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Mongo teams up the great Latin diva La Lupe in the early 60s for a tasty set of Latin Jazz and Descargas. The band includes the great set of players Mongo was using at this time – including Marty Sheller, Pat Patrick and Bobby Capers, plus Kako sits in on percussion, though La Lupe sings on ... LP, Vinyl record album
Ray Barretto at the height of his charanga moderna years – a bit before the Latin Soul period, but still plenty hard and grooving throughout! As you might guess from the cover, the group's a familiar charanga – violin, flute, and percussion – but Ray brings them together with ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of Tito's classic 50's recordings for Tico, all of which have a much rawer sound than his work for RCA from the same time. The tracks on here represent some Tito's best work in the Cha Cha Cha format – played with a hard sound and a good percussive drive aimed towards a very appreciative ... LP, Vinyl record album
The cover alone should be enough to tell you this is a cooker – as Cortijo and Kako go head to head on heavy percussion, working a heavy traditional groove despite the later date of the album! Rhythms are strongly in the plena and bomba modes – with timbales and congas dominating, as ... LP, Vinyl record album
Nice British album that brings together rare recordings from the late 40s, featuring Machito's seminal Cubop mixture of Latin and bebop – and featuring players like Charlie Parker, Howard McGhee, and Brew Moore, and Harry Belafonte actually even sings vocals on one track! Most of the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Early 60s charanga material by the flautist Fajardo and his combo, plus some other sides by the Orquestra Sensacion, featuring more of a traditional vocal sound. The Fajardo stuff's the best, and titles include "Tengo una Novia", "La Gioconda", "Bellas Mujeres", and ... LP, Vinyl record album
The debut album of Monguito Quian – not to be confused with Monguito Santamaria – who was also recording for Fania around the time, and who was also a Cuban singer recording in New York in the early 70s. This Monguito's more of a straight ahead Latin singer – presented here by ... LP, Vinyl record album
Great RCA comp of Dizzy's earlier bop sides for the label, many of which came out first only as singles. Tracks include all the classics like "Cubana Be", "Cubana Bop", "Manteca", "Night in Tunisia", and a whole bunch more that you've heard him reprise a ... LP, Vinyl record album
Sonny Stitt's going down slow here – hitting a groove that's a bit more laidback than some of his funkier albums for Prestige, but one that's still pretty darn great overall! The sound is almost in a Stanley Turrentine mode at CTI – with fuller arrangements behind his saxophone solos, ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of the biggest recorrds ever for Ian Carr's Nucleus group – a set that helped the British combo cross over to the US market, thanks to a key release here on Capitol Records! Carr's at the height of his powers here – stretching out on trumpet and flugelhorn, but also playing a bit ... LP, Vinyl record album