The deepest work we've heard so far from Dayme Arocena – a Cuban singer we first discovered in Gilles Peterson's Havana Cultura project, but one who's really gone onto find her own strong musical paths in recent years! This set has Dayme working with Dexter Story on production – and ... (Neo Soul, Latin)read moreCD
Mikael Augustsson —
Carne ... CD Bullcat (Sweden), 2015. Used 2 CDs ...
2 of Ray Barretto's best albums on 1 CD! Acid is monster – an album needs little introduction to fans of Latin Soul Jazz grooves, but we'll give one anyway. A killer all the way through, with an incredible blend of material that never lets up, and which shows the world that Ray was working ... read moreCD
Fantastic rhythms from percussionist Rubens Bassini – a set that has all the raw live energy of a Latin jazz jam session, but which also carries some of the sweet touches of the bossa nova scene in Brazil – a really wonderful mixing of modes that makes the album a gem all the way ... (Brazil, Latin)read moreCD
A killer collection of Joe Bataan's Latin Soul work for Fania Records – all groundbreaking stuff recorded in the years before his bigger fame on Salsoul! The tunes are incredible – blending together sweet soul, Latin rhythms, and an occasional bit of funk – all served up by one ... read moreCD
Justo Betancourt —
Mato ... CD El Paso, 1998. Used ...
The latest from Justo, with arrangements by Bobby Valentin, Tito Rivera, and Angel Torres, and lots of good modern salsa tracks. Cuts include "Amor Por Ti", "Entra Derecho", "Verdad, Verdad", and "Locura De Amor". CD
Bobo Motion is groovy motion – heard here on one of Willie's best albums for Verve from the late 60s – a really unique blend of jazz, Latin, and soul-based rhythms! The set's even tighter than some of Willie's other Verve records – and like the classic Uno Dos Tres, it's got some ... read moreCD
An excellent set from Willie – recorded in the years before he moved to Verve, with a very different sound! The Willie Bobo here is less of the pop instrumentalist on some of his later sides – and is more of a hard-hitting Latin leader with a heck of a lot of soul. There's an early ... read moreCD
2 late 70s gems from Willie Bobo – 1978's Hell Of An Act To Follow and 1979's Bobo – on a single CD! Hell Of An Act To Follow is really nice stuff from Willie – maybe not as hard and funky as his early 70s work, but very nice in kind of a Latin Club mode, thanks to some great ... read moreCD
Latin soul percussionist Willie Bobo hits a new dimension here – singing as well as playing timbales, hitting a groovy groove that's perfect for his rough and ready vocals! The track list is a mix of 60s soul covers and a few very tasty original tunes – all done in a mod style that's ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Includes obi, which has a cutout mark.)
Nice nice reissue of two rare Latin soul albums that Willie Bobo recorded for Verve in the mid 60s! Uno Dos Tres is certainly one of Willie's best-ever albums, and it's paired here with Spanish Grease, which is monsterously hard to find on vinyl. Both records are filled with groovy numbers that ... read moreCD
You know the story. Ry Cooder got tired of playing with Ali Farka Toure, set his sights on another culture to plunder, and the rest is history! Who'd have ever thought the Cuban embargo would create a useful situation for a dried-out rocker to suddenly have great record sales again? Can't blame ... read moreCD
Chakachas ... CD Avco/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1972. New Copy ...
The coolest, funkiest, and most soulful set ever issued by Chakachas – a record that's way different than most of their Latin-based music – with a strong American funk vibe all the way through! There's still lots of percussion in the mix, but it's often used in ways that echo more of a ... (Soul, Latin)read moreCD
Charanga 76 at the end of the 70s – but still grooving hard in the new charanga mode that made them such a hit at the time! The style here is a great combination of new advances in 70s salsa and older instrumentation from 60s charanga – violin, flute, and tight timbales mixed with some ... read moreCD
Titles include "Guaracha", "Gitana", "Sin Poderte Hablar", "Senora", "El Gran Varon", "Oh Que Sera", "Volo", "Primera Noche De Amor", and "Mi Sueno". CD
(Out of print.)
