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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!


Mad About Records (Portugal), 1977. New Copy (reissue)
A very cool group from the New Mexican scene of the 70s – one who work in the same blend of funk, soul, and Latin elements as more famous acts from the LA scene – but with a freewheeling vibe that's also open to new ideas too! There's a jazzy energy at the core – lots of strong ... LP, Vinyl record album
ALG/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1980. New Copy (reissue)
A salsa smoker from the great Alfredo Linares – recorded at the start of the 80s, and almost a summation of all the greatness Linares had packed into his music during the decade before! Alfredo is on piano throughout – really driving things along with a rhythmic pulse and the kind of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Fania/Get On Down, 1968. New Copy (reissue)
Amazing Latin soul – and the first record ever by the youthful George Guzman! The grooves kick in from the word "go" – with strong electric bass setting the scene, and lots of dark, descending blue notes – copped from 60s soul and jazz influences, and crafted perfectly ... LP, Vinyl record album
Vampi Soul (Spain), 1950s/1960s. New Copy 3LP
A treasure trove of 50s and 60s music from Puerto Rico – and a killer compilation centered around the pioneering work of percussionist Rafael Cortijo and singer Ismael Rivera! Essentially, this a blueprint for the global salsa, tropical and Latin scenes to come – and it's invigorating ... LP, Vinyl record album
Honest Jons (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
The rebirth of the Afro-Cuban groove on the New York scene of the 70s – great recordings in the "new traditionalist" sound of the time! After the boom of the Latin Soul sound of the late 60s, and the rise of salsa in the early 70s, there was also a "back to basics" ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Costeno/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1980. New Copy (reissue)
A Colombian record from the start of the 80s, but one that's got a very different vibe than most from the time – almost more lean and stripped-down – at a level that goes back to the roots of champeta, but which also brings in all these other strange touches too! Most of the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Mag/Vampi Soul (Spain), Mid 60s. New Copy (reissue)
A complete killer from the Peruvian scene of the 60s – a set that shows just how special it is when the leadoff descarga track breaks into a searing saxophone solo within the first few seconds! Things don't let up after that – and Al Valdez keeps things moving and grooving at a level ... 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

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

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
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
Dorado/BGP (UK), 1969. New Copy
Lost grooves from Spanish Harlem – an incredible set of Latin Soul from The 107th Street Stickball Team! With a name like that, the group certainly aren't as well-remembered as contemporaries like Joe Bataan or Willie Colon, but they've got a soulful groove that definitely fits the style of ... CD

Nico Gomez & His Orchestra

Bossa Nova
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 ... 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

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
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
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

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

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

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

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
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
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
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

Tino Contreras

La Noche De Los Dias
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 ... 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
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

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

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

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

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

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
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

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

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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

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

Ruben Blades

Swing
Ruben Blades, 2021. New Copy
Ruben Blades delivers a great mix of jazzy styles here – some tracks that definitely echo the swing era promised by the title and the cover, but always mixed with the soulful sense of inflections he brought to his classic salsa material too! This isn't just some retro vocal jazz album, as ... CD

Ruben Blades

Salswing
Ruben Blades, 2021. New Copy
Ruben Blades steps out here in a mix of modes – tracks from both his Swing and Salsa Plus albums, and like those cuts, done in collaboration with the group of Robert Delgado – the bassist whose arrangements really help the record soar! Ruben's vocals are wonderful – somehow even ... CD
Nucleus, Early 80s. Sealed
A compelling collection of underground Latin tracks recorded on the San Francisco scene – issued here by the Nucleus Records label, who were best known for their Bay Area Brazilian releases! The set features selections from a festival of Latin American styles in SF – and includes ... LP, Vinyl record album

El Gran Combo

Para Todos Los Gustos
Columbia (Colombia), 1995. Very Good+
... LP, Vinyl record album

Ricardo Tanturi Y Su Orquesta Tipica Los Indios

Malvon
RCA/Camden (Uruguay), Mid 40s. Very Good+
... 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
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
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
 
Updated June 19, 2021


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