An excellent album by Latin Soul arranger Harvey Averne! This set is miles ahead of Harvey's work from the 60s – a heavy set of 70s grooves that has a lot of Chicano rock influences, and which mixes together percussion, electric guitar, soulful vocals, and plenty of other tasty instrumental ... read moreCD
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
Killer material from the mid 60s – recorded for United Artists after Ray's initial watusi work for Tico – and in a similar style that has mixes together Ray's Charanga Moderna sound with some more boogaloo and Latin Soul numbers! The record's a key bridge between these two chapters of ... read moreCD
(Out of print, CRC pressing. Traycard artwork has two creases.)
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.)
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
(Out of print.)
Bienvenido Granda —
Guapachoso! ... CD Discos Fuentes (Colombia), 1950s/1960s. Used ...
Willie Colon declares Ruben Blades as the champ on the cover of this early solo set – and for good reason too, as the album's one of Blades' best! There's a clear, clean simplicity to the record that's totally wonderful – a purity of vision before some of Ruben's later crossover ... read moreCD
(Out of print original Fania pressing, rear tray card has a light crease.)
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
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 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
A great lost 70s New York session from Angel and his group! The sound is very tight, with a smoothly produced salsa sound, but still a lot of rootsiness in the playing, and Angel's vocals are nice and soulful. Canales put the whole thing together himself, and issued it on his own Selanac label ... read moreCD
(Out of print, slight crease through traycard artwork.)
Possibly the greatest album ever from Angel Canales – a 70s salsa classic through and through, and one with great links between the New York scene and Canales' Puerto Rican roots! The tunes are wonderfully heartfelt throughout – sung with a youthful sense of soul that's far different ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Angel Canales & Sabor —
El San Juan ... CD TR/Discos Orbe (Colombia), 1976. Used ...
Tracks include "La Realidad", "Arrepentida", "Viejo Carruzell", "Mi Nina Bonita", and "Ana Isaoco". CD
Louie Ramirez produced, and the album's a tight batch of modern salsa vocal tracks, sung by Orlando Castillo "Watussi", with help from Adalberto Santiago and Tito Allen. Most of the tracks are uptempo, with a nice firey groove. Titles include "La Linea", "Ustedes, Mi Ruma ... read moreCD
A landmark record that should be in any Latin collection! At the time of this album, Johnny Colon was a young trombonist just getting his start – working in the turbulent late 60s Spanish Harlem scene, and picking up on the wide range of styles going down in the hood. At one level, he was a ... read moreCD
Great stuff – and a very sharp album cut by Willie during the Latin soul era, featuring a bunch of tracks that veers more towards the boogaloo side of things than his later albums! The groove is nice and hard – stripped down with the youthful energy that Willie brought to the scene at ... read moreCD
A roots-oriented 70s classic from Willie Colon – one of his standout albums of the decade! Willie continues his "life of crime" approach for the early 70s – moving into an old west look on the cover, and matching that with a slightly rootsier sound on the album! The real ... read moreCD
This is about as strong as you can get from Willie Colon – he's holding a gun to some cat's head on the cover! (And hip hoppers think they invented the gangster image!) More than just a catchy picture, though, the image is really important at a symbolic level – as the guy Willie's ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Alex Conde —
Origins ... CD Ropeadope/Uprising, 2018. New Copy ...
Pianist Alex Conde always has a great way of blending jazz performance with Latin rhythms – and that approach really takes off here, as Conde's core combo gets fantastic frontline help from Brian Lynch on trumpet, Conrad Herwig on trombone, and Dayna Stephens on tenor and soprano sax! Both ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
Classic material from Cortijo's legendary combo with Ismael Rivera on vocals – one of the first records to really showcase the great sounds coming from the Puerto Rican scene in the early 60s! Rhythms are plenty lively – as Cortijo's group has the same sharp focus as the early Joe Cuba ... read moreCD
(Out of print Rumba pressing. Tray card has a crease and a name in pen.)
A fantastic pairing of talents – one that seems to push each individual artist to a new high point in their career! By the time of the set, Johnny Pacheco was emerging as one of the strongest forces in 70s salsa – a crack percussionist whose instrumentation was driving on a younger ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
Excellent album of Joe's amazing Latin soul cuts for Tico – including a huge batch of tracks that will stop any dancefloor dead on its feet. Titles include "Bang, Bang", "Talk About Luv", "El Pito", "T.C.O.B.", "Hey Joe, Hey Joe", and "Ps ... read moreCD
The group were certainly doing something right – as this album has Joe Cuba's sextet at the top of their game, easily showing why they were one of the best groups on the New York scene of the 60s! The album's a pivotal one in the development of Latin Soul – as it sports the incredible ... read moreCD
One of our favorite albums ever from El Gran Combo – largely because it's a smoking Latin Soul set! The group were known for a more traditional groove on other records, but here they nicely jump on the younger bandwagon of the time – and step out with a crackling batch of boogaloo ... read moreCD
Cano Estremera & Bobby Valentin —
En Accion ... CD Bronco (Puerto Rico), 1990. Used ...
(Out of print.)
Cheo Feliciano —
Cheo ... CD Vaya, 1976. Used ...
Titles include "Anacaona", "Pienso En Ti", "Por Que Afinquen", "Mi Triste Problema", "Esio Es El Guaguanco", "Si Por Mi Llueve", "Franqueza Cruel", "Mano Caliente", "Medianoche Y Sol", "Pocoma De ... read moreCD
Sweet strings and sophisticated soul – a wonderful combination in the hands of Cheo Feliciano, who sounds equally great here on both mellow and upbeat material! The self-produced record shows a growing sense of grace and power in Cheo's music – and working here with musical directors ... read moreCD