Rare Mercury material by Machito – with titles that include "At Sundown", "Donkey Serenade", "The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise", "Why Do I Love You", and "Hall Of The Mambo King". LP, Vinyl record album
A great document of the crossover between the New York Latin scene and the Catskills – the upstate resort community that was as important to the Latin groups as the uptown clubs! Like many groups of the period, Machito's found a heck of a lot of work in the Catskills during the 50s – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has clear tape on all seams.)
A blend of soulful styles from the mighty Macondo! This self-titled set is pretty hip batch of tracks – sort of a mixture of early 70s LA Latin funk, with some lighter elements of Brazilian music, possibly added into the record by Claudio Slon, who produced the set for Sergio Mendes. The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap is aged and worn, with some tears. Cover has some light stains from seepage.)
Brassy set of Latin sides recorded by Machito's trumpet player from the old days, Bobby Madera, who's probably best known to the world as the man who wrote "Mambo Inn". That track's on here, and so are the tracks "Mambo Pastel", "Basutoland", "Rhythmambo", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove and serrated edge. Cover has light aging and a vintage store sticker on back.)
Maku Soundsystem have a really great mix of modes – many elements that echo the Colombian roots of most group members, but fused strongly through New York modes that reflect their home of the past few years! Somewhere in the background, you'll hear echoes of cumbia and other Latin styles ... (Global Grooves, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
(Cover has a cut corner and a mark from sticker removal on front.)
Legendary Latin Soul & funk from Malo – all the Bay Area combo's original singles for Warner in the early 70s, A- & B-sides, together for the first time – focusing on the group at it's fastest-paced and most exhilarating! Malo's sweet blend of Latin, jazz, funk, and rock really ... read moreCD
Malo ... LP Warner, 1972. Very Good Gatefold ...
Wonderful 70s Latin soul from the legendary Bay Area combo that included Jorge Santana, Luis Gasca, and Coke Escovedo – all players who'd go onto great solo fame on their own, working together here as a youthfully inventive group that really set the tone for the west coast sound of the decade! ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a stained corner and brown packing tape on the seams.)
Mandrake Som —
O Amigo ... LP EMI (Italy), Early 70s. Near Mint- ...
The great second album by the Italian group from the seventies that played great Brazilian jazz. Their first album is better known, and the groove's a bit different on this one – because there's an acoustic guitar thrown into the mix, which only seems to deepen the sound – that great ... (Brazil, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Lexington Japanese pressing, with obi!)
Jose Mangual —
Buyu ... LP Turnstyle, 1977. Very Good ...
A classic underground Latin jazz album from the 70s – a wonderfully warm session that beautifully mixes older rhythms and a range of soulful jazz styles! The album's one of the few cut as a leader by bongo player Jose Mangual – whose sweet-stepping rhythms really make the set groove ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some great Latin work that Herbie cut for Verve at the end of the 50s – featuring tracks pulled from the Flautista album, plus other that showed up on another release. The tracks on the set are nice and long – with Herbie doing a snakey flute groove that's almost better than any of his ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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.)
Ray Mantilla & The New Space Station —
Man-Ti-Ya ... CD Savant, 1994. Used ...
Wonderful wonderful work from percussionist Ray Mantilla – and a record that we like as much as any of his classic work from years back! The set features Ray leading a group that's equal parts jazz and Latin – with Willie Williams on soprano and tenor saxes, Enrique Fernandez on ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
A sweet little session of Latin jazz – one that begins with an instrumental cover of a great soul tune by Omar – then only gets better as things go on! Percussionist Paolo Marini is at the helm of the ensemble – but he almost always has a tight blend of trumpet and trombone in ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
Ramon Marquez and his orchestra run through a set of cha cha cha's and mambos, with vocals on most of the cuts. Tracks include "Cachita", "Los Bomberos", "El Negrito Del Batey", "Totiri Mundachi", and "Tumbae". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original purple label pressing. Cover has some wear.)
Percussionist Sabu Martinez is one of the all-time greats of Latin music – and this record is probably the rarest he ever cut! The album came out of Sweden, where Sabu was residing during the 70s – enjoying some success as an expatriot jazz player in the European scene. The album ... 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
Brilliant work from the legendary Bobby Matos – a set that's way more than just another Latin jazz album – and which has a sense of tone, timing, and fire to rival much higher-concept jazz recordings! Yet throughout it all, Matos keeps a wonderful groove in place – his own key ... read moreCD
The cover lists the group as Bobby Matos' Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble – and you can definitely hear them live up to their name with a complex, soulful sound on this set! Bobby's a player who only seems to have come into his own in later decades of his music – great during his initial ... read moreCD
A great session that might well be the best album that Bobby Matos ever recorded for Ubiquity! The set's a live one, recorded at LA's Museum of Contemporary Art, and Bobby's band is a tight small combo with Michael Turre on saxes, Victor Cegarra on piano, and Steve Baxter on trombone. The sound ... read moreCD
An interesting cross-section of cultures in this classic Cook Records ethnographic set – a "Shango Sacrificial Ritual", then "Yemenite Nightsongs", followed by Cuban "Tumba Francessa". (Global Grooves, Latin)LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear with some clear tape along the top seam.)
