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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!


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
Fania/Wagram (France), 1975. New Copy
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 ... CD

Ray Terrace

Home Of Boogaloo
Tower/Universal (Japan), 1968. New Copy
One of the coolest, grooviest albums of Latin Soul you could ever hope to find – one of the few records ever from the great Ray Terrace – and a set that goes even beyond some of the similar sides on Tico or Fania at the time! Ray's groove here is totally wonderful – upbeat, ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD
A true revolution in Cuban music – not the familiar cha cha and pachanga modes of the pre-Castro years, but instead the huge wave of fresh styles and combinations that sprung up in the years to come! The tracks here aren't the kind of Cuban sounds that are locked in time by the all-star ... CD
Lion, Early 70s. New Copy
A totally cool collection of unusual cumbia cuts from 70s Peru – music that definitely earns the psychedelic tag promised in the title, given its heavy use of electric guitars and trippy production! The style here is different than more familiar cumbia from Colombia – rooted in the ... 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
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 3LP
A true revolution in Cuban music – not the familiar cha cha and pachanga modes of the pre-Castro years, but instead the huge wave of fresh styles and combinations that sprung up in the years to come! The tracks here aren't the kind of Cuban sounds that are locked in time by the all-star ... LP, Vinyl record album
Discos Fuentes/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1965. New Copy (reissue)
One of the stranger albums on Disco Fuentes during the 60s – served up by a group with a caveman look on the cover, and who also had a bit of a caveman schtick in their approach – but who also managed to groove with a lean sound that's mighty nice all the way through! The album takes ... 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
Polydor/Universal (Japan), 1967. New Copy
Astor Piazzolla takes on tango themes from the romantic era – but he explodes the music in the process, and fills it in with all these weird and wonderful modern elements that you never would have heard on the original Argentine singles! Piazzolla's own bandoneon is fantastic – a ... CD
Polydor/Universal (Japan), 1967. New Copy
An amazing example of the genius of the legendary Astor Piazzolla – as the set has him taking older tune from Argentine music, and completely revising their presentation with all sorts of modern elements that he was using in his own music at the time! The tunes are from the 20s/30s stretch ... CD

Lebron Brothers

Llegamos/We're Here
Cotique/Get On Down, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)
Soaring salsa from the mighty Lebron Brothers – a group who first burst on the Latin scene with a strong run of Latin Soul recordings, but who are taking a more straightforward approach here! Yet that change hardly makes any difference, as the Lebrons still have that bold, youthful energy ... 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

Dos Santos

Logos
International Anthem, 2018. New Copy
CD...$9.99 14.99
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

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
Fania/Craft, 1975. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Tico/Craft, 1970. New Copy (reissue)
A really great project from Tito Puente – maybe not his only collaboration with Celia Cruz, but maybe one of the best – a top-to-bottom album of unified vision, topped with sublime vocals from the legendary lady! The set was arranged and produced by Tito – and brings together ... LP, Vinyl record album

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
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
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

Los Hacheros

Bambulaye
Chulo, 2016. New Copy
Hard-driving Latin from Los Hacheros – a group of younger players who really get the sound of the classic era down perfectly – mixing Cuban roots, descarga jamming, and some really wonderful vocal refrains throughout! Instrumentation is heavy on percussion, and the grooves feature lots ... LP, Vinyl record album
Chulo, 2013. New Copy
A contemporary Latin combo, but one with a really unique feel as well – a mix of 60s charanga modes, 50s Cuban roots, and some definite modern phrasing! The group has a really wonderful blend of flute, violin, trombone, tres, and percussion – and congolero Hector "Papote" ... LP, Vinyl record album

Eddie Palmieri

Mi Luz Mayor
Ropeadope, 2019. New Copy
A hard-driving set from the great Eddie Palmieri – and a record that's maybe his strongest salsa effort in years, even though it's still filled with lots of the edgey, jazzy touches he's also brought to his best material in recent decades! The album's got a very strong lead vocal presence ... 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

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
Discos Machuca/Analog Africa (Germany), Late 70s. New Copy 2LP
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 ... 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
Mag/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1969. New Copy (reissue)
A killer Latin set from late 60s Peru – one of those mighty Latin cookers from the Mag Records label – a small imprint that never got much circulation up here in the states, but which was clearly tuned in to the best modes from New York! Alfredo Linares is a real cooker on the piano ... LP, Vinyl record album
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

