A fantastic 70s session from Charlie Palmieri – featuring some of his best keyboard solos of the decade, and some very cool work on organ that almost makes us think Sun Ra is in the group! The style is quite unusual, even for Charlie – with a weird sound from his organ that really ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The "quad" here seems to be mostly conceptual – but the "live" part of the set is definitely in place! The album's a real stormer – one of the best mid 70s sides from Larry Harlow's excellent group, recorded in front of a small but enthusiastic crowd, and done with ... read moreCD
The mighty Apollo Sound combo at the height of their powers – hard-hitting on percussion, but also sparkling with some jazzier touches on tenor sax, flute, and trombone! Roberto Roena had a slightly looser groove than some of his contemporaries, and as you'll hear on this set, there's space ... read moreCD
A greatest hits collection of sorts from this "immense" salsa combo of the early 80s – one of the few youthful groups to really burst upon the scene with a fresh kind of energy. The album features some of the group's greatest tunes from the time – performed by vocalists ... read moreCD
Hector Lavoe's vocals are wrapped tightly and beautifully here in Willie Colon production – and the album's one of the classics from the pair recorded at the height of Lavoe's solo career! The sound is tight and dynamic, but never too over the top – and although Lavoe's vocals are ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Jose Luis Monero —
Sings ... LP Marvela, Early 70s. Very Good+ ...
Sunset pressing of some of Jack (Mr. Bongo) Costanzo's great stuff originally recorded for the Liberty label in the late 50s. Includes the tracks "Drum-a-Mania", "Bongo Fever", "Taboo", and more! Great short hard Latin jazz stuff from LA, played by one of the best ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fierce and funky grooves from the glory days of the NuYorican scene! The album's a killer – filled with uptempo tracks that mix together Latin funk, jazz, and salsa – into an electrified groove that burns mightily across all the tracks! The album's got a great blend of electric keys ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Ray Barretto & New World Spirit —
Trancedance ... CD Circular Moves, 2001. Used ...
Jimmy Sabater —
Gusto ... LP Fania, 1980. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A wonderful record from Jimmy Sabater, and proof that he was still Soul Brother Number 1 in Latin Music, even at the end of the 70s! The album's a mix of salsa tracks plus a few more that hearken back to Jimmy's Latin Soul days – and arrangements are by Louie Ramirez, Sonny Bravo, and Jose ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing with Sterling stamp. Cover is in fantastic shape!)
Grupo Folklorico & Experimental Nuevayorquino —
Concepts In Unity ... LP Salsoul, 1975. Used 2LP Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
A landmark set of highly percussive tracks! Back in the mid-70's, when Salsoul was still recording Latin music and not disco, they put out this great double album of traditional Latin percussion playing by the new revivalist Grupo Folklorico, which featured Virgilo Marti and other great New York ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has light wear and a small cutout hole.)
Brassy set of Latin sides recorded by Machito's trumpet player from the old days, Bobby Madera, who's probably best known to the world as the man who wrote "Mambo Inn". That track's on here, and so are the tracks "Mambo Pastel", "Basutoland", "Rhythmambo", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove and serrated edge. Cover has light aging and a vintage store sticker on back.)
Eddie Palmieri —
Solito ... LP Musica Latina, 1985. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A great set of salsa tunes played with a real jazz fire! The group's not credited on the back, but the album has a wonderful mix of hard percussion, free jazz soloing, and great work on trumpet and piano. Titles include "Justicia", "Solito", "Cada Vez Que Te Veo", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An early gem from La Protesta – the hip 70s combo fronted by trumpeter Tony Pabon! Tony's lines are strongly out in the lead on most cuts, as are vocals from Nestor Sanchez, who also sings with Pabon – and other instrumentation includes additional trumpets, piano, bass, timbales, ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Rear tray card has a crease.)
