Tito Allen almost seems to be borrowing a page from the Willie Colon book with his gangster look on the cover of this one – and in a way, the record's got the same sense of soaring energy you'd hear in Willie's best post-gangster work from this time! But thanks here are really due to Louie ... read moreCD
A cool collection of work from Bob Azzam – a unique talent on the French scene at the start of the 60s, and one who was responsible for some mighty nice grooves! Bob hails from Algeria, and works here in a mix of Latin rhythms and Mid-East inflections – blending the groovy and the ... read moreCD
A monster! If you buy one Latin record this year – make it this one – because it's one of the greatest ever recorded! Ray's late 60s Acid album is a landmark recording – a sublime mixture of Latin jazz, percussion, and soul – grooving hard in a variety of styles, and ... read moreCD
Ancestral Messages is a bold, proud record that really lives up to its title – a batch of tunes that has Ray leading a strong combo with Ray Vega on trumpet and Jay Rodriguez on tenor and flute – both tightly woven into a strong-voiced frontline that gives the record a tremendous amount ... read moreCD
(Out of print. One track is highlighted on the tray card, but against the black bakground it's quite subtle.)
A really top-shelf album from Justo Betancourt – a perfect illustration of the power of his vocals at their height! The set's got a really classic 70s salsa feel – a horn-heavy groove that almost effortlessly flows from a combo of strong players, topped by majestic vocals from Justo ... read moreCD
A collection of important early work by Ruben Blades – and easily one of the best examples of his tremendous talents in the 70s! The title is very well put, as Blades is both poet and bohemian on the record – hitting themes that are both personal and political in a way that other Latin ... read moreCD
A really unique chapter in the career of percussionist Willie Bobo – a rare one-off album for Blue Note – done with a sweet Cali vibe all the way through! Bobo plays his usual percussion, but also sings a bit too – in this charming style that's never too overdone – a deeply ... read moreCD
A wonderfully jazzy bit of 70s Latin – one that features vocals on most numbers, but also has some incredible horn work and percussion – grooving away mightily throughout the set! The record features the vocal talents of Jorge Maldonado – a soulful singer that we really know best ... read moreCD
A fantastic record from Chicago percussionist Art Turk Burton – a longstanding member of the AACM, but one who's been so busy teaching and helping out on the local scene, he's never gotten the international fame he deserves! Art works here in a large group that mixes contemporary modes and ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
Bwana ... CD Acid Symposium, 1972. New Copy ...
An insanely wonderful bit of Latin funk! The groove is super heavy, and falls somewhere in between NuYorican soul and Chicano Power rock – with a sound that's pretty close to Black Sugar, but a little bit more psychedelic, due to the heavy guitars and keyboards in the grooves. Hard congas ... read moreCD
An incredible collection of records – a series of albums that forever changed the sound of Latin music around the world! These five sets were all cooked up in the changing Cuban scene at the start of the 60s – where musicians were getting looser and freer, with a sound that was quite ... read moreCD
Angel Canales —
Sabor ... CD Alegre, 1975. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Possibly the greatest album ever from Angel Canales – a 70s salsa classic through and through, and one with great links between the New York scene and Canales' Puerto Rican roots! The tunes are wonderfully heartfelt throughout – sung with a youthful sense of soul that's far different ... read moreCD
An excellent bit of Latin groove – one of our favorite crossover boogaloo sets from the 60s, and easily some of the greatest work ever by Jimmy Castor! And yes, this is the same Jimmy Castor who's known for his funk albums of the 70s – but back in the day, he was open-minded enough to ... (Soul, Latin)read moreCD
A landmark record that should be in any Latin collection! At the time of this album, Johnny Colon was a young trombonist just getting his start – working in the turbulent late 60s Spanish Harlem scene, and picking up on the wide range of styles going down in the hood. At one level, he was a ... read moreCD
Supposedly the end of Willie Colon's early "crime" career – as the title and cover imply that he's finally been brought to trial! Don't worry about Willie being beaten down, though, because the music on the album is every bit as fierce and powerful as ever – and features a ... read moreCD
Great stuff – and a very sharp album cut by Willie during the Latin soul era, featuring a bunch of tracks that veers more towards the boogaloo side of things than his later albums! The groove is nice and hard – stripped down with the youthful energy that Willie brought to the scene at ... read moreCD
A wonderful 2CD overview of the best years of the legendary Willie Colon – one that traces him from his boogaloo roots in the late 60s, to salsa superstardom in years to come! The package is a really thoughtfully-done collection that features key tracks from all aspects of Willie's career at ... read moreCD
Alex Conde —
Origins ... CD Ropeadope/Uprising, 2018. New Copy ...
Pianist Alex Conde always has a great way of blending jazz performance with Latin rhythms – and that approach really takes off here, as Conde's core combo gets fantastic frontline help from Brian Lynch on trumpet, Conrad Herwig on trombone, and Dayna Stephens on tenor and soprano sax! Both ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
Heavy funk from the Peruvian scene – the massive first album from Cosa Nostra, and a burning blend of soul, Latin, and psychedelic influences! Cosa Nostra clearly come from the rock end of the spectrum, but have picked up plenty of funky grooves along the way – and hit a genre-blending ... read moreCD
A fantastic pairing of talents – one that seems to push each individual artist to a new high point in their career! By the time of the set, Johnny Pacheco was emerging as one of the strongest forces in 70s salsa – a crack percussionist whose instrumentation was driving on a younger ... read moreCD
A classic collaboration between Celia Cruz and Johnny Pacheco – one that uses the rootsier sounds of Pacheco's tumbao group to further focus the energy of Celia's vocals! The record's got a solid, cohesive feel that makes it easily one of the best Celia Cruz sessions of the 70s – a ... read moreCD
Excellent album of Joe's amazing Latin soul cuts for Tico – including a huge batch of tracks that will stop any dancefloor dead on its feet. Titles include "Bang, Bang", "Talk About Luv", "El Pito", "T.C.O.B.", "Hey Joe, Hey Joe", and "Ps ... read moreCD
The group were certainly doing something right – as this album has Joe Cuba's sextet at the top of their game, easily showing why they were one of the best groups on the New York scene of the 60s! The album's a pivotal one in the development of Latin Soul – as it sports the incredible ... read moreCD
Some of the best of the best of The Fania All Stars – magical music from that short stint when the combo were recording for Columbia Records in the late 70s! While at Columbia, the group grew even more than the styles of their roots at the Fania label – picking up some hipper touches ... read moreCD
13 track set, with a whopping amount of great tracks by this classic ensemble! The band never stops evolving, and the styles are a good reflection of the strengths of the various players who've moved through the group over the years. Titles include "Coro Miyare", "Bamboleo", ... read moreCD
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Cheo Feliciano —
Cheo ... CD Vaya, 1976. Used ...
Titles include "Anacaona", "Pienso En Ti", "Por Que Afinquen", "Mi Triste Problema", "Esio Es El Guaguanco", "Si Por Mi Llueve", "Franqueza Cruel", "Mano Caliente", "Medianoche Y Sol", "Pocoma De ... read moreCD
Sweet strings and sophisticated soul – a wonderful combination in the hands of Cheo Feliciano, who sounds equally great here on both mellow and upbeat material! The self-produced record shows a growing sense of grace and power in Cheo's music – and working here with musical directors ... read moreCD