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
Willie Colon & Ruben Blades —
Siembra ... CD Fania (France), 1978. New Copy ...
A classic 70s salsa jammer from Willie Colon – working here with his one of his greatest vocalists – the young Ruben Blades, back before he'd crossed over to super-huge success! The album really marks a departure for Willie – moving past the bad boy style of earlier records, that ... read moreCD
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
Jack Costanzo —
Mr Bongo ... CD Jazzman (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ...
A killer collection of work from percussionist Jack "Mr Bongo" Costanzo – a cat who's way cooler than you might guess from his gimmicky nickname – not only one of the most powerful forces on the west coast Latin scene in the 50s, but also one of the jazziest too! Jack's ... read moreCD
Pure brilliance from Coke Escovedo – an artist who really finds a way to make so many different things come together perfectly – with results that are even stronger than his previous work in Azteca and Santana! The set's got a warm blend of Latin roots, modern soul, and jazzy fusion ... (Soul, Latin)read moreCD
(Part of the Free Soul 20th Anniversary series!)
Ghetto Brothers —
Power/Fuerza ... CD Salsa International/Everland (Austria), 1972. New Copy ...
A legendary record from one of the most unique Latin groups of their time! In an early 70s world where many Latin combos were going for class and poise, the Ghetto Brothers moved in another direction entirely – working here with a fair bit of electric guitar alongside more familiar Latin ... read moreCD
Grupo Magnetico —
Positivo ... CD Athens Of The North (UK), 2018. New Copy ...
An album recorded in Scotland, but done with all the strong fire as some of our favorite Latin classics from the New York scene! These guys are fantastic, right from the start – tight percussion, mighty sharp horns, and this great use of Fender Rhodes that recalls those late 70s moments when ... read moreCD
Henri Guedon —
Retrospective ... CD Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1970s/1980s. New Copy 2CD ...
Latin grooves in many styles – a massive collection of work by percussionist Henri Guedon – a musician with roots in the French West Indies, but who played heavily on both the Paris and New York scenes! Guedon's music here has a vibe that really shows that cross-cultural blend – ... (Global Grooves, Latin)read moreCD
Lincoln Center smokes nicely with a Latin sound – as Ruben Blades joins their famous jazz ensemble headed up by Wynton Marsalis! The album's one of the most jazz-based that Ruben ever cut, and is a wonderful use of his voice – as songs are song in both Spanish and English, and really ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
Legendary Latin Soul & funk from Malo – all the Bay Area combo's original singles for Warner in the early 70s, A- & B-sides, together for the first time – focusing on the group at it's fastest-paced and most exhilarating! Malo's sweet blend of Latin, jazz, funk, and rock really ... read moreCD
A sweet little session of Latin jazz – one that begins with an instrumental cover of a great soul tune by Omar – then only gets better as things go on! Percussionist Paolo Marini is at the helm of the ensemble – but he almost always has a tight blend of trumpet and trombone in ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
Wicked funky fusion from Opa – with loads of great electric moments! Although originally from Uruguay, Opa are best known for their Brazilian-tinged albums on Fantasy during the mid 70s, but this album presents the group in the years before that time – working in a style that's rougher ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
A hard-driving set from the great Eddie Palmieri – and a record that's maybe his strongest salsa effort in years, even though it's still filled with lots of the edgey, jazzy touches he's also brought to his best material in recent decades! The album's got a very strong lead vocal presence ... read moreCD
The genius of Eddie Palmieri never seems to dim at all as the years go on – and, if anything, the genius only seems to flower even more – finding new ways of expression that maybe even blow away some of Eddie's classic work from the 60s and 70s! This set is amazing – a ... 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
Clubby grooves and rootsy percussion – served up here by Gabriele Poso in a really wonderful combination! The music here is as rich and organic as the cover – almost in the 21st Century blend of contemporary and classic that we've loved in records from artists like Joe Clausell or ... (New Grooves, Latin)read moreCD
A wonderful collection of Latin recordings from postwar France – all recorded by Cuban native Filiberto Rico, an artist who moved between Havana and Paris in the early part of his life – and seemed to leave quite a musical legacy in the process! Rico was part of seminal Cuban ... read moreCD
Far-reaching yet finely-honed Chicano soul and Afro Latin grooves from Gilberto Rodriguez & Los Intocables – a Bay Area combo putting a fresh spin on diverse influences, captured really well on a debut album that captures them so naturally you feel like they're right there in the room! A ... (Global Grooves, Latin)read moreCD
They may be Latin, but they're also pretty darn funky – and also seem to have picked up the best Brazilian funk currents of the 70s – which they use here to turn out their best album to date! There's lots of echoes of the era of Tim Maia and Toni Tornado, but mixed with some slightly ... (Deep Funk, Latin)read moreCD
One of our favorites ever cut by Tex-Mex soulsters Sunny & The Sunliners – largely because it's got some really nice funk tracks! The album features a set of all English language tracks – with Sunny Ozuna singing in his best sweet soul style on the ballad tracks, and hitting a raw ... read moreCD
One of the coolest, grooviest albums of Latin Soul you could ever hope to find – one of the few records ever from the great Ray Terrace – and a set that goes even beyond some of the similar sides on Tico or Fania at the time! Ray's groove here is totally wonderful – upbeat, ... read moreCD
A long overdue follow-up to the original Jazz Bata album from Cuban pianist Chucho Valdes – and like that famous set, a really open-ended album that mixes his own piano with spare but effective use of bass and percussion! Valdes is very freewheeling – almost an avant modernist at times ... (Jazz, 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
Incredible sounds from a scene that most folks don't know at all – the heady music of Venezuela in the 70s, recorded at a time when the nation was bursting with new strengths and bright ideas! The work here is different than Brazilian, Columbian, or Peruvian sounds of the time – but ... (Global Grooves, Latin)read moreCD