La Protesta —
Free ... CD Rico, 1971. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Great stuff! One of the excellent early albums from the group La Protesta – a hard-hitting combo that carries the youthful Latin sound of the 60s into the salsa generation – and which also features the leadership of Tony Pabon, who'd cut some great work a few years before! Pabon's ... read moreCD
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 ... read moreCD
A blend of soulful styles from the mighty Macondo! This self-titled set is pretty hip batch of tracks – sort of a mixture of early 70s LA Latin funk, with some lighter elements of Brazilian music, possibly added into the record by Claudio Slon, who produced the set for Sergio Mendes. The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Compilation of classic early stuff by Machito, back when Mario Bauza was playing trumpet, and acting as his music director. The band has a good hard sound, with lots of strong jazz soloing, and plays with a fire that's missing from a lot of his later recordings. Tracks include "Asia ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most sophisticated sessions by Eddie Palmieri from the time – and one of the most deeply emotive as well! Alongside the creative piano and jazz-bases sensibility you'd expect from Eddie, the album's also got a set of fuller arrangements as well – orchestrations that build ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Eddie Palmieri —
Sueno ... LP Capitol/Intuition, 1989. Near Mint- ...
An excellent session – very much in the mode of Eddie's groundbreaking work from the early 70s, when he was mixing together some incredibly complicated piano lines with newer styles of Latin jazz. The album's about half vocal, half instrumental – with a very strong jazz component that's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ray Barretto's not looking too "irresistible" on the cover of this one – thanks to a too-white costume and sock-less espadrilles – but the record's still a great one, with a nicely jazzy vibe throughout! The album was Ray's last for Fania, but it's by no means a contract-fille ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Music from Orquesta De Cuchon, Piro Mantilla Y Su Orquesta, Steve Hernandez Y Su Oquesta, Andy Suarez & his Orchestra, Brooklyn Sounds, Joseito Mateo Y Su Orquesta, Perucho Torcat & Su Orquesta, Pete Rodriguez Y Su Orquesta, Rafi Rojas Y Su Orquesta, Orquesta Reencarnacion & more. CD
Killer descarga material, played by some of New York's finest! This is a nice little Latin jazz jam session directed by Charlie Palmieri, and featuring Joe Quijano, Cheo Feliciano, and Jimmy Sabater. There's a lot of nice long descarga tracks, inlcuding "Arranquen", "Ran Kan ... read moreCD
Willie Colon declares Ruben Blades as the champ on the cover of this early solo set – and for good reason too, as the album's one of Blades' best! There's a clear, clean simplicity to the record that's totally wonderful – a purity of vision before some of Ruben's later crossover ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A hokey cover but a really classic album from Hector Lavoe – one of his biggest records of the 70s, and a great mix of modes that showcases the full range of his talents! The standout number here is the 10 minute groover "El Cantate" – a driving salsa tune penned by Ruben ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic pairing of talents – one that seems to push each individual artist to a new high point in their career! By the time of the set, Johnny Pacheco was emerging as one of the strongest forces in 70s salsa – a crack percussionist whose instrumentation was driving on a younger ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A compelling later collaboration between Willie Colon and Ruben Blades – recorded as the soundtrack for a film that starred Blades as a boxer and Colon as his shady manager! The music's much better than the movie, though – and represents a mature meeting of these two talents from the ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Rear tray card is creased and shows light aging.)
Willie Colon —
Big Break ... LP Fania/Get On Down, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)...
A mid 70s classic from Willie Colon – continuing the progression of "gangster" image by supposedly having him break out of prison! (Previously, Willie had been brought to justice on the Juicio album – but now on the loose, is described in a wanted poster on the cover – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ralfi Pagan —
Ralfi Pagan ... LP Fania/Get On Down, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
The first album by the king of falsetto Latin soul! Ralfi sang in a beautiful souful way that presaged the style that most of the later east coast male vocal groups would take up, with lots of high notes, and a good weepy sound – alternating lyrics in Spanish and English. Nice Latin ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great Dizzy Gillespie Latin session recorded during the mid 70s – proof that he could still hold onto the cubop spirit of the old days! The session features a larger group arranged and conducted by Chico O'Farril – who manages to keep a solidly Cuban groove at the base, but really ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Warmly romantic salsa from Willie Colon – a record that really has him sweetening up his image from the harder style of his "bad boy" years, yet which also still retains all the depth and soul that makes his work so great! The orchestrations here are quite full – and feature ... read moreCD
(Out of print, slight crease through traycard artwork.)