Long tracks with a nicely rootsy vibe – played by a group with Charley Rodriguez on tres and Chocolate Armenteros on trumpet – on titles that include "Manicero", "Veto No Se Ve", "En Mi Casa Bailen Rumba", "Demuestrame Que Sabes", and "Echale ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible early album from Eddie Cano – one that features his Latin tinged piano amidst some incredibly sharp orchestrations, all cooking up a set of tight and rhythmic readings of Ellington standards! The feel isn't as Latin as some of Eddie's other albums, but there's still some Latin ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear and some tape on the spine.)
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
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has some aging and a very small split in the bottom seam.)
A crossover Latin Funk classic – with the kind of soaring guitar/organ grooves that were the brilliant sound of the 70s for the West Coast scene, a whole new way of playing Latin Soul that blew away the New York sound of the late 70s. Titles include "Persuasion", "Evil ... (Rock, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great album of salsa tracks recorded at the end of the 70s – when Ray was returning to the scene after a prolonged hand injury kept him out of music for a while. Despite this time off, though, Ray's in top top form – coming back to basics with a really heavy groove, picking up right ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A stunner of a record from the Fania All Stars – a tremendous attempt to move into a 70s soul vein, complete with Satin Soul arrangements from Gene and Billy Page! The record bubbles over with the funky orchestrations you'd expect from the best Barry White work at the time – strings ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and promo stamp.)
Latin Jazz Quintet —
Chant ... LP Prestige/Tru Sound, 1962. New Copy (reissue)...
One of the best albums ever recorded by this groundbreaking Latin jazz combo – and a magnificent blend of jazz instrumentation and deeper Latin roots! Juan Amalbert's Latin Jazz Quintet was a new sound in Latin jazz – one that took the piano/bass/conga rhythms of smaller groups of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A Latin classic from the word "bang"! This album was the one that busted Joe Cuba out of the Latin ghetto – into the sound of 60s soul, early funk, and beyond. The record's a stone winner – filled with boogaloo tracks delivered by Joe's firey young sextet, a killer ensemble ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent set from Tito – very funky, unlike most of his other work from the time! The record has a great electric vibe to it – thanks to a hip bass player in the group, to Charlie Palmieri, who plays organ and electric piano on the record, and to Tito himself, who's never sounded ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ray Barretto —
Acid ... LP Fania, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)...
A monster! If you buy one Latin record this year – make it this one – because it's one of the greatest ever recorded! Ray's late 60s Acid album is a landmark recording – a sublime mixture of Latin jazz, percussion, and soul – grooving hard in a variety of styles, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Killer stuff all around! This album's a monster – one of Ray's greatest, with the same sort of Latin Soul groove heard famously on his classic Acid LP. The record has Ray cutting across many genres – blending Latin, soul, jazz, and a slight bit of funk – all into a set of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A masterpiece of Latin jazz – and one of the truest expressions of the genre we can think of! The album's quite unique, especially for the time – a spare, stripped-down presentation of Latin-influenced jazz – a sound that has its roots in the cubop experiments of a decade before, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A cheesy cover, but a killer album from the Fania All-Stars – one that's quite different than most of their other work at the time, with an open-ended jam session feel that really takes us back to the old days! The group here is really just a sextet – the core combo used to launch the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mexican pressing. Cover is lightly stained and wrinkled at the bottom.)
An early 70s killer from Ray – recorded right in the same era as most of his best albums! The feel here is strongly in the salsa mode – as Ray steps effortlessly from the Latin Soul era into a whole new decade of musical magic. And like the best of his 60s work, Ray's salsa cooks at a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Willie Colon —
Hustler ... LP Fania, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)...
Brilliant early work from a young Willie Colon – a true hustler if there ever was one! The album has an amazing energy that really bridges a number of Latin scenes – it's part descarga jamming, part Latin soul, and part traditional Latin – put together with a no-nonsense approach ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Celia Cruz and Johnny Pacheco join forces with vocalist Justo Betancourt and pianist Papo Lucca – the latter of whom was making plenty big waves in music with Sonora Poncena at the time! Pacheco's the leader of the group on flute and percussion, but Lucca's piano has plenty of force in the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A mid 80s studio set from the Fania All Stars – and proof that the group was still going great at this time – almost reverting to their older modes of the early 70s, and shaking free of the more electric, more soul-based styles that group was using during their time at Columbia Records! ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mexican pressing on Fania. Cover has an unglued bottom seam.)
