Wonderful work on the deep-toned cuatro – an instrument that Fredy Reyna plays with the dexterity of some of the best Spanish and Portuguese guitarists of the 60s, but with a very different sound! (Global Grooves, Latin)LP, Vinyl record album
Nice CD that brings together 20 of Celia Cruz' early recordings with the legendary Sonora Mantancera. All tracks were recorded in Havana between 1950 and 1953, and titles include "Agua Pa Mi", "Cao Cao, Mani Picao", "Bonco", "Quede Zaina", "La ... read moreCD
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
(Out of print.)
Chakachas ... CD Avco/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1972. New Copy ...
The coolest, funkiest, and most soulful set ever issued by Chakachas – a record that's way different than most of their Latin-based music – with a strong American funk vibe all the way through! There's still lots of percussion in the mix, but it's often used in ways that echo more of a ... (Soul, Latin)read moreCD
A killer of a mid 70s album from Hector Lavoe – recording here as a solo act after his split from the Willie Colon group, but still with strong backings and musical supervision from Willie himself! The style here is very similar to the last few albums Lavoe recorded with Colon – a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The last album that Ismael Miranda cut with Orchestra Harlow – but an extremely strong effort that draws from all the great work they did together! Larry Harlow's still very firmly at the helm of the set – producing, arranging, and playing piano with the classic Orchestra Harlow lineup ... read moreCD
One of the coolest collections of chicha we've ever heard – that ultra-cool Peruvian style that mixes cumbia rhythms with electric surf-styled guitar – all in a sound that's as fresh today as when it was first waxed back in the 70s! Chicha is one of those rare cross-cultural moments ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very early work from La Sonora Poncena – the kind of record that would really push them into the limelight in the 70s! The sound here is a wonderful mix of Cuban roots and the newer Latin modes showing up in the Puerto Rican scene of the 60s – a fierce precursor both to salsa of the ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Latin Percussion Jazz Ensemble —
Just Like Magic ... CD Latin Percussion Ventures, 1979. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A killer set of percussion-heavy Latin jazz tracks – one that brings together two different generations of Latin Jazz, working here in a stripped-down groove that's totally wonderful! The album's a real stunner from the legendary late 70s run of the Latin Percussion label – the imprint ... read moreCD
The rare first album by Ocho – and a killer batch of Latin tracks that breaks down all definitions of the music! Ocho were a seminal group in the NuYorica scene of the early 70s – blending soul, funk, Latin, jazz, and other styles into a groove that was perhaps a bit too complicated ... read moreCD
The lovely singer works with guitar and orchestra – on titles that include "Mientime", "Te Busco En Mi Recuerdo", "Cautiva", "Sin Tu Amor", "Entre Las Sombras", "Tu Me Acostumbrastes", and "Una Noche Mas". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some tape on the edges, but is nice overall.)
Seminal sounds in the world of Latin music – played by the composer himself, with titles that include "Danza Negra", "La Comparsa", "Canto De Guajiro", "Noche Azul", "Malaguena", "Siempre En Mi Corazon", and "La Habanera". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove – a nice copy!)
Some great Latin work that Herbie cut for Verve at the end of the 50s – featuring tracks pulled from the Flautista album, plus other that showed up on another release. The tracks on the set are nice and long – with Herbie doing a snakey flute groove that's almost better than any of his ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
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 bottom ... read moreCD
A stone kicker by the Lebron Brothers – not as all-out Latin soul as the group's first few records, but a heck of a great session nonetheless! The album's got the brothers moving into more of a 70s salsa mode, but still keeping the small combo edge of their earlier albums – singing in ... read moreCD
The culmination of a great run of 70s albums from Cheo Feliciano – and a self-produced set with a tremendous amount of depth! The arrangements here run way past standard 70s salsa – and often have some jazzier, more expressive changes that really help bring the most out of the vocals ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original textured cover pressing. Cover has light splitting. Label has a sticker.)
Definitely a new groove for El Gran Combo – a set that tries a bit to head towards a tango mode, which makes for some slightly different rhythms for the group! The sound is hardly the straight tango you'd hear from the Argentine scene – but it is a cool blend of that style with some of ... read moreCD
Modesto's Charanga Kings with Olguita —
Pachanga Anyone? ... CD World Pacific/Melodias (Colombia), Early 60s. Used ...
