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✨✧ Bobby MatosChango's Dance ... CD
CuBop/Ubiquity, 1995. Used ... Just Sold Out!
The first release in Ubiquity's Latin series, and a great comeback for this underrecorded legend. A strong Latin jazz LP, with cuts ranging from percussion jams to nice laid-back grooves. 2LPs worth of material, with over an hour's worth of excellent acid jazz! Tracks include "Chucho", "El Nuyorican", "La Charanga", and "Conga Conversation". CD
(Out of print.)

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Bobby Matos & John SantosMambo Jazz ... CD
CuBop/Ubiquity, 2001. Used ... $4.99
One of the rawest albums we've heard from Cubop in a long time – and an excellent session that teams up west coast Latin percussionists Bobby Matos and John Santos! The album's got a majesty that's remarkable – blending Afro Cuban rhythms, modern jazz, and a strong sense of swing – in a manner that reminds us of some of Eddie Palmieri's best work of the 70s. About half the tracks have vocals – but apart from "I Don't Speak Spanish", in which the vocals kind of detract from the overall song – the main groove is really carried by the percussion and jazzy soloing. Great stuff all around – and with tracks that include "Entrada", "Caminando", "Nueva Diana", "Cachao", and "Ya Se Ve". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Johnny BlasIndestructible Spirit ... CD
CuBop/Ubiquity, 2007. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Quite possibly the greatest album ever from California congolero Johnny Blas – a set that also has him returning to saxophone in addition to percussion, and which comes off with some of his sharpest grooves ever! There's a definite lean towards the jazzier side of the spectrum here – not just in Johnny's solos, but also in the overall execution of the tunes – which are all done in tight, small combo formation. Latin roots still show on some of the recordings, but there's also a more contemporary California vibe too – one that sparkles with the warmth of the best Cubop/Ubiquity approach to the music. Titles include "Oaklands Mambo", "Lubi", "Barry Rogers", "Afro Rican", "Indestructible Spirit", and "Boogaloo Blas". CD

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✨✧ Snowboy & The Latin SectionPara Puente ... CD
CuBop, 2002. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A pretty sweet little album from Snowboy – still staying true to his Latin roots, despite an increasing public persona as an expert on all things funky! The record's nice, tight, and very jamming – a full on Latin jazz experience, with some great bass work by the legendary Nico Gomez! Other instrumentation includes Hammond, trumpet, tenor, and Fender Rhodes – and tracks include "Two For T", "Rocky & Perry", "Barrago", "Chango Moti Awa", and "Puente". CD
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Dizzy GillespieDizzy Gillespie & His Big Band ... CD
GNP/Crescendo, 1948. Used ... $6.99
A legendary bit of cubop! Diz is playing here with the band that virtually invented Latin Jazz – the one that featured Chano Pozo on conga, plus great soloists like James Moody and Ernie Henry – all blowing beautifully in a style that's one of the most perfect realizations of the cubop Latin Jazz groove of the time! The recording was done live, but the quality's strong – and titles include "Good Bait", "Emanon", "Ool Ya Koo", and a classic reading of "Manteca"! CD

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✨✧ Dizzy Gillespie & MachitoAfro-Cuban Jazz Moods ... CD
Pablo/OJC, 1975. Used ... Out Of Stock
A great Dizzy Gillespie Latin session recorded during the mid 70s – proof that he could still hold onto the cubop spirit of the old days! The session features a larger group arranged and conducted by Chico O'Farril – who manages to keep a solidly Cuban groove at the base, but really let Dizzy open up with some broader horn flourishes at the top. Given the quality of actual Cuban jazz at the time, this set may well beat most of what was going on in Havana – thanks to solid solos from Dizzy, and backings from a group led by Machito, and featuring players who include Mario Bauza, Jorge Dalto, Manny Duran, Mauricio Smith, and Victor Paz. Side one features the extended "Oro, Incienso y Mirra", and side two is a 3-part suite, "Three Afro-Cuban Jazz Moods". CD

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