Titles include "Juguete", "La Cocaleca", "Caracol", "Besame La Bembita", "Chica Perdona", "Maria Dolores", and "Zape Gato". LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl is great – but cover has a light water stain in one corner.)
Johnny Pacheco & Hector Casanova —
Los Amigos ... LP Fania, 1979. Very Good ...
A nice mix of 70s salsa and more traditional themes – part of the ever-evolving Pacheco sound during the great years of Fania, served up here with richly-ranged vocals from Hector Casanova! Casanova seems to push things a bit more than Pete El Conde Rodriguez did with Pacheco before – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mexican pressing. Cover has edge wear and some pen on front.)
This one's a bit tighter than some of the group's earlier albums – but still equally funky, and still very nice! Malo are at the top of their form here – grooving hard with great guitar from Jorge Santana, tight congas from Francisco Aquabella, sweet organ from Ron De Masi, and great ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a split top seam, some wear, a cut corner, and clear tape along the spine.)
Perez turns his popular Latin sound to some even more popular 50s compositions – and even if it's not enough to swing the kids at the jukebox on the cover of the record, there's still some nice lively Latiny moments. Titles include "Isle Of Capri", "Three Little Words", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Living Stereo pressing, with deep groove. Cover has light wear.)
Trio Los Panchos —
Epoca De Oro ... LP Columbia, Late 50s/Early 60s. Very Good+ ...
Just Sold Out!
The late 50s and early 60s were certainly the golden era of this famous Latin vocal trio – and this nice Columbia issue (part of their obscure "Ex 5000" series) brings together some classic material in a sparkling package that features a cover with the Panchos toasting each other ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye pressing.)
Ralfi Pagan —
Ralfi ... LP Fania, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)...
Sublime falsetto soul from the great Ralfi Pagan – one of the most unique artists on the New York Latin scene at the start of the 70s! Ralfi shares some of the sweet soul modes of Joe Bataan – when Joe's in the right mood – but he also goes further, too – and really pushes ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A Latin soul party – beyond compare! The album's a completely wonderful live set that really captures the energy, excitement, and warm sociability of the hip New York scene at the end of the 60s. The music is stunning – a freewheeling blend of jazz, soul, and Latin themes – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A roots-oriented 70s classic from Willie Colon – one of his standout albums of the decade! Willie continues his "life of crime" approach for the early 70s – moving into an old west look on the cover, and matching that with a slightly rootsier sound on the album! The real ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Willie Colon —
Willie ... LP Fania, 1974. New Copy (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
A solid 70s session from Willie Colon – a combination of a few tracks from previous efforts, mixed with other new ones, all featuring lead vocals by the wonderful Hector Lavoe! The work on the album's the kind that was so influential at the time, it's almost hard to hear how important it was ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
A stunning portrait of one of the best young artists on the New York Latin scene at the end of the 60s! Johnny Colon initially cooked up a groove with a run of some really important Latin Soul albums – and here, as the 70s come on, he's moving into smoking salsa territory with all the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A real scorcher from Eddie Palmieri – as much a transition as a superimposition – and the kind of record that would have a huge impact on Latin jazz in the 70s! Eddie's got one foot in the small group styles of his 60s work, but he's also reaching forward in a mode that's rootsy and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Stone slamming boogaloo – and one of the greatest albums from a young Bobby Valentin! Bobby's really cooking on all burners here – mixing together a bit of Latin jazz with a headier, trippier style of Latin soul – one that features lots of sinister undercurrents in the rhythms, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A monster album of 70s salsa – and one that has bad boy Willie Colon taking the Latin world by storm – forging the new sound that would push him and the New York scene into the frontline of 70s Latin! Willie's got a strength on the set that's very much in keeping with his machine gun ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Monguito Santamaria —
Black Out ... LP Fania, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)...
Stone funky Latin soul from the younger member of the Santamaria family! Black Out is one of Monguito's greatest – a hip album of groovy late 60s tracks that perfectly blend the Latin and soul sides of the Spanish Harlem scene. Marty Sheller handled arrangements on some of the album's best ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic little album of Latin Soul – a perfect example of why Pete was known as the "King Of The Boogaloo" during the 60s! The group's having a non-stop party on the album – breaking it hard with heavy piano lines, rumbling bass underneath the grooves, tight timbales, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A stunning album from Orquesta Harlow – one of their wildest of the 60s, and filled with delights! The record starts with this strange sound of a train pulling into a station, then rolls into a massive boogaloo groove that really sets the pace for the album – hitting hard with some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of our favorite Latin soul albums ever – a rollicking mix of upbeat party tracks, gentle ballads, and more – all handled with the undeniable magic that is Joe Bataan at his best! The album kicks off with the fantastic groover "Subway Joe" – a hilarious tune about ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent album of Latin material from Herbie Mann – and proof that he's equally great in just about any setting! The album's a rare Columbia Records outing from Herbie – but it's easily one of his greatest of the 60s, thanks to some really smoking arrangements from Oliver Nelson ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo 360 Sound pressing. Cover has some wear and discoloration from age.)
