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Bobby MatosSessions ... CD
CuBop/Ubiquity, 1980s/1990s. Used ... $6.99
After having such great success with their two recent Bobby Matos recordings, Cubop has gone ahead and put together this great collection of material that Bobby recorded over the past 15 years. It includes a few tracks recorded for Cubop and not released at the time (including a very funky Latin version of "Chameleon"), some that were only issued in limited editions, and a number that came out on a now-out of print release called Collage. As with all of Bobby's releases, the CD is a great batch of Latin jazz that never lets up for a minute. The band is always tight, the music's always smokin, and the choice of material is excellent. With "The Creator Has A Master Plan", "Mi Guaguanco", and "Afro Cubisimo". CD

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Bobby Matos & John SantosMambo Jazz ... CD
CuBop/Ubiquity, 2001. Used ... $8.99
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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✨✧ Papo VazquezAt The Point Vol 2 ... CD
CuBop/Ubiquity, 2000. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
This is the second volume in Cubop's tasty series of Latin Jazz recordings by trombonist Papo Vazquez – recording here in the company of a very tight group that includes Arturo (son of Chico) O'Farrill on piano and Phoenix (son of Mario) Rivera on drums. Dave Valentin and Michael Brecker each sit in on a track – but the real strength is the group, which plays with a nice crackle and a raw fire that's handled extremely well by the Cubop team. Tracks are all quite long, with lots of soloing – and titles include "In This Lonely Place", "The Reverend", "Capullito De Aleli", and "Juan Jose". CD
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Dizzy GillespieJazz In Paris – Cognac Blues ... CD
Universal (France), 1952/1953. Used ... $3.99
Classic early European material by Dizzy Gillespie – recorded in Paris in the early 50s, and featuring backing by players that include Don Byas, Wade Legge, Jean-Jacques Tilche, and Bill Clark. The groove runs from straight bop to swing, with touches of Cubop in the mix, thanks to conga work by Humberto Canto Morales. There's a total of 21 tracks in all – and this is the best-ever compilation of the material we've ever seen, especially as much of it was issued on smaller eps, and always gets cast over different sets when it comes out. Titles include "Cognac Blues", "Sabla Y Blu", "Lullaby In Rhythm", "Blue Moon", "Mama's Blues", "Taking A Chance On Love", and "Moon Nocturne". CD
(Out of print. Rear of digipack has some pen.)

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✨✧ Dizzy Gillespie & MachitoAfro-Cuban Jazz Moods ... CD
Pablo/OJC, 1975. Used ... $5.99
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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✨✧ Dizzy GillespieDizzy Gillespie & His Quintet – Olympia 24 November 1965 ... CD
Malaco, 1965. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Outstanding Dizzy Gillespie material – from one of his most overlooked periods! The time is the mid 60s, and after a few years of working with Lalo Schifrin in his group, Dizzy's changed his Latin bag from hard-edged Cubop to mellower more complicated Bossa and modal jazz. The result is some of the most sophisticated playing in Dizzy's career – hitched to a groove that's still filled with soul and fire, and which rolls on in a compelling way that always hooks us hard! The group features Kenny Barron on piano, and reed work by James Moody, one of the other great secrets of the mid 60s! Tracks are all long – and titles include "One Note Samba", "Con Alma", "Umh, Umh", and "Chega De Saudade". CD

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✨✧ MachitoMachito With Flute To Boot ... CD
Roulette/Warner (Japan), 1958. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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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 ... 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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