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Latin — Recently Added

XWe're especially heavy on New York sounds of the 60s and 70s -- Latin Soul, salsa, boogaloo, and more!


Fania/Craft, 1972. New Copy (reissue)
A great Ray Barretto album from 1972 – one that beautifully showcases the master percussionist as he effortlessly shifts between Latin soul and 70's salsa styles! The group's nice and lean – with Adalberto Santiago on vocals, Papy Roman on trumpet, Louis Cruz on piano, and the great ... LP, Vinyl record album

Har-You Percussion Group

Har-You Percussion Group
ESP/CuBop, 1995. New Copy
CD...$5.99 15.98
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 ... CD
Fania, 1972. New Copy (reissue)
A monster album of 70s salsa – and one that has bad boy Willie Colon taking the Latin world by storm – forging the new sound that would push him and the New York scene into the frontline of 70s Latin! Willie's got a strength on the set that's very much in keeping with his machine gun ... LP, Vinyl record album

Orchestra Soledad

Vamonos/Let's Go
Futuro/BBE (UK), 1970. New Copy
CD...$8.99 14.99
Raw salsa from the streets of Brooklyn – served up here by a very obscure group, but one who work in the best styles of the Fania and Cotique Records scenes of the time! There's a strong Puerto Rican influence on the rhythms at times – very much that new spirit that was emerging with ... CD
Columbia, Late 70s. New Copy
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 ... CD

Cesar Ascarrunz

Cesar 830
Flying Dutchman/BGP (UK), 1975. New Copy
CD...$8.99 14.99
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 ... CD
Roulette/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1957. New Copy (reissue)
A real corker from Machito – a set that's got a lot more bite and earthy fire than some of his other albums of the 50s – as you might be able to guess from the cover and the title! The record definitely lives up to the Afro-Cuban promise on the front – thanks to very hip ... LP, Vinyl record album
Rumba/P-Vine (Japan), 1961. New Copy
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 ... CD

Cortijo Y Su Combo Con Ismael Rivera

Cortijo En New York
Gema/P-Vine (Japan), 1959. New Copy
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 ... CD

Dos Santos

Logos
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1982. New Copy
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 ... CD

Dos Santos

Logos
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 ... CD

Alfonso Lovo

La Gigantona
Numero, 1976. New Copy
CD...$7.99 16.98
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 ... CD
BGP (UK), 1976. New Copy
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 ... CD

Cachao/Juliu Guiterrez/Fajardo/Nino Rivera

Complete Cuban Jam Sessions (5CD set)
Panart/Craft, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 5 CDs
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 ... CD
Vampi Soul (Spain), 1970s/1980s/Early 90s. New Copy 2LP
A stunning collection of rare work from the west coast of Colombia – sounds that are in the deepest Afro-Peruvian tradition, given that a large part of the area's population is of African descent! Much of the music is heavily percussive, but filled with these fantastic instrumental bursts on ... LP, Vinyl record album

Rolando La'Serie/Cortijo Y Su Combo/Ismael Rivera

Danger Do Not Trespass (with bonus track)
Rumba/P-Vine (Japan), 1961. New Copy
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! ... CD
Rumba/P-Vine (Japan), 1960. New Copy
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 ... CD

Robin Jones Seven

El Maja
Apollo Sound/Jazz Room (UK), 1972. New Copy (reissue)
A classic album of Latin grooves from the UK scene – a musical world that wasn't always a hotbed of styles in the Afro-Cuban mode, but which did have the benefit of the mighty percussionist Robin Jones! Jones was born in India, but moved to London during the same post-colonial jazz migration ... LP, Vinyl record album
Famoso/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1971. New Copy (reissue)
That's a mighty big loaf of bread on the cover – and there's a mighty big sound on the record as well – a fantastic blend of early 70s salsa modes from this very cooking little combo – served up in a blend of two saxes, two trumpets, and plenty of great percussion and piano! The ... LP, Vinyl record album
Alegre/Craft, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)
A fantastic little album of Latin Soul – a perfect example of why Pete was known as the "King Of The Boogaloo" during the 60s! The group's having a non-stop party on the album – breaking it hard with heavy piano lines, rumbling bass underneath the grooves, tight timbales, and ... LP, Vinyl record album
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Late 20s/1930s/1940s/1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 3CD
A wonderful overview of the Cuban musical style of son – the core Afro-Cuban blend that influenced generations of American Latin music in the 50s, 60s, and 70s – and which also laid the groundwork for salsa too! This package stretches back to the roots of the style on record in a ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 3CD
A fantastic look at one of the biggest contributions that Cuba ever made to music in the 20th Century – the rise of the jam session and descarga scene in Havana right before the revolution – a moment that saw an already-great style get even better in the hands of a few key musicians! ... CD

