Cesar Ascarrunz —
Cesar 830 ... LP Flying Dutchman, 1975. Very Good Gatefold ...
Lost Latin funk from the Bay Area scene of the 70s – and an album that may well blow away better-known work by groups like Malo, Azteca, or El Chicano! The album's near-perfect right from the start – and brings in plenty of New York elements to the groove, thanks to the inclusion of a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing! NOTE: Cover has peeling, stains and waviness along the bottom half due to moisture.)
Like many albums made by Latin players during the 50s, this is kind of a straight Latin effort in parts, dressed up in Calypso guise to try to get higher sales. Johnny Carisi directed the whole project – and it would have a nice Latin jazz sound, were it not for the occasional intrustion of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wild early work from Willie Colon – a record that's equally poised between the Latin Soul and later salsa era, and which features great lead vocals from Hector Lavoe! The album's got some very strong tracks that percolate in Willie's dark trombone-led groove – like the mighty 7 minute ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great little record – and a prime example of the strong Jewish/Latin crossover that was going on in the late 50s and early 60s. The record features the kind of crack cha cha sound that was bringing couples into the Palladium from Long Island, but it's also touched with occasional yiddish ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Although the big New York hotels had their share of great Latin pianists, Chicago had it's own great one during the 50s – in the person of the little-known David Le Winter, a supremely talented pianist who seems to have only cut this one album for Mercury during the 50s. The record itself is ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has some discoloration from age.)
A really unique little 60s Latin session from Verve – recorded with a surprisingly stripped-down feel that you wouldn't expect from the label, given that they mostly went for a groovier pop-Latin approach at the time! Percussionists Patato Valdez and Totico join with Arsenio Rodriguez, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing.)
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 some wear & a piece of tape along a splitting bottom seam.)
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
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.)
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