Great work by one of the grooviest groups on the LA 60s scene! The Afro Blues Quintet have a blend of soul jazz and Latin styles that's similar to the best 60s work by Cal Tjader, or to records by small combos like the Quartette Tres Bien or The Latin Jazz Quintet. Lots of grooves have a nice ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ambergris ... LP Paramount, Early 70s. Very Good+ 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
(Cover has a small sticker, sticker spot, unglued top seam, and appears to have been signed by Larry Harlow and Billy Shay inside the gatefold.)
A mellow album of Latin tunes, offered as sort of a "break" from dancing – and done very much in the easy style of Luis Arcaraz's other 50s RCA recordings! The works were mostly composed by Arcaraz and Gabriel Ruiz – and titles include "Mar", "Noche", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Living Stereo pressing. Cover has some light wear, and a small name on the back.)
(Appears to be a 70s pressing. Cover has wide clear tape holding the seams and spine, with a light stain at the opening.)
Cesar Ascarrunz —
Cesar 830 ... LP Flying Dutchman, 1975. New Copy (reissue)...
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
(Green label pressing. Cover has an ink stamp and appears to have been inscribed by the artist on front.)
Azteca ... LP Columbia, 1972. Very Good Gatefold ...
A crowning moment for the west coast Latin scene in the 70s – a wonderful Bay Area set that brings together some of the best talents working on that scene at the time! The set's got a great blend of modes – Latin soul, touches of funk, and plenty of the jazzy inflections you'd expect ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A cool collection of work from Bob Azzam – a unique talent on the French scene at the start of the 60s, and one who was responsible for some mighty nice grooves! Bob hails from Algeria, and works here in a mix of Latin rhythms and Mid-East inflections – blending the groovy and the ... read moreCD
A great Ray Barretto album from 1972 – one that beautifully showcases the master percussionist as he effortlessly shifts between Latin soul and 70's salsa styles! The group's nice and lean – with Adalberto Santiago on vocals, Papy Roman on trumpet, Louis Cruz on piano, and the great ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ray Barretto —
Message ... LP Fania, 1972. New Copy (reissue)...
One of Ray Barretto's hardest-hitting salsa albums of the 70s – a raw set of grooves that's got Ray moving away from the playfulness of the Latin Soul years, into a more righteous mode that's easily guessed at from the title of the set! The vibe here is very straightforward – with Ray ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic stuff from Ray Barretto – and one of his most sophisticated albums of the 70s! The album mixes together rootsy percussion and smoother jazzy arrangements – in a manner that keeps things fresh at all points, and which shifts the focus nicely from track to track – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Venezuelan pressing. Cover has light wear.)
Ray Barretto —
Senor 007 ... LP United Artists, 1965. New Copy (reissue)...
One of our favorite Ray Barretto albums of the 60s – a real gem from the pre-Latin Soul years! The album's a clear attempt to cash in on the cash in on the James Bond craze of the time – issued by United Artists, who were releasing the Bond films, but also had Ray under contract during ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ray Barretto —
Together ... LP Fania, 1971. New Copy (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
An early 70s killer from Ray – recorded right in the same era as most of his best albums! The feel here is strongly in the salsa mode – as Ray steps effortlessly from the Latin Soul era into a whole new decade of musical magic. And like the best of his 60s work, Ray's salsa cooks at a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ancestral Messages is a bold, proud record that really lives up to its title – a batch of tunes that has Ray leading a strong combo with Ray Vega on trumpet and Jay Rodriguez on tenor and flute – both tightly woven into a strong-voiced frontline that gives the record a tremendous amount ... read moreCD
(Out of print. One track is highlighted on the tray card, but against the black bakground it's quite subtle.)
Joe Bataan is alive and well – and to our ears, the king of Latin Soul is sounding better than he has in decades! This tasty little set really takes us back to Joe's classic work for Fania – but it's also got a slightly different twist – one that shows a new younger appreciation ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amazing work from the Spanish Harlem underground of the late 60s! From the title, to the cover, to the beautiful blend of songs, this album perfectly sums up the rich energy and raw power bubbling in the NuYorican scene of the time – effortlessly blending together soul, Latin, jazz, and funk ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Joe Bataan —
Riot ... LP Fania, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)...
A real killer from the legendary Joe Bataan – an album of righteous power that really lives up to the dynamic promise of the title and cover! Joe Bataan's in top form throughout – serving up a blend of Latin grooves and 60s soul influences that few other artists of the time could touch ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Joe Bataan —
Salsoul ... LP Mericana, 1973. New Copy (reissue)...
