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 nice Latin groover, with a slight Caribbean twist! LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl and cover are great overall – but cover has a light mark from an old sticker in one corner.)
Ocho 3 ... LP United Artists, 1974. New Copy (reissue)...
The killer 3rd album by this legendary Latin group from the early 70s! The set's a very tasty batch of Latin jazz, Latin funk, and a few straighter Latin cuts – and it's possibly their toughest album to find in the original. The group gets hot and heavy on a Latin version of James Brown's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic 50s work by this legendary Latin arranger and composer – and a hard-hitting set of tracks played by his All Star Cuban Band that included Alfredo "Chocolate" Armenteros, Santaiago Penlaver, Emilio Penlaver, Peruchin, and Jose Herrera. The material is nearly all Cha Cha ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A rare gem by the late Chico O'Farrill – one of his seminal early Latin jazz sides for Verve, a groundbreaking blend of styles that went onto have an undeniable influence on both jazz and Latin for decades to come! The tracks are short and tight, with no personnel listed, but most likely ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Clef pressing, with deep groove – quite nice overall, save for a mark that clicks on one track. Cover is nice too.)
Lost grooves from Spanish Harlem – an incredible set of Latin Soul from The 107th Street Stickball Team! With a name like that, the group certainly aren't as well-remembered as contemporaries like Joe Bataan or Willie Colon, but they've got a soulful groove that definitely fits the style of ... read moreCD
Orchestra Harlow —
El Exigente ... LP Fania, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
A stunning album from Orquesta Harlow – one of their wildest of the 60s, and filled with delights! The record starts with this strange sound of a train pulling into a station, then rolls into a massive boogaloo groove that really sets the pace for the album – hitting hard with some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A group with all the power you'd expect from their name – a youthful 70s combo led by Juan Robles on timbales – and featuring some nice sax lines from Luis DeJesus amidst the trumpets and trombones! There's some great sinister currents between the piano and percussion – almost a ... read moreCD
Classic 60s sounds from this cool charanga group – one who definitely have the New York vibe you'd expect from the Broadway in their name! Percussion, piano, and all the string instruments are right on the money – using the latter in ways nobody would have expected a decade before, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hmm . . . A strange one. The name of the group makes you think they're from Japan, but honestly, the sound of the record is straight Cuban all the way. In fact, since most of the songs are boleros in Spanish, done with a romantic feel, we're hard pressed to believe their origin – but that's ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Orquesta Soul —
Bugalu ... LP Dot, Late 60s. Near Mint- ...
A heck of a great little Latin Soul set – even though we're not sure if these guys are autentico or not! The group may well have been a studio combo, brought together for the session (although they are pictured on the cover, so we're thinking not) – and they've got a snapping little ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rare early Charlie Palmieri record, and one of the great Latin records to come out on United Artists in the early 60's. Charlie leads a tight little orchestra that includes a lot of the top players that he was playing with at the time, with vocals by Victor Aviles and Leonel Bravet, percussion by ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some of the best work we've heard in years from the legendary Eddie Palmieri – sounds recorded especially for a film on pick-up basketball in New York City, and done with a style that really takes us back to Eddie's best records from years back! The music is very jazzy – with long ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great early material from Eddie Palmieri – one of his classic records done with Conjunto La Perfecta – a group that's poised on contrapuntal trombone lines, and which had a very important influence on Latin jazz styles in the 60s! The use of trombone makes for lots of dark edges – ... read moreCD
One of Eddie Palmieri's greatest albums of the 70s – even though it was recorded for a major label! Like a number of his old counterparts in the New York indie world at the time, Eddie made a move to Columbia Records in the late 70s – a shift that should have dampened his soul, but ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo, including the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a promo stamp and tracklist sticker on back.)
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 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
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 landmark in 70s jazz and Latin – one of 2 legendary sets cut during the decade by composer/arranger Bobby Vince Paunetto – easily one of the most unique voices of his generation! Bobby's got an approach to melody that's all tied up in the rhythms – one that has most of the ... 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.)
"Bronx Blue" is one of the best Latin jazz tracks off of Dave Pike's Peligroso album – and the cut's given a cool electronic finish here in the Future Life remix. Not too much, though – so that the Latin grooves still shine through nicely! "Terra Del Fuego", though ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
A stripped-down rootsy session – similar to some of the sparer Afro-Cuban traditionalist sides that were coming out of New York in the early 80s. Ponce put the set together, and other players include Paquito D'Rivera, Jose Trapaga, Joe De Jesus, Nelson Rodriguez, and Bill Laswell. Most ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Chano Pozo is best known as the conga player who helped Dizzy Gillespie get into his Afro Cuban bebop bag in the late 40's. Although Pozo died at a tragically young age, he left a strong mark on Latin music that still resonates today. This CD features a number of recordings that Pozo cut with ... read moreCD
Perez Prado turns his talents to a host of 60s soundtrack themes – and comes up with a great new groove in the process! The set's a great illustration of the soundtrack power of the United Artists label in the 60s – home to the James Bond scores and other big hits – yet Prado ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Perez Prado & His Orchestra —
Kuba Mambo ... CD Tumbao (Spain), Late 40s. Used ...
(Out of print.)
Pucho & His Latin Soul Brothers —
Heat! ... LP Prestige, 1968. Very Good+ ...
Brilliant work – and one of Pucho's greatest albums ever! This one really gets all the elements right – from Latin jazz, to boogaloo soul, to some of that funkiness that was creeping into the group's work at the time. The fantastic Pazant Brothers (Eddie & Al) are on sax and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has a promo sticker on the front and promo ink stamps on the back.)
One of the first albums from the legendary Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers – a wonderful little record that evenly blends together jazz, Latin, and soul music! There's a stronger soul jazz vibe here than on some later Pucho sets – partly due to the strong use of jazz in the rhythms ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original blue label pressing. Cover has two torn corners and some wear.)
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. 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
Tight groovy cha cha tracks by Tito, recorded with more edge than his similar stuff for RCA, and presented here in a reissue of a record that's darn rare in the original (we've never seen a copy!) Tito's joined by vocalist Pepe Luis, and the set list includes nice ones like "Cha Cha ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original black label pressing with a deep groove – in beautiful shape!)
It's easy to cha cha when Tito Puente's in the house – especially when he's working in his near-perfect RCA mode of the late 50s! The tunes are nothing fancy, but the execution is sublime – tight Latin rhythms at the bottom, done in a way that's never too bombastic – topped with ... read moreCD
Hey, they're not kidding with this title – as Tito really goes to town with a set of mambo tunes, grooving it up with a hard heavy percussive edge! The title's one of the first on the Tico label (as an LP), and it really sets the pace for some of the label's excellent work to come – as ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a bit of gloss peeling at the top.)
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
One of the greatest Tito Puente albums from the 50s, and a spare percussion jam session that's right up there with his legendary Puente In Percussion album! The group features Mongo Santamaria, Bill Correa, Julito Collazo, and Enrigue Marti on percussion with Tito – and the only other ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A set of mellow Latin tracks – featuring titles by Tito Puente and a few other artists that aren't in the usual Tico bag. Titles include "Temptation", "Tito's Merengue", "The Fence", and "Cha Cha Cha Bounce" by Tito; "Make A Box" and "Ma ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fiercely percussive, heavily soulful Latin sounds from Quarter Street – cut from the cloth of the classic, hard hitting 70s NYC salsa of Fania and Tico – and convincingly carrying that vibe in the contemporary Melbourne scene! It takes a depth of talent to retrace the past and sound ... read moreCD
Fiercely percussive, heavily soulful Latin sounds from Quarter Street – cut from the cloth of the classic, hard hitting 70s NYC salsa of Fania and Tico – and convincingly carrying that vibe in the contemporary Melbourne scene! It takes a depth of talent to retrace the past and sound ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A stunning 70s album from the great Ismael Quintana – a singer who first rose to fame with Eddie Palmieri in the 60s, and who maybe gets an even greater sound on this solo set! Quintana's got one of the most expressive styles of the New York scene – a way of inflecting his notes to ... read moreCD
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
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
Complex Latin piano lines from the great Chuy Reyes, with backing by his orchestra! Titles include "Rumba Boogie", "Variations In D Minor", "Lost Love", "Adios", and "Los Hijos De Buda". LP, Vinyl record album
Although this one was issued as part of the cheesy Arthur Murray dance series on Capitol, it's actually got a great set of rhumba tracks played by Chuy Reys and his orchestra. The overall sound is nothing fancy, but the instrumentation is quite tight, and the whole album's a strong no-nonsense ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Heavy duty Latin Soul from Johnny Rivera – an excellent bandleader from the late 60s, with a sound that's a lot harder than you might guess from the Tijuana Brass in the title! True, Johnny's group's got a lot of work on horns – but in a style that's like the best of the boogaloo ... read moreCD
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
As the title might imply, this is a varied set of grooves from Latin guitarist Freddie Rodriguez. Some of the tracks are more like pop guitar instrumentals, with an electric 60's feel to them. But the best cuts are some nice Latin groovers, with a good hard sounds from Freddie's guitar, and a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pete "El Conde" Rodriguez was always one of the richest voices to sing on the New York Latin scene in the 70s – a talent with this way of going deep, and really stretching out his notes – but at a level that was quite different than so many other singers of his generation! ... read moreCD
With a group named "duro", these guys have got to be pretty heavy right from the start – and fortunately, they definitely live up to their promise, thanks to great direction from congolero Ray Rodriguez, and tight arrangements from tenorist Bobby Rodriguez! The music has some ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
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
An excellent little set from Tito – recorded in the late 50s for Tico, with a groove that's harder than much of his 60s work for United Artists! The lineup includes some nice jazzy vibes work on a few tracks – and the album includes the great percussive track "Suena Tu Bongo (Beat ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label mono pressing, with deep groove – in great shape!)