A killer west coast combo, working here with vocals from the lovely Olguita – all in a groove that's even tighter and harder than her own classic album for the World Pacific label! The group's from Modesto, and definitely plays in the pachanga mode promised in the title – with some ... read moreCD
An amazing follow up to Ricardo Ray's first album of Jala Jala and Boogaloo tracks – a real killer Latin soul set that's even better than the first! The record's got a full-on style that kicks in from the very first note – a blend of uptight Latin tracks and some very groovy 60s-styled ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has split top & bottom seams, with some peeling.)
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 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dreamy trumpet from this Latin legend – with titles that include "Moonlight On The Ganges", "September Song", "Moon Of Manakoora", "Tabu", and "Caravan". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing! Vinyl is great, but cover has masking tapes around the seams.)
Orquestra Amistad —
Tecato ... CD Borincano/Salsa International, Early 70s. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
One of the hippest 70s sessions we've heard from Puerto Rico – a batch of tracks by a lesser-known group – unique in their strong use of organ with the instrumentation! The style here is a bit more righteous than other Puerto Rican salsa of the time – filled with a few touches of ... read moreCD
A killer Latin jazz set! Players include Al Grey on trombone, Wallace Davenport on trumpet, Bobby Platter on sax and flute, Rufus Jones on drums, Noahwell Cruz on piano, and Isauro on congas. Ricardo Reyes sings on a few tracks, but the best numbers are jazzy instrumentals! Titles include "M ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some aging & fully split seams, but the bottom seam is held with some clear tape.)
A crossover Latin Funk classic – with the kind of soaring guitar/organ grooves that were the brilliant sound of the 70s for the West Coast scene, a whole new way of playing Latin Soul that blew away the New York sound of the late 70s. Titles include "Persuasion", "Evil ... (Rock, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ismael Miranda is standing proud at the start of the 80s with this great little set – bringing some new boldness into his work, and recording in the expanded salsa sound of Fania at the time! The record augments basic salsa backings with some larger orchestrations on a number of tunes – ... read moreCD
A wonderfully progressive session from bassist Bobby Valentin – really moving into his own at this point, forging some sounds that would be crucial in the development of salsa in the 70s New York scene! The record features a group that pushes past the usual combo of this nature – with ... read moreCD
A mighty set of club tunes from the legendary Candido – and proof that the congolero was still going strong at the end of the 70s! The set's got a nice stretched out feel – one that takes the fuller disco arrangements of Salsoul, and peppers them with some harder-hitting percussion ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent set of groovy Latin-tinged tunes – and one of the rarest records on Prestige from the 60s! The set's one of the few ever recorded under the name of Montego Joe – a great conga player who's probably best remembered for his work with the Har-You Percussion Ensemble, but who ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has an ink stamp on the back.)
Manny Oquendo's great group Libre were one of the high points in the New York Latin scene of the 70's. The group manage to bring traditional Latin jazz styles into play with some of the changes that were taking place in the city's music scene at the time – and the result is a beautiful blend ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original US pressing. Cover has some wear & staining.)
Mauricio Smith —
Bitter Acid ... CD Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1967. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
A killer album of hard instrumental Latin soul tracks – one of the few albums ever done by funky reed player Mauricio Smith! On the set, Smith plays flute, alto, and soprano sax – and the record's filled with short little groovers that have a nice choppy sound, and lots of heavy conga ... read moreCD
(Part of the Mainstream Records Master Collection!)
Fantastic work from Eddie Palmieri – right up there with his best of the 70s, and filled with the kind of tunes you'd buy one of his best records for! The set was recorded live in Puerto Rico in 1971, and is a mix of the late Latin Soul styles that were heard on the Sing Sing albums, with ... read moreCD
Eddie Palmieri's work for the Coco label is some of his best of the 70s, and this album is no exception – and while the title may call the record "unfinished", it sounds pretty darn well done to our ears – far better than most other Latin sides of the time! The album includes ... read moreCD