Classic stuff by Noro – and a wonderful selection of hard to find material from the 50s! This isn't really a greatest hits album – but it is a good sampling of some of his better (and better-recorded) work during the postwar years, and almost all of the tracks have a nice hard groove ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beny More's a hell of a singer – one of the strongest voices of his generation, and an artist who can sound especially strong on an upbeat number! More's got a way of stretching out and inflecting his vocals that was a huge inspiration on the Latin Soul and salsa generations to come – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
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
Ocho 3 ... LP United Artists, 1974. New Copy (reissue)...
The killer 3rd album by this legendary Latin group from the early 70s! The set's a very tasty batch of Latin jazz, Latin funk, and a few straighter Latin cuts – and it's possibly their toughest album to find in the original. The group gets hot and heavy on a Latin version of James Brown's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Claus Ogerman may hail from Germany, but he's got a heck of a way with a New York Latin groove! The album's a great blend of styles all handled perfectly – a mode that mixes Latin soul with some of the groovier arrangements that were showing up on records at Verve during the same period. ... (Now Sound, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has two cutout holes, a lightly bent corner, and some writing in pen near the top.)
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 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
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 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
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
An important early album from Eddie Palmieri – one in which he introduces the "mozambique" rhythm – essentially a conga-styled approach to the tune, and one that features a lot more percussion than on his earlier sides! The group that supports him is strong enough to carry ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
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
Landmark work from Eddie Palmieri – a stunning performance by his Harlem River Drive band, recorded live before a very wild crowd at Sing Sing Prison! The feel here is a blend of the sound heard on the legendary Harlem River Drive album – a unique fusion of Latin, soul, and political ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has light wear, and a very light stain near one edge.)
Joey Pastrana —
Joey ... CD Cotique, Late 60s. New Copy ...
Brilliant early work by one of the sharpest bandleaders of the Latin Soul era! A young Joey Pastrana leads his sharp little combo through a stunning mix of Latin jazz, Latin soul, and descarga tracks – all with the kind of hard playing, jazzy grooves, and dark edges that characterized a lot ... 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 very cool group from Peru – one that's as far-reaching as it is funky, thanks to a huge amount of experience and talent from all of its individual members! The core force here might be the electric bass of Enrique Luna, which creates a pulse on all of the numbers, even when the ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a lightly bent corner.)
Astor Piazzolla/Leo Brouwer/Marc Grauwels/Guy Luko —
Tango ... CD Carrere (Brazil), 1986. Used ...
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
Perez Prado —
Latino! ... LP RCA/Camden, Late 50s. Very Good+ ...
A nice set of harder Latin material by Perez, recorded for RCA, and issued as a budget compilation on the Camden label. Don't let that stop you, though, because the record's got some nice groovers – like "Latino", "Silbando Mambo", "Mambo Universitario", and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Deep groove pressing. Cover has a center split spine.)
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 —
Hideout ... CD Milestone, 2004. Used ...
A much stronger session that Pucho's last album for Milestone – with a strong no-nonsense Latin jazz component on most of the best tunes on the set! The more jazz-based focus in a good thing here – as Pucho's gotten past the simple funk that was perhaps a bit too overdone on some of ... read moreCD
(Out of print, promotional stamp on CD.)
Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers —
Jungle Fire! ... LP Prestige/BGP (UK), 1969. New Copy (reissue)...
One of the greatest albums by this funky Latin combo! The record differs from some of their earlier Prestige albums in that the tracks are longer, more instrumental, and have a hard fuzzy electric groove. The band jams hard in a way that's more like some of the funk combos of the early 70s, than ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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! ... CD Prestige (Japan), 1966. Used ...
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 moreCD
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 confusing title, but a wonderful little record! The album's as much a Herbie Mann Latin session as it is a record by Johnny Rae – which is probably why the album's titled as such – and the group on the set features Rae on vibes, Herbie on flute, Jack Six on bass, Philly Joe Jones on ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a split spine, half split bottom seam, and a light stain on back.)
