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
Latin Jazz Quintet —
Hot Sauce ... LP Prestige, 1961. New Copy (reissue)...
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
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
A hokey cover but a really classic album from Hector Lavoe – one of his biggest records of the 70s, and a great mix of modes that showcases the full range of his talents! The standout number here is the 10 minute groover "El Cantate" – a driving salsa tune penned by Ruben ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 ... read moreCD
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 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful little record from Hector Lavoe – one deepens his sound and emotion, but manages to do so without going into any schmaltzy territory! Some tracks here are full-on groovers, and others are mellower – but even these have a depth of feeling that really commands our attention ... read moreCD
If a cover was enough, we'd already love this record – but fortunately the music's even better than the image on the front – which makes the whole thing a stone cold winner! The album's a great early example of the fresh, raw sound that was coming out of Colombia at the start of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
This legendary Latin ensemble runs through a nice set of classic tracks by their founder Ernesto Lecuona. Candido sits in as a guest star on the session, giving their work a bit more of a conga punch than usual – and titles include "For Want of A Star", "Jungle Drums", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and sticker remnants on back.)
A very well-titled set from Libre – as the group were one of the more incredible acts on the New York scene of the 70s – always a bit more underground than the salsa mainstream, and able to easily bridge so many generations with their music! Leader Manny Oquendo has a great ear for ... read moreCD
Joe Loco was one of the most amazing early Latin piano talents, and in an album like this, you can really hear him go to work in a savage way! On this set, Joe moves all over the keys in a number of different ways – from heavy left-handed stride playing, to light and lovely jazz soloing, to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hard-driving Latin from Los Hacheros – a group of younger players who really get the sound of the classic era down perfectly – mixing Cuban roots, descarga jamming, and some really wonderful vocal refrains throughout! Instrumentation is heavy on percussion, and the grooves feature lots ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sweet set of 70s Latin Disco – less Afro-Cuban than you might expect, but a great illustration of the way that older Latin modes had filtered down to more mainstream dancefloors at the time! There's definitely still some Latin elements in the mix – but the set's also got Michael ... (Soul, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
For decades now, Ray Mantilla's been one of the few cats who can effortlessly fuse together Latin rhythms and jazz – creating the kind of music that's completely satisfying to fans of both styles, but all without ever resorting to any sort of easy cliches or overdone modes! Mantilla's the ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
A killer bit of Latin jazz from the 70s – one of the first records issued under the name of percussionist Ray Mantilla, and a really smoking set that features funky flute from Jeremy Steig, bass from Eddie Gomez, and both drums and keyboards from the mighty Joe Chambers! The tunes have a ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner & a name in large letters on both sides. Labels have some pen.)
A mariachi group, but one with a real difference – as these young ladies are intent on taking their music into a great new direction – one that still respects its roots, but also finds a way to thrive with the energy of a younger generation! Guitars, horns, and violins all share equal ... (Funky 45's, Latin)read more7-inch, Vinyl record
After having such great success with their two recent Bobby Matos recordings, Cubop has gone ahead and put together this great collection of material that Bobby recorded over the past 15 years. It includes a few tracks recorded for Cubop and not released at the time (including a very funky Latin ... read moreCD
One of the rawest albums we've heard from Cubop in a long time – and an excellent session that teams up west coast Latin percussionists Bobby Matos and John Santos! The album's got a majesty that's remarkable – blending Afro Cuban rhythms, modern jazz, and a strong sense of swing ... read moreCD
A great set from Al McKibbon – Cal Tjader's bassist on a number of classic 60s recordings, and a player who's gone onto become a key force in west coast Latin Jazz! The set's got a no-nonsense jazz-based approach that would have made Cal proud – with McKibbon stepping out in full, ... read moreCD
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
A crackling little set from Latin percussionist Antonio "Chocolate" Mena – not to be confused with the Latin trumpeter who also went by the name of Chocolate! The album's got some wonderfully jazzy numbers – put together with arrangements from Duke Pearson and Lalo Schifrin, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Funky gipsy grooves from 70s Spain – served up by a pair of sweet female singers, and plenty of fuzz guitar as well! The duo have a sound that's almost more sinister than you'd expect – singing together with this buzzing edge, and set to rhythms that are often pretty funky – in ... read moreCD
A lost boogaloo classic! This is one of the rare few records to come out on the tiny Speed label during the 60s – a hotbed of production for some of New York's most unique Latin Soul sides. Like other albums on the label, this set is a nicely messed up batch of tracks that shifts ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A contemporary group, but one that draws upon a huge tradition of Afro-Colombian sounds – pulled together by its members through travels that have taken them through all the many different regions of their diverse nation, and served up in a very spare style that mostly just features voice and ... (Global Grooves, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ocho 1 ... LP United Artists, 1972. New Copy (reissue)...
