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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!


Rabbits & Carrots

Soul Latino
Musart/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1969/1971. New Copy
CD...$5.99 16.99
One of the funkiest Mexican groups at the end of the 60s – a hard-hitting combo who could almost go head to head with any American ensemble of the funky 45 generation! Rabbits & Carrots work in a mostly-instrumental mode here – a style that has just a slight element of Latin in the ... CD

Latin Jazz Quintet (with Eric Dolphy)

Latin Jazz Quintet
United Artists/Universal (Japan), 1960. New Copy
A extremely rare album that Eric Dolphy recorded with the Latin Jazz Quintet – a rare Latin-based side of Dolphy's career, and a set that's a bit different than the Prestige album by the same pairing! This set features a slightly different lineup of the LJQ – one that includes Louie ... CD

Nico Gomez & His Orchestra

Bossa Nova
Omega/Pregador Do Som (Germany), 1972. New Copy
CD...$6.99 16.99
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 ... CD

Dos Santos

City Of Mirrors
International Anthem, 2021. New Copy
The notes on the cover use the term "Latinx Futurist" to refer to the work of Dos Santos – and that may be one of the best ways we've ever heard to describe their really unique blend of modes – served up here with a sound that firmly places the group at the crossroads of some ... CD

El Gran Fellove

Mango Mangue
Vampi Soul (Spain), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
CD...$5.99 16.99
One of the first international collections to showcase the genius of Francisco Fellove Valdes – a singer and percussionist who first rose up on the scene in Havana in the 50s, but who made an undeniably strong contribution to the Mexican scene of the late 50s and early 60s – with the ... CD
Issste/Mr Bongo (UK), 1981. New Copy Gatefold
A wonderfully hard-to-categorize album from the start of the 80s – a Mexican record that mixes folkloric roots with electronic instrumentation – but all in a way that sounds much more ancient than you'd expect for the time! The fusion of modes here is wonderful – almost at a ... LP, Vinyl record album

Tata Vasquez

Ecstasy
La China/Jazz Room (UK), 1979. New Copy (reissue)
A rare salsa session, originally issued on a very small label – and one of the few albums we've ever seen under the leadership of Tata Vasquez! The set's got a fantastic sound throughout – very soulful lead vocals from Felix Santini, on tracks that also open up with a richly rhythmic ... LP, Vinyl record album
World Circuit/Nonesuch, 2003. New Copy 2LP
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Paul Ortiz Y La Orch Son

Los Que Son (splatter vinyl pressing)
Ghetto/Nature Sounds, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)
An obscure salsa set from the start of the 70s, and a stone cooker too – thanks to top-shelf production from Joe Bataan – a great artist in his own right, and a surprising choice to helm this set! Yet the credit here really goes to leader Paul Ortiz – who plays piano and leads ... LP, Vinyl record album

Ghetto Brothers

Power/Fuerza
Salsa International/Everland (Austria), 1972. New Copy (reissue)
A legendary record from one of the most unique Latin groups of their time! In an early 70s world where many Latin combos were going for class and poise, the Ghetto Brothers moved in another direction entirely – working here with a fair bit of electric guitar alongside more familiar Latin ... LP, Vinyl record album
Vampi Soul (Spain), 2021. New Copy
A smoking second set from Los Chapillacs – a group who work in the older modes of chicha and psychedelic cumbia that you'd know from the Peruvian scene, but one who also bring all sorts of weird and wonderful touches of their own into play! The record's got some of the dreamlike quality of ... LP, Vinyl record album

Dos Santos

City Of Mirrors
International Anthem, 2021. New Copy
The notes on the cover use the term "Latinx Futurist" to refer to the work of Dos Santos – and that may be one of the best ways we've ever heard to describe their really unique blend of modes – served up here with a sound that firmly places the group at the crossroads of some ... LP, Vinyl record album
Polydor/Universal (Japan), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy
Some really fantastic collaborations from the legendary Astor Piazzolla – done at a time when the Argentine musician was being seen as way more than just a bandoneon player – and instead the fully creative genius whose experiments really helped shape the music of the 70 at a global ... CD
World Circuit, 1997. New Copy 2CD
A contemporary legend in Latin music – one that was done in collaboration with the film of the same name – organized by Ry Cooder, directed by Wim Wenders, and put forth as a reminder to America that Cuban culture was still going strong, even decades after we turned our backs on the ... CD

Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers

Tough!
Prestige, 1966. New Copy (reissue)
Killer Latin soul from Pucho and crew – and an album that's one of their greatest! The record is also one of the earliest by the group, and it features a different lineup than later ones – with William Bivens on vibes, Claude Bartee on tenor, and Vince McEwan on trumpet. There's a bit ... LP, Vinyl record album
Discos Machuca/Analog Africa (Germany), Late 70s. New Copy
The amazing legacy of a tiny Colombian record label – a small imprint, but a groundbreaking one as well – with a rich variety of sounds that you'll hear on this really wonderful collection! Discos Machuca was based in Barranquilla, a real crossroads of cultures, sounds, and styles ... CD

Okute

Okute
Chulo, 2021. New Copy
A contemporary Cuban group, but one who fit easily in the long cultural legacy of Havana – as the combo have a way of taking timeless modes and making them come alive again in all new ways – often really stripping things down to their roots, with an intimate, earthy presentation that ... CD

Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers

Big Stick/Dateline
Prestige/BGP (UK), 1968/1969. New Copy
Two rare gems from this legendary Latin group – both on CD for the first time ever! Big Stick is quite possibly the rarest album from Pucho & The Latin Soul brothers – and also one of the greatest, too – thanks to a wonderfully soulful vibe overall, and some wicked vocals ... CD

Andres Landero

Yo Amaneci
Vampi Soul (Spain), Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy
CD...$9.99 16.99
Andres Landero has a pretty wild look on the cover here – and the sound of his music is equally wild, too – a very raw, rootsy approach to cumbia – very much in the most hard-edged style of the genre, with a quality that often feels more ancient than the 70s recording dates of ... CD
Mag/Vampi Soul (Spain), Late 60s. New Copy
CD...$9.99 16.99
An ear-opening collection of work from the Peruvian scene of the late 60s – kind of a secret hotbed of Latin grooves, at least to our American ears – and one that was overflowing with some of the best elements of the small combo scene at the time! These guys clearly take a lot of ... CD
Decca/Everland (Austria), 1967. New Copy
A tasty Latin number from the 60s – recorded as one of a small handful of excellent Latin sides cut by Decca during the Latin Soul era! The record's kind of split down the middle, with half tracks that are in a straight Latin vein, and half tracks that are in a feisty boogaloo style. The ... CD

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
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Late 30s/1940s/1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 3CD
A fantastic collection of music from Cuba – not the jazzy descarga styles that led to salsa, nor the more romantic singers that are maybe some of the nation's best-known artists – but instead a wealth of work that mixes raw percussion and vocals to support the spiritual practice of ... 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

Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers

Saffron & Soul/Shuckin & Jivin
Prestige/BGP (UK), 1966/1967. New Copy
A double-header to die for – two of the rarest albums from Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers – back to back on a single CD! First up is Saffron & Soul – one of the first albums from the legendary Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers – a wonderful little record that ... 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
Alegre/Craft, 1975. New Copy (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Orquesta Akokan

16 Rayos
Daptone, 2021. New Copy
Bold rays of sunlight from Orquesta Akokan – a contemporary group, but one who recorded this set in Havana's legendary Egrem Studios – which is part of the very classic vibe throughout! There's plenty of younger Latin combos that have been serving up old school modes in recent years ... CD

Ray Barretto

Indestructible
Fania/Wagram (France), 1973. New Copy
By this point in his career, Ray Barretto certainly was Indestructible – one of the biggest Latin leaders of his day, working at the forefront of new trends and new sounds! This fact is wonderfully displayed by the front cover, which shows Ray unbuttoning his shirt and taking off his Clark ... CD
Guerra Company/Mad About Records (Portugal), 1975. New Copy (reissue)
Killer Latin funk from the mid 70s – a totally rare little set, but a masterpiece all the way through! Sol is a combo headed up by keyboardist Joe Gallardo – and they've got a groove that blends together some wonderful elements – including jazz funk, straight Latin, and a bit of ... LP, Vinyl record album
RCA/Be With (UK), 1971. New Copy (reissue)
A really groovy little record, and one that's got all sorts of very cool things going on – sweet female vocals from Sola that almost feel like they're lifted from a French record, and not a Spanish language set – mixed with orchestrations that have a nice undercurrent of funk – a ... LP, Vinyl record album
Metropoli/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1976. New Copy (reissue)
The crazy look of the band on the cover might make you think you're getting something weird and wild, but the album's got a rock-solid sound that's right up there with the best of the South American scene – that vibe that some indie labels had during the 70s, where they were working a few ... LP, Vinyl record album
Decca/Everland (Austria), 1967. New Copy (reissue)
A tasty Latin number from the 60s – recorded as one of a small handful of excellent Latin sides cut by Decca during the Latin Soul era! The record's kind of split down the middle, with half tracks that are in a straight Latin vein, and half tracks that are in a feisty boogaloo style. The ... LP, Vinyl record album
Vampi Soul (Spain), 1973. New Copy (reissue)
The title's a reference to an earthquake that hit Nicaragua in the 70s – but for this set, Alfonso Noel Lovo left his homeland to record up in New Orleans – mixing together a range of Latin, psychedelic, and Crescent City modes for an album that certainly packs a punch! Titles include ... LP, Vinyl record album

