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✨✧ Dave PikePeligrosso ... CD
CuBop/Ubiquity, 2000. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A killer album of Latin jazz – and one of Dave Pike's best recordings in years! The set grooves a lot harder than Pike's previous album for Ubiquity – and no wonder, since he's got Bobby Matos helping him out to maintain a strong Latin jazz sound. Pike's one of those players who's amazingly adaptable, and who in fact always seems to take new strength from new settings. This record shows him pushing past some of the ill-chosen moments of other recordings of the past two decades, to return to his glory as one of the best vibes players around. Titles include "Peligroso", "Bronx Blue", "Cayo Coco", "Sandunga", and "Beauty & The Beast". CD
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Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro-Latin Jazz OrchestraCuba – The Conversation Continues ... CD
Motema, 2015. New Copy ... $11.99 14.98
A brilliant meeting of modes from the mighty Arturo O'Farrill – a set that combines a rich tapestry of Cuban styles with American jazz elements from the cubop years and beyond – all into a spacious double-length set of performances that brings together musicians from around the globe, all recording in Havana under Arturo's direction! The tracks are often ambitious, but never overly-complicated – and instead almost take us back to the clarity of vision that we first loved in the older Afro-Cuban experiments of Machito with Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie – and the ability of those records to throw out many ideas at once, yet keep things very fluid and forward-moving at all times. Most tunes were written especially for the project – and titles include "Vaca Frita", "Second Line Soca", "El Bombon", "Just One Moment", "The Triumphant Journey", "Afro Latin Jazz Suite", "Guajira Simple", "Alabanza", "Blues Guaguanco", and "There's A Statue Of Jose Marti In Central Park". CD

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Bud PowellBirdland 1953 (3CD set) ... CD
ESP, 1953. Used 3 CDs ... $17.99
A comprehensive set of live recordings by Bud Powell – recorded in that magical year of 1953, on location at the Birdland nightclub! This set's the biggest and best we've ever seen of these performances – and not only includes a wealth of trio tracks, but also some cuts with Charlie Parker on alto or Dizzy Gillespie on trumpet. Bud's piano alone is worth the price of admission, though – and these radio broadcasts capture him at the height of his bop powers – working with shifting lineups that include either Charles Mingus, Oscar Pettiford, Franklin Skeetes, or George Duvivier on bass – and either Art Taylor, Roy Haynes, or Sonny Payne on drums. Candido joins in on the Charlie Parker cuts, giving things a bit of a cubop swing – and the set features 49 tracks in all on 3CDs! CD

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Axel Tosca/Amaury Acosta/Luques CUrtisCu-Bop – Original Soundtrack (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Think (Japan), 2016. New Copy ... $23.99
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

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✨✧ Jose MangualTribute To Chano Pozo ... CD
True Ventures/Velvet, 1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Way more than just a tribute to the legendary percussionist Chano Pozo – as the set's got a sophisticated 70s Latin jazz approach – and a style that goes way further than Pozo would have imagined during his early cubop experiments of the postwar years! Percussionist Jose Mangual Jr is wonderful here – extremely vibrant in his musicianship, both rhythmic and melodic throughout – and interlocked with additional percussion players Milton Cardona, Julio Castro, Jimmy Sabater, and Louie Mangual – who all resonate color and groove as strongly as the leader! Jose sings a bit, but the real focus is on the rhythms – which are as bold and upfront as on some of the classic Latin Percussion label records of the late 70s – leaving only a bit of trumpet from Raymond Gonzalez and piano from Alfredo Rodriguez to pick up parts of the tunes. Titles include "Manteca 77", "Down To Basics", "Sonando Con Puerto Rico", "Sambala", and "Guaguanco Chano". CD

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