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
Silvestre Mendez —
Oriza ... LP Seeco, 1958. Very Good ...
Fantastic work from the 50s New York scene – and a legendary set that offers up its own interpretation of Santerian rhythms! The groove on the set is very percussion-heavy – and done with that rich sort of vibe you might get on some of the classic Sabu Martinez records – or maybe ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ismael Miranda is standing proud at the start of the 80s with this great little set – bringing some new boldness into his work, and recording in the expanded salsa sound of Fania at the time! The record augments basic salsa backings with some larger orchestrations on a number of tunes – ... read moreCD
(Out of print, slight crease through traycard artwork.)
The last album that Ismael Miranda cut with Orchestra Harlow – but an extremely strong effort that draws from all the great work they did together! Larry Harlow's still very firmly at the helm of the set – producing, arranging, and playing piano with the classic Orchestra Harlow lineup ... read moreCD
(Out of print, slight crease through traycard artwork.)
Ismael Miranda Con Orchestra Harlow —
Abran Paso! ... LP Fania, 1971. Very Good ...
The last album that Ismael Miranda cut with Orchestra Harlow – but an extremely strong effort that draws from all the great work they did together! Larry Harlow's still very firmly at the helm of the set – producing, arranging, and playing piano with the classic Orchestra Harlow lineup ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original multicolor label pressing – nice and clean. Cvoer has a light stain in one corner, but looks fine overall.)
An excellent set of groovy Latin-tinged tunes – and one of the rarest records on Prestige from the 60s! The set's one of the few ever recorded under the name of Montego Joe – a great conga player who's probably best remembered for his work with the Har-You Percussion Ensemble, but who ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very unique little record – and one with a sublime blend of Latin, soul, and vocal styles! The record's a fair bit more sophisticated than most other efforts like this from the 60s – thanks to a strong batch of talents that includes Gil Fuller on arrangements, Phil Moore III on piano ... 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 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
A lost bit of late 60s Latin – with a really soulful feel! The band has an extremely strong instrumental sound, with a twin trombone lineup that's nice and tight – and they work with lots of dark descending chord progressions, spinning out tunes that bubble in blue notes, and nicely ... read moreCD
Sparkling Puerto Rican salsa from trumpeter Tommy Olivencia and his super-hot group of the 70s – an ensemble that features lead vocals from Chamaco Ramirez over some totally tight lines from the rest of the group! Tommy's trumpet is in some very brassy company here, but the sound is still ... read moreCD
The "quad" here seems to be mostly conceptual – but the "live" part of the set is definitely in place! The album's a real stormer – one of the best mid 70s sides from Larry Harlow's excellent group, recorded in front of a small but enthusiastic crowd, and done with ... read moreCD
A record that may well single-handedly mark the huge shift in American/Cuban relations in years to come – as the set's a tremendous project between the New York forces of Daptone Records, and the overlooked genius of the younger scene in Havana! Make no mistake, this isn't your usual Daptone ... read moreCD
A record that may well single-handedly mark the huge shift in American/Cuban relations in years to come – as the set's a tremendous project between the New York forces of Daptone Records, and the overlooked genius of the younger scene in Havana! Make no mistake, this isn't your usual Daptone ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Cuba's biggest groups of the 50s – presented here in a set that got equal circulation in the US, thanks to RCA! The sound here is a nice precursor of the charanga groove that would dominate New York in a few years to come – violin from Rafael Lay, the leader of the group – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A Cuban classic from Orquesta Aragon – recorded back in the days when US labels like RCA still had access to music being recorded in Havana! The style here is very much in keeping with the cha cha cha in the title – but it's also very much the Cuban variation, with a slightly more ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has some stains around the edges.)
A very weird record on Cotique – but with some nice moments. The band clearly has a nutty approach to their own craft, as is evidenced by the fact that they're all wearing tuxedos on the cover – which the notes claim is in response to "remarks about our way of dressing"! ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, a bit of pen, and tape on the seams.)
Orquesta Immensidad —
Alegria ... CD Barbaro, 1983. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Vocals by Roberto Blades on most tracks – and titles include "Renacer", "Lagrimas", "Senora", "Es Amor", "Traigo Alegria", "Lo Siento Mi Amor", and "En Cada Cosa". CD
(Out of print, slight crease through traycard artwork.)