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
A wonderful album of Latin grooves from Shorty! The record is one of his best, and features a whopping array of percussionists – including Carlos Vidal, Modesto Duran, and Mike Pacheco all coming into play with Shorty's west coast style of arrangements, tweaked greatly here to pick up an ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Gonzalo Rubalcaba —
Blessing ... CD Blue Note/Somethin Else, 1991. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Players include Jerry Gonzalez on congas, Andy Gonzalez on bass, Dick Griffin on trombone and arrangements, and Sam Rivers on tenor, flute, and soprano sax. Titles include "West Side Blues", "El Camino", "Message From The Chief", and "Eastern Vibrations". (Jazz, Latin)LP, Vinyl record album
A nice record from Ruiz and one that really combines jazz elements with a Latin sound. Ruiz composed and arranged the songs on the record and plays piano as well. His ensemble consists of such players as Lew Soloff on trumpet, Steve Turre on trombone & seashells, Sam Rivers on flute and tenor ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Early 80s genius from trumpeter Arturo Sandoval – 2 albums that were never issued in the US at the time! First up is the sublime Turi from 1981 – an album that mixes smooth spacey fusiony production with Sandoval's soulful trumpet style – and the result is a sweet grooving set ... read moreCD
One of Mongo's biggest records of the early 70s – and an important early side for Atlantic Records! Moving to Atlantic from Columbia, Mongo hipped things up even more – picking up on important trends in soul, rock, and the Latin underground of the time. Atlantic gave Mongo the freedom ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A raw early cooker from Mongo Santamaria – a real standout album from the Riverside years, thanks to a live performance that goes far beyond his studio work of the time! The set was caught live at the Village Gate – in a way that lets the band open up and really jam on the tunes – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red label Battle pressing. Cover has some stuck-on paper along the bottom.)
A killer early album by Mongo Santamaria – almost an equal blend of jazz and Latin rhythms, and a great illustration of the unique contribution that he was making to both types of music back in the 60s! Mongo's group here is filled with some really great horn players – Nat Adderley on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Turquoise label Orpheum Productions pressing. Cover has chewed corners on the spine, missing a portion from the bottom.)
Late 60's issue of some of Mongo's great Latin jazz sides for Riverside from the early 60's. He's playing here with great players like Pat Patrick, Marty Sheller, Bobby Capers, and Chick Corea – and the band runs through classic Mongo material like "Watermelon Man", "Get The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mongo Santamaria —
Skins ... LP Milestone, Early 60s/1976. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ...
One of those Milestone 70s two-fer sets, filled with Mongo's classic early Latin jazz sides cut for Riverside in the 60s. As you'd expect, there's lots of tight jazzy moments and straight ahead hard jamming, courtesy of an all-star cast that includes Nat Adderley, Ronnie Capers, Paul Serrano and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
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
Oooooo-weee – a monster album by one of our favorite talents of the Latin soul era! Monguito Santamaria had a really great way of putting the electric bass right up front in his tracks – kicking things up with a bouncing groove that's as sock-boogaloo as boogaloo can get, and which ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great live Santana set, recorded in Japan in '73 and never released on vinyl in the US! The band here is at their peak, and this set features a nice large lineup that includes Tom Coster, Richard Kermode, Doug Rauch, Armando Peraza, Jose Chepito Areas and Michael Shreve, plus Leon Thomas on ... (Rock, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Dutch pressing, missing poster, but includes the inner sleeves. Cover has some wear and tape on the spine.)
Ok, so you were once embarrassed to have this in your collection – and sold it off so your buddies at college wouldn't make fun of you. Now, though, you treasure it as a crossover Latin Funk classic – with the kind of soaring guitar/organ grooves that were the brilliant sound of the ... (Rock, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sweet little tribute to Latin jazz giant Eddie Palmieri – one that features Eddie's piano on a few key tracks, but a set that also stands as a great showcase for the writing talents of trumpeter Charlie Sepulveda too! The album follows strongly in that modern jazz style that Palmieri ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD