of Tito's classic 50's recordings for Tico, all of which have a much rawer sound than his work for RCA from the same time. The tracks on here represent some Tito's best work in the Cha Cha Cha format – played with a hard sound and a good percussive drive aimed towards a very appreciative ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a bit of old tape on the top seam, and a bit of seam splitting.)
A very nice record from the early 60s that marked Tito's first for the Tico label – and which was a hot set of pachanga grooves with a tight small combo feel, in a manner that really blew away his RCA work! Tracks include "Un Telegrama", "A Bailar Pachanga", "La ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original black label Tico pressing, with deep groove – stereo. Cover has some light wear.)
We know, we know – sounds like a snoozer – but it's not! Sure, the record's titled "Tito In Love", which makes you feel that there's some lush romantic tracks of the sort you like to fall asleep to – but Tito actually breaks out the groove on a number of strong tracks, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent set from Tito – very funky, unlike most of his other work from the time! The record has a great electric vibe to it – thanks to a hip bass player in the group, to Charlie Palmieri, who plays organ and electric piano on the record, and to Tito himself, who's never sounded ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really killer set from Joe Quijano – one of the most overlooked leaders of the early 60s, and a tremendous talent on these early Columbia albums! The album's got a raw, highly percussive groove – one that goes way past the simple pachanga groove of the time, and which bristles with a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(6-eye logo pressing. Back cover and label have a small demo stamp.)
One of the wildest albums in the history of Latin music – a crazy batch of Latin soul tunes made by Louie Ramirez under the alter ego of Ali Baba! The album starts with Ali saying "I hope you buy this album. I need the bread to buy a couple of camels. You see, I haven't had a hump in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Killer Latin sounds from the 70s Spanish scene – and a record that would be much more at home in the New York scene of the 60s! The percussion is very lively – in a way that takes us back to the sound of Cortijo's combo in the 60s – and is mixed with a sweet range of salsa ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 300 copies.)
Johnny Ray & Salsa Con Clase —
Encendido ... CD JZ Productions, 2006. Used ...
Salsa with class from congolero Johnny Ray – a set that's got many of the same tight edges used in his 70s work as Johnny Zamot, but which comes across with a sound that's slightly more contemporary overall! The group here features Johnny on congas, plus horns, piano, percussion, and a bit ... read moreCD
Very groovy work – and one of the best-selling albums of the Latin Soul era! During the 70s, Ricardo Ray was best known for his salsa work – but back in the 60s, he was really swinging around in the early blend of boogaloo and shing-a-ling styles! The set's got a really frenetic feel ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An amazing follow up to Ricardo Ray's first album of Jala Jala and Boogaloo tracks – a real killer Latin soul set that's even better than the first! The record's got a full-on style that kicks in from the very first note – a blend of uptight Latin tracks and some very groovy 60s-styled ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Chollo Rivera & The Latin Soul Drives —
By Chollo ... LP Cotique, 1969. New Copy (reissue)...
An obscure classic from the Latin Soul generation – the standout set recorded by the young Chollo Rivera and his strangely-named group The Latin Drives! The set's got equal parts soul and equal parts Latin – in a way that's similar to some of Joe Bataan's albums for Fania from the same ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A killer set of heavy Latin numbers from the great Hector Rivera – hiding under the guise of a simple dance record! Back in the late 50s and early 60s, Hector was always getting tagged for the big fads by labels – and made to produce albums that had him jumping on a dance fad bandwagon ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a bit of an old sticker in one corner.)
A classic set from Hector Rivera – one in which he shifts back to more traditional Latin styles after his Spanish Harlem sets of the 60s! The record has a strong nascent salsa groove – and features a great band, with Hector's piano bouncing along on the top, and a four-trumpet line ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hector Rivera & The Latin Renaissance —
Hecto-Mania ... LP 4 Points, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)...
A fantastic little Latin soul album – cut by bandleader Hector Rivera, and the Latin Renaissance soul group. The group sings in a warm harmony vocal style, with three female singers, and one male. Hector's in fine fine form laying down some jazzy Latin backings – and the record's got ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nice jazzy Latin groovers from Marco – played on hard heavy piano, with lots of tight spare percussion in the background! The tracks push past the usual Cha Cha sort of groove – and seem to encompass a number of complicated themes and styles, agumented by some extra exotic percussion. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible record and very unique – cut around the same time as Arsenio's rare boogaloo album for Tico Records! Like that session, this one has a style in which Arsenio is featured in a larger group – playing with a raspy edge that really steps out in front of the fuller instruments ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hot and wild – two of the best words you could use to describe the late 60s Latin Soul material of Pete Rodriguez – especially on an album like this! This album has Pete and his combo at their best – stepping effortlessly between English-language, soul-based tracks – and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very cool album that has Tito leaving his more traditional Afro Cuban groove for a more Brazilian one. Tito and band do some nicely groovy versions of bossa standards and more obscure material – including "Otra Vez", "Doralice", "O Pato", "Un Abraco No ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic record that's truly one of Tito Rodriguez's best from the 60s – a very jazzy affair, and one that breaks the pattern of most of his other albums of the time! As the title implies, Tito's working here live at Birdland nightclub – with a jazz-based lineup to match the setting ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Titles include "Carino", "Tiemblas", "El Porcentaje", "Pierrot", and "Manana Puedes Irte". LP, Vinyl record album
Willie Rodriguez —
Mi Montuno ... LP Fonseca/Andale, Mid 60s. New Copy (reissue)...
