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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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✨✧ Jazz On The Latin Side All-StarsJazz On The Latin Side All-Stars Vol 2 ... CD
CuBop/Ubiquity, 2001. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An excellent batch of Latin Jazz – and a great second chapter in this series from LA, one that's possibly even better than the first one! The Jazz On The Latin Side All-Stars is a crack group of players that includes old masters and fresh new talents – with a lineup that includes Pancho Sanchez on conga, Justo Almario on tenor, Ramon Flores on trumpet, Joe Rotundi on piano, Ramon Banda on timbales, Francisco Torres on trombone, Danilo Lozano on flute, Francsico Aguabella on congas, and Alex Acuna on drums. The tracks on the set are long hard-jamming numbers, all with the strong solos and tight grooves that you'd search for years to find in racks of older vinyl – and the quality of the recording is really up to the usual high Cubop standards. Titles include "Mambo Niles", "Descarga Borgers", "What If?", "Presentimento", and "McKibbon Walks The Talk". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Robin Jones & King SalsaChango ... CD
CuBop/Ubiquity, 1980s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great set of obscure sides by UK Latin bandleader Robin Jones – probably the country's greatest Latin talent ever (except, perhaps, for Snowboy) – working here in a mode that's even better than we've heard on some of his other recordings! The tracks on the set have a very percussion-heavy feel, with the kind of Afro-Cuban bent that you'd guess from a title like Chango – and Jones leads the group on a range of percussion instruments – nestled in nicely with other players on percussion as well, plus Nick Walker on saxes and flute, and Steve Waterman on trumpet – who's also the arranger for the group. Titles include "Mama Guela", "Songo For Jo", "Mi Songo", "Olufina", "June", and "Sonando". CD

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✨✧ Johnny BlasMambo 2000 ... CD
CuBop/Ubiquity, 1998. Used ... Out Of Stock
Nice stuff! Conga player Johnny Blas put his first LP out on Ubiquity a few years ago, and although we thought that was a cracklin' set of Latin jazz, we totally love this release, which has a very sharp vibe to it, and a good hard groove that's peppered with some funkier moments than last time. Added to the mix is a bit of guitar, which really opens up the grooves in a nice way. The core is still hard-hitting Latin jazz, and the set's instrumental all the way through, with the kind of killer grooves you're always asking us for! Tracks include "Como Asi", "Mambo To the Max", "Mucho Chops", and "Mambone". 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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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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MachitoMachito With Flute To Boot ... CD
Roulette/Warner (Japan), 1958. New Copy ... About May 25, 2017
Not just flute to boot – but a heck of a lot more jazz, too – thanks to a lineup that features Johnny Griffin on tenor, Curtis Fuller on trombone, and Herbie Mann on flute! The presence of the three players really make this set a cooker – quite possibly Machito's best Latin jazz album ever, and right up there with the more-familiar Kenya set! Like that one, this is a perfect blend of modes – a late 50s extension of the cubop vibe first started by Diz and Chano Pozo, taken to new territory, and really cooked up nicely in the process! Rhythms are nice and exotic – not the usual Machito groove, but way way more – and the jazz solos are what really sends the whole thing home. Herbie Mann wrote all the tracks – and titles include "Love Chant", "African Flute", "Carabunta", "Bacao", "Davis Cup", and "Afternoon Death". CD

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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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✨✧ Joe HolidayMambo Jazz ... CD
Prestige/OJC, Early 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ VariousAmericans Sing Latin America 1935 to 1961 (3CD set) ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Late 30s/1940s/1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 3CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
American singers respond to the rhythms of Latin America – but not in the way you might expect, as these aren't just conventional Latin numbers – but instead a great combination of jazz, swing, and Afro-Cuban modes! The music might well be seen as the more mainstream take on territory explored by modernists like Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker on their cubop recordings of the postwar years – and many of the numbers here are from the same period (the set's especially strong on late 40s/early 50s material) – with some earlier examples from the swing generation, and a few cuts from later years, when Brazilian and Caribbean grooves were coming into play a bit more too. As with other Fremeaux collections, the whole thing's a great overview of an overlooked genre – presented with a huge amount of tracks, and detailed notes in French and English. Titles include "Brazil" by Rosemary Clooney and Bing Crosby, "Corazon De Melon" by Rosemary Clooney, "Kingston Market" by Harry Belafonte, "Frenesi" by Anita O'Day, "Adios" by Mel Torme, "Mama Inez" by Nappy Lamare, "Ti Pi Tim" by Slim & Slam, "Desafinado" by Julie London, "Rosa Morena" by Jon Hendricks, "Shango" by Eartha Kitt, "Suas Maos" by Nat King Cole, "Te Quiero Dijiste" by Connie Francis, "Tico Tico" by Andrews Sisters, "Not Me" by Robert Mitchum, and "What A Difference A Day Makes" by Sarah Vaughan. 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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