Francisco Aguabella —
H2O ... CD CuBop/Ubiquity, 1999. Used ...
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One of the greatest new albums from this legendary conga player! Although Francisco Aquabella is probably best known to Dusty Groove customers for his 70's funk classic "Hitting Hard", or his work with the group Malo – in recent years, he's emerged as quite an important player on ... read moreCD
Nice nice reissue of two rare Latin soul albums that Willie Bobo recorded for Verve in the mid 60s! Uno Dos Tres is certainly one of Willie's best-ever albums, and it's paired here with Spanish Grease, which is monsterously hard to find on vinyl. Both records are filled with groovy numbers that ... read moreCD
A contemporary legend in Latin music – one that was done in collaboration with the film of the same name – organized by Ry Cooder, directed by Wim Wenders, and put forth as a reminder to America that Cuban culture was still going strong, even decades after we turned our backs on the ... read moreCD
Jane Bunnett & Maqueque —
Oddara ... CD Linus (Canada), 2016. Used ...
Features Jane Bunnett on soprano sax and flute, Danae Olano on piano, Celia Jimenez on bass, Yissy Garcia on drums, Magdely Savigne on percussion, Elizabeth Rodriguez on violin, and most of the group on vocals. (Jazz, Latin)CD
A great return to form for the legendary Cachao – and a session that seeks to recapture the Cuban Jam Session energy of his recordings from a few decades before! Production is by Andy Garcia, and is somewhat more sentimental than in the old days – although certainly still free from any ... read moreCD
A gorgeous little Latin piano jazz record from Juan Jose Calatayud from the end of the 60s – touching on bossa later on in the set with vocals by Silvia – a very nice set that emanates warmth and soul all the way through! The instrumentation is stripped down and wonderful, done so ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
One of Eddie's best early albums – a highly percussive session cut with a small group that includes guitar by Tommy Tedesco, vibes by Larry Bunker, conga by Carlos Vidal, and timbales by Eddie Aparicio. The tracks are harder and heavier than most of Cano's pop-Latin grooves that always show ... read moreCD
A mad mix of Latin and funky rhythms – a 70s classic from the Belgian group Chakachas! The album's best known for its title hit "Jungle Fever" – an insane cut that features heavy drums, choppy guitar, and a stop/start action that's peppered with sounds of female pleasure! ... (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 moreCD
80s greatness from Cortijo – still going strong on this smoking set of salsa tracks – almost an update of the sound he helped invent back in the 60s, and a reminder that the originators can still sound better than the youngsters! The record cools tightly throughout – with some ... read moreCD
Caribe is a masterful meeting of Eric Dolpy and The Latin Jazz Quintet – a record that shows a rare Latin side of Dolphy's talents, but one that's totally great! The core group here are the ensemble led by conga player Juan Amalbert with vibes, piano, bass, and percussion – a group ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
An ambitious record from Paquito D'Rivera, but a great one too – a set that features the Cuban saxophonist playing in a slightly expanded Latin jazz setting – with small combo grooving that's often augmented by larger string arrangements! The core groove is wonderful – very much ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
Henry Estrada on tenor saxophone, Malcom Ian Peters on electric bass, Adolfo Acosta on flugelhorn, Ruben Martinez on flute and acoustic bass, Joe Rotondi Jr on piano, Ruben Estrada on vibraphone and percussion, Ramon Banda on timbales, Robert Clements on percussion, Raul Rico Jr on congas, and ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
Maybe one of the most wonderful things to come out of the Buena Visa Social Club project of Ry Cooder – a record that introduced many Americans to the voice of Cuban singer Ibrahim Ferrer – a talent from back in the day, but one whose route to US audiences was closed for decades because ... read moreCD
A legendary bit of cubop! Diz is playing here with the band that virtually invented Latin Jazz – the one that featured Chano Pozo on conga, plus great soloists like James Moody and Ernie Henry – all blowing beautifully in a style that's one of the most perfect realizations of the cubop ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
One of Dizzy Gillespie's finest Afro-Cuban moments! The material on this album has been issued under a few different titles over the years, but this is the late 50s Manteca package – the one that features a beautiful cool orange cover, and a title that really gets at the Latin influences in ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
(Out of print, 1999 Japanese pressing – includes obi.)
For decades now, Ray Mantilla's been one of the few cats who can effortlessly fuse together Latin rhythms and jazz – creating the kind of music that's completely satisfying to fans of both styles, but all without ever resorting to any sort of easy cliches or overdone modes! Mantilla's the ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
Ray Mantilla is reborn, after a health crisis almost took him down – but to us, he's also returning to his roots – that rock-solid approach to Latin jazz that's made us love his records so much over the decades! And like the best of those sets, there's a mixture of complex ideas and ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
One of the most unique sessions ever cut for Blue Note – an album of very rootsy Afro-Cuban jamming, led by percussionist Sabu Martinez – and a date that's even rawer and less jazz-based than some of the other percussion-heavy records for the label! The music on the album's comprised ... read moreCD
A Cuban classic from Orquesta Aragon – recorded back in the days when US labels like RCA still had access to music being recorded in Havana! The style here is very much in keeping with the cha cha cha in the title – but it's also very much the Cuban variation, with a slightly more ... read moreCD
A live set from Argentine musical legend Astor Piazzolla – recorded in Paris, and with a vibe that really makes the music even more striking than some of his other fantastic records from the 70s! The group's a bit different – in that it's got a drummer, who brings an even bolder sense ... read moreCD
A beautiful collaboration between vibist Gary Burton and the legendary Argentine tango master Astor Piazzolla – a key US release for Astor in the 80s, and a record that helped bring his talents to a whole new audience! The record's actually one of the most sensitive sides that Piazzolla ever ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
A real Latin standard of the 50s – packaged with a title and a cover that perfectly evoke the lure of pre-Castro Cuba at its best – and played by Perez Prado with a style that's more open and flowing than some of his earlier singles! The album's got a really unified feel overall – ... read moreCD
One Tito Puente's finest albums for RCA, with a tight hard bunch of cuts that have a Cuban big band sound, and a lot more drive to them than some of Tito's other work for the label. Ray Bryant wrote the great track "Cuban Fantasy", and Tito contributed most of the other tunes on the set ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Tito Puente —
Tambo ... CD RCA (France), 1960. Used ...
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A wonderful bit of exotica from Tito Puente – an album done in collaboration with producer Marty Gold, and featuring a highly percussive sound that Gold himself was exploring on his own albums of the period! There's a heck of a lot of percussion on the set – in styles that mix both ... read moreCD
Tito gets the twist craze in his blood – and the result is a very groovy batch of tracks that have kind of a pre-Latin Soul approach! The rhythms are fast and lively – a bit pop, but with plenty of strong instrumental touches, as would be expected from Tito's group – and there's ... read moreCD