Argentine rock, recorded in Paris during the early 70s – a really unusual expatriate album that comes off with a sound that's pretty unique! Miguel Abuelo clearly draws inspiration from the heavier rock that was showing up in South America at the time – yet the overall execution of the ... (Rock, Latin)read moreCD
A cool collection of very unusual grooves from Argentine composer/guitarist Rodolfo Alchourron – part of a generation of groundbreaking musicians in his homeland that also included Lalo Schifrin and Gato Barbieri – yet unlike those artists, a talent that never achieved greater global ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
The rare Latino Fantastico from Rubens Bassini – featuring a range of percussion and overall vibe that blends the feverishly rhythmic vibes his native Brazil with African, Cuban and South American styled numbers with ultra groovy exotica! Bassini is a master percussionist and he's backed by ... (Brazil, Latin)read moreCD
Recent genius from the true king of Latin Soul – the mighty Joe Bataan, sounding every bit as great now as he did back in the day! Bataan gets some very hip backing from Los Fulanos – a Barcelona-based combo who help recreate the tight sound of Joe's early grooves from the late 60s, ... read moreCD
Ruben Blades & Boca Livre —
Parceiros ... CD Ruben Blades, 2022. New Copy ...
Ruben Blades is way more than just a superstar in Latin music – over the decades, he's become a key global figure, and one with much diversity in his work – as you'll hear on this great collaboration with the Brazilian quartet Boca Livre! Boca Livre have a warm harmony vocal style that ... 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 moreCD
A set recorded 20 years into the history of this great Venezuelan group – but one that still shows them very much at the top of their game – working in a style that mixes salsa with more contemporary rhythms from their nearby scenes – often moving at a clip that's even faster than ... read moreCD
Some of the best work ever from Puerto Rican percussionist Rafael Cortijo Verdejo – sides recorded in New York for the Ansonia label, at a time when Cortijo's music was even more rootsy than it was a decade before! The material here marks a renewed sense of tradition in players of Cortijo's ... read moreCD
The notes on the cover use the term "Latinx Futurist" to refer to the work of Dos Santos – and that may be one of the best ways we've ever heard to describe their really unique blend of modes – served up here with a sound that firmly places the group at the crossroads of some ... read moreCD
Great later work from Larry Douglas – a trumpeter you may know for his self-released Bay Area album of the 80s, but who's still very much in fantastic form here – working alongside percussionist Jorge Pineda, in a smoking set of west coast Latin Jazz! The vibe is wonderful – that ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
One of the greatest solo albums ever issued by Latin jazz trumpeter Luis Gasca – a set that really expands on his debut for Atlantic Records, and which brings in a whole host of early 70s west coast Latin influences! The style here is very laidback and open – a bit like some of the ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
A very cool Japanese version of this mighty groover from the great Nico Gomez! Nico's known for his harder pounding tracks that have become favorites with the funky crowd, but this stellar album shows that Nico could also work in jazzier territory when he wanted to – as the album's a ... read moreCD
Jerry Gonzalez & The Fort Apache Band —
Pensativo ... CD Milestone, 1995. New Copy ...
Trumpeter Jerry Gonzalez doing what he's always done best – effortlessly bridging the worlds of jazz and Latin – with long tracks that rely more on the the strengths of the soloists than the rhythms to keep them moving along – even though the rhythms of the tunes are pretty darn ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
Estrellas ... CD Heavenly Sweetness (Netherlands), 2022. New Copy 2CD ...
Some of the most beautiful music we've ever heard from Guts – very different than the spare productions of earlier years, thanks to the presence of dozens of guest stars – singers and musicians who help to open up the music with the sounds of Havana and West Africa combined! Most of ... (New Grooves, Latin)read moreCD
A Havana Swing, but by a Venezuelan group of the 90s – one who do a great job of bringing in plenty of warmer salsa modes to the set! The music does a great job of combining traditional percussion with some jazzier touches on alto and tenor sax – often used in tandem with these soaring ... read moreCD
Tripped-out grooves from this legendary combo from Uruguay – a mix of candomble roots and wilder rockish touches – but also served up with a bit of Latin in the mix too! There's some great heavy percussion on the bottom of most tracks – and even when the guitars are fierce and ... (Rock, Latin)read moreCD
Andres Landero —
Yo Amaneci ... CD Vampi Soul (Spain), Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ...
Andres Landero has a pretty wild look on the cover here – and the sound of his music is equally wild, too – a very raw, rootsy approach to cumbia – very much in the most hard-edged style of the genre, with a quality that often feels more ancient than the 70s recording dates of ... read moreCD
Latin Jazz Quintet (with Eric Dolphy) —
Latin Jazz Quintet ... CD United Artists/Universal (Japan), 1960. New Copy ...
