Features Brian Andres on drums, Christian Tumalan on piano, and Aaron Germain on bass. (Jazz, Latin)CD
(Marker over barcode.)
Cesar Ascarrunz —
Cesar 830 ... CD Flying Dutchman/BGP (UK), 1975. New Copy ...
Lost Latin funk from the Bay Area scene of the 70s – and an album that may well blow away better-known work by groups like Malo, Azteca, or El Chicano! The album's near-perfect right from the start – and brings in plenty of New York elements to the groove, thanks to the inclusion of a ... read moreCD
Abelardo Barroso —
Cha Cha Cha ... CD World Circuit, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ...
Landmark recordings from Cuban singer Abelardo Barroso – one of the most expressive voices on the Havana scene – both before and after the revolution! Barroso is heard here in he company of Orquesta Sensacion – a great group with a very rhythmic vibe, and a style that's often in ... read moreCD
An amazing crossover moment of the 70s Latin scene! During the 60s Joe Bataan had been experimenting with the many different mode of Latin Soul – crossing over styles in a way that not only reflected his complicated roots, but which also tried to break Latin music out of the small uptown ... read moreCD
Joe Bataan working in a pronounced dancefloor soul mode! While the legendary Bataan was no stranger to the fusion of Latin, soul and funk, this some of the most club soul oriented sounds from Joe we've ever heard – and the sessions are seeing official release for the first time ever! The ... read moreCD
Latin Bird, but way more Latin than Bird ever was – if that makes any sense! In other words, TK Blue really steps out nicely with this album – doing way more than just a Charlie Parker tribute, and certainly not rehashing the cubop elements of Bird's early 50s sides – and instead ... (Jazz, Latin)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
Contemporary Latin from the New York scene – and a set with plenty of funky undercurrents too! Jose Conde is American born, but with Cuban roots – and he works here with a batch of younger players in a style that links together older modes from Havana with evolutions of the Latin sound ... read moreCD
Smoking salsa, recorded in Germany – an overlooked 80s date from this hip overseas ensemble, and a standout Latin jazz set from the time! The lineup here features some really wonderful horns – including bold trumpet lines from Benny Bailey and Don Rader – working with a heavy ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
Cortijo in New York – making for a classic meeting of Puerto Rican and Nuyorican sounds – with plenty of help from the young Ismael Rivera! Rhythms are tight throughout – very fierce and full, showing the new energy of the younger generation that Cortijo helped get going at the ... read moreCD
"Everything But The Kitchen Sink" – or so says the title of this groover! But who needs the kitchen sink, when you've got the great vocals of Ismael Rivera, backed by the lively band of Cortijo? Rivera and Cortijo are always a good combination – and this album's one of their ... read moreCD
That's a pretty festive pig roast taking place on the cover of this one – and the band's got an equally festive groove to match! The set bristles with all the sharp energy we love from the early Cortijo albums – a tight, percussion-heavy approach to Latin grooves – one that's a ... read moreCD
Classic material from Cortijo's legendary combo with Ismael Rivera on vocals – one of the first records to really showcase the great sounds coming from the Puerto Rican scene in the early 60s! Rhythms are plenty lively – as Cortijo's group has the same sharp focus as the early Joe Cuba ... 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
Eddie Drennon & BBS Unlimited —
Collage ... CD Friends & Co, 1975. Used ...
A 70s New York classic – the first and best album by Eddie Drennon! Eddie's got a unique sound that's part soul and part Latin – grooving here in a Latin Hustle mode that brings together gliding strings, floating chorus vocals, and a heavier funk-based set of rhythms that really kicks ... (Soul, Latin)read moreCD
(Out of print and still sealed.)
El Gran Combo —
16 Boleros ... CD Discos Fuentes (Colombia), 1996. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A killer group with a very soulful feel! We know little about Jose and his hot little combo, but they groove in a way that takes all the nice downtempo chords of the Latin Soul years and mixes them with a harder percussive 70s salsa style! Jose "Piliche" Elicier leads the group and ... read moreCD
Percussionist Pete Escovedo leads a large group through tracks including "Whatcha Gonna Do", "Caribe", "Dr. Macumba", "Tassajara", and "Dawn – The New Beginning" which features vocals from his daughter – Sheila E! CD
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
The second album recorded by Cuban vocal legend Ibrahim Ferrer in the wake of the Buena Vista Social Club phenomenon – and maybe the best! Ferrer's vocals are superb throughout – and the production is relatively stripped down, and never too intrusive – even when producer Ry ... read moreCD
(Comes in a nice hardcover gatefold, with booklet!)
