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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!


Aurita Y Su Conjunto (Aurita Castillo)

Chambacu
Discos Fuentes/Mississippi, Early 60s. New Copy (reissue)
One of the most unusual albums ever issued on the legendary Discos Fuentes label – and that's saying a lot, given how many unusual albums the company put out! This set's got a core Colombian groove in the rhythms – very much in the rootsy style that the company was making a name for in ... 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
Epsilon/CuBop, 1977. New Copy
An album that definitely lives up to its title – as congolero Francisco Aguabella comes on hard, hitting strong throughout – and serving up a wicked blend of Latin, funk, and soul! The mid 70s set is a standout recording from Aguabella – done after he left the group Malo, and one ... 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
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
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
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
Vampi Soul (Spain), 2005. New Copy
Joe Bataan is alive and well – and to our ears, the king of Latin Soul is sounding better than he has in decades! This tasty little set really takes us back to Joe's classic work for Fania – but it's also got a slightly different twist – one that shows a new younger appreciation ... LP, Vinyl record album

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

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

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

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
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

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

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
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

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
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
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

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
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, 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

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
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
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

La Pesada

Tomate Y Alandette
Zeida/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1978. New Copy (reissue)
Colombian group La Pesada only cut this one record in the 70s, but its members have a long legacy in work with some of the biggest artists on the scene – including a fair bit of instrumental time backing up the legendary Fruko! This set's got a warmly collaborative vibe – jazzy salsa ... 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), 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
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), 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
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
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

Lebron Brothers Orchestra

Psychedelic Goes Latin
Cotique/Get On Down, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)
Amazing work from the New York underground of the late 60s – an album that's as magical as its title implies! Latin definitely goes psychedelic on this one – burning through a cloud of smoke with a brilliant blend of soul, jazz, and the hipper rhythms of the Spanish Harlem scene at the ... 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
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

Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers

Jungle Fire!
Prestige/BGP (UK), 1969. New Copy (reissue)
One of the greatest albums by this funky Latin combo! The record differs from some of their earlier Prestige albums in that the tracks are longer, more instrumental, and have a hard fuzzy electric groove. The band jams hard in a way that's more like some of the funk combos of the early 70s, than ... LP, Vinyl record album

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

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 – ... 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

Salsa Plus
Ruben Blades, 2021. New Copy
The great Ruben Blades sounds every bit as fantastic here as ever – soaring out with that magnificent voice that made his classic records so important in helping bring salsa to a wider market – and still working here with the best vintage approach to the music that he brought to his ... 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
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

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
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
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
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
 
Updated September 22, 2021


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