The rare first album by Ocho – and a killer batch of Latin tracks that breaks down all definitions of the music! Ocho were a seminal group in the NuYorica scene of the early 70s – blending soul, funk, Latin, jazz, and other styles into a groove that was perhaps a bit too complicated ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great early record by Larry Harlow's famous combo – every bit the "smokin" set that the title might imply! Harlow and the group are in full force here – ripping through a set of short tracks that really groove with a darkly percussive edge – not entirely a Latin Soul ... read moreCD
A really standout set from Orchestra Harlow – an ambitious late 70s project that traces the evolution of Latin music in an extended "Salsa Suite"! The work is far more complex than some of the group's other recordings – a real evolution in their own sound too, yet a record ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mexican pressing. Cover has ring & edge wear, splitting on the spine, and a peeled strip on front.)
Raw salsa from the streets of Brooklyn – served up here by a very obscure group, but one who work in the best styles of the Fania and Cotique Records scenes of the time! There's a strong Puerto Rican influence on the rhythms at times – very much that new spirit that was emerging with ... read moreCD
A great little cut that really lives up to its title – a jazzy mambo taken at a nice fast tempo – complete with some excellent percussion, fast-scatting vocals, and this great flute line that comes along in the middle and makes the whole thing really sparkle! The flipside is great too ... (Funky 45's, Latin)read more7-inch, Vinyl record
A great little album of boogaloos and hard Latin tracks – one of the few rare gems on the long-lost Speed label. The set features the work of the Orquesta Olivieri, led by trumpeter Herbie Olivieri, and featuring more trumpet, piano, and percussion, plus lead vocals by Angelo Jiminez and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ginesa Ortega —
Oscuria ... CD Harmonia Mundi (Spain), 1998. Used ...
(Out of print.)
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
Fantastic work from Eddie Palmieri – right up there with his best of the 70s, and filled with the kind of tunes you'd buy one of his best records for! The set was recorded live in Puerto Rico in 1971, and is a mix of the late Latin Soul styles that were heard on the Sing Sing albums, with ... read moreCD
Eddie Palmieri —
Sentido ... CD Coco/Bomba (Japan), 1973. New Copy ...
Eddie Palmieri and the Coco label were a team that couldn't be beat – and this beautiful album is complete proof of that fact! The set's a wonderful batch of tunes – expanded arrangements from Eddie with just the right touches of funk, jazz, or rootsy instrumentation, shifting moods ... read moreCD
Eddie Palmieri's work for the Coco label is some of his best of the 70s, and this album is no exception – and while the title may call the record "unfinished", it sounds pretty darn well done to our ears – far better than most other Latin sides of the time! The album includes ... read moreCD
Brilliant 70s work by Eddie Palmieri – easily one of his greatest records of the decade! The album features Eddie really showing off his jazz chops on a number of longer tracks – tunes that bring together some of the spirit forged during the Harlem River Drive era, with some of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The genius of Eddie Palmieri never seems to dim at all as the years go on – and, if anything, the genius only seems to flower even more – finding new ways of expression that maybe even blow away some of Eddie's classic work from the 60s and 70s! This set is amazing – a ... read moreCD
The only album ever cut by conga player Armando Peraza – the killer percussionist who worked with Cal Tjader in the 60s! The album's got a very similar feel to Cal's work of the time – blending together jazz, Latin, and groovy 60s rhythms – with lots of percussion on the bottom, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lou Perez —
Tamboleo ... LP Corredor, Early 60s. Very Good+ (reissue)...
Strange reissue of a bunch of Lou Perez's classic sides, with a group that has him on piano and Eddy Servigon on flute, with the vocals of Hector Romero and Chico Alonzo. The notes are not very descriptive, but we think the material came from the early 60's. It's definitely got that charanga ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A cracker of a Latin set from the end of the 60s – one originally issued in Venezuela, but done with all the hard, soulful styles of the New York scene of the time! Ray Perez has a very sharp, tight combo here – one that can pull out a heavy bassline when needed, or hit the piano with ... read moreCD
Astor Piazzolla/Leo Brouwer/Marc Grauwels/Guy Luko —
Tango ... CD Carrere (Brazil), 1986. Used ...
(Out of print.)
Omara Portuondo —
Singles ... CD Egrem/Malanga (Spain), Late 60s/1970s/1980s/1990s. New Copy ...
Four decades' worth of singles recorded by Cuban vocalist Omara Portuondo – plus an assortment of even rarer tunes from various artists compilations! The presentation here is really wonderful – and most tracks are beautifully remastered, and accompanied by great notes in both English ... read moreCD
A great lost album from Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers – not classic vintage, despite the front cover image, but an excellent session from the early 90s that still has Pucho very much at the top of his game! The album's way heavier than some of Pucho's other material from the period ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pucho & His Latin Soul Brothers —
Heat! ... LP Prestige, 1968. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Brilliant work from Pucho and his legendary Soul Brothers group of the 60s – a record that's beyond definition – as it combines Latin, soul, jazz, and even a few funky touches – all into one totally amazing sound! This one really gets all the elements right – and the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has some wear & stains.)
One of the first albums from the legendary Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers – a wonderful little record that evenly blends together jazz, Latin, and soul music! There's a stronger soul jazz vibe here than on some later Pucho sets – partly due to the strong use of jazz in the rhythms ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Green label pressing. Cover has some wear with a cutout hole.)
Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers —
Tough! ... LP Prestige, 1966. New Copy (reissue)...
Killer Latin soul from Pucho and crew – and an album that's one of their greatest! The record is also one of the earliest by the group, and it features a different lineup than later ones – with William Bivens on vibes, Claude Bartee on tenor, and Vince McEwan on trumpet. There's a bit ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great compilation of Tito's work for the Tico label – put together in celebration of his 20 years in show biz, and mostly featuring tunes recorded around the time of the release of the record. The set contains some great 60s groovers – and titles include "Loco De Amor", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a cutout hole.)
Tito Puente —
El Rey ... LP Picante/Concord, 1984. Near Mint- ...
80s work from Tito – but very nicely grooving, with a small combo that has a nice jazzy finish, and lots of strong west coast Latin work from the likes of players like Francisco Aguabella, Jorge Dalto, Jose Madera, and Johnny Rodriguez. The set was recorded live in SF – and titles ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A stone cooker from Tito Puente's great back to basics years of the 80s – a time when he was really moving towards the Latin jazz of his roots – working without any singers, or any contemporary gimmicks, and letting loose with tight combos and top-line jazz players! This set features ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of THE killers of the Latin soul years – and a record that sometimes doesn't always get its due because it was issued on Mercury, not one of the New York indies! But don't let that association fool you, because this record's every bit as hard – if not harder than – any of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has a lightly bent corner.)
Nothing too romantic here, as the great Louie Ramirez keeps things lively throughout – mixing his older salsa groove with a bit of 80s instrumentation – all in support of the rich vocals of Ray De La Paz! There's plenty of jazzy elements in the music, which keeps things way more ... read moreCD
Percussionist Louie Ramirez teams up with vocalist Ray De La Paz – and the result definitely has plenty of class! Louie plays vibes and timbales, and the backings have plenty of jazzy elements in the mix – that cut above that we always have loved in the work of Ramirez since the 60s ... read moreCD
Some of the tightest funky 70s jamming ever – a lost gem from Ray & His Musical Court, a group that perfectly fuses JB/Horny Horns funk with beat-heavy Afro-Cuban groove! Ray and the group are one of the more obscure funky combos of the era, and it's a damn shame, because the group's ... (Soul, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful collection of Latin recordings from postwar France – all recorded by Cuban native Filiberto Rico, an artist who moved between Havana and Paris in the early part of his life – and seemed to leave quite a musical legacy in the process! Rico was part of seminal Cuban ... read moreCD
A monster album of Latin soul – arguably the greatest record ever cut by Hector Rivera! The record's a rare cooker that never lets up at all – a non-stop boogaloo party that definitely lives up to its swinging cover image – and which is quite different than most other albums from ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ismael Rivera —
Oro ... CD Tico/Uniko (Canada), 1979. New Copy ...
Pure 70s gold from Ismael Rivera – the kind of music that shows why he was one of the best vocalists of the growing salsa scene! The set collects together some of the best tracks from Rivera's work in the 70s Fania empire – all arranged with very sharp arrangements from Joe Cain, ... read moreCD
A classic example of the power of the male vocalist in 70s New York Latin – as Ismael Rivera represents himself as a simple working class Puerto Rican on the front and back covers of the record, but steps out with a tremendous sense of majesty on his vocals for the set! The instrumentation ... read moreCD
Groovy stuff from Ray Rivera! The record isn't really Latin soul, but it's got these larger arrangements from Claus Ogerman that are pretty darn groovy – and which have kind of a funky Latin easy kind of groove that's very nice! Includes a cover of "Ode to Billy Joe", plus the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tight record of earlier Cumbia stuff, recorded by Columbia as part of their great Latin series from the early 60's (when the Catskills market was big enough to make it worthwhile for major labels to put this stuff out). And although the liner notes claim that the Cumbia's great because you can ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Out of print, traycard cartwork has a slight crease.)
Tito Rodriguez —
More Amor ... CD West Side Latino/Polydor, 1964. Used ...
Romantic stuff by Tito, with the sort of Latin love song stylings that he was doing so well during his United Artists years. Tracks include "Vieja Luna", "Por Eso No Debes", "Nuestras Vidas", "No Es Verdad", "Hablame Mi Amor", and "En Mi ... read moreCD
A real killer from the mighty Tito Rodriguez – a set that's got him opening up a bit more than usual, with a vibe that reflects some of the changes coming from the younger corners of the Latin scene! The album's got a lively feel, and a bit more jazz than usual from Tito – a flavor ... read moreCD
A wicked batch of Latin groovers from Willie Rosario – one that takes all the energy of his rare indie sides from the 60s, and fuses it with the tight approach to Latin Soul being hipped up by Atlantic at the time! The whole thing's great, and has a vibe that's very lively overall – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Pink & tan label pressing. Cover looks great, save for a small cutout hole. Vinyl plays with clicks & crackles.)
A great set of Cuban recordings from pianist Gonzala Rubalcaba – all done for the Areito label in the mid 80s, and with a style that mixes sharp Latin jazz group numbers with more sensitive solo and trio material! The piano is mostly acoustic, but sometimes electric – and two tracks ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD