Gabriel Alegria Afro Peruvian Sextet —
10 ... CD Zoho, 2015. Used ...
A great little record that celebrates a decade's worth of music from the Afro Peruvian Sextet – but which also brings in a host of other jazz artists for the festivities too! The core sound is from the group led by trumpeter Gabriel Alegria – a well-balanced combo that begins in ... read moreCD
A really special record from a really special group – one of two sublime 70s gems from Azteca – a wicked blend of jazz, funk, Latin, and soul – all put together by a young Coke Escovedo! Coke's ostensibly the leader of the group, but there's also a richly collaborative feel going ... read moreCD
An amazing achievement for Ruben Blades – a full suite of tracks conceived and composed by Ruben as a "disco drama" on wax! The work isn't the disco-styled album you might think from this description – and is more of a mini-opera or concept album by Blades, one that features ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Ruben Blades Y Seis Del Solar —
Escenas ... CD Elektra, 1985. Used ...
Bobo Motion is groovy motion – heard here on one of Willie's best albums for Verve from the late 60s – a really unique blend of jazz, Latin, and soul-based rhythms! The set's even tighter than some of Willie's other Verve records – and like the classic Uno Dos Tres, it's got some ... read moreCD
Willie Colon's last album for Fania Records – and a well-rounded hit that ensured his success into the 90s! Despite the cheesy cover and title, the music is actually quite strong – a bit of a departure from the classic Colon sound, with some added keyboards and stronger use of ... read moreCD
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Willie Colon & Ruben Blades —
Siembra ... CD Fania, 1978. Used ...
A classic 70s salsa jammer from Willie Colon – working here with his one of his greatest vocalists – the young Ruben Blades, back before he'd crossed over to super-huge success! The album really marks a departure for Willie – moving past the bad boy style of earlier records, that ... read moreCD
A real treasure – and the best album in years from Latin percussion maestro Jack "Mr Bongo" Costanzo! Jack's moved past the bongo rhythms that he was famous for in the 50s and 60s, and is working here as the lead congolero in a tight group that features some bright young west coast ... read moreCD
A slammer from percussionist Jack Costanzo – returning to the strength of his work from the 50s and 60s! Jack's playing here with a host of strong California Latin jazz musicians – in a freer style than his earlier work for Liberty, and filled with a fire that you'd hardly expect, ... read moreCD
Beautiful Afro-Cuban jazz – and the US debut recording by this legendary Cuban pianist! Emilio has a wonderful warm style on the keys – filled with fragmented emotions, and a very rhythmic sensibility, similar to recent work by Chucho Valdez. Blue Note have handled this session in a ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Frank Emilio/Guillermo Barretto Cuban Jazz Combo —
Drume Negrita ... CD Fresh Sound (Spain), 1959/1960. Used ...
A classic set of Cuban jazz from pianist Frank Emilio – done in a style that shares some similarities with the American piano trio sound of the time, but which also brings in a fair bit of Cuban rhythms as well. Emilio's piano has plenty of conventional jazz phrasings, but he's also working ... read moreCD
Early 80s material from this legendary Cuban group! They're working in a mode that relies heavily on traditional forms and rhythms like Son, Bolero and Cha Cha, rather than some of the fiery fusion or hard Afro-Cuban electric funk of their 70s years, but this album reveals a subtle side to the ... read moreCD
A rare Japanese-only session from Irakere – one that's almost tighter and more grooving than even the best of their Cuban work of the 70s! The album is beautifully recorded – with a clarity that lets the contributions of all players come through equally – not just Chucho Valdes' ... read moreCD
A classic Machito session from the 50s – with stunning arrangements by Mario Bauza and AK Salim! The record is a beautiful batch of Latin jazz tracks that shine with a sound that's unlike anything else Machito was doing at the time – and the band wails hard, with soloists that include ... read moreCD
Sabu Martinez —
Afro Temple ... CD Vintage Classics (Italy), 1973. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
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 moreCD