Marty Sheller did a great batch of arrangements for this mid 70's salsa session featuring a group led by bassist Roberto, and featuring the tracks "Virazon", "Cafe", "Corazon Fragil", "Montuno Dulzon", and the groovy "El Yerbero Del Barrio". CD
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
(With Paramount inner sleeve. Cover has light wear and some marker on front.)
A cooker of an album from the Colombian scene of the 70s – a set that's much more obscure than most of the work on Discos Fuentes, and which has a really hard-driving salsa vibe! The work reminds us of some of our favorite indie sets from early 70s Puerto Rico – and mixes jazzy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Landmark recordings from the Cuban scene of the late 50s – free-jamming descarga sessions led by bassist Israel "Cachao" Lopez! The tunes on the set forever helped define the sound of Latin music – breaking down the more restrictive styles of earlier years, and giving the ... read moreCD
Colombian music, both classic and contemporary – as a group of older all-star players comes into contact with Will "Quantic" Holland! The set's easily one of the most smoking Latin-styled projects we've heard from Quantic so far – recorded in Colombia with work from Fruko, ... (Global Grooves, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Super-heavy version – with great bonus materials!)
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
A great testament to the depth and versatility of Orquestra Harlow in the 70s – and a record that shift easily between traditional modes and more contemporary styles! Larry Harlow is at the top of his game here – working with careful sensitivity on some of the more fragile numbers, but ... read moreCD
40s field recordings in pre-Castro Cuba – a series of tracks recorded in Havana and more rural locations, all of which document the surviving African traditions in Cuban music! Much of the work here is relatively spare and percussive – done with instrumentation that includes gourd ... (Global Grooves, Latin)read moreCD
(Special limited CD – pressed up for us by the Smithsonian Folkways label. Comes with original cover artwork, and the CD also features a PDF file with the original liner notes and other materials from the original record release.)
Smoking salsa from one of its greatest proponents in the 70s – the crowd-pleasing Ricardo Ray & Bobby Cruz ensemble, heard here at the height of their powers! Tracks here are mostly tight and lively – arranged by Ray and Cruz with help from Russel Farnsworth – but a few ... read moreCD
Funky fusion with plenty of Latin touches – a really compelling set from the Nicaraguan scene of the 70s! The album's got the same criss-crossing of influences you'd hear in some of the best Bay Area projects of this type – no surprise since Jose Chepito Areas is a key member of the ... read moreCD
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
A really wonderful album from Ray Barretto – more jazz fusion than his usual 70s salsa – but in a way that we really really love! The album's a crossover gem that has Ray working with Stix Hooper, Joe Sample, and Wilton Felder of The Crusaders – a trio who produced the record, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful collection of Latin recordings from postwar France – all recorded by Cuban native Filiberto Rico, an artist who moved between Havana and Paris in the early part of his life – and seemed to leave quite a musical legacy in the process! Rico was part of seminal Cuban ... read moreCD
A salsa Christmas from Impacto Crea – a set recorded right around the same time as Willie Colon's classic Holiday records of this nature! Ismael Miranda and Adalberto Santiago each sing lead on one track – and the group features Antonio Rodriguez on piano and tres, Alfredo Rios on ... (Holiday Music, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ocho 1 ... LP United Artists, 1972. New Copy (reissue)...
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the greatest Tito Puente albums from the 50s, and a spare percussion jam session that's right up there with his legendary Puente In Percussion album! The group features Mongo Santamaria, Bill Correa, Julito Collazo, and Enrigue Marti on percussion with Tito – and the only other ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Stone slamming boogaloo – and one of the greatest albums from a young Bobby Valentin! Bobby's really cooking on all burners here – mixing together a bit of Latin jazz with a headier, trippier style of Latin soul – one that features lots of sinister undercurrents in the rhythms, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A monster album of 70s salsa – and one that has bad boy Willie Colon taking the Latin world by storm – forging the new sound that would push him and the New York scene into the frontline of 70s Latin! Willie's got a strength on the set that's very much in keeping with his machine gun ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Willie Colon —
El Malo ... LP Fania, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
Great stuff – and a very sharp album cut by Willie during the Latin soul era, featuring a bunch of tracks that veer more towards the boogaloo side of things than his later albums! The groove is nice and hard – stripped down with the youthful energy that Willie brought to the scene at ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic little album of Latin Soul – a perfect example of why Pete was known as the "King Of The Boogaloo" during the 60s! The group's having a non-stop party on the album – breaking it hard with heavy piano lines, rumbling bass underneath the grooves, tight timbales, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A Latin classic from the word "bang"! This album was the one that busted Joe Cuba out of the Latin ghetto – into the sound of 60s soul, early funk, and beyond. The record's a stone winner – filled with boogaloo tracks delivered by Joe's firey young sextet, a killer ensemble ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent set from Tito – very funky, unlike most of his other work from the time! The record has a great electric vibe to it – thanks to a hip bass player in the group, to Charlie Palmieri, who plays organ and electric piano on the record, and to Tito himself, who's never sounded ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ray Barretto —
Acid ... LP Fania, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)...
A monster! If you buy one Latin record this year – make it this one – because it's one of the greatest ever recorded! Ray's late 60s Acid album is a landmark recording – a sublime mixture of Latin jazz, percussion, and soul – grooving hard in a variety of styles, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tito Rodriguez —
TV Show ... CD United Artists/West Side Latino, Late 60s. Used ...
