Johnny Albino —
El Unico ... LP Starbright, Late 60s. Very Good+ ...
Titles include "Amor Jibaro", "Mi Nina Bonita", "Bravo", "El Retrato De Mama", "Casualidad", "Tengo Que Separ", and "Boom Boom Ahora Soy Feliz". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and some tape on the seams.)
Rene Alvarez & Su Conjunto Modelo —
Mano A Mano ... LP Cubitas, Late 40s/Early 50s. Near Mint- ...
Vintage work from the Cuban scene – pulled together here in an American release from the 70s! LP, Vinyl record album
Ambergris ... LP Paramount, Early 70s. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
A genre-busting batch of tunes from Ambergris – a group with styles that range from Memphis soul, to New York Latin, to some of the heavier sides of the underground rock scene of the time! The ensemble features Latin Soul maestro Larry Harlow on piano, organ, and percussion – working ... (Rock, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(With Paramount inner sleeve. Cover has unglued seams and a cutout notch.)
One of those great hard-hitting Latin albums on Brunswick from the 60s! Titles include "Las Claves", "Yemaya", "Fregao", "Por Que", "Campina Cubana", "Nina", "La Pachanga", and "El Sopon". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear, and tape on two seams, but this is a nice copy overall.)
The best we've heard so far from Dayme Arocena – a Cuban singer who's got a great way of reaching out from Havana with a sound that can circle the globe! The music here has a blend of jazz, soul, and Cuban roots – but all delivered together in a style that's completely unique and ... (Neo Soul, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A lost gem in the 70s catalog of Ray Barretto – a fantastic album with some really wonderful tracks! Although Ray's clearly in his salsa mode here, he's also got a very strong jazz approach to the tracks – picking up the changes, tones, and colors used on his Other Road album, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Gray label mexican pressing, in a standard cover, with some aging and edge wear.)
An early stunner from Ray Barretto – and an album that really has the percussionist coming into his own! There's only a bit of a trace of more popular Latin modes on this set – as Ray really takes off in this new territory of bold rhythms, dark inflections, and jazzy touches that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label checkerboad pressing. Cover has discoloration from age, split spine, and mostly split bottom seam.)
One of the most obscure albums from Latin piano giant Eddie Cano – recorded after his famous groovers of the 60s! The record's an odd one, but it's got some great moments – partly a Spanish language instruction record, but with music by Eddie – so that you'll have these spoken ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A nice mix of Latin rhythms and electric jazz – with Paul Poyten on keyboards, Charlie McCarthy on tenor and flute, Michael Spiro on percussion, and Jeff Bunez on guitars. (Jazz, Latin)LP, Vinyl record album
Features guest work from Mongo Santamaria on congas and Barry Rogers on trombone – on titles that include "Mavi", "Bombi Zombi", "Druma", "Budda Beat", "Banan Republic", and "Pa Cortijo". LP, Vinyl record album
The group's led by George Maysonet on congas, and features vocals from Hector Tempo Alomar, Margaret Maysonet, and Jorge Maldonado – on titles that include "Miami En Coche", "Sera Posible", "Randevouz Sensual", "La Pobreza", and "La ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A set with a slight touch of clubby disco in the mix – and titles include "Paptoe's Theme", "Soy La Melodia", "Nina Gaviota", "Detras De Ti", and "Una Dia De Abril" – plus a nice take on the Barry White tune "Can't Get Enough Of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(In the embossed cover, which has some light wear.)
A Latin monster – and one of our favorite albums from the New York scene! The record is the only one we've ever seen from pianist Earl Coleman – and it's a groove-happy fiesta that's every bit Spanish Harlem at its best. Earl's piano is flowing and free, and the band grooves through ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A cracker of a set from 60s Colombia – a record that certainly has plenty of the cumbias promised in the title, but which also features other lively grooves in a guaracha, charanga, and montuno style! The rhythms are upbeat throughout, and recorded in a great way that really gets at all the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Damn hard to go wrong with Cortijo at this point in his career – as records like this are razor-sharp, all the way through! The cooker features excellent vocals from a young Ismael Rivera – who's already got this transcendent quality that points towards larger Latin dimensions to come ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Gema pressing. Cover has split seams held with yellowed tape and a small name in marker on back.)
One of the many great recordings that Celia and Johnny cut together during the 70s – in a really great combination that had her soulful vocals giving a new injection of energy to the Pacheco sound of the time! The result was a great blend of new styles and respectful traditionalism – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mexican Fania pressing with sunset labels. Cover is wavy from moisture on all parts. Seams are unglued.)
Celia Cruz & Johnny Pacheco —
De Nuevo ... LP Vaya, 1985. Very Good+ ...
Just Sold Out!
It's hard to stop the duo of Celiz Cruz and Johnny Pacheco at this point in their careers – as the two Latin legends really seem to have found a perfect way to work together – at a level that makes their albums together some of the high points of their later careers! Johnny's groove is ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The Soul of Spanish Harlem – and the upbeat sound of the Joe Cuba Sextet – a hard-to-find album recorded just before the dawn of the classic Latin soul era! This one has been underappreciated for years, which is a shame, because it's got a lot of very nice grooves with that tight Joe ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A Latin classic from the word "bang"! This album was the one that busted Joe Cuba out of the Latin ghetto – into the sound of 60s soul, early funk, and beyond. The record's a stone winner – filled with boogaloo tracks delivered by Joe's firey young sextet, a killer ensemble ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Later Venezuelan pressing with orange labels. Cover is lightly stained and wavy on the top 4 inches.)
