Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers —
Yaina ... CD Lexington, Early 70s. Used ...
Great stuff from Pucho and the Latin Soul Brothers – still grooving hard in the early 70s, with a nice mixture of Latin funk and sweet 70s jazz grooving. The group's as strong as ever – and still features the amazing Pazant Brothers, as well as William Blivins on vibes, Harold ... read moreCD
Beautiful work from this crack 70s New York group – produced by Louie Ramirez with a soulful style that really fits the group's new traditionalist groove! Arrangements are by Papo Lucca, and feature a blistering barrage of his feisty piano work, mixed with percussion, and topped off by some ... read moreCD
Pablo Lebron —
Pablo ... LP Cotique, Early 70s. Sealed ...
The soulful singer of the Lebron Brothers, in an album of his own material. A little bit more focus on the voice than you get with most Lebron albums – and titles include "Porque Sera", "Nunca Te Olvide", "Escala Musical", and "Aquas Intranguilas". LP, Vinyl record album
Elio Villafranca & Arturo Stable —
Dos Y Mas ... CD Motema, 2012. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A variety of sides from earlier sessions by Cuban piano legend Chuco Valdes – recorded in Havana in the years 1970, 1982, and 1986. The range of styles is pretty fluid – from spare somber solo numbers, to more swinging Latinized tunes, to a few that have some of the wonderful mixed-up ... read moreCD
Fantastic work from Eddie Palmieri – sounding here as if he hasn't changed a thing since the 70s! With most artists, that would be a critique – but given that during the 70s, Eddie was constantly ablaze with creative activity, and always pushing his boundaries – we mean that ... read moreCD
Alex Conde —
Origins ... CD Ropeadope/Uprising, 2018. New Copy ...
Pianist Alex Conde always has a great way of blending jazz performance with Latin rhythms – and that approach really takes off here, as Conde's core combo gets fantastic frontline help from Brian Lynch on trumpet, Conrad Herwig on trombone, and Dayna Stephens on tenor and soprano sax! Both ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
Tight batch of pachanga tracks played by Orquesta Broadway, and produced by Tito Rodriguez during his stint at Musicor. The vibe is pretty straight early 60's Latin, with the flute/piano/violin lineup that was popular at the time. Tracks include "Mavi Mavi", "Mi Cochesito", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has a worn corner.)
A great one – thanks to help from Machito & His Afro-Cubans! Titles include "Rumba Rumbero", "Rica Pulpa", "Bim Bam Boom", "Bambarito", "Escucha Mi Son", "Walter Winchell Rhumba", and "Zarabanda". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has clear tape on the top seam and some notes in pen on back.)
Amazing flute work from the legendary Fajardo – a player who was right up there with Pacheco in his pre-percussion years! The set's got a great sharp edge right from the start – a quality that might well come from the production, but which definitely keeps things from ever sounding too ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label Antilla pressing. Cover is stained and flaky at the opening.)
One of Cuba's biggest groups of the 50s – presented here in a set that got equal circulation in the US, thanks to RCA! The sound here is a nice precursor of the charanga groove that would dominate New York in a few years to come – violin from Rafael Lay, the leader of the group – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has some aging and a thin stain along the top.)
Bobby Matos —
Sessions ... CD CuBop/Ubiquity, 1980s/1990s. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
After having such great success with their two recent Bobby Matos recordings, Cubop has gone ahead and put together this great collection of material that Bobby recorded over the past 15 years. It includes a few tracks recorded for Cubop and not released at the time (including a very funky Latin ... read moreCD
Ancestral Messages is a bold, proud record that really lives up to its title – a batch of tunes that has Ray leading a strong combo with Ray Vega on trumpet and Jay Rodriguez on tenor and flute – both tightly woven into a strong-voiced frontline that gives the record a tremendous amount ... read moreCD
2 of Mongo Santamaria's rarest albums for Fantasy, released on 1 CD! Both albums were recorded in Cuba during Mongo's brief return to his homeland in 1960, and they have a much rootsier feel than any of his other albums from the time. Willie Bobo joined Mongo in Havana for the sessions, and most ... read moreCD
An excellent – and hard-to-find – album by Charlie from the early 70s! The album features Charlie's focus opening up a bit more, with longer tracks, more complicated arrangements, and some very nice unusual touches – like organ, melodica, and electric bass. Charlie's work on ... read moreCD
A classic collaboration between vibist Cal Tjader and Latin pianist Eddie Palmieri – a really wonderful album that bridges two different worlds of music in the 60s! Cal had always had something of a Latin bent to his music, even working for Fantasy in San Francisco a decade before – ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
Sparkling Puerto Rican salsa from trumpeter Tommy Olivencia and his super-hot group of the 70s – an ensemble that features lead vocals from Chamaco Ramirez over some totally tight lines from the rest of the group! Tommy's trumpet is in some very brassy company here, but the sound is still ... read moreCD
A compelling collection of underground Latin tracks recorded on the San Francisco scene – issued here by the Nucleus Records label, who were best known for their Bay Area Brazilian releases! The set features selections from a festival of Latin American styles in SF – and includes ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful set of Latin jazz from trumpeter/trombonist Michale Phillip Mossman – a player with the warm and sunny sound of some of our favorite Latin jazz artists of the 70s! The album's got a really solid approach – longish instrumental tracks bubbling over with soul and jazzy ... read moreCD
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 smoking little tribute to Cuban great Beny More – recorded in the mid 70s by Tito Puente, in a way that nicely updates the classic sound! The style here is certainly traditional, but the record really benefits from tighter salsa-era production from Louie Ramirez – who gives the music ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Music from Celeste Mendoza Y Los Papines, Los Munequitos De Matanzas, Carlos Embales Y Conjuto De Guaguanco, Luis Valdes Y Los Papines, Conjuto De Clave Y Guaguanco, Saldiguera Y Virulilla Con Los Papines, Carlos Embales Y Conjuto Los Nuevos Roncos, Calixto Callava Y Los Papines, Carlos Embales Y ... read moreCD
Eddie Palmieri —
Music Man ... LP Tico, Late 60s/Early 70s. Very Good- ...
