Great work by one of the grooviest groups on the LA 60s scene! The Afro Blues Quintet have a blend of soul jazz and Latin styles that's similar to the best 60s work by Cal Tjader, or to records by small combos like the Quartette Tres Bien or The Latin Jazz Quintet. Lots of grooves have a nice ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mexican pressing. Cover has some ring & edge wear.)
Ambergris ... LP Paramount, Early 70s. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
A genre-busting batch of tunes from Ambergris – a group with styles that range from Memphis soul, to New York Latin, to some of the heavier sides of the underground rock scene of the time! The ensemble features Latin Soul maestro Larry Harlow on piano, organ, and percussion – working ... (Rock, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the poly lined Paramount inner sleeve. Cover has a cutout notch, light wear, and partially unglued seam.)
Bwana ... CD Acid Symposium, 1972. New Copy ...
An insanely wonderful bit of Latin funk! The groove is super heavy, and falls somewhere in between NuYorican soul and Chicano Power rock – with a sound that's pretty close to Black Sugar, but a little bit more psychedelic, due to the heavy guitars and keyboards in the grooves. Hard congas ... read moreCD
Lupe's working here with the group of Ramon Brito – on tracks that include "Odiame", "Adios", "Canto A Caracas", "El Gavilan", "La Suegra", "La Flor De La Canela", "Sabaneando", "Barlovento", and "Golpe ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic meets contemporary here in a nice sort of way – as Miramar serve up two tracks with an older Cuban vibe, both given a slight bit of Daptone funk at the bottom! The drums are great on "Salida", and keep the track from being another romantic number – and things get nice ... (Funky 45's, Latin)read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Hard-driving Latin from Los Hacheros – a group of younger players who really get the sound of the classic era down perfectly – mixing Cuban roots, descarga jamming, and some really wonderful vocal refrains throughout! Instrumentation is heavy on percussion, and the grooves feature lots ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A contemporary Latin combo, but one with a really unique feel as well – a mix of 60s charanga modes, 50s Cuban roots, and some definite modern phrasing! The group has a really wonderful blend of flute, violin, trombone, tres, and percussion – and congolero Hector "Papote" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Titles include "Deje Sonora", "Tengo Que Pensar En Ti", "Mi Complice", "Que Pobre Amante Eres", and "Mujer De Carton". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mexican pressing on Trebol.)
TNT Orchestra —
Together ... LP Disco International, 1977. Very Good+ ...
Surprisingly nice album that has Tito Ramos and Tony Rojas reuniting in a crackling session of 70s salsa that mixes English and Spanish lyrics, both with the kind of soul that the band was famous for in the 60s. Tracks include "Hello My Love", "Los TNT", "La Mujer ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has stained and flaky corners at the opening.)
A cheesy cover, but a killer album from the Fania All-Stars – one that's quite different than most of their other work at the time, with an open-ended jam session feel that really takes us back to the old days! The group here is really just a sextet – the core combo used to launch the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mexican pressing. Cover is lightly stained and wrinkled at the bottom.)
Willie Colon's last album for Fania Records – and a well-rounded hit that ensured his success into the 90s! Despite the cheesy cover and title, the music is actually quite strong – a bit of a departure from the classic Colon sound, with some added keyboards and stronger use of ... read moreCD
Tito Allen almost seems to be borrowing a page from the Willie Colon book with his gangster look on the cover of this one – and in a way, the record's got the same sense of soaring energy you'd hear in Willie's best post-gangster work from this time! But thanks here are really due to Louie ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Miguelito Valdes with Machito —
Reunion ... LP Tico, Mid 60s. Near Mint- ...
Singer Miguelito Valdes is reunited with his old boss, Machito, in an LP of tightly orchestrated "Afro-boleros", as the liner notes call them. All of the material is vocal, in the style that Machito was doing with his larger group of the late 50s. Titles include "Africanerias" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Orchestra Harlow —
Salsa ... LP Fania, 1974. Very Good+ ...
Just Sold Out!
Orchestra Harlow were already at the top of their game by the time of this classic early 70s album – yet they also managed to leap forward strongly too – both embracing and lending a name to the growing salsa movement of the time! The streetwise sounds that Harlow created in the 60s ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ouch! The title almost makes us want to pass this one up – and we certainly wish that Luaka Bop would soft-pedal their politics a bit more, because the music is more than enough to make the compilations sell. The set focuses on Cuban dance music of the 60s and 70s – and provides some ... read moreCD
A rare cross-cultural session from 1979 – one in which Columbia Records was allowed to record live performances involving a number of American jazz musicians playing alongside Cuban groups like Irakere and The Cuban Percussion Ensemble! The blend of modes here is really great – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A cool little compilation that's as groovy as you might guess from the title – and one that finally brings to light the lesser-known genre of chica – an odd fusion of cumbia rhythms with more psychedelic-styled instrumentation on farfisa, organ, and guitar! The core grooves remind us a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
We don't know much about Dave Bacal, but we do know that this is a nice album of Latiny groovers, played by Dave on the Hammond, with backing that has a good percussive sound. The style's a mix of Latin and Exotica, and since the record was recorded in the Hollywood scene of the 50s, you can ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great lost bit of Latin fusion from the 70s! The group's got a tight jazzy sound, in keeping with some of the other titles on Atlantic's Nemperor label – but they also have lots of nice warm soulful touches, similar to some of the west coast Latin jazz acts coming out of LA and San ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Killer material, and one of Willie's best-ever albums for Verve! The album's filled with groovy numbers that hit the good mix of soul and Latin that was coming out of the New York scene at the time – and Willie delivers all of it with a tight jazzy sound that works great with the titles. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(MGM pressing. Cover has a cutout hole. Vinyl has a short click on the first track of side 1.)
Tito Rodriguez returns to the Palladium – in a smoking set that's got all the great jazzy touches of his first volume at the famous club, but a bit more of a charanga groove overall! The core combo elements that make Tito great are firmly in place – that strong sense of rhythm and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A slinky soulful groover from Susana Estrada – a Spanish singer, but one with a great ear for American club – as you'll hear on this classic set from the start of the 80s! Given her looks, and her legacy on screen, Susana's somewhat in the mode of the "porn star singing disco" ... (Soul, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bobo Motion is groovy motion – heard here on one of Willie's best albums for Verve from the late 60s – a really unique blend of jazz, Latin, and soul-based rhythms! The set's even tighter than some of Willie's other Verve records – and like the classic Uno Dos Tres, it's got some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole, some aging along the opening, and light wear.)