Spare, straight, and simple groovers from Puerto Rican leader Jose Merino – recorded with a slightly rough-edged style at times – but that's the appeal of the record! The lineup is a bit less polished than some of the bigger groups of the time – trumpet, trombone, piano, and ... read moreCD
A great collection of tracks – and one of the first chance for most of us to hear the funkier side of sounds from Peru! The work isn't as full-on funky as Brazilian grooves from the time, but does share a very strong influence from American styles – and really goes way past any cliches ... (Global Grooves, Latin)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
Heriberto Y Su Saoco —
Sabiduria ... CD Heriberto Y Su Saoco, 1979. Used ...
An obscure self-released set from this group – led by Heriberto Colon on timbales and other percussion! Also features vibes, trombone, and plenty of percussion – on titles that include "Yema Ya", "Lo Mato", "Jardinero", "A Peticion", and "Sab ... read moreCD
Supposedly the end of Willie Colon's early "crime" career – as the title and cover imply that he's finally been brought to trial! Don't worry about Willie being beaten down, though, because the music on the album is every bit as fierce and powerful as ever – and features a ... 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
Nice "best of" set of work by this excellent Latin combo – featuring tracks that are mostly pulled from the years when they were changing their bag from Latin Soul into 70s salsa. The album's got a cool cartoony basketball cover – and tracks include "Son Sabroson", ... read moreCD
Cal Tjader —
Primo ... CD Fantasy/OJC, 1973. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A really hard-hitting set from Cal Tjader – and one that's done with a good dose of 60s Latin Soul as well! The album was recorded in the early 70s, but it's really got a late 60s New York flavor – thanks to arrangers Charlie Palmieri and Tito Puente – who cook up a groove that's ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
A pretty wonderful tribute to the pioneering talents of conga great Chano Pozo and jazz trumpet giant Dizzy Gillespie – led by Poncho Sanchez and Terrence Blanchard! The set gets off to an incredible start on a medley in which the players so deftly blend Latin percussion, vocals and rhythms ... 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
Music from Richie Ray & Bobby Cruz, Ismael Miranda, Hector Lavoe, Celia Cruz & Johnny Pacheco, Pete Rodriguez, Cheo Feliciano, Ray Barretto, Eddie Palmieri, La Lupe, Roberto Roena, Tito Puente & Mongo Santamaria. CD
An unusual self-produced effort from Hector Lavoe – but a record that's every bit as strong as his other solo records from the time! Of course, Hector's got some big help on the record from Louie Ramirez and Jose Febles – who most likely did most of the arranging work, and ensure that ... read moreCD
A great bit of Puerto Rican salsa from the 70s – one of the few albums we've ever seen from this 70s group! The set looks like a boogaloo album from the outset – from its TV-joke title, and its cool cover that sports a die-cut looking into the belly of a bikini-clad model – but ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Lisandro Torres y Su Orquesta —
Creencias ... CD Salsaneo, 2011. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Features music from Mongo Santamaria, Sexteto Armonia, Frank Emilio Flynn, Ray Berreto, Jose Quintero, Manny Corchado, Eddie Palmieri, Joe Loco, Noro Morales, Cholo Ortiz, Victor Paz, and more – 20 tracks in all! CD
An incredible record and very unique – cut around the same time as Arsenio's rare boogaloo album for Tico Records! Like that session, this one has a style in which Arsenio is featured in a larger group – playing with a raspy edge that really steps out in front of the fuller instruments ... read moreCD
(Out of print American CD pressing from 2006 Japanese edition.)
Libre ... CD Tarura Musica (Venezuela), 2013. Used ...
One of the few albums ever recorded by Vladimir Vassilieff – an obscure late 60s piano player who's best known for his groovy album The Aquarians! The record's a really wonderful set that really lives up to its title – a haunting set of Latin jazz numbers played with a hip group that ... read moreCD
Music from Combinacion Perfecta, Tony Vega & Tito Nieves, Domingo Quinones & Van Lester, Johnny Rivera & Ray Sepulveda, Oscar D'Leon & Jose Alberto, Cheo Feliciano & Ray De La Paz, Cheo Feliciano & Pete 'El Conde' Rodriguez, Marc Anthony & India & Celia Cruz & ... read moreCD
Some of the best of the best of The Fania All Stars – magical music from that short stint when the combo were recording for Columbia Records in the late 70s! While at Columbia, the group grew even more than the styles of their roots at the Fania label – picking up some hipper touches ... read moreCD
2 rare Latin albums from the Prestige/Fantasy vaults – both of them great! The set compiles the records Wild & Warm and Arriba! Con Montego Joe – by congolero Montego Joe, a key figure in the underground New York scene of the 60s. Both albums have a good hard Latin jazz feel, with ... read moreCD
Grupo Magnetico —
Positivo ... CD Athens Of The North (UK), 2018. Used ...
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
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
A beautiful bit of Latin funk – and one of the rarest albums ever from the mighty Candido! The album's one of the first that has Candido stepping out of the straighter Latin jazz mode of earlier years – working with a funky lineup of players arranged by the mad genius Joe Cain, and ... read moreCD
(Part of the "Blue Note 80 – More 60 Works" series!)
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
Killer set of funky Latin Soul tracks, recorded by Willie Bobo in the mid and late 60s, and pulled from his hard to find albums on Verve! The set focuses on some of Willie's grooviest stuff, and is a very tasty blend of soul and instrumental cuts, all with a tight Latin-tinged sound. Titles ... read moreCD
Early Latin work by Jose Feliciano – recorded in Venezuela and Argentina, with a style that's not nearly as soul-based as his later California work! The lyrics on all tracks are in Spanish, and Jose's singing in a voice that's as sweet as on his hits, but with a slightly lighter and 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
Killer Latin soul from the great Al Escobar – maybe not one of the bigger names of the boogaloo generation, but certainly one of the best! The CD starts with work from Al's Modern Sounds album – a massive groover all the way through – filled with tight, choppy, soul-drenched ... read moreCD
A 70s killer from Latin pianist Javier Vazquez – who works here both on acoustic piano and Fender Rhodes! The acoustic lines are a great combination with the hard-edge rhythms – which almost have a descarga-like energy on many tracks – and the overall feel of the record is more ... read moreCD
Willie and Hector really open things up here on this excellent early 80s session – going for longer tracks that really expand upon their classic sound of the 70s! There's a very ambitious approach to the music – with more passages that shift between vocals and instrumentation than ... read moreCD
(Out of print, slight crease through traycard artwork.)