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Abelardo BarrosoCha Cha Cha ... CD
World Circuit, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $15.99 16.98
Landmark recordings from Cuban singer Abelardo Barroso – one of the most expressive voices on the Havana scene – both before and after the revolution! Barroso is heard here in he company of Orquesta Sensacion – a great group with a very rhythmic vibe, and a style that's often in the best charanga mode of the period – especially that sharper style that bubbled big in Cuba before hitting the mainstream up north. Instrumentation is tight and light – very focused rhythms, piano, flute, and violin – and Abelardo's lead vocals get lots of room for these soulful, colorful inflections that really illuminate the tunes – with a range of feeling that even exceeds some of his important contemporaries. Equally great is the package – which has notes and a wonderful vintage look – overall way nicer than some of the cheaper collections of Cuban sounds on the market. Sound quality is great – and titles include "El Panquelero", "El Huerfanito", "Triste Lucha", "Bruca Manigua", "El Manisero", "La Mulata Rumbera", "Yo Ta Cansa", and "Tiene Sabor". CD

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Willie ColonFantasmas ... CD
Fania, 1981. Used ... $18.99
A brilliant new move for Willie Colon – a set that goes even further than his mid 70s classics with Ruben Blades, and pushes Willie into a Pan-American consciousness carried off with ambitious musical vision! The sound is still salsa at the core, but Willie's also brought in bits of other South American influences – traces of styles from Columbia, Argentina, and most importantly Brazil – heard wonderfully on Willie's reading of Chico Buarque's excellent "Oh Que Sera"! The backings are full, and sometimes have large orchestrations – and the vocals are both proud yet somehow fragile at the same time. Titles include "Oh, Que Sera?", "Mi Sueno", "Celo", "Amor Verdadero", "Al Dormir", "Toma Mis Manos", and "Sueno De Papelote". CD
(Out of print Musica Latina CD pressing which has some light staining on the booklet.)

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Fania All StarsQue Pasa – The Best Of The Fania All Stars ... CD
Columbia, Late 70s. New Copy ... $4.99 6.99
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 of soul, club, and fusion – all of which were worked nicely to tighten up their groove. And while you might think that after playing side-long jams, these shorter cuts could represent a more commercial side for the group – to us, this shift is an important one that has the ensemble taking the old energy of the Latind descarga and bringing it nicely into focus for a huge crossover audience. The cuts here sparkle and glisten with the best non-Latin funk and club of the time – and the CD features 13 tracks from the albums Spanish Fever, Rhythm Machine, Cross Over, and Delicate & Jumpy – titles that include "Coro Miayre", "Ella Fue", "Fania All Stars Cha Cha Cha", "Los Bravos", "Peanuts", "Prepara", "Que Pasa", "Sin Tu Carino", "Isadore", and "Foofer Soofer". CD

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Hector LavoeDe Ti Depende ... CD
Fania, 1976. Used ... $11.99
A killer of a mid 70s album from Hector Lavoe – recording here as a solo act after his split from the Willie Colon group, but still with strong backings and musical supervision from Willie himself! The style here is very similar to the last few albums Lavoe recorded with Colon – a brilliantly bouyant mix of samba and soul, carried off with increasing sophistication few might have expected from the pair's early years, and a depth of feeling that clearly made Hector one of the most important Latin singers of the 70s. Titles include "Tanto Como Ayer", "Vamos A Reir Un Poco", "Consejo De Oro", "De Ti Depende", and "Mentira". CD
(Out of print original Fania pressing.)

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Charlie ParkerSouth Of The Border ... CD
Verve, Early 50s. Used ... $11.99
Believe it or not, this is a crackling batch of Latin jazz tracks, featuring the alto solos of Charlie Parker and (more importantly) the arranging genius of the great Chico O'Farrill. The material was originally issued on a number of different 10" jazz LPs – some under Parker's name, some under Machito's name – and this beautifully packaged CD does an excellent job of bringing all the material together in an excellent way. Parker's sound is amazingly intense, and it's driven to new and different heights by the pounding Latin rhythms of the group. The CD includes the full 17 minute version of O'Farrill's "Afro Cuban Suite", plus the shorter tracks "Un Poquito De Tu Amor", "Estrellita", "Mango Mangue", and "Okiedoke". Great great great stuff, and the kind of "jazz meets Latin" session that blows away any expectations you might have! (Jazz, Latin) CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Pucho & The Latin Soul BrothersBig Stick/Dateline ... CD
Prestige/BGP (UK), 1968/1969. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Two rare gems from this legendary Latin group – both on CD for the first time ever! Big Stick is quite possibly the rarest album from Pucho & The Latin Soul brothers – and also one of the greatest, too – thanks to a wonderfully soulful vibe overall, and some wicked vocals from the great Jackie Soul! Arrangements are a bit bigger than some of their previous dates, but nicely offbeat too – put together by Bill Fisher, and featuring loads of great keyboards and organ from Neal Creque! The sound's got less horns than beofre, but the heavy percussion, keyboards, and vocals more than offset that loss – and make for one of the most unique Pucho albums ever! Titles include "Swamp People", "Left In the Cold", "Big Stick", "Cold Shoulder", and a very groovy version of "Sunny"! Dateline is a rare gem from Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers – and an album that has them really hitting strong on all instrumental fronts! The group sports wonderful piano and organ lines from Neal Creque – a player who helps Pucho hit a more expansive, jazzy vibe – mixed with horns from the always-great Pazant brothers – Eddie on saxes and Al on trumpet – plus some trombone from Barry Rogers too! These players all really help add some great jazzy inflections to the whole set – important, too, because the album's all instrumental – with no vocals to get in the way of the solos. Willie Bivens also plays vibes on the record – and titles include "Listen to Louie", "Dateline", "Yambo", "Bim", and "Ain't Nothin Can Happen". CD
 
 
 



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