An excellent session of exotica-tinged Latin jazz – put together by pianist Don Ralke, and featuring some great work from flute player Buddy Collette – in a spirit that's very similar to Collette's own classic Jazz Heat Bongo Beat album! The set's also got some great bongo work by Jack ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has split seams.)
Dos ... LP Warner, 1972. Very Good Gatefold ...
A seminal bit of Latin funk from the Bay Area scene of the early 70s – the second album from Malo, and an even harder-hitting jam session than the first! The group are really in top form here – taking off with Santana-inspired riffs that are filled with heavy percussion, soaring organ, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
By the mid 70s, the New York Latin scene was boomin' so large it could easily fill venues like Yankee Stadium – as you'll hear on this excellent live set from the Fania All-Stars, a monster record that easily ranks with the best live Latin sides of the time – like Eddie Palmieri at Sing ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, with obi! Cover has some light wear, but is nice overall.)
A really pivotal album in the career of Mongo Santamaria – one that has Mongo stripping down the groove, kicking up some jazz, and mixing together soulful styles that brought him to the top of the Latin crowd of the 1960s! There's a tightness here that goes beyond any of Santamaria's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very very well indeed – a crackling little set from Lito Barrientos, and one that moves through a range of 60s Latin style with a very lively vibe! There's certainly some of the spirit of early Discos Fuentes in the mix – but the record also moves with a wider-ranging spirit, as it ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A cracker of a set from 60s Colombia – a record that certainly has plenty of the cumbias promised in the title, but which also features other lively grooves in a guaracha, charanga, and montuno style! The rhythms are upbeat throughout, and recorded in a great way that really gets at all the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A massive slice of music from percussionist Chano Pozo – best known as the guy who helped forge the mix of bebop and Latin that became known as cubop in the 40s – but also a hell of a musician in his own right too! The set brings together work from a wealth of early 78rpm singles ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Orchestra Harlow's answer to the Who's Tommy – Hommy, a Latin Opera, and one of the few concept albums we know from the New York Latin scene of the time! The tracks are fairly short, and they're separated by short "interludes" throughout the album that feature some cool spoken bits ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really smoking set from Ray Barretto – recorded at a later date than his Latin Soul classics, but a beautifully imaginative batch of tracks that shows that Ray never stopped perfecting his art! The centerpiece of the album is the long track "Canto Abacuba", which has an ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Venezuelan pressing. Cover is wrinkled on the bottom 3 inches, with some flaking on front.)
A great meeting of talents in the studio – as Ismael Rivera sings lead vocals for Kako's smoking combo, complete with congas by Patato Valdez! The sound here is a great – rootsy and highly percussive on the bottom, yet smooth on the top thanks to Ismael's vocals – sung here in a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Venezuelan pressing on Barbaro. Cover has some wear and aging.)
If there's anything Eddie isn't, it's straight ahead – as even a basic session like this bristles with free thinking energy! The album starts off with a hard mix of percussion and piano – very spare, almost rootsy, but done by Eddie with a style that's strong, proud, and filled with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Venezuelan pressing on Barbaro. Cover is stained at the spine.)
A nicely stripped-down set of numbers – mostly featuring Touzet's sparkling piano in the lead, set to tightly percussive arrangements that still also manage to glide a bit with an easy touch. The combination's quite compelling – a great link between Latin and cocktail styles, with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nice session of 80s Latin jazz tracks, recorded in Havana in 1986, and featuring the kind of long, jamming tracks that let Rubalcaba really open up on keyboards. The group also features sax work by Manuel Varela – and titles include "Nueva Cubana", "Concatenacion Heroica" ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nice session of 80s Latin jazz tracks, recorded in Havana in 1986, and featuring the kind of long, jamming tracks that let Rubalcaba really open up on keyboards. The group also features sax work by Manuel Varela – who takes a searing solo on the cut "Pluma", and plays nicely on the ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tito Rodriguez —
TV Show ... LP United Artists, Late 60s. Near Mint- ...