Astor Piazzolla

Olympia 77
Polydor/Universal (Japan), 1977. New Copy
A live set from Argentine musical legend Astor Piazzolla – recorded in Paris, and with a vibe that really makes the music even more striking than some of his other fantastic records from the 70s! The group's a bit different – in that it's got a drummer, who brings an even bolder sense ... CD
Polydor/Universal (Japan), 1965. New Copy
One of the most striking recordings of the 60s from the legendary Astor Piazzolla – a set recorded live in New York, and one that explodes with new sounds right from the very first note! Astor's in prime modernist form here – completely exploding the old format of the tango, stripping ... CD

Astor Piazzolla

El Tango
Polydor/Universal (Japan), 1965. New Copy
An important 60s project from the bandoneon legend Astor Piazzolla – a collaboration with writer Jorge Luis Borges, and done with all these new sorts of modern modes that point the way towards the growth that Astor would show in the 70s! Borges contributes words to some of the project, which ... CD
Universal (Japan), Late 40s/1950s/Early 60s. New Copy
Very early work from Astor Piazzolla – recorded in the decades before he first started hitting fame on the international scene – and with a sound that shows that his skills on the bandoneon were every bit as great in his youth as they were in his later years! The music here is a bit ... CD
Funkiwala (UK), 2021. New Copy
A Latin combo from London, but one with a wider range of styles in their music – as you might guess from the lineup pictured on the cover! Lokkhi Terra are great at familiar Latin jazz modes – really using their instrumentation to craft strong standout solos on trumpet, flute, Fender ... LP, Vinyl record album
Salsoul/Octave (Japan), 1975. New Copy
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 ... CD
Hi Fi/Modern Harmonic, 1957. New Copy (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

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

Eddie Palmieri

Vamonos Pa'l Monte
Tico (France), 1976. New Copy
Brilliant 70s work by Eddie Palmieri – easily one of his greatest records of the decade! The album features Eddie really showing off his jazz chops on a number of longer tracks – tunes that bring together some of the spirit forged during the Harlem River Drive era, with some of the ... CD

Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers

Heat/Jungle Fire
Prestige/BGP (UK), 1968/1969. New Copy
A pair of killers from Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers – back to bck on a single CD! First up is Heat – a record that's beyond definition – as it combines Latin, soul, jazz, and even a few funky touches – all into one totally amazing sound! This one really gets all the ... CD

Lebron Brothers

Discos Bailables
Cotique, Late 60s/Early 70s. Very Good
Lots of classics from this legendary group – titles that include "Mala Suerte", "Let's Get Stoned", "Fe", "I Believe", "Don't Be Afraid", and "Tus Recuerdos". LP, Vinyl record album
Cesta, Mid 70s. Very Good+
The mighty Joe Quijano, still going strong in the 70s – on titles that include "It's Too Late"- "Mary Es Mi Amor", "Ni Soy De Qui", "Que Fuel Lo Que Te Dijo", and "Guacharumba". LP, Vinyl record album

Jose Fajardo

Cuba
Tico, Early 60s. Very Good
An obscure American release by this great Cuban reedman – maybe best known for his work in the legendary Cuban Jam Sessions! Titles include "Bellas Mujeres", "Whiskey Cha Cha Cha", "Que Buena Son", "Dorothea", "Cogele Bien El Compas", "El ... LP, Vinyl record album

Mariano Merceron

Mariano Viene Acabando
RCA (Mexico), Late 60s. Near Mint-
Titles include "Bodas De Oro", "Para Vigo Me Voy", "Vuelveme A Querer"," Chambeando", "El Relicario", "Asi Jugueteando", and "La Caminera". LP, Vinyl record album

Joseito Mateo & Orlando Contreras

Dios Los Cria Y Teca Los Junta
Teca, 1981. Very Good+
... LP, Vinyl record album

Bobby Capo

Canta
Seeco, Late 50s. Very Good
Titles include "Ella Ella", "El Cucu", "Me Lo Dijo Adela", "Capullo", "Lo Que Quiera Lola", and "Con Toda La Ansiedad". LP, Vinyl record album

Luis Quintero

Merengues Vol 5
Ansonia, Mid 60s. Very Good+
Luis Quintero works here with his Alma Cibaena group – on titles that include "Mary Ann", "Tintina Feliciano", "Pega Palo", "Matilda", "Como Se Baila El Merengue", "El Guaraguao", and "Si Me Vas A Querer". LP, Vinyl record album
INS (Colombia), 1983. Very Good-
Includes selections by Cuarteto Continental, Piper Pimienta Diaz with El Combo Candela, Antologia Vallenata, Noel Petro, Combo Palacio, Cuco Valoy and Los Virtuosos, Nelson Henriquez, Cuarteto Impala, Tommy Olivencia, and Romulo Caicedo. 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
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
 
Updated April 17, 2021


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