Willie Rodriguez at his 60s best – driving his combo with a fire and fury that few other Latin leaders could match! The grooves here are raw and tight, right from the start – a recasting of Cuban descarga modes into an even tighter combo setting – with percussion leading the way ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jimmy Sabater —
Solo ... LP Tico, 1969. Very Good ...
Wonderful wonderful work from Jimmy Sabater – easily the most soulful singer on the New York Latin scene of the time! The album's got Jimmy stepping out from his work with the Joe Cuba group – singing in front of a larger group that includes Johnny Colon, Bobby Rodriguez, Sonny Bravo, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A set that continues the groove of Mongo Santamaria's other great Vaya work – and goes a bit more towards the R&B fusion mode – taking Mongo's Latin rhythms and infusing them with electric instrumentation to really make them cook! The sound is great, and the album grooves in a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Killer Latin soul from Mongo! At some level, it might be hard to keep track of his late 60s sides for Columbia – but all you have to know is that they're all great, filled with pop Latin soul grooves that pushed way past his contemporaries, dancing around the conga with tight arrangements by ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo pressing. Cover has a split bottom seam & a small rip.)
Killer 70's material from Mongo, featuring a funky Latin groove tinged with some excellent electric playing on bass and Fender Rhodes. The record includes some of Mongo's best cuts from the time – like "Jelly Belly", "The Good Doctor", and the incredible "Happy As A ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really pivotal album in the career of Mongo Santamaria – one that has Mongo stripping down the groove, kicking up some jazz, and mixing together soulful styles that brought him to the top of the Latin crowd of the 1960s! There's a tightness here that goes beyond any of Santamaria's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo pressing. In pristine condition!)
One of Mongo's best Columbia LPs, and a totally hard hitting live set recorded with a very strong Latin jazz feel! The group's got some of Mongo's best players ever – like Hubert Laws and Bobby Porcelli – and the album's got lots of hard horn solos, and a good good groove throughout. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo pressing. Cover has light wear.)
Sockin soul work from Mongo Santamaria – a real killer of an album, with a dope 70s sound! The album features Mongo hitting a nice blacksploitation mode – fuller arrangements than before, plus lots of electric touches on guitar, bass, and keyboards. Marty Sheller did most of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mongo Santamaria —
Mongomania ... LP Columbia, Late 60s. Very Good ...
Just Sold Out!
Killer Latin soul from Mongo, and a great batch of original tracks, played by a groovy little combo that includes Bobby Capers on alto, Ray Maldonado on trumpet, and a young Hubert Laws on flute, who also did some of the arrangements! The sound is hard, tight, and jazzy – with the kind of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo pressing. Cover has some light edgewear and peeling on the spine.)
80s Mongo – but done in a really classic way, thanks to arrangements from Bobby Porcelli and Marty Sheller – who had both worked on some of the best Mongo sessions of years past! Bobby Porcelli's also on alto and flute, and Mitch Frohman plays tenor – working with Mongo in a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mongo Santamaria —
Red Hot ... CD Tappan Zee/Victor (Japan), 1978. New Copy ...
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 ... read moreCD
Mongo Santamaria —
Sabroso ... LP Fantasy, Early 60s. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
Heavy charanga work from Mongo Santamaria – a really early west coast take on the genre, and a record that features a slightly bigger group than usual for Mongo! Early partner Willie Bobo is in the combo on Timbales – and other players include Pupi Legarreta and Jose Chombo Silva on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red vinyl OJC pressing. Cover has a cut corner.)
Mongo Santamaria —
Skins ... LP Milestone, Early 60s/1976. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ...
One of those Milestone 70s two-fer sets, filled with Mongo's classic early Latin jazz sides cut for Riverside in the 60s. As you'd expect, there's lots of tight jazzy moments and straight ahead hard jamming, courtesy of an all-star cast that includes Nat Adderley, Ronnie Capers, Paul Serrano and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mongo Santamaria with Dizzy Gillespie —
Summertime ... LP Pablo, 1980. Near Mint- ...
A great cubop revival date – one that has Mongo Santamaria working with the great Dizzy Gillespie – all really opening up on some long live tracks that go quite a bit farther than bop/Latin sets like this from the late 40s! The tracks are all nicely extended, with lots of room for ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Oooooo-weee – a monster album by one of our favorite talents of the Latin soul era! Monguito Santamaria had a really great way of putting the electric bass right up front in his tracks – kicking things up with a bouncing groove that's as sock-boogaloo as boogaloo can get, and which ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Proof that the Cubop label is home to some of the best Latin Jazz currently in print! Congolero/percussionist John Santos leads an extremely tight Bay Area Latin combo through 13 hard wailing tracks with a very strong jazz sensibility – and the set sparkles with an intensity that you don't ... read moreCD