A landmark album from Joe Bataan – so great, that it made the entire record company change its name! The record has Joe really bursting out after his seminal Latin Soul work of the late 60s – blending Latin rhythms and American soul into a whole new style of music – one that Joe ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A tight set of French-recorded cha cha tracks – issued here for the US market! Titles include "I Want To Be Happy", "Paradis Bolero", "Love In Porofino", "Achoo Cha Cha", "Tierra Y Luna Cha Cha", and "Porque No". LP, Vinyl record album
Boogaloo – and nothing but! This is the kind of groovy Latin soul record you always hope to find when digging for Latin sides – and it's got that perfect mix of soul vocals and sock-boogaloo grooves that some of the best young combos were turning out in the late 60s. Bennito and crew ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really top-shelf album from Justo Betancourt – a perfect illustration of the power of his vocals at their height! The set's got a really classic 70s salsa feel – a horn-heavy groove that almost effortlessly flows from a combo of strong players, topped by majestic vocals from Justo ... read moreCD
A collection of important early work by Ruben Blades – and easily one of the best examples of his tremendous talents in the 70s! The title is very well put, as Blades is both poet and bohemian on the record – hitting themes that are both personal and political in a way that other Latin ... read moreCD
One of Ruben Blades' key crossover efforts of the 80s – and an album that has him stepping far from the salsa ghetto of the 70s, into a much wider range of styles! Most of the lyrics here are in English – as on other Blades from the time – and although the instrumentation echoes ... read moreCD
A really unique chapter in the career of percussionist Willie Bobo – a rare one-off album for Blue Note – done with a sweet Cali vibe all the way through! Bobo plays his usual percussion, but also sings a bit too – in this charming style that's never too overdone – a deeply ... read moreCD
Incredible work by Willie Bobo – a slamming record of hard funky instrumentals, one that sounds different than any of his other albums! The record's a killer all the way through – a mixture of Latin and deep 70s funk, one of the few perfect fusions of the styles, held up beautifully ... (Soul, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderfully jazzy bit of 70s Latin – one that features vocals on most numbers, but also has some incredible horn work and percussion – grooving away mightily throughout the set! The record features the vocal talents of Jorge Maldonado – a soulful singer that we really know best ... read moreCD
A sweet set from that great record moment when Latin styles were coming into play with the hipper sounds of the bachelor pad world! Jack "Bongo" Burger was a west coast percussionist with a very similar style to Jack "Mr Bongo" Costanzo – and in fact, since they're both ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has a split top seam.)
A fantastic record from Chicago percussionist Art Turk Burton – a longstanding member of the AACM, but one who's been so busy teaching and helping out on the local scene, he's never gotten the international fame he deserves! Art works here in a large group that mixes contemporary modes and ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
Bwana ... CD Acid Symposium, 1972. New Copy ...
An insanely wonderful bit of Latin funk! The groove is super heavy, and falls somewhere in between NuYorican soul and Chicano Power rock – with a sound that's pretty close to Black Sugar, but a little bit more psychedelic, due to the heavy guitars and keyboards in the grooves. Hard congas ... read moreCD
An incredible collection of records – a series of albums that forever changed the sound of Latin music around the world! These five sets were all cooked up in the changing Cuban scene at the start of the 60s – where musicians were getting looser and freer, with a sound that was quite ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Pressed on 180 gram vinyl at RTI – cut from the analog masters!)
An incredible collection of records – a series of albums that forever changed the sound of Latin music around the world! These five sets were all cooked up in the changing Cuban scene at the start of the 60s – where musicians were getting looser and freer, with a sound that was quite ... read moreCD
Ray Camacho —
Mucha Salsa ... LP Luna/Everland (Austria), 1978. New Copy (reissue)...
An obscure salsa set from Ray Camacho – an artist who always seems willing to mix up styles in his music! That's definitely the case here, as Ray mixes straighter Latin modes with a few border touches – creating a hybrid of New York and Mexican modes that's pretty unique – but ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ray Camacho Band —
Reach Out ... CD PMG (Austria), 1980. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
Brilliant brown-eyed soul from Ray Camacho – an artist who was previously known for more border-styled work with his Teardrops band, but who steps out here with a surprisingly great blend of electric jazz and boogie! The approach is wonderful – a real re-direction of Ray's earlier ... read moreCD
Well, since we're partial to Eddie's boogaloo material, we wouldn't exactly say that this was the best of Eddie's work – but it is a great batch of his RCA sides, with a spare, no-nonsense piano and percussion style that Eddie applies to a nice mix of pop and standards. Titles include "L ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Not as all-out Latin as some of Eddie's other records – but a killer batch of tunes played in his firey style! Eddie's a monster on the piano – hitting the keys with intensely rhythmic lines, backed here by bass, drums, and percussion, and riffing in a style that's at once fast and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Deep groove pressing. Cover has a split top seam and some staining on the back.)
An excellent bit of Latin groove – one of our favorite crossover boogaloo sets from the 60s, and easily some of the greatest work ever by Jimmy Castor! And yes, this is the same Jimmy Castor who's known for his funk albums of the 70s – but back in the day, he was open-minded enough to ... (Soul, Latin)read moreCD
A new take on the older chica groove – a slightly romping rhythm that's almost a South American take on Tex Mex modes! The sound here has a nicely old-style feel – despite contemporary origins of the recording – and instrumentation is heavy on keyboards, including Electravox, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album