Roberto Fonseca —
Yesun ... CD Mack Avenue, 2020. New Copy ...
Pianist Roberto Fonseca seems to expand his musical vision with each new release – to a point where here, he's got this grand sense of sound, place, and history – all wrapped together in this mix of instrumental and vocal selections that draw a line between classic Havana and the ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
Roberto Fonseca —
Yo ... CD Montuno, 2013. Used ...
Latin grooves, but with a soulful dancefloor feel – thanks not only to some excellent remix work, but also to guest vocals from Julie Dexter and Lisa Millett! The set's quite different than other records from Grupo X – and although we've always dug their straight take on Latin jazz ... read moreCD
A legendary bit of Latin from the New York scene of the 60s – recorded by a host of youthful players working under the direction of percussionist Montego Joe! The group's name is a contraction of "Harlem Youth" – a program in which all players participated, as part of an ... read moreCD
A classic early album from Larry Harlow's flute-playing brother – a set that grooves along with the trademark family groove, but which also has a fair bit of sensitive moments as well! There's a jazzier style here than on some of the classic Orchestra Harlow albums – one that comes not ... read moreCD
(Out of print, original white back Vaya pressing.)
A Venezuelan group, one who are living in Paris – and work here with a criss-crossing of styles that really reflect that global journey! The music definitely has echoes of older Venezuelan styles, but maybe served up in a more impressionistic version – with a dream-like quality at ... (Global Grooves, Latin)read moreCD
Classic early stuff by Kako, and a record that was released right around the time of his Tribute To Noro Morales. Kako's driving percussion is up front in the mix, and Chivirico Davila lays down some very soulful vocals, as the group grooves through a number of different styles, including ... read moreCD
No danger here – unless you're afraid of the raw power of a stunning 60s Latin session – this gem of a record that features lead vocals from Roland La'Serie and a young Ismael Rivera – each of whom get plenty of tracks on their own, then come together for two duet numbers too! ... read moreCD
A hokey cover but a really classic album from Hector Lavoe – one of his biggest records of the 70s, and a great mix of modes that showcases the full range of his talents! The standout number here is the 10 minute groover "El Cantate" – a driving salsa tune penned by Ruben ... read moreCD
An unusual self-produced effort from Hector Lavoe – but a record that's every bit as strong as his other solo records from the time! Of course, Hector's got some big help on the record from Louie Ramirez and Jose Febles – who most likely did most of the arranging work, and ensure that ... read moreCD
Nice "best of" set of work by this excellent Latin combo – featuring tracks that are mostly pulled from the years when they were changing their bag from Latin Soul into 70s salsa. The album's got a cool cartoony basketball cover – and tracks include "Son Sabroson", ... read moreCD
A stone kicker by the Lebron Brothers – not as all-out Latin soul as the group's first few records, but a heck of a great session nonetheless! The album's got the brothers moving into more of a 70s salsa mode, but still keeping the small combo edge of their earlier albums – singing in ... read moreCD
Beautiful brown-eyed soul from the Ohio scene of the 70s – just the sort of record you might have expected to hear from East LA or Spanish Harlem back in the day – but even more amazing to come from Cleveland! The group are a Latin combo at the core, but they've soaked up plenty of ... (Soul, Latin)read moreCD
Funky fusion with plenty of Latin touches – a really compelling set from the Nicaraguan scene of the 70s! The album's got the same criss-crossing of influences you'd hear in some of the best Bay Area projects of this type – no surprise since Jose Chepito Areas is a key member of the ... read moreCD
Late work from Machito, but great work too – a live set that shows that he's not only still a hell of a Latin bandleader, but also open to some of the more advance modes the music took on in the 60s and 70s! Tracks are long and very jamming – performed live by a band that includes work ... read moreCD
Machito & His Afro Cuban Orchestra —
Tambo ... CD Intermusic (Portugal), Late 40s. Used ...
