One of the most tuneful albums we've ever heard from Chico Mann – and a set that moves into much more song-based territory than some of his earlier work! The style here is a unique hybrid of beats, breaks, and Latin – almost in a mode that could crack a larger global market, if the ... (New Grooves, Latin)read moreCD
A gem of a record from a time when flute Mann Herbie was really taking off – a set that shows his growing love of Latin rhythms, which are used to wonderful effect throughout! Mann had been recording straighter chamber jazz a few short years before, but there's a nicely unbridled feel to ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
For decades now, Ray Mantilla's been one of the few cats who can effortlessly fuse together Latin rhythms and jazz – creating the kind of music that's completely satisfying to fans of both styles, but all without ever resorting to any sort of easy cliches or overdone modes! Mantilla's the ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
A killer bit of Latin jazz from the 70s – one of the first records issued under the name of percussionist Ray Mantilla, and a really smoking set that features funky flute from Jeremy Steig, bass from Eddie Gomez, and both drums and keyboards from the mighty Joe Chambers! The tunes have a ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A mariachi group, but one with a real difference – as these young ladies are intent on taking their music into a great new direction – one that still respects its roots, but also finds a way to thrive with the energy of a younger generation! Guitars, horns, and violins all share equal ... (Funky 45's, Latin)read more7-inch, Vinyl record
A Latin Soul classic – but one that's a lot more obscure than some of the better-remembered albums on Fania and Tico from the late 60s! Orlando Marin is probably mostly known as an arranger, and a leader from the earlier years of the New York scene – but during the Latin Soul years he ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Percussionist Sabu Martinez is one of the all-time greats of Latin music – and this record is probably the rarest he ever cut! The album came out of Sweden, where Sabu was residing during the 70s – enjoying some success as an expatriot jazz player in the European scene. The album ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A crackling little set from Latin percussionist Antonio "Chocolate" Mena – not to be confused with the Latin trumpeter who also went by the name of Chocolate! The album's got some wonderfully jazzy numbers – put together with arrangements from Duke Pearson and Lalo Schifrin, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic work from the 50s New York scene – and a legendary set that offers up its own interpretation of Santerian rhythms! The groove on the set is very percussion-heavy – and done with that rich sort of vibe you might get on some of the classic Sabu Martinez records – or maybe ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A record with a lovely lady on the cover, but one that features a hard-grooving combo at its core! About half the tracks here are listed as "descarga" in the rhythms – which is a great way of describing the unbridled energy of the record – more the kind of tight, hard, jazzy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic stuff by Noro – and a wonderful selection of hard to find material from the 50s! This isn't really a greatest hits album – but it is a good sampling of some of his better (and better-recorded) work during the postwar years, and almost all of the tracks have a nice hard groove ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dang! Does David Murray ever stop re-inventing himself? We think not – and this album is great proof of that fact! The set's a really tasty batch of Latin Jazz numbers – played to perfection by Murray and a host of excellent New York musicians, working together in large group format ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
Killer stuff! This rare boogaloo album is a monster batch of tracks by one of the best combos working the New York scene in the late 60s. The New Swing Sextet were extremely youthful, and at their best moments, they had a great raw sound the mixed Latin Soul and Latin Jazz into an extremely tasty ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A lost boogaloo classic! This is one of the rare few records to come out on the tiny Speed label during the 60s – a hotbed of production for some of New York's most unique Latin Soul sides. Like other albums on the label, this set is a nicely messed up batch of tracks that shifts ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A contemporary group, but one that draws upon a huge tradition of Afro-Colombian sounds – pulled together by its members through travels that have taken them through all the many different regions of their diverse nation, and served up in a very spare style that mostly just features voice and ... (Global Grooves, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ocho 1 ... LP United Artists, 1972. New Copy (reissue)...
The rare first album by Ocho – and a killer batch of Latin tracks that breaks down all definitions of the music! Ocho were a seminal group in the NuYorica scene of the early 70s – blending soul, funk, Latin, jazz, and other styles into a groove that was perhaps a bit too complicated ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
There's a tornado on the cover, and a tornado in the grooves as well – as the mighty Ocho step off their first three albums for UA Latino, and move into even headier territory here on the El Sonido label! The group are really at the top of their game – effortlessly blending jazzy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The second album from this cool Colombian project that includes Will "Quantic" Holland – a group that's very much in the same criss-crossing of cultures as his Flowering Inferno ensemble! The first Ondatropica album had a vibe that was maybe more traditionally Colombian at times ... (Global Grooves, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Cuba's biggest groups of the 50s – presented here in a set that got equal circulation in the US, thanks to RCA! The sound here is a nice precursor of the charanga groove that would dominate New York in a few years to come – violin from Rafael Lay, the leader of the group – ... read moreCD
A real Latin jazz cooker from Orquesta Conexion Latina – a late 80s German group, but one that cooks with a hard New York vibe! The combo is co-led by trombonist Rudi Fuesers and vocalist Wito Rodriguez – and the instrumentation includes trumpet, piano, bass, percussion, and guest ... read moreCD