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(Stereo pressing. Cover has light wear and a promo sticker.)
An excellent little set from Tito – recorded in the late 50s for Tico, with a groove that's harder than much of his 60s work for United Artists! The lineup includes some nice jazzy vibes work on a few tracks – and the album includes the great percussive track "Suena Tu Bongo (Beat ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy orange label pressing. Cover has clear tape on the bottom seam, some wear and aging, and a bit of pen and 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
Hard grooving salsa tracks, with a bit of Latin Soul thrown in for good measure! The album includes the sublime "part 2" version of "Trumpetman", one of Ray's best groovers from the late 60s, and an excellent party Latin tune – plus the tracks "Wakamba", "Ba ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing. Cover has a cutout hole, some edge wear, mostly split top seam, and a peeled spot filled in with marker on front.)
Features arrangements and piano from Javier Vazquez – on titles that include "Tumbala", "Te Di Te Di", "Cuello Virao", "Yo Vine Pa Ve", and "Ni Mas Ni Menos". LP, Vinyl record album
Peru Negro —
Peru Negro ... LP Virrey/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1973. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
An Afro-Peruvian classic, and a folkloric set that really gets at the complicated modes of the genre! There's plenty going on here, but always in a relatively organic way – an unusual blend of Spanish-styled guitar, earthy percussion, and vocal passages that evoke styles from island cultures ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A salsa album, but one with some rootsier touches too – almost a bridge between two generations of Colombian music, and maybe some urban and rural modes too! There's really inventive work on both saxes and organ – instruments often used with odd tones, but driven forward strongly by ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent Machito album – with a hard straight ahead sound that's way better than a lot of his other albums from the time! There's loads of great percussion on the record, and plenty of strong Afro-Cuban grooves, recorded in spare arrangements with a bit of echo on the mix to give the set ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Joe and his crazy piano are at the head of another lively set of Latin numbers – piano driven all the way, with some heavy percussion to make things groove! Tracks include "Loco Motion", "Tremendo Cha-Cha-Cha", "Paso Merengue", "Mama Inez", "Baion ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono 6 eye pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear and aging.)
Larry Harlow's groovy group was still hitting strong in the mid 70s, and they're captured here with their best lead vocalist – the great Ismael Miranda! The session features guest appearances by Tito Puente, Ismael Quintana, Pupi Legarreta, and Milton Cardona – and titles include " ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Eddie Palmieri's greatest albums of the 70s – even though it was recorded for a major label! Like a number of his old counterparts in the New York indie world at the time, Eddie made a move to Columbia Records in the late 70s – a shift that should have dampened his soul, but ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo, including inner sleeve. Cover has wear and a tracklist sticker on the back.)
We're not sure that this was actually a "greatest hits" because it's hard to find these tracks turning up elsewhere but it's a nice batch of lighthearted Latin dance tracks in any case. Tracks include "Mama Inez", "Tea For Two", "Taboo", "Sway", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Later skyscraper label pressing. Cover has a cut corner.)
Stone lost Latin funk! This one's Candido's rarest – and it's a killer batch of conga-heavy grooves, recorded in the late 60s for Solid State, and featuring a very groovy set of mod Latin arrangements by Joe Cain. The band features organ, guitar, bass, horns, and some upfront conga solos ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A killer bit of salsa from the Colombian scene of the 70s – every bit as hard-driving and soulful as the best work coming from New York at the time! Robert's got a mighty tight combo for the set – heavy on percussion, which criss-crosses in these fast-moving lines – really ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A cornerstone of the classic chica groove in Peru – and one of the albums that put Juaneco and his very groovy combo on the musical map of 70s South America! The tracks are mostly instrumental, and have a fantastically tight blend of percussion, keyboard lines, and electric guitar – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Michi Sarmiento looks like a complete badass on the cover of this rare 70s album – and his group sounds completely badass as well – thanks to the wonderful mixing of modes that sometimes happened at the Disco Fuentes label! There's a loose vibe here that's quite different than New York ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A triple-time killer from the Colombian scene at the start of the 70s – one of those rare gems on Discos Fuentes that had the label setting a new sort of fire on its own, in comparison to the New York Latin generation! In addition to the cumbia tracks you might expect, the set's also got ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the proudest moments of the New York Latin underground – a time when some of its best players wound up playing for Columbia, through a brief affiliation between Fania and the larger label! And although you might think that the album would totally sell out the group's best points, it's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mexican pressing on Fania. Cover has light wear.)