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✨✧ Francisco AguabellaAgua De Cuba ... CD
CuBop/Ubiquity, 1999. Used ... $10.99
Cubop have done it again! This is a brilliant comeback album by the legendary San Francisco conga player Francisco Aquabella, and man, is it a doozy! Aqubella was originally in the group Malo, but he also played on loads of the best west coast Latin sessions of the 70's – so he's extra-experienced in the Latin groove tradition. This new recording is a great session of straight ahead Latin jazz grooves – with performances by the great jazz player Charles Owens on tenor and flute, plus a host of other talented Latin players. The set includes a funky cover of "Watermelon Man", nice jazz takes on "Manteca" and "Milestones", plus orignals like "Aqua De Cuba" and "Salsa Latina". 10 tracks in all, and nice and long! CD
(Out of print.)

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Soul Bossa TrioSoul Bossa Trio ... CD
CuBop/Ubiquity, 1995. Used ... $6.99
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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✨✧ VariousLatin Jazz Dance Classics Vol 1 ... CD
CuBop/Ubiquity, Early 70s. Used ... $9.99
A tremendous little set – one that digs through all the great Latin-inspired grooves in the vaults of Fantasy Records – which also includes plenty of rare jazz gems from labels like Prestige and Riverside too! The package follows strongly in the main Jazz Dance Classics series from Ubiquity – and some cuts start in a soul jazz vibe, but then really take off with some Latin rhythms – mixing great jazz solos with some mighty fierce percussion – while other tracks have a straighter Latin jazz approach – in a very classic mode! Tracks include "Mambero" by Cal Tjader, "Descara La Moderna" by Ray Barretto, "Guanco Lament" by Eddie Lockjaw Davis, "Solo Tu" by Pete & Sheila Escovedo, "Jackie's Mambo" by Latin Jazz Quintet, "Este Mambo" by Mongo Santmaria, "Sentido En Seis" by Louie Bellson, and "Swing Thing" by Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers. The CD includes 3 bonus tracks, including Cal Tjader's stellar "I Showed Them". CD
(Out of print.)
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Illinois Jacquet & Ben WebsterKid & The Brute ... CD
Verve, Mid 50s. Used ... $14.99
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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VariousAmericans Sing Latin America 1935 to 1961 (3CD set) ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Late 30s/1940s/1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 3CD ... $18.99
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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✨✧ Mario Bauza, Paquito D'Rivera & Jorge DaltoAfro-Cuban Jazz ... CD
Caiman/Yemaya (Spain), 1986. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Ronnie Scott with Kenny Graham's Afro-CubistsBattle Royale – Studio Recordings Volume 2 ... CD
Esquire/Solid (Japan), 1951/1952. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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
(CD case has a small cutout hole.)

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