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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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✨✧ 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
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Soul Bossa TrioSoul Bossa Trio ... CD
CuBop/Ubiquity, 1995. Used ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ 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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✨✧ MachitoMachito With Flute To Boot ... CD
Roulette/Warner (Japan), 1958. New Copy ... Temporarily 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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✨✧ Ronnie Scott with Kenny Graham's Afro-CubistsBattle Royale – Studio Recordings Volume 2 ... CD
Esquire/Solid (Japan), 1951/1952. New Copy ... 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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✨✧ 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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✨✧ Illinois Jacquet & Ben WebsterKid & The Brute ... CD
Verve, Mid 50s. Used ... Out Of Stock
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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