Macondo ... CD Atlantic/Wounded Bird, 1972. New Copy ...
A blend of soulful styles from the mighty Macondo! This self-titled set is pretty hip batch of tracks – sort of a mixture of early 70s LA Latin funk, with some lighter elements of Brazilian music, possibly added into the record by Claudio Slon, who produced the set for Sergio Mendes. The ... read moreCD
Ray Mantilla is reborn, after a health crisis almost took him down – but to us, he's also returning to his roots – that rock-solid approach to Latin jazz that's made us love his records so much over the decades! And like the best of those sets, there's a mixture of complex ideas and ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
Basilio Marquez on trumpet, flugelhorn & trombone, Moises Marquez on saxophone, flute & clarinet, Rafael Gavilan on timbales & trumpet, Alexander M Ochoa on piano, Eduardo Ramirez on drums, Gaspar Sanchez on congas & Cristino Marquez on electric & acoustic bass. (Jazz, Latin)CD
Mindblowing work from the legendary Latin percussionist Sabu Martinez – some extremely heavy sides recorded overseas during his time on the Swedish scene in the 70s, some of which are appearing here for the first time ever! The groove here is amazing, and goes even further past Sabu's famous ... read moreCD
Lost Latin genius from Sabu Martinez – a previously-unreleased session cut in Sweden during the mid 70s! The combo here is a unique ensemble of Swedish jazz players and Latin percussion – handled not just by Sabu, but also with some help from his two sons as well – all in a ... read moreCD
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 ... read moreCD
An unusual album from Brazilian singer Miltinho – one of his few 60s efforts recorded in Spanish, and issued by the Sonus label in the Dominican Republic! Backings are more Latin-styled overall – handled by Pocho Perez with a nice mix of percussion and brass, which underscores the ... (Brazil, Latin)read moreCD
The last album that Ismael Miranda cut with Orchestra Harlow – but an extremely strong effort that draws from all the great work they did together! Larry Harlow's still very firmly at the helm of the set – producing, arranging, and playing piano with the classic Orchestra Harlow lineup ... read moreCD
A collection of songs by the San Francisco band Orquestra Batachanga that combine traditional Afro-Caribbean styles with a contemporary sound. The band's leader is Rebecca Mauleon and she plays a variety of keyboards and sings. Other members include Anthony Blea on violin, Bill Ortiz on trumpet ... read moreCD
Lots of loco drums from Nelson Padron – a set that's got a slightly different feel than some of the other work we've heard from the Latin Percussionist – and we mean that in a good way! The record was cut with a nice use of echo in the mix – creating an almost watery sound at ... read moreCD
(CDr release, with 6 bonus tracks featuring Patato Valdez and Manteca.)
Great early material from Eddie Palmieri – one of his classic records done with Conjunto La Perfecta – a group that's poised on contrapuntal trombone lines, and which had a very important influence on Latin jazz styles in the 60s! The use of trombone makes for lots of dark edges – ... read moreCD
A beautiful collaboration between vibist Gary Burton and the legendary Argentine tango master Astor Piazzolla – a key US release for Astor in the 80s, and a record that helped bring his talents to a whole new audience! The record's actually one of the most sensitive sides that Piazzolla ever ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
A real lost chapter in the career of vibist Dave Pike – an obscure one-off Latin session recorded for Decca in the mid 60s! The album was done in the years between Pike's first few early jazz sides and his later tripped-out sessions for MPS and Vortex – and features Dave leading a ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
(Out of print, small sticker remnant on digipack cover.)
A stripped-down rootsy session – similar to some of the sparer Afro-Cuban traditionalist sides that were coming out of New York in the early 80s. Ponce put the set together, and other players include Paquito D'Rivera, Jose Trapaga, Joe De Jesus, Nelson Rodriguez, and Bill Laswell. Most ... read moreCD
A surprisingly nice salsa set from the mid 70s – featuring arrangements by Tito and Louie Ramirez, and lead vocals by Santos Colon. Titles include "La Leyenda", "Amor De Mi Bohio", "Bombata", "Fiesta A La King", "Amor En Serio", "Alma ... read moreCD
(Out of print, CRC pressing. Disc has initials in marker.)