Juan Amalbert's Latin Jazz Quintet —
Hot Sauce ... LP Tru Sound, 1961. Very Good ...
A lost treasure – one of the few albums ever cut by this fantastic Latin Jazz ensemble, an ultra-hip group led by congolero Juan Amalbert, with a modal vibes/piano groove that's simply wonderful! The combo were one of the hippest early 60s Latin acts – and took equal part inspiration ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label deep groove pressing – nice and heavy!)
Very heavy duty Afro-Cuban material, with a focus on carnaval grooves – played by 2 different groups: Carlos Barbeira's Banda Kubavana, and Alberto Zayas Grupo Afro-Cubano. We like the Grupo Afro-Cubano the best, as they have a nice raw percussion sound, and a very hard groove with ensemble ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has some light discoloration along the opening & a small split on the bottom seam.)
A really top-shelf album from Justo Betancourt – a perfect illustration of the power of his vocals at their height! The set's got a really classic 70s salsa feel – a horn-heavy groove that almost effortlessly flows from a combo of strong players, topped by majestic vocals from Justo ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing, with multicolored label. Cover has light wear, and tape on two seams.)
Miguel Bose —
XXX ... LP Atlantic, 1988. Very Good- ...
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(Includes the lyric sleeve. Cover has a cutout notch and promo stamp.)
Mostly a Tex Mex batch of tracks – but an album that also features 2 decent Latin Soul numbers – both in English. "Some Timey Woman" features vocals by Freddy Hill – and it's sort of a bluesy shouter, grooving along in a style that's a lot rougher than New York Latin ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the grooviest early albums recorded by Candido – done way before his later funky sides, and served up with plenty of unusual touches that set it apart from the usual 50s Latin set! Candi's very much in front of the arrangements on congas – hitting hard with a percussive fury ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Later stereo pressing. Cover has a small cutout hole, gloss peeling on one corner, and thin stains on the edges.)
Some mighty nice groovers – with lots of weird organ lines! Titles include "El Brinquito", "Panuelito Blanco", "De Ponce A Guayama", "Medley De Piano", "Guajira Guantanamera", and "A La Orilla Del Mar". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a bit of pen on the back.)
Despite the "disco" in the title, this is actually a compilation of Johnny Colon's best dancefloor Latin tracks from the late 60's and early 70's, with a mix of boogaloo, Latin jazz, and salsa that represents some of his best work. As with all his early albums, the arrangements are very ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light ringwear, and some tape on the top seam.)
One of those great lost Latin piano albums on Fiesta, with hard angular orchestrations, and heavy solos throughout. The groove's Cha Cha, and tracks include "The Hissing Cha Cha", "Clap Hands and Cha Cha", and the spooky "The Web". Also with "Rey Negro" and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small bit of marker on the back, and light tape on one seam – but this is a great copy overall.)
Eduardo Davidson may look a bit strange in his pink pants, but he can really cook up an unusual groove when he wants! Titles here include "Que Bueno Esta El Ambiente", "Alma Libre", "Hay Que Saber Perder", "Ramona", "Elba", and "El Sucu ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear, and a very light stain on one edge.)
Tight and soulful grooves from the team of Pete and Sheila Escovedo – a set that still has elements of the pair's Latin roots, but which also explodes in a flurry of funk, soul, and fusion moments too! As with their first Fantasy album, the duo have Billy Cobham on deck to produce – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp.)
Pete & Sheila Escovedo —
Solo Two ... LP Fantasy, 1977. Near Mint- ...
Funky Latin grooves from Sheila Escovedo – recorded in the decade before she hooked up with Prince and dropped the "scovedo" from her last name – when she was part of a hip Bay Area scene that also included her brother Pete! The album's got a great blend of funky fusion and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great instrumental grooves from Fajardo – played with a group that's a bit fuller than the usual charanga, but which keeps things lean and tight throughout! Fajardo's flute is at the lead of all tracks – played with a style that's quite sharp, even when sweet – this edge that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amazing flute work from the legendary Fajardo – a player who was right up there with Pacheco in his pre-percussion years! The set's got a great sharp edge right from the start – a quality that might well come from the production, but which definitely keeps things from ever sounding too ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Features work by Papo Vazquez and Rafi Torres on trombone, Juancito Torres on trumpet, Jose Raul Rios on flute and alto, and David Cruz on tenor! LP, Vinyl record album
(Back cover has a few light notes.)
Clare Fischer —
Manteca! ... LP Pacific Jazz, Early 60s. Very Good ...
One of our favorite albums ever from the great Clare Fischer – and one of the first to really show his special talents at their best! The sound here is a wonderful blend of jazz, Latin, and Brazilian modes – and in addition to piano, Clare plays plenty of organ on the date – ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Back cover has some aging.)
Clare Fischer & His Latin Jazz Sextet —
Tjaderama ... LP Trend, 1988. Near Mint- ...