A better Tito Rodriguez session than usual – one that's got 2 great descarga tracks! The album features the cuts "Descarga Cachao" and "Descarga Malanga" – both of which are hard-hitting, fiercely-jamming tunes that really push past the usual Latin fluff of Tito's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wonderful sounds from Rey Roig – a leader who works here in a mode that recalls the bigger Latin ensembles of the 50s and early 60s, but with a lean vibe that really reflects the changes taking place on the New York scene! The album isn't as much of a hard salsa effort as other Salsoul Latin ... read moreCD
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. Cover has seam splitting and some pen. Label has some pen.)
Mongo Santamaria —
Fuego ... LP Vaya, 1973. Very Good Gatefold ...
One of Mongo Santamaria's best albums from the 70s – and one of his funkiest too! The record's got a sweet electric groove that sounds mighty nice next to the Latin jazz arrangements on the set – almost in the feel of some of Candido's funky work from the time, but possibly even ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, a split bottom seam, and a name in pen.)
Let's party is right! Mongo and his Latin Soul combo groove through a tight tasty batch of tracks, with heavy conga from Mongo, and killer soulful solos by Bobby Capers, Marty Sheller, and Hubert Laws. The set's got a few soul covers – like "Walk On By", "Shotgun", and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mongo cooks mightily – working here at the Montreux Jazz Fest in 1971, with a soaring group that's even more spiritual than any of his records in the 60s! There's definitely a dose of Latin Soul in the mix, but there's a fiercer, more righteous quality to the album too – thanks to the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mongo teams up the great Latin diva La Lupe in the early 60s for a tasty set of Latin Jazz and Descargas. The band includes the great set of players Mongo was using at this time – including Marty Sheller, Pat Patrick and Bobby Capers, plus Kako sits in on percussion, though La Lupe sings on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Turquoise label Orpheum productions pressing. Cover has light wear, a sticker, and a bit of marker on the back.)
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
A really surprising turn in the career of Mongo Santamaria – especially after a run of successful mainstream Latin sides for Columbia and Atlantic! The album's definitely "up from the roots", and features Mongo in a percussion-heavy exploration of older Afro-Cuban rhythms – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green label pressing. Cover has an index label on the spine.)
Mongo Santamaria —
Yambu ... LP Fantasy, Late 50s. Very Good- ...
Just Sold Out!
One of Mongo's great early records, with a spooky Afro-Cuban sound, and a great assortment of drummers that includes Francisco Aquabella, Carlos Vidal, Willie Bobo, and Modesto Duran. The overall vibe is much more traditional than Mongo's other albums – and there's none of the pop Latin jazz ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing on red vinyl. Cover has light wear.)
Mongo Santamaria & Justo Betancourt —
Ubane ... LP Fania/Vaya, 1976. Very Good ...
A classic collaboration between singer Justo Betancourt and percussionist Mongo Santamaria – who gives Justo some of his strongest backings of the 70s! Marty Sheller produced, conducted, and arranged most of the tracks – and gives the record the same sort of rock-solid sound he'd ... 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
A very unusual early chapter in the career of Lalo Schifrin – and a record that's a fair bit different than most of his famous bossa, jazz, and soundtrack work! The sound here is much more New York Latin than the Brazilian modes that show up in other Schifrin work – with orchestrations ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small center split on the spine.)
Diego Schissi Quinteto —
Tongos ... CD Sunnyside, 2012. Used ...
Fierce and funky grooves from the glory days of the NuYorican scene! The album's a killer – filled with uptempo tracks that mix together Latin funk, jazz, and salsa – into an electrified groove that burns mightily across all the tracks! The album's got a great blend of electric keys ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album