A sweet collection of Eddie Palmieri work for Tico – some cuts with the La Perfecta group, and a few others too! Titles include "Ritmo Caliente", "Caminando", "Ajiaco Caliente", "Busca Lo Tuyo", and "Carnaval En Camaguey". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a bent corner, heavy edge wear, and some splitting in the bottom seam.)
About as tight as you can get from the team of Pacheco and vocalist Pete "El Conde" Rodriguez – a record cut after a strong run of sides from Pacheco's Nuevo Tumbao, a finely-honed unit that moved with supple grace few other groups could match! Pete's great here on both the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Multi-color label pressing. Cover has split seams with masking tape remnants and some marker on back. Labels have marker.)
A stunner from Cuban trombonist Juan Pablo Torres – one of the greatest forces working in Latin jazz today! The album's a large-group set of Latin jazz tracks – heavily percussive, but also equipped with a brace of horns on most tracks – making for a much fuller sound than some ... read moreCD
One of Alegre's massively popular early albums by Pacheco – featuring the kind of tight charanga grooves that set the New York scene on edge during the early 60s. Percussion is very tight, Pacheco's flute is great, and most tracks feature vocals by Pete Rodriguez, Vitin Lopez, and Elliot ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Later blue label Alegre pressing. Cover has discoloration from age, some splash stains, and half split bottom seam.)
A really killer set from Joe Quijano – one of the most overlooked leaders of the early 60s, and a tremendous talent on these early Columbia albums! The album's got a raw, highly percussive groove – one that goes way past the simple pachanga groove of the time, and which bristles with a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(70s Colombian pressing on CBS. Cover has a name in marker on front & back, some tears in the opening held with clear tape, and clear tape on the bottom seam. Labels have a name in marker.)
Amazing work from Gato Barbieri's legendary exploration of Latin American sounds for Impulse Records – a set that's heavy on Cuban influences, thanks to arrangements from the mighty Chico O'Farrill! The sound is sublime – a bit fuller than some of Gato's other albums in the run, but ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A nice record from Ruiz and one that really combines jazz elements with a Latin sound. Ruiz composed and arranged the songs on the record and plays piano as well. His ensemble consists of such players as Lew Soloff on trumpet, Steve Turre on trombone & seashells, Sam Rivers on flute and tenor ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
Possibly the greatest album to date from Spanish Harlem Orchestra – a set that sounds like it could have been lifted from the salsa years of the 70s, recorded with a really classic style all the way through! The group's far beyond stating their gimmicks here – and have nicely settled ... read moreCD
One of the more masterful albums that Prado cut for RCA, and a thrilling set of tracks with a very haunting feel. The entirety of side one features the extended "Exotic Suite Of The Americas", which has a storming Latin sound, mixed with nice exotica touches. The flipside features ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label deep groove stereo pressing.)
Johnny Pacheco & Pete Conde Rodriguez —
Salsobita ... LP Fania, 1987. Very Good ...
A full-on set from the mighty Fania All-Stars – a session that matches some of the larger arrangements of their Columbia Records albums, but which also returns the group to more of a salsa-focused groove! Tracks are somewhat short – none of the jam sessions of the group's earliest ... 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
(Cover is lightly stained around the edges, with light wear and some pen on front.)
A romping little record from the Colombian scene of the 60s – a set that's kind of a bridge between older Latin modes and the new cumbia rhythms of the time – at a level that also has lots of criss-crossing elements that really keep things interesting! The album has a great long ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A cooker of a boogaloo album from the legendary Johnny Zamot – quite possibly even better than his classic sets recorded for Decca in the 60s! The sound here is totally great – a non-stop Latin Soul party through and through – filled with romping rhythms, jazzy instrumentation, ... read moreCD
A very nice set of mellow west coast Latin vibes from Cal – sort of an updating of his classic 50s San Francisco groove on Fantasy, done with a host of California players that includes Roger Glenn, Poncho Sanchez, and Gary Foster. The record features a remake of Cal's big hit from the 60s ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Bobi Cespedes —
Rezos ... CD Six Degrees, 2002. Used ...