One of the few good things to come out of the cultural pillage of the Buena Vista Social Club was the reintroduction of soulful Cuban singer Ibrahim Ferrer to American audiences. Ferrer's voice is extremely wonderful, so much so that even cloying production by Ry Cooder can't keep it down. The ... read moreCD
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Ibrahim Ferrer Con Chepin Y Su Orquesta Oriental —
Mi Oriente ... CD Tumbao, Early 60s. Used ...
Very groovy work from keyboardist Clare Fischer – a musician we first fell in love with from Cal Tjader albums in the 60s, and continued to love for his MPS Records material in the 70s! Here, Clare's working with the 2+2 vocal ensemble – a gently swinging male/female harmony group that ... read moreCD
The Latin Kick – with a jazzy groove! Gerardo Frisina's long been one of our favorite talents on the international groove underground, and like his labelmate and sometime musical partner Nicola Conte, he's got a way of crafting tracks that are awash in classic jazz touches. Frisina himself ... (New Grooves, Latin)read moreCD
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
There's a 70s date on here, but we suspect the material is of much earlier vintage – as it sounds like classic Cuban work from the late 50s or early 60s. The orchestra of Neno Gonzalez plays with a mellow charanga sound – featuring some ensemble vocals, and flute work by "Pancho ... read moreCD
A Venezuelan group, one who are living in Paris – and work here with a criss-crossing of styles that really reflect that global journey! The music definitely has echoes of older Venezuelan styles, but maybe served up in a more impressionistic version – with a dream-like quality at ... (Global Grooves, Latin)read moreCD
An unusual combination of records – both pretty darn great! First up is Jazz Tropical from Jonah Jones – one of the coolest albums ever from this legendary trumpeter – a set that's got a strongly Latin flavor, and which provides a very unique setting for Jonah's horn! The ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
Early work from La Lupe – but a set that already shows the highly dynamic style that would make her a real standout in 60s Latin music! A number of the tracks here are listed as "rock" in the rhythms – which doesn't exactly mean that Lupe's singing rock music, but already ... read moreCD
A great mix of styles – blending together traditional instrumentation on tres, bongos, and congas, with modern salsa touches on the horns and the jazzy arrangements of the group. Most tracks are quite lively, and titles include "Quien Sabe, Sabe", "Nave Sin Rumbo", "C ... read moreCD
Titles include "Comedia", "Periodico De Ayer", "El Cantante", "Hacha Y Machete", "Sombras Nada Mas", "Songoro Consongo", and "Rompe Saraguey". Arrangements by Willie Colon, Edwin Rodriguez, Jose Febles, and Luiz Ortiz. CD