A mid 80s session from keyboardist Clare Fischer – a tribute to Cal Tjader, fitting enough given that Fischer was one of Tjader's best accompanists during the 60s! Fischer's playing digital piano and overdubbing vibes on the set – and other instrumentation includes flute, sax, bass, ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the grooviest albums that Clare Fischer ever recorded – featuring his electric Latin fusion group Salsa Picante, fronted by a two-man/two-woman vocal quartet who give the album kind of a "Brasil 66 meets Singers Unlimited" kind of sound! Fisher is on Fender Rhodes, and the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Clare Fischer with 2+2 Plus —
Free Fall ... LP Discovery, 1986. Near Mint- ...
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 ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Features backings by F Moreno Torroba – on titles that include "El Televisor", "Jerezana", "Ay Seguirillas", "Echame A Mi La Culpa", "Ave Maria Lola", "Vente De Vargas", and "Marussella". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Back cover has some aging, but front looks nice.)
The lovely singer works with guitar and orchestra – on titles that include "Mientime", "Te Busco En Mi Recuerdo", "Cautiva", "Sin Tu Amor", "Entre Las Sombras", "Tu Me Acostumbrastes", and "Una Noche Mas". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some tape on the edges, but is nice overall.)
This one's really living up to the "down to basics" in its title – as the record really just features spare percussion jams, mixed with a bit of electric piano – a really cool blend that's unlike anything else we can think of! The session features spoken introductions to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very mellow Latin instrumentals, with lots of slow conga in the background, and lead solos by tenor or trumpet, augmented by a bit of piano. The sound has a nice mellow sound, and is less cocktail than you'd expect – especially because the soloists are great, and have a very soulful sound. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy black label pressing! Record is great – cover has some tape on the seams.)
A very cool combination of folksy elements and jazzier styles – almost like some of the more sophisticated records that came from Havana at the end of the 60s! These guys do a wonderful job of mixing percussion, guitar, and flute with some warmer keyboards and other more modern touches ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, a bit of seam splitting, and a small old sticker.)
A killer Latin jazz set! Players include Al Grey on trombone, Wallace Davenport on trumpet, Bobby Platter on sax and flute, Rufus Jones on drums, Noahwell Cruz on piano, and Isauro on congas. Ricardo Reyes sings on a few tracks, but the best numbers are jazzy instrumentals! Titles include "M ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some aging & fully split seams, but the bottom seam is held with some clear tape.)
Latin Jazz Quintet —
Latin Soul ... LP Prestige/New Jazz, 1965. Near Mint- (reissue)...
A wonderful batch of Latin Jazz grooves – played by a group who more than deserved the right to call themselves the Latin Jazz Quintet! The core sound features vibes and piano jamming away nicely, really hitting some great modal rhythms – but this album's also got an added bonus in the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the grooviest groups of the Latin Soul scene – but they'd have to be, given their name! The Latin Souls are a vocal group with a really soulful feel – a great link between the earlier harmony sounds that were bubbling under in Spanish Harlem, and some of the hipper rhythms that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has some ring & edge wear, light aging, a small sticker on one corner, and a Demonstration stamp on back.)
70s work from Machito – still very much in the mode of his classics from earlier years, but with an undeniable punch on a few numbers, thanks to the smoking salsa groove of the Coco Records label! The album's got one really standout track entitled "Macho" – a 13 minute ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has split seams held with clear tape and some marker on back.)
A sweet little session from the Bay Area scene – a set that features English and Spanish language vocals from guitarist Memo – plus backing in a mix of funky jazz and clubby soul! The album's a unique fusion of modes – maybe like some of the Spanish disco rumba material of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Seminal session that was virtually one of the only west coast attempts to replicate the famous "cubop" mix of bebop and Latin that had been evolving over the years in the New York scene. Machito percussionists like Jose Mangual and Ubaldo Nieto join a west coast group that includes alto ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great testament to the depth and versatility of Orquestra Harlow in the 70s – and a record that shift easily between traditional modes and more contemporary styles! Larry Harlow is at the top of his game here – working with careful sensitivity on some of the more fragile numbers, but ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The "quad" here seems to be mostly conceptual – but the "live" part of the set is definitely in place! The album's a real stormer – one of the best mid 70s sides from Larry Harlow's excellent group, recorded in front of a small but enthusiastic crowd, and done with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Sunrise label pressing – in nice shape!)
Orchestra Harlow —
Salsa ... LP Fania, 1974. Used ...
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Orchestra Harlow were already at the top of their game by the time of this classic early 70s album – yet they also managed to leap forward strongly too – both embracing and lending a name to the growing salsa movement of the time! The streetwise sounds that Harlow created in the 60s ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very cool stuff – and way different than familiar merengue modes – as we'd expect from the mighty Wiso Pagan! Titles include "Ay Caramba", "Apretaito", "Monte Adentro", "Saxofones Magicos", "Te Vi", and "Fiesta En La Quebra". LP, Vinyl record album
Rare early Charlie Palmieri record, and one of the great Latin records to come out on United Artists in the early 60's. Charlie leads a tight little orchestra that includes a lot of the top players that he was playing with at the time, with vocals by Victor Aviles and Leonel Bravet, percussion by ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has split seams and a name in pen on back.)