Xavier Cugat takes on the tango mode, and handles it with his great flair for the dramatic – on titles that include "Charisse", "Orchids In The Moonlight", "Adios Muchachos", and "La Cumparsita". LP, Vinyl record album
Very groovy stuff from Cugie! It's the late 60s, and he's got more of a pop Latin groove than earlier – and lays down some nice peppy covers of pop material, plus a few other Latin standards. Not exactly Latin soul – but not that far off, either. Includes a great version of "Samb ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a light stain on one edge, and a small bit of marker – but is OK overall.)
Cugat plays a host of cha cha versions of Spanish songs, like "Granada", "El Beso", "Playera", "Malaguena", and "Ritual Fire Dance". The sound is the same as his other 50's stuff, with excellent RCA production, and a good choppy groove in the cha ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear.)
Very weird stuff – as you might guess from the image on the cover – but a few tracks are surprisingly groovy! Titles include "The Boy From GUSTO", "Es Ilusion", "A Santa Barbara", and "Mueva El Dinero" – and man, does that guy really love ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very groovy set, arranged and produced by Ricardo Ray and Bobby Cruz – with titles that include "Serenata", "Peregrino", "Cada Cual", "Ayuda", "Cosas De Hombre", "Derecho A Sonar", and "Amor Ciego". LP, Vinyl record album
One of the weirdest, coolest Latin Soul albums we've ever heard – the only offering ever from the duo of Dianne & Carole – two female singers who come off with a great deal of enthusiasm on the set! That's our way of saying that the ladies are a bit rough on the vocals – but ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dimension Latina really sound wonderful here – grooving in a style that's surprisingly warm and intimate at times, even amidst some nicely tight instrumentation too! The group's got three trombones at the head – echoing a key salsa style of the time – but there's also lots of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Oscar sings – and titles include "Monta Mi Caballo", "Esa Cinturita", "Se Me Fue", "A El", "No Quiero Problemas", "Petalos De Rosa", and "El Tambien Me Ayudo". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
Dos Santos —
Logos ... LP International Anthem, 2018. New Copy ...
A fantastic album from this groundbreaking Latin combo from Chicago – one who've got an inclusive spirit that grabs together so many different elements of music and unifies them as one! The style isn't quite salsa, isn't Latin rock or jazz – but instead has so many strands of sounds ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
El Gran Combo are well known for their work in many styles – but it's their boogaloo work that really sends us, and this album's full of boogaloo tracks! The group's at their best in the format – tight, hard, and lean – and although their take on boogaloo is a bit different than ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy yellow label pressing. Vinyl has a short click in one spot, but is nice and clean overall.)
A slinky soulful groover from Susana Estrada – a Spanish singer, but one with a great ear for American club – as you'll hear on this classic set from the start of the 80s! Given her looks, and her legacy on screen, Susana's somewhat in the mode of the "porn star singing disco" ... (Soul, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Early 60s charanga material by the flautist Fajardo and his combo, plus some other sides by the Orquestra Sensacion, featuring more of a traditional vocal sound. The Fajardo stuff's the best, and titles include "Tengo una Novia", "La Gioconda", "Bellas Mujeres", and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy Adria presssing with deep groove. Cover has clear tape around the seams with a peeled spot.)
By the mid 70s, the New York Latin scene was boomin' so large it could easily fill venues like Yankee Stadium – as you'll hear on this excellent live set from the Fania All-Stars, a monster record that easily ranks with the best live Latin sides of the time – like Eddie Palmieri at Sing ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The second album recorded by Cuban vocal legend Ibrahim Ferrer in the wake of the Buena Vista Social Club phenomenon – and maybe the best! Ferrer's vocals are superb throughout – and the production is relatively stripped down, and never too intrusive – even when producer Ry ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(A great pressing – heavy vinyl, and a bonus 12 page booklet!)
Clare Fischer —
Manteca! ... LP Pacific Jazz, Early 60s. Near Mint- ...
One of our favorite albums ever from the great Clare Fischer – and one of the first to really show his special talents at their best! The sound here is a wonderful blend of jazz, Latin, and Brazilian modes – and in addition to piano, Clare plays plenty of organ on the date – ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear.)
Very nice electric Latin jazz session from this legendary LA piano player, recorded with his groovy Salsa Picante group that includes Pancho Sanchez, Gary Foster, and Alex Acuna. Clare plays organ and electric piano, and is backed by an all-instrumental group of percussion and rhythm, plus nice ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The Latin Kick – with a jazzy groove! Gerardo Frisina's long been one of our favorite talents on the international groove underground, and like his labelmate and sometime musical partner Nicola Conte, he's got a way of crafting tracks that are awash in classic jazz touches. Frisina himself ... (New Grooves, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a bent corner held with a piece of wide clear tape.)
Fruko Y Sus Tesos —
El Mejor ... LP Discos Fuentes, 1981. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has wide clear tape on the seams and spine.)
Fierce funky grooves from the legendary Nico Gomez – a set cooked up in Europe, but heavy with influences from the other side of the Atlantic – from Havana all the way up to New York! There's definitely a Latin groove to the record – one that's similar to other Gomez productions ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album