Nice stuff from Willie – maybe not as hard and funky as his early 70s work, but very nice in kind of a Latin Club mode, thanks to some great production by Wayne Henderson! Includes his classic take on "Always There" – which is a great dancefloor jazz jammer – plus ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has ring & edge wear with a cut corner, and mostly split top.)
Dos ... LP Salsoul, 1977. Very Good+ ...
Just Sold Out!
A rare American session by Israel "Cachao" Lopez – one of a few sides he cut for the Salsoul label in the mid 70s, back at a time when the company had a strong commitment to traditional Latin grooves! The set's built upon the same principles as the classic jam session recordings ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A classic collaboration between Celia Cruz and Johnny Pacheco – one that uses the rootsier sounds of Pacheco's tumbao group to further focus the energy of Celia's vocals! The record's got a solid, cohesive feel that makes it easily one of the best Celia Cruz sessions of the 70s – a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Cugie's more popular albums – and a record that has him re-recording older hits for the hi-fi generation. The groove's pretty much in the older Latin style – but the newer recordings were done in a stereo setting, which makes for a bit better sound than some of the originals. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Early work from Colombian music legend Fruko, and a very different style than some of his later material – as you might guess from the album's cover image of a junkie shooting up in a graveyard! The sound here is more than dark enough to match that image – heavily percussion, with fast- ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A legendary bit of cubop! Diz is playing here with the band that virtually invented Latin Jazz – the one that featured Chano Pozo on conga, plus great soloists like James Moody and Ernie Henry – all blowing beautifully in a style that's one of the most perfect realizations of the cubop ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing. Cover has a small cutout hole.)
Ostensibly a calypso record, but one that features instrumentation by a great host of New York Latin musicians – including Candido, Yomo Toro, Mauricio Smith, Chombo Silva, Chocolate Armenteros, and others! (Global Grooves, Latin)LP, Vinyl record album
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
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
Nice 50's mambo material from one of the giants of the genre – and a good batch of tracks by Noro that you might not track down elsewhere. Tracks include "Mambo Away", "Humberto's Jump", "The Up & Down Mambo", "Mambo Jive", and "Ku-Kue". LP, 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
A great lost album from Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers – not classic vintage, despite the front cover image, but an excellent session from the early 90s that still has Pucho very much at the top of his game! The album's way heavier than some of Pucho's other material from the period ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pucho & His Latin Soul Brothers —
Heat! ... LP Prestige, 1968. Very Good- ...
Brilliant work from Pucho and his legendary Soul Brothers group of the 60s – a record that's beyond definition – as it combines Latin, soul, jazz, and even a few funky touches – all into one totally amazing sound! This one really gets all the elements right – and the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has some aging, edge wear & minor splitting.)
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
(Venezuelan pressing, including the heavy inner sleeve.)
Willie Rodriguez with Leo Casino —
Heat Wave ... LP Fonseca/Andale, 1965. New Copy (reissue)...
Excellent rare album from Willie Rodriguez with Leo Casino – a tight mix of Latin Soul, descarga, and salsa tracks that hit hard from the start and don't let up! Rodriguez leads a great band, and they're joined by vocalist Casino some of the tracks – with tunes that have an uncommon, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A seminal moment in the career of Mongo Santamaria – and probably the first record to show that he was destined for greatness! As you might guess from the title, the set features Mongo's key recording of Herbie Hancock's "Watermelon Man" – served up here in a sharp-edged ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red label Battle pressing. Cover has light wear.)
Another one of Mongo Santamaria's strong Latin Soul LP's for Columbia, with a tight band that includes Sonny Fortune, Louis Gasca, and Joe Farrell. The record features smokin' versions of late-60's soul hits, plus a good original "We Got Latin Soul". Other tracks include "Get ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Puerto Rican salsa from Zaperoko – a group who weave together strands of traditional rhythms into a sweet new groove! The album's got a rock-solid feel right from the start – the mix of tradition and contemporary energy that makes some of these 80s Montuno sessions so great – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic tracks from two ultra-rare labels from the New York scene – the Latin Soul empire Speed Records, and the super-tight Fonseca label – which provided a real mainline to Puerto Rican grooves at the time! Both labels cut some of the hardest-hitting Latin tracks of the time – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album