A extremely rare album that Eric Dolphy recorded with the Latin Jazz Quintet – a rare Latin-based side of Dolphy's career, and a set that's a bit different than the Prestige album by the same pairing! This set features a slightly different lineup of the LJQ – one that includes Louie ... read moreCD
Beautiful brown-eyed soul from the Ohio scene of the 70s – just the sort of record you might have expected to hear from East LA or Spanish Harlem back in the day – but even more amazing to come from Cleveland! The group are a Latin combo at the core, but they've soaked up plenty of ... (Soul, Latin)read moreCD
Funky fusion with plenty of Latin touches – a really compelling set from the Nicaraguan scene of the 70s! The album's got the same criss-crossing of influences you'd hear in some of the best Bay Area projects of this type – no surprise since Jose Chepito Areas is a key member of the ... read moreCD
A magical meeting of two tremendous talents – saxophonist Gerry Mulligan and bandoneon player Astor Piazzolla – heard here in a rare Italian recording from the 70s! The album's a really unique effort for both musicians – a bit more pensive and thoughtful than some of Piazzolla's ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
A contemporary Cuban group, but one who fit easily in the long cultural legacy of Havana – as the combo have a way of taking timeless modes and making them come alive again in all new ways – often really stripping things down to their roots, with an intimate, earthy presentation that ... read moreCD
Panal ... CD IRT/Musica & Entretenimiento (Spain), 1973. New Copy ...
A great little group from early 70s Chile – a scene we know very little about, but which we're ready to dig a lot more, given the strength of this set! Panal have a style that's partly psych, partly hard rock – kind of the blend that was coming out of the Peruvian scene in the early ... (Rock, Latin)read moreCD
A lost funky treasure – never issued before! For those not in the know, The Pazant Brothers (Ed & Al) were a duo of funky hornmen that first came to fame working with Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers – and then moved onto cut some great funky records of their own in the 70s. ... (Soul, Latin)read moreCD
A wonderfully hard-to-categorize album from the start of the 80s – a Mexican record that mixes folkloric roots with electronic instrumentation – but all in a way that sounds much more ancient than you'd expect for the time! The fusion of modes here is wonderful – almost at a ... read moreCD
A pair of killers from Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers – back to bck on a single CD! First up is Heat – 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 ... read moreCD
A double-header to die for – two of the rarest albums from Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers – back to back on a single CD! First up is Saffron & Soul – one of the first albums from the legendary Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers – a wonderful little record that ... read moreCD
Rabbits & Carrots —
Soul Latino ... CD Musart/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1969/1971. New Copy ...
One of the funkiest Mexican groups at the end of the 60s – a hard-hitting combo who could almost go head to head with any American ensemble of the funky 45 generation! Rabbits & Carrots work in a mostly-instrumental mode here – a style that has just a slight element of Latin in the ... read moreCD
One of the few albums ever issued under the name of Emil Richards – an important percussionist on the LA scene, and one who played on countless jazz albums and other sessions over the years! This set has Richards working almost exclusively on vibes – as a rare outing for the mostly-rock ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
Really wonderful work from the Texas scene of the 60s – not the heady psych or garage usually associated with the state, nor the more Latin-inflected modes from the border – but instead a unique batch of music that feels more like work from either coast, and which comes across with a ... (Rock, Latin)read moreCD
A smoking live set from percussionist Poncho Sanchez – recorded live at Montreux in a style that's very much like the hardest-jamming of his albums for Concord/Picante! Titles include "Out Of Sight", "Watermelon Man", "Conmigo", "One Mint Julep", " ... read moreCD
Enough funk to stop a truck – and a rare collection of tracks made by Senor Soul, a heavy-hitting LA group from the 60s – and the precursor to War! The tunes on the set are pulled from the group's sessions for the Whiz and Double Shot labels, plus a few previously unissued tracks ... (Soul, Latin)read moreCD
A second fantastic tribute to the genius of Sunny Ozuna – the Texas singer who cut some amazing soul records back in the 60s, but often with a vibe that reflected his unique Tex-Mex origins too! Those qualities really come through here in this well-done assortment of tunes – tracks ... (Soul, Latin)read moreCD
A tremendous reunion between two legendary Cuban jazz players – saxophonist Paquito D'Rivera and pianist Chucho Valdes – both musicians who soared to new musical heights in the group Irakere during the 70s, then parted ways when Paquito defected to the US in 1980! Both players have ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
A dozen heavy groovers from the legendary Discos Fuentes – pulled from a time when the Colombian label was really finding its sound and strengths – mixing together older strands of Afro Cuban inspiration with a special vibe that would soon make their scene rival the Latin music power of ... read moreCD
Amazing sounds from Peru – the kind of really mindblowing music that will grab your ears, no matter where you're from – and really knock you over with a weird and wonderful blend of styles! The rhythms definitely have some of the cumbia promised in the title, most of these numbers are ... (Global Grooves, Latin)read moreCD
A smoking third volume in this mighty look at the Peruvian cumbia scene of the 70s – music that often shares the same blend of guitar, percussion, and keyboards that makes some of the chica grooves from that time so great! The music here maybe owes a bit more to Latin sounds from up north, ... (Global Grooves, Latin)read moreCD
The vaults of Fania Records, plumbed by the Jazzman crew – all in a double-strength approach to Latin grooves! The wealth of great music on Fania, Tico, and related labels is well-known to Latin groovers worldwide – but the Jazzman crew have managed to bring a nicely fresh perspective ... (Funky Compilations, Latin)read moreCD
A set that really gets at the full spectrum of the boogaloo groove – not just the Spanish Harlem sounds of the Latin Soul generation – but also the deeper roots of the style from across the USA! "Boogaloo" is a term that most folks use to refer to that New York uptown fusion ... (Funky Compilations, Latin)read moreCD
Other-worldly sounds from the Mexican scene – maybe the first-ever compilation we've seen to really dig deep into the world of the sonideros – sound system operators who work in a groove that's mellow but funky, and full of all these weird sort of echoes and effects! The core rhythms ... read moreCD