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Soul Bossa TrioSoul Bossa Trio ... CD
CuBop/Ubiquity, 1995. Used ... $9.99
Classic work from the Japanese combo Soul Bossa Trio – one of the first 90s groups to really return to the root of the bossa generation – stepping out here in one of their few releases in the US! There's a very basic groove to the record – and the set's got a slight undercurrent of soul jazz too – at a level that not only makes it one of the best introductions to the group, but also a perfect fit for American release on Ubiquity too! Titles include their great remake of Sivuca's arrangement of "Ain't No Sunshine", plus "Bayu Bayu", "Call Me Mr. Vibes", "Mambo Parisienne", "Poochie", and "A Holiday In South Zone". CD
(Out of print.)
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Mario Bauza, Paquito D'Rivera & Jorge DaltoAfro-Cuban Jazz ... CD
Caiman/Yemaya (Spain), 1986. New Copy ... $8.99 14.98
One of the first records to return Mario Bauza to the glory of his initial years in Latin jazz – a set that's a real back-to-basics outing – with Bauza's alto at the head of a super-sharp group! The production style is a bit more modern than on the cubop sides of the late 40s, but the performance is otherwise very much in that spirit – save for the fact that some of the tracks are longer, with more room for solos – which is a-OK with us! Jorge Dalto produced the set, and plays piano in the group – and other musicians include Paquito D'Rivera on alto and sopranos ax, Ron Grunhont on tenor, Victor Paz on trumpet, Conrad Herwig on trombone, and Patato, Ignacio Berroa, and Daniel Ponce on percussion. Graciela sings a bit, but most of the set is instrumental – and the great Jose Fajardo provides flute solos on two tracks too. Titles include "Mambo Inn", "Cubanola", "Quedate", "Deja Que Diga La Gente", "Imitations", and "El Mareito". CD

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Joe HolidayMambo Jazz ... CD
Prestige/OJC, Early 50s. Used ... $6.99
Excellent work by a lesser-known 50s tenor great – and a wonderfully overstuffed package that features 23 tracks in all! Joe Holiday barely recorded as a leader in the 50s – but most of his work was done for the Prestige label, often in a Latinized mode that had Joe's tenor out front, and some hard-hitting percussion in the back! The overall style here is almost in the cubop mode – particularly that which surfaced on some of the better Verve sides of the time – as Joe's tone is lean and often modern, and supported by some great players that include Max Roach, Cecil Payne, Billy Taylor, Idrees Sulieman, and Eddie Bert – as well as Machito and a host of other percussionists. Most of the tracks on the set were only issued as rare 10" LPs or 78rpm singles – and the huge set list makes for a long-overdue look at this obscure 50s player! Titles include "Mambo Holiday", "Fiesta", "Chasin' The Bongo", "Cuban Nightingale", "Hello To You", "Blue Holiday", "Sleep", "Besame Mucho", "Donde", and "Joe Black Mambo". CD
(Out of print.)

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Illinois Jacquet & Ben WebsterKid & The Brute ... CD
Verve, Mid 50s. Used ... $18.99
The title's a bit misleading – as a number of the tracks on here were recorded by Jacquet, and Webster only sat in on two longer jamming numbers – "I Wrote This For The Kid" and "The Kid & The Brute". Not that that's a problem – as those long numbers take up a good portion of the record, and are really driving numbers that have some conga in the rhythm section, which makes for a lively kick that really drives the tracks. The conga also surfaces in "Mambocito Mio", a Latin jammer that moves at the best cubop speed – and other tunes include "Saph", "September Song", and "Jacquet's Dilemma". 15 tracks in all on this limited edition CD. CD
(Out of print, Verve Elite edition.)

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Ronnie Scott with Kenny Graham's Afro-CubistsBattle Royale – Studio Recordings Volume 2 ... CD
Esquire/Solid (Japan), 1951/1952. New Copy ... $15.99
Sublime early work from the legendary Ronnie Scott – small group numbers that show him starting out the 50s as a hell of a bopper, and a handful of tracks with a Latin vibe – cut with Kenny Graham's Afro-Cubists! Those cuts begin the set, and they're wonderful – material that often has Scott out front, soloing on tenor alongside Graham – with Latin jazz backings, in a way that's similar to the best cubop material that Verve was doing at the time! The remaining part of the record features Scott leading two different small groups – with players who include Dill Jones on piano, Harry Klein on baritone, and Tony Crombie on drums. Titles include "Not So Fast", "Fast", "Twin Beds", "Avalon", "Scott's Expedition", "Nemo", "Troubled Air", "Eureka", and "Seven Eleven". CD

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✨✧ Spanish Harlem OrchestraViva La Tradicion ... CD
Concord, 2010. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A soaring stormer from the Spanish Harlem Orchestra – a contemporary group, but one who plays with some really classic Latin jazz modes! The group's always been great, but this may well be their best album to date – full of rich tones, bold colors, and tight rhythms that keep things lively throughout – all recorded in a no-nonsense way that reminds us of those excellent Latin jazz sessions we used to love from the Cubop label. Pianist Oscar Hernandez is at the head of a lineup that features two trumpets, two trombones, sax, flute, and plenty of percussion – on cuts that include "Linda", "Nuestra Cancion", "Si Me Quieres Te Quiero", "Son De Corazon", "La Salsa Dura", "La Fiesta Empezo", and "El Negro Tiene Tumbao". CD
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✨✧ Axel Tosca/Amaury Acosta/Luques CUrtisCu-Bop – Original Soundtrack (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Think (Japan), 2016. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Latin jazz and a whole lot more – served up in this excellent soundtrack that takes us back to the glory days of the cubop sound of the late 40s, but also adds in a lot of contemporary styles too! The music is played by a few different groups, all recording for the film, but the whole thing has a nicely unified vibe overall – a sound that's contemporary overall, given the recording quality and some of the arrangements – and which flows out nicely in a mix of modal, lyrical, and Latin-styled numbers. Players in the groups include Axel Tosca and Rolando Luna on piano, Cesar Lopez on alto, Julio Padron and Kelvin Barretto on trumpet, Dagoberto Quintana on timbales, and Otto Cantana and Adel Gonzalez on percussion. Titles include "Avenida 15" by Unity, "Del Sasser" by Los Cubanos/Cu-Bop, "Mi Ayer" by Havana Jam Session Venderacion, "Benjamin Franklin" by Unity, "La Tarde" by Los Cubanos/Cu-Bop, "Perfidia" by Habana Jam Session/Crema Nota, and "Maria Cervantes" by Habana Jam Session/Live. CD
Also available Cu-Bop – Original Soundtrack ... LP 35.99

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