A great little album of boogaloos and hard Latin tracks – one of the few rare gems on the long-lost Speed label. The set features the work of the Orquesta Olivieri, led by trumpeter Herbie Olivieri, and featuring more trumpet, piano, and percussion, plus lead vocals by Angelo Jiminez and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 important early album from Eddie Palmieri – one in which he introduces the "mozambique" rhythm – essentially a conga-styled approach to the tune, and one that features a lot more percussion than on his earlier sides! The group that supports him is strong enough to carry ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreCD
A seminal bit of 70s Latin from Eddie Palmieri – a rull, rich session that really earns its "sun" 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 that ... read moreCD
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
Eddie Palmieri's work for the Coco label is some of his best of the 70s, and this album is no exception – and while the title may call the record "unfinished", it sounds pretty darn well done to our ears – far better than most other Latin sides of the time! The album includes ... read moreCD
Brilliant 70s work by Eddie Palmieri – easily one of his greatest records of the decade! The album features Eddie really showing off his jazz chops on a number of longer tracks – tunes that bring together some of the spirit forged during the Harlem River Drive era, with some of the ... read moreCD
Brilliant 70s work by Eddie Palmieri – easily one of his greatest records of the decade! The album features Eddie really showing off his jazz chops on a number of longer tracks – tunes that bring together some of the spirit forged during the Harlem River Drive era, with some of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of our favorite Latin jazz albums ever – and a truly amazing record! Bobby Pauntteo, aka Bobby Vince Paunetto, is probably best known for his groundbreaking Latin fusion albums of the NuYorican era – but this rare gem from the 60s shows that he was a really forward thinker, even at ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A cracker of a Latin set from the end of the 60s – one originally issued in Venezuela, but done with all the hard, soulful styles of the New York scene of the time! Ray Perez has a very sharp, tight combo here – one that can pull out a heavy bassline when needed, or hit the piano with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really unique chapter in the career of the legendary Astor Piazzolla – an album recorded for the New York Tico label, and done in a style that's quite different from some of his other tango work! The tango sound is still in the mix somewhere, and Astor's still playing his trademark ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Cover looks nice!)
Titles include "No Comprendo", "Arawe", "Holiday", "Oromi", and "Pachanga". CD
(Out of print.)
Omara Portuondo —
Duets ... CD Egrem/Malanga (Spain), 1980s/1990s/Early 2000s. New Copy ...
Over 20 years of duets by this first lady of Cuban music – recorded with a variety of different artists, in a variety of different styles – from sweetly romantic, to upbeat salsa! Backings on most numbers is by the Egrem orchestra – with players who include Juan Pablo Torres on ... read moreCD
Omara Portuondo —
Singles ... CD Egrem/Malanga (Spain), Late 60s/1970s/1980s/1990s. New Copy ...
Four decades' worth of singles recorded by Cuban vocalist Omara Portuondo – plus an assortment of even rarer tunes from various artists compilations! The presentation here is really wonderful – and most tracks are beautifully remastered, and accompanied by great notes in both English ... read moreCD
Omara Portuondo & Chucho Valdez —
Desafios ... CD Nubenegra/Intuition (Germany), 1998. Used ...
Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers —
Jungle Fire! ... LP Prestige/BGP (UK), 1969. New Copy (reissue)...
One of the greatest albums by this funky Latin combo! The record differs from some of their earlier Prestige albums in that the tracks are longer, more instrumental, and have a hard fuzzy electric groove. The band jams hard in a way that's more like some of the funk combos of the early 70s, than ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers —
Tough! ... LP Prestige, 1966. New Copy (reissue)...
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
A nice RCA stormer from Tito, and one that has him hitting a nice jazzy groove on a mix of Latin tunes and standards. Tito plays drums and timbales – and titles include "Ecstasy", "Noche De Ronda", "Tito's Guajira", "Duerme", and "Un Poquito De Tu ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Living Stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has some aging on back.)
Essential grooves from Tito Puente – a really unique record for the time, and a set that's only grown in power over the years! The album's an all-percussion jam from Puente – one that strips away most other instrumentation, to focus just on heavy drum work from Puente and a core group ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Johnny Ray's combo is cooking nicely on this set – steeped in Puerto Rican salsa sounds, but carrying off the music with lightly grooving quality! The instrumentation here includes trumpet, trombone, piano, and percussion – plus a bit of more contemporary keyboards on a few tracks, but ... read moreCD
Some of the tightest funky 70s jamming ever – a lost gem from Ray & His Musical Court, a group that perfectly fuses JB/Horny Horns funk with beat-heavy Afro-Cuban groove! Ray and the group are one of the more obscure funky combos of the era, and it's a damn shame, because the group's ... (Soul, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rene & His Pachanga Orchestra —
La Pachanga ... LP Capitol, Early 60s. Very Good ...
A damn great bassist from the contemporary Cuban scene – and one who can serve up an old school Latin jazz session that takes us back to the glory days of the descarga generation! Reyes' bass is right out front – in a role that's as melodic as it is rhythmic – and the rest of the ... read moreCD
Nicely swingin' LP put together by the man who supervised some of Stan Kenton's best afro-cuban sessions. Richards is one of the most swinging, hard hitting bandleaders to come out of the post-swing era, and his handling of Latin material is always filled with a lot of fire, and a good sense of ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole, a sticker spot, and light wear.)
A wonderful collection of Latin recordings from postwar France – all recorded by Cuban native Filiberto Rico, an artist who moved between Havana and Paris in the early part of his life – and seemed to leave quite a musical legacy in the process! Rico was part of seminal Cuban ... read moreCD
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
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
Material recorded in Puerto Rico during Tito's tour of the country in 1962. The tracks aren't live, but they are some lively studio work by Tito and crew, played in their best early 60s style. Titles icnlude "Cuando, Cuando", "Chevere", "Untate En Mi", "Mango ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo pressing. Cover has some wear & aging with a taped seam & an ink stamp on the back.)