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A really wonderful album from Ray Barretto – more jazz fusion than his usual 70s salsa – but in a way that we really really love! The album's a crossover gem that has Ray working with Stix Hooper, Joe Sample, and Wilton Felder of The Crusaders – a trio who produced the record, ... LP, Vinyl record album
A landmark album, and the first-ever record on the young Alegre label – a sure-fire hit that put both the company and Pacheco firmly on the map! The record's a genre-setting batch of hard early charanga grooves filled with great flute work from a young Johnny Pacheco – recording here ... LP, Vinyl record album
The 9th album that Roena cut with his Apollo Sound combo – and they're still grooving hard! The set's got a strong 70s salsa feel, with a three trumpet lineup, bongos from Roena, and some nice tenor and flute work by Miguel Rodriguez. Titles include "Marejada Feliz", "Nadie ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of those great hard-hitting Latin albums on Brunswick from the 60s! Titles include "Las Claves", "Yemaya", "Fregao", "Por Que", "Campina Cubana", "Nina", "La Pachanga", and "El Sopon". LP, Vinyl record album
4th volume in this great series of classic Latin descargas, featuring some of the greatest players of the sixties running through crack material that gives them all a chance to showcase their talents. Includes their massive version of "Manteca", plus another hard jazz mambo cut, "Ens ... LP, Vinyl record album
Great early work from Joe Cuba! Sure, the tracks were recorded before Joe's legendary Latin Soul years – but the vibe is nice and fresh, and the tight stripped-down approach shows how much Joe was ready to revitalize Latin music in the 60s. The percussion's nice and strong, and many cuts ... LP, Vinyl record album
With Ramon Flores on trumpets, Roberto Vergara on saxophone, Alfredo Nino Ortiz on percussion; with additional percussion by Ricardo Tiki Pasillas, Pablo Aguirre on keyboards and synthesizers, Jorge Nazar on guitar, and vocals by Angelica, Jorge Nazar, Yari Mre, and Luis Felipe Gonzalez. LP, Vinyl record album
Late 80s Latin from Mongo Santamaria – but still pretty darn nice! The set's got Santamaria stretching out in the rhythms a bit more from the early days – and also picking up some of the jazz flavors of the Concord label as well – but overall, the proceedings are still quite ... LP, Vinyl record album
A mighty tribute to the great songwriter Rafael Hernandez, who'd passed by the time of the recording – served up with vocals from La Lupe, and great arrangements from Tito Puente! Titles include "Las Palomitas", "Canta Canta", "Muchos Besos", "Jugando Mama ... LP, Vinyl record album
A classic example of Ra's early genius – and a record that was pulled from a legendary session that the band recorded in 1960. John Gilmore and Marshall Allen hold down the reed solos, and Ra's piano is out front, with plenty of space for crazy solos, especially on the cut "Space ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of John Coltrane's best early albums for Impulse – a warm set of modally grooving tracks, and one that picks up where My Favorite Things left off! The group here features McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums – a really magical rhythm section that ... LP, Vinyl record album