Pacho Alonso —
Upa Upa ... LP Areito (Cuba), 1974. Very Good+ ...
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(White label pressing with black text.)
Ambergris ... LP Paramount, Early 70s. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
A genre-busting batch of tunes from Ambergris – a group with styles that range from Memphis soul, to New York Latin, to some of the heavier sides of the underground rock scene of the time! The ensemble features Latin Soul maestro Larry Harlow on piano, organ, and percussion – working ... (Rock, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch and partially unglued seams.)
(Later white label Tropical pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear, some discoloration from age, clear tape holding the seams, and a small name in marker on back. Label on Side 2 has a small name in marker.)
The mighty Willie Bobo's feelin plenty good here – so much so, he even sings a bit in addition to his work on percussion! Willie's got a nice raw vocal approach – one that works great for the Latin soul vibe of the rhythms – and titles include the groovers "Feelin' So ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hard soulful Latin from the great Willie Bobo! The record's an extremely tasty blend of cuts that mix hard Latin grooving with a swinging 60s pop feel – all filtered through the crossover genius of late 60s Verve. There's lots of great boogaloo groovers, shing-a-ling rhythms, and a tight no- ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original Verve/MGM pressing, mono. Cover has light wear and a small cutout hole in the bottom corner. Vinyl is nice and clean!)
Alex Bueno —
Alex Bueno ... LP Karen (Dominican Republic), 1990. Very Good+ ...
Just Sold Out!
A sweet set from that great record moment when Latin styles were coming into play with the hipper sounds of the bachelor pad world! Jack "Bongo" Burger was a west coast percussionist with a very similar style to Jack "Mr Bongo" Costanzo – and in fact, since they're both ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent batch of descarga tunes – very much in the same spirit as Cachao's groundbreaking Cuban work of the early 60s – but done here as a wonderful return to roots in the mid 70s – part of that key shift back towards tradition on the New York scene, yet one that was still ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Candido's funkiest albums! The record's got a similar sound to Candido's great albums for Blue Note and Solid State – with short, hard funky tunes that have a really great 70s edge! Chico O'Farrill did the arrangements, and the record chops along nicely with some very funky tracks ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A brilliant late statement from Tino Contreras – the legendary Mexican drummer who's been part of the jazz scene in Mexico City for decades – and who can still give the world wonderfully vibrant music like this! There's a deeply spiritual vibe to the record – a sound that's like ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very groovy stuff from Cugie! It's the late 60s, and he's got more of a pop Latin groove than earlier – and lays down some nice peppy covers of pop material, plus a few other Latin standards. Not exactly Latin soul – but not that far off, either. Includes a great version of "Samb ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has some surface wear and aging.)
Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra —
Viva Cugat! ... LP Mercury, Early 60s. Very Good Gatefold ...
Nice later material by Cugie – recorded slightly before his 60s pop excursions, and with a sound that retains a lot of his original conception, but which touches it with some nice exotic hi-fi production. Titles include "Siboney", "Anna", "Jungle Drums", "Ju ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Perfect Presence Sound pressing with deep groove.)
George Dalaras —
Latin ... LP Minos (Greece), 1987. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ...
Eddie Lockjaw Davis —
Afro-Jaws ... LP Riverside, 1961. Very Good ...
Just Sold Out!
A soul jazz Latin classic – one that matches the searing tenor work of Eddie Lockjaw Davis with the hard-hitting conga of a young Ray Barretto! The core group of the set is a soul jazz one – with Lockjaw blowing over rhythm by Lloyd Mayers on piano, Larry Gales on bass, and Ben Riley ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo Bill Grauer Productions Inc pressing, with microphone logo and deep groove. Cover has a split spine, edge wear, staple holes in the top right corner, and some splitting in the bottom seam.)
Pure brilliance from Coke Escovedo – an artist who really finds a way to make so many different things come together perfectly – with results that are even stronger than his previous work in Azteca and Santana! The set's got a warm blend of Latin roots, modern soul, and jazzy fusion ... (Soul, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the Free Soul anniversary series from Japan!)
By the mid 70s, the New York Latin scene was boomin' so large it could easily fill venues like Yankee Stadium – as you'll hear on this excellent live set from the Fania All-Stars, a monster record that easily ranks with the best live Latin sides of the time – like Eddie Palmieri at Sing ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some of the rootsiest work we've heard in years from the mighty Gerardo Frisina – a set that still has his rhythm programs in the mix, but combined with loads of acoustic drums, percussion, piano and vibes – all given some sweet touches by occasional Fender Rhodes solos as well! The ... (New Grooves, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pedro Jairo Garces —
Nuevamente! ... LP Discos Fuentes (Colombia), Early 70s. Very Good ...
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(Mono yellow label pressing. Cover is missing the plastic outer sleeve, with surface delamination, some flaking at the top right corner on front, torn portions in back, a bit of pen, and a cutout grommet. Labels have a bit of marker.)
A legendary bit of cubop! Diz is playing here with the band that virtually invented Latin Jazz – the one that featured Chano Pozo on conga, plus great soloists like James Moody and Ernie Henry – all blowing beautifully in a style that's one of the most perfect realizations of the cubop ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red label 70s pressing. Cover has a cutout hole and light surface wear.)
Instruction record for dancing the Rhumba, Cha-Cha, Tango, Samba, Merengue, and Swing. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some ring & edge wear and appears to have been signed by the instructors on back.)
Irakere ... LP Columbia, 1979. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
A landmark album from this powerhouse Cuban group of the 70s – their first record issued formally to an American market, and quite possibly their greatest effort of the decade! The sound here is a lot more focused than on the group's Cuban sessions from previous years – not commercial ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lots of groovers from this lively group – titles that include "Intersocial", "Maype", "Cubanacan", "Te Vi", "A Soroa", "Falso Querer", "El Soldado Jugueton", and "Oracion Guajira". LP, Vinyl record album
An obscure set by Dominican bandleader Luis Kalaff – and an early American album of Merengue! Titles include "La Mecha", "La Salve De Las Antillas", "Rio Abajo Voy", "El Fucu", "Tu Si Sabes Como Fue", and "Cada Tierra Con Su Ritmo". LP, Vinyl record album
This famous Latin combo hits the early 60s, and lays down a stock session of pachanga and charanga cuts, infused with lively guitar parts, and some lovely female vocals. Tracks include "Yo No Se", "Cafe Y Pan", "The Don Jose Pachanga", "Pachanga Pa'Gozar", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing with deep groove. Cover has clear tape on the seams and spine, with some stains and flaking at the bottom inch held down with clear tape, and a small name in marker on back. Label has a small name in marker.)
La Plata swings its way through some great mongo and cha cha numbers, most with some cool electric guitar work by Frank Sanchez – who's almost grooving here like the Duane Eddy of the Latin world! Titles include "Dig That Rock", "Guilli, Guilli", "Las Caretas", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Seeco pressing. Cover has some aging and staining.)
Although not a boogaloo album all the way through, this is really one of the group's strongest efforts – and a record that does include some really fantastic Latin soul numbers! Arrangements are by Louie Ramirez and Ray Santos, both of whom bring a really darkly grooving sound to the record ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing. NOTE – Vinyl is in Fair condition. Cover has ring & edge wear, wide clear tape on the top seam, and is lightly bent around the edges.)