Willie Colon & Hector Lavoe —
Deja Vu ... CD Fania, 1978. Used ...
It's deja vu all over again, in this strong set of tracks that features Willie Colon working again with his best lead singer – the legendary Hector Lavoe! The tracks are pulled from the pair's strong work for Fania from the early 70s – and the set's a great package that includes some ... read moreCD
(Out of print. CRC pressing.)
Willie Colon & Ruben Blades —
Siembra ... CD Fania (France), 1978. New Copy ...
A classic 70s salsa jammer from Willie Colon – working here with his one of his greatest vocalists – the young Ruben Blades, back before he'd crossed over to super-huge success! The album really marks a departure for Willie – moving past the bad boy style of earlier records, that ... read moreCD
One of the last classic efforts from the team of Willie Colon and Ruben Blades – a subtle but effective set of tracks that showcases both Blades' increasingly political concerns and the growing pan-Latin sound of Colon! The core approach is still mostly salsa, but you can hear plenty of ... read moreCD
Seminal early work from the legendary Joe Cuba – highly percussive Latin tracks, served up in a small combo mode that really helped pave the way for the Latin Soul generation! Joe's shaking off most of Latin tradition here – going for a tightly focused sound that features plenty of ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Tray card has a slight crease, but is otherwise in good shape!)
A Latin classic from the word "bang"! This album was the one that busted Joe Cuba out of the Latin ghetto – into the sound of 60s soul, early funk, and beyond. The record's a stone winner – filled with boogaloo tracks delivered by Joe's firey young sextet, a killer ensemble ... read moreCD
(Out of print "white back" pressing. Rear tray card has a crease.)
An obscure but excellent session – recorded at the end of the 70s with some of the best players in the New York salsa underground! The music is extremely vibrant – and the styles of the tracks range from hard Afro-Cuban percussion grooving to tight Latin jazz in a classic mode – ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
Dos Santos —
Logos ... CD International Anthem, 2018. New Copy ...
A fantastic album from this groundbreaking Latin combo from Chicago – one who've got an inclusive spirit that grabs together so many different elements of music and unifies them as one! The style isn't quite salsa, isn't Latin rock or jazz – but instead has so many strands of sounds ... read moreCD
Killer Latin soul from the great Al Escobar – maybe not one of the bigger names of the boogaloo generation, but certainly one of the best! The CD starts with work from Al's Modern Sounds album – a massive groover all the way through – filled with tight, choppy, soul-drenched ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
A wonderful mid 70s comeback from singer Cheo Feliciano – a set that still holds onto the soul of earlier years, but which also has a few wonderful touches of jazz in the mix! Arrangements here are by Bobby Valentin and Nick Jimenez, and they're played by a small combo that includes some ... read moreCD
Classic set of 70's salsa tracks, by one of the decade's most popular Latin vocalists. The arrangements are very tight, and the tracks are extremely lively musically, but still have plenty of room for Cheo's warm soulful voice. Titles include "Anaconda", "Nabori", "Franque ... read moreCD
A set that brings together key moments from these two great singers – with a nice array of surprises along the way! The package appears to feature some live tracks as well as studio numbers – and there's definitely some great Charlie Palmieri touches in the arrangements, too – ... read moreCD
One of the few good things to come out of the cultural pillage of the Buena Vista Social Club was the reintroduction of soulful Cuban singer Ibrahim Ferrer to American audiences. Ferrer's voice is extremely wonderful, so much so that even cloying production by Ry Cooder can't keep it down. The ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Ibrahim Ferrer —
Mi Sueno ... CD World Circuit/Nonesuch, 1998. Used ...
Nico Gomez & His Orchestra —
Bossa Nova ... CD Omega/Pregador Do Som (Germany), 1972. New Copy ...
Way way more than just bossa nova – a mighty groover from the great Nico Gomez! Nico's known for his harder pounding tracks that have become favorites with the funky crowd, but this stellar album shows that Nico could also work in jazzier territory when he wanted to – as the album's a ... read moreCD