Alfonso Lovo

La Gigantona
Numero, 1976. New Copy Gatefold
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Kapp/Universal, Early 70s. New Copy
Stone Latin Soul – from one of the greatest groups of the genre! In the late 60s, New York was on top of the Latin Soul sound – blending together bits from Puerto Rican and African-American roots to come up with a whole new sound. But by the time of the early 70s, LA had taken over ... CD

Mongo Santamaria

Montreux Heat
Pablo, 1980. New Copy
Late Mongo – but great Mongo! The CD features work recorded live at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1980 – a wonderful jazz-based performance that was never issued at the time! Tracks are long and very open – stretching out with a soulful majesty that goes beyond even Mongo's ... CD
Prestige, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy
Henry Pucho Brown was one of the cookingest Latin soul leaders of the 60s – an artist who was already pretty jazzy at the start, then really grabbed onto some of the soulful changes happening in Spanish Harlem during the late 60s – which helped him create some of the most hard-grooving ... CD
Fania/Craft, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 4CD & 7 inch
A mighty nice little package – one that's overflowing with the special sort of Latin and soul music hybrids that rose up from the Spanish Harlem scene in the late 60s – the kind of cuts that helped establish Fania Records as one of the most important Latin labels around – and one ... 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
Pure Pleasure (UK), 2021. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
New recordings done for a contemporary film, but music that's got a very timeless vibe overall – sounds that really take us back to the glory days of Cuban music, with a quality that's very different than some of the bigger names that have gotten wider exposure in recent years! A number of ... LP, Vinyl record album

Ricardo Marrero

Taste
TSG/P-Vine (Japan), 1976. New Copy (reissue)
Maybe the best album ever from the mighty Ricardo Marrero – a 70s Latin talent who didn't record much, but always gave the world something wonderful when he did! The set's got this really great vibe – some cuts that update 60s Latin soul modes with even more righteous 70s elements ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
World Circuit/Nonesuch, 1999. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Maybe one of the most wonderful things to come out of the Buena Visa Social Club project of Ry Cooder – a record that introduced many Americans to the voice of Cuban singer Ibrahim Ferrer – a talent from back in the day, but one whose route to US audiences was closed for decades because ... LP, Vinyl record album

Son Yambu

Tremendo Ambiente
Apollo Sound (UK), 2021. New Copy
Son Yambu is a group with a very diverse membership, as you might guess from their image on the cover – a mixture of musicians from Cuba and players in London – the city that Son Yambu currently calls home! The music is heavy on influences from the older son genre of Cuban music – ... LP, Vinyl record album

Sacbe

Sacbe
Discos Arte/Favorite (France), 1977. New Copy (reissue)
Sweet Latin fusion from Sacbe – a Mexican group, but one who work with some of the best elements of the Brazilian jazz scene of the time – long-flowing lines, nicely complex rhythms, and a very organic sense of balance between the acoustic and electric instruments in the group! These ... LP, Vinyl record album

Elia Y Elizabeth

Alegria
Zeida/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1973. New Copy (reissue)
A totally wonderful little set from the Colombian scene of the early 70s – very different than most other music of that place at the time – and with this sunny, groovy vibe that's got a very universal appeal! Elia and Elizabeth sing in Spanish, and harmonize over these bouncy backings ... LP, Vinyl record album

Robin Jones Seven

El Maja
Apollo Sound/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972. New Copy
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 ... CD
Universal (Japan), 1990s. New Copy
A really wonderful tribute to the lasting power of Astor Piazzolla – a collection of tracks from later years – all new versions of some of his classic compositions, handled by a younger generation who've gotten great inspiration from his music! The setting is similar to some of Astor's ... CD
World Circuit, 2000. New Copy
The legendary Omara Portuondo is one of those Cuban music greats from years back – and one of a handful who were finally given some larger exposure to the American market during the Buena Vista Social Club project of the late 90s! It's not as if Omara had stopped performing – but ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated December 05, 2021


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