Latin grooves, funky rhythms, and more – all tied together beautifully by Grupo Fantasma, one of the most compelling Latin combos working today! The group are kind of a Latin answer to some of the deep funk styles of the contemporary underground – a look back at older modes of the 60s ... (Deep Funk, Latin)read moreCD
As part of Soul Jazz's recent foray into more roots-oriented sounds behind the groove scene, they've released this album of spare moody Santeria tracks by the Cuban group Oba-Ilu. The material was recorded in Havana on a recent trip by the Soul Jazz staff, and it's got a very stripped-down feeling ... read moreCD
Henri Guedon —
Retrospective ... CD Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1970s/1980s. New Copy 2CD ...
Latin grooves in many styles – a massive collection of work by percussionist Henri Guedon – a musician with roots in the French West Indies, but who played heavily on both the Paris and New York scenes! Guedon's music here has a vibe that really shows that cross-cultural blend – ... (Global Grooves, Latin)read moreCD
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 legendary Latin funk album – spearheaded by Eddie Palmieri! The record is a landmark crossover album from the early 70s – cut at the end of the Latin soul era, but featuring that genre's wonderful mix of Puerto Rican soul, Spanish Harlem Latin, and New York funk – which are ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing, with the insert! Cover has some light wear, and a bit of light tape. Insert has some light staining on one edge.)
Larry Harlow certainly earns the name of Senor Salsa here – not just because of his decades-long pedigree in Latin music, but also because the record's easily one of his most solid since the 70s Fania years! There's a tight, jazzy feel to most of these numbers that's really great – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)
Paquito Hechavarria —
Frankly ... CD Calle 54/Sony, 2007. Used ...
Frank Hernandez —
Bravo Pavo ... LP Deja Vu (Italy), Early 70s. Near Mint- (reissue)...
Lively Latin jazz – and from Venezuela, no less! The set's one of a few classics by percussionist Frank Hernandez – and it's got a warm, round tone that's a bit different than that used on American Latin sides of the same time. There's a fullness to the record that we really love ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lush vocals from India – an album recorded with lots of traditional elements, but which also shows enough of the soulful background that the singer's picked up from her years working in New York. The contrast in styles is a good one, and makes for an album that shows India to be a singer ... read moreCD
A landmark album from this powerhouse Cuban group of the 70s – their first record issued formally to an American market, and quite possibly their greatest effort of the decade! The sound here is a lot more focused than on the group's Cuban sessions from previous years – not commercial ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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.)
A smoking descarga session from the 60s – one of the best albums ever by percussionist Kako! The album explodes with wonderful jazzy playing, and features 4 very long tracks that are stuffed with great solo work on piano and sax – bubbling over in heavy percussive excitement, with the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Kako & Azuquita —
Live It Up ... LP West Side Latino, 1968. New Copy (reissue)...
One of the best collaborations between Puerto Rican bandleader Kako and swingin' Panamanian vocalist Azuquita – and one of the seminal albums from the amazing late 60s era of West Side Latino Records! The record's got a number of nice tracks written by Louie Ramirez, including a few groovy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic! This great jam session from the early 60's is one of the landmark Latin Jazz recordings for the great Alegre label. Kako leads a crack group of players, including Charlie Palmieri, Cachao, Louie Ramirez, and Hector Rivera through a number of hard hitting tracks like "Mi ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A set that focuses on some of the best singers to work with this legendary group in their 50 years of music – with performances by Daniel Santos, Yayo El Indio, Celio Gonzalez, Tona La Negra, Leo Marini, and Carlos Argentino! LP, Vinyl record album
A wild wild album of Latin soul – one of the maddest albums ever recorded for the legendary Speed label! The group, like a rare few others of their generation, are an insane mix of Latin jamming, psychedelic soul, and stoner funk riffing – all sifted together in a blender, with a sound ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Latin Jazz Quintet —
Latin Soul ... LP Prestige/New Jazz, 1965. New Copy (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
An insanely great record – filled with lots of odd twists and turns, and done in a really unusual way! The session is an obscure one that features Pharoah Sanders joining the tight combo, who are working here with a very different sound than usual! Earlier Latin Jazz Quintet albums have the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(NOTE: This reissue seems to have a bit of distortion on a track or two – not noisy, but something rumbling in the background. Most of the record sounds great, though!)
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
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 moreCD
Killer Latin soul! This record is one of the hardest to find from the late 60's boogaloo era, and it's a massive stormer filled with tasty grooves! The band is small and tight, with a 2-sax frontline, for an extra-soulful sound. Vocals are in English and Spanish, and the album wails away like a ... 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
An unusual self-produced effort from Hector Lavoe – but a record that's every bit as strong as his other solo records from the time! Of course, Hector's got some big help on the record from Louie Ramirez and Jose Febles – who most likely did most of the arranging work, and ensure that ... read moreCD
Soaring salsa from the mighty Lebron Brothers – a group who first burst on the Latin scene with a strong run of Latin Soul recordings, but who are taking a more straightforward approach here! Yet that change hardly makes any difference, as the Lebrons still have that bold, youthful energy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
(Out of print.)
Carlos Lico —
Soy ... LP Cap Latino, Late 60s. Very Good ...
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(Cover has light wear and a small sticker.)
Little Joe —
Total ... LP Buena Suerte, 1973. Very Good ...
Features vocals from Vicente Consuegra, Rudy Calzado, and Osvaldo Basora – on titles that include "El Pregon De La Montana", "Vacaciones En Puerto Rico", "La Poaloma", "El Lago", "No Se", "Sufrimiento", and "Y Tan Y Tan". LP, Vinyl record album
Tight early 60s pachanga tracks, played by flautist Belisario Lopez and his groovy little charanga. Most tracks have vocals, and titles include "Sucu Sucu", "Moliendo Cafe", "Dame", "Besame Y Quiereme", "En Casa De Estanislao", and "La ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Los Chicos Malos look a bit folksy on the cover, but the sound of the album is anything but – and instead is a cool Colombian take on the best New York salsa modes of the 70s! The sound is clear and sharp throughout – on-fire tracks that are driven by plenty of percussion, and topped ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album