Rene Bloch is probably best known for his work in a straighter Latin vein, but this excellent set from the late 50s has him "rocking" it up a bit with some really heavy sax! The approach is totally great – one that uses heavy Latin percussion on the bottom (played by Mongo ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original Andex pressing! Cover has a small sticker stain and a few marks in pen.)
A later album by Joe – but a really great one! Joe's moved from a Latin soul groove into one that's beautifully strident and jazzy – with the kind of solos and tight rhythms that made him a legend, updated to reflect some of the NuYorican changes going on around him. There's some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very cool very excellent early Joe Cuba record, recorded right in the middle of the boogaloo era, with a great set of tracks that includes "My Man Speedy", "I'm Insane", "Talk About Luv", "T.C.O.B.", and "Hey Joe, Hey Joe". Excellent stuff, with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has heavy wear, red electrical tape along all seams, with writing in pen. Vinyl plays with clicks & crackles.)
Killer early work by the Fania All Stars – caught live at the legendary Cheetah club, which was the heart of the New York salsa scene at the start of the 70s! The album is easily one of the best by the group – and features long tracks that really capture the jamming intensity that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent hybrid of fusion, funk, and Latin styles – with titles that include "Si Pregunta Por Mi Dile Que Vuelvo", "Que Sensacion Cuando La Vi", "Como Un Saxofon", and "Ya Puede Empezar La Dicha De Los Dos". LP, Vinyl record album
A solid groover from Joe Loco – cut in a pachanga style, as you'd guess from the title – but like all of his work at the time, the kind of a session that's really driven by his tight work on piano, no matter what the rhythm! Joe's heavy hand on the keys makes any sort of a record a ... 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
(Original pressing. Cover has light wear, and a very light stain near one edge.)
Perez Prado —
Latino! ... LP RCA/Camden, Late 50s. Very Good+ ...
A nice set of harder Latin material by Perez, recorded for RCA, and issued as a budget compilation on the Camden label. Don't let that stop you, though, because the record's got some nice groovers – like "Latino", "Silbando Mambo", "Mambo Universitario", and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Deep groove pressing. Cover has a center split spine.)
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
(Green label pressing. Cover has some wear with a cutout hole.)
Carlos Ramirez —
Bonitas ... LP Caliente Disco, 1960s. Very Good ...
A killer early album by Mongo Santamaria – almost an equal blend of jazz and Latin rhythms, and a great illustration of the unique contribution that he was making to both types of music back in the 60s! Mongo's group here is filled with some really great horn players – Nat Adderley on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Turquoise label Orpheum Productions pressing. Cover has chewed corners on the spine, missing a portion from the bottom.)
Otto Serge & Rafael Ricardo —
En Lo Dicho ... LP Costeno (Colombia), 1984. Very Good- ...
An excellent bit of Chicano funk from Tierra – one of the group's first records, and maybe even their rarest! The vibe here is great – far-reaching and righteous – a wicked blend of west coast early 70s changes, with a great blend of Latin, soul, and funk – and maybe just a ... (Soul, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album