Abelardo Barroso

Cha Cha Cha
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 ... CD
Third Man, Late 50s/1960s/1970s/1980s. New Copy
Beautifully blue-tinged work from tejano legend Martin Solis – an artist who never recorded much during his life, but performed constantly for the Mexican community in and around Detroit! Solis both sings and handles the large bajo sexteto – a deep-toned instrument that really invokes ... LP, Vinyl record album
World Circuit/Nonesuch, 2003. New Copy
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 ... CD

Latin Souls

Boogaloo & Shingaling
Kapp, 1967. New Copy (reissue)
One of the grooviest groups of the Latin Soul scene – but they'd have to be, given their name! The Latin Souls are a vocal group with a really soulful feel – a great link between the earlier harmony sounds that were bubbling under in Spanish Harlem, and some of the hipper rhythms that ... LP, Vinyl record album

Macondo

Macondo
Atlantic/Wounded Bird, 1972. New Copy
CD...$6.99 11.98
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 ... CD

Tino Contreras

La Noche De Los Dioses
Brownswood (UK), 2020. New Copy
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 ... CD

La Gran Orquesta

La Gente Contenta De
Mas, 1978. Very Good+
... LP, Vinyl record album

Don Medardo & Sus Players

Sin Comentarios. . . Los Primeros Vol 13
Medarluz (Ecuador), 1976. Very Good
... LP, Vinyl record album
Seeco, 1950s. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album

Tona La Negra

Noche Criolla
Dimsa, Early 60s. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album

Orquesta Aragon

Con Mucho Sabor!
Musicuba, Late 60s. Very Good
... LP, Vinyl record album

Jose Juan

Todo Lo Que Tengo
Hopes, Mid/Late 60s. Very Good
... LP, Vinyl record album

Celina Y Reutilio

Rezos Y Cantos Guajiros
Ansonia, 1960s. Very Good+
... LP, Vinyl record album
Areito (Cuba), 1960s. Very Good+
Features the artists Zaida Arrate, Carlos Embale, Grupo Irakere, Magaly Tars, Senen Suarez and more! LP, Vinyl record album
Promus, 1977. Very Good+
... LP, Vinyl record album

Jack Costanzo

Latin Fever
Liberty, Late 50s. Very Good+
One of the greatest albums of Latin Jazz ever recorded on the west coast during the 50s – and a landmark session from Jack "Mr Bongo" Costanzo! The album well earns its "fever" claim – as the set smokes from the very first note – Jack's bongos calling the pace ... LP, Vinyl record album

Joe Bataan

Joe Bataan II
Salsoul, 1981. Very Good+
One of the sweeeeet club groovers recorded by Joe Bataan in the the early 80s – and an album that has a bit more of a disco feel than before, but which still stays firmly in the Latinized Salsoul sound that Bataan helped to forge and name! Joe's vocals are great – still honest and with ... LP, Vinyl record album

Junior Irizarry Y Su Orquesta Las Estrellas Del Sabor

Desenganado Soy
Fuego, Late 80s. Near Mint-
Arrangements by Azarael Irizarry Caruso Jr, with vocals by Adam Rosario. LP, Vinyl record album
Mardi Gras, Early 60s. Very Good
Titles include "Feeding The Chickens", "El Negrito Del Batey", "Comaguey", "Salta Perico", "Mexican Fantasy", "Luna Yumurina", "Papa Montero", and "Marijuana". LP, Vinyl record album
Dimsa (Mexico), Late 60s. Very Good+
... LP, Vinyl record album

Pacho Alonso

Upa Upa
Areito (Cuba), 1974. Very Good+
... LP, Vinyl record album

Santos Colon

Santitos
Fania, Late 60s. Near Mint-
Santos is singing to backings by Tito Puente – who does a great job of keeping the pace strong on this second album of vocal tracks for Fania. Titles include "Roberta", "Huellas De Amor", "Mi Llanto Y La Lluvia", "Nina – Mujer", "Negro ... LP, Vinyl record album
RCA, 1950s/1960s. Very Good
... LP, Vinyl record album
RCA, Mid 50s. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album
Fania/Craft, 1968. New Copy (reissue)
Brilliant early work from a young Willie Colon – a true hustler if there ever was one! The album has an amazing energy that really bridges a number of Latin scenes – it's part descarga jamming, part Latin soul, and part traditional Latin – put together with a no-nonsense approach ... LP, Vinyl record album

Celina Y Reutilio

Quiero Bailar Con Celina
Suaritos, 1950s. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album

Celia Cruz

15 Grandes Exitos
Cubalegre, 1960s. Very Good+
... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated October 22, 2020


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