Great CD that shows 2 relatively under-explored sides of Dolphy's career – his incredible obscure early work with Chico Hamilton in LA, and his short flirtation with Latin Jazz in New York. The Chico Hamilton material is fantastic – and even if you've got some biases against Hamilton's ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
A cooking little session from Celia Cruz – recorded with hip small backings that include some key members of the Alegre All Stars! The sound here is a bit more lean and fluid than some of Celia's other 60s work – still a bit romantic at points, but often inflected with jazzier Latin ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The vaults of Fania Records, plumbed by the Jazzman crew – all in a double-strength approach to Latin grooves! The wealth of great music on Fania, Tico, and related labels is well-known to Latin groovers worldwide – but the Jazzman crew have managed to bring a nicely fresh perspective ... (Funky Compilations, Latin)read moreCD
One of our favorite 70s albums by Bobby Rodriguez – mostly for the first two tunes on the set! The best of these is the title track "Latin From Manhattan" – a really great number with a laidback jazzy feel, and lyrics that are a bit corny, but still pretty nice, almost in a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pete "El Conde" Rodriguez was always one of the richest voices to sing on the New York Latin scene in the 70s – a talent with this way of going deep, and really stretching out his notes – but at a level that was quite different than so many other singers of his generation! ... read moreCD
Killer Latin soul from the great Al Escobar – maybe not one of the bigger names of the boogaloo generation, but certainly one of the best! The CD starts with work from Al's Modern Sounds album – a massive groover all the way through – filled with tight, choppy, soul-drenched ... read moreCD
Music from Hector Lavoe, Roberto Roena, Eddie Palmieri, Johny Pacheco, Bobby Valentin, Tito Puente, Cheo Feliciano, Ismael Miranda, Tipica 73, Charlie Palmieri, Willie Colon & Adalberto Santiago. CD
(Out of print, back cover has a light stain.)
Ismael Rivera —
Oro ... CD Tico, 1979. Used ...
Pure 70s gold from Ismael Rivera – the kind of music that shows why he was one of the best vocalists of the growing salsa scene! The set collects together some of the best tracks from Rivera's work in the 70s Fania empire – all arranged with very sharp arrangements from Joe Cain, ... read moreCD
One of Eddie's early gems with his La Perfecta group – a hard-hitting ensemble with a sound that encompassed the charanga era, yet which also pointed the way towards many styles past it. Eddie's strong piano is a very big part of the group's success – jazzing things up at the right ... read moreCD
A smoking later session from Ray – one of his best albums of the 80s and 90s, and recorded with a snapping Latin fusion groove that we really love! The sound is straight Latin jazz all the way – arranged with lots of dark overtones that dip and turn in a style that almost reminds us of ... read moreCD
Even at this late date in his career, Poncho's still cooking on congas – with a tight band that features David Torres, Tony Banda, Jose Papo Rodriguez, and others, backing him up on this burning session of soulful Latin grooves, plus he's brought in a few ringers like Terrence Blanchard, Joey ... read moreCD
A tasty Latin number from the 60s – recorded as one of a small handful of excellent Latin sides cut by Decca during the Latin Soul era! The record's kind of split down the middle, with half tracks that are in a straight Latin vein, and half tracks that are in a feisty boogaloo style. The ... read moreCD
Lost grooves from Spanish Harlem – an incredible set of Latin Soul from The 107th Street Stickball Team! With a name like that, the group certainly aren't as well-remembered as contemporaries like Joe Bataan or Willie Colon, but they've got a soulful groove that definitely fits the style of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ghetto Brothers —
Power/Fuerza ... LP Salsa International/Everland (Austria), 1972. New Copy (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
A legendary record from one of the most unique Latin groups of their time! In an early 70s world where many Latin combos were going for class and poise, the Ghetto Brothers moved in another direction entirely – working here with a fair bit of electric guitar alongside more familiar Latin ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the proudest moments of the New York Latin underground – a time when some of its best players wound up playing for Columbia, through a brief affiliation between Fania and the larger label! And although you might think that the album would totally sell out the group's best points, it's ... read moreCD
An incredible collection of records – a series of albums that forever changed the sound of Latin music around the world! These five sets were all cooked up in the changing Cuban scene at the start of the 60s – where musicians were getting looser and freer, with a sound that was quite ... read moreCD
One of the first records to return Mario Bauza to the glory of his initial years in Latin jazz – a set that's a real back-to-basics outing – with Bauza's alto at the head of a super-sharp group! The production style is a bit more modern than on the cubop sides of the late 40s, but the ... read moreCD
A rare rare jam from Willie Bobo – a lively little set with a really mod groove! This pre-Verve album has Willie working in a variety of styles – from straight Latin jazz to a mode that's got some groovier 60s touches – emphasized by a bit of electric guitar on a few numbers, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Recent reissue. Shrinkwrap is shopworn at the bottom.)
Noro Morales turns his rich talents to a set of merengue tracks – but the style's a lot different than you'd expect from the later sound of the genre! Instead, these cuts have a sly sinister sound, with kind of a snakey approach that adds a nice element to the music, and which keeps things ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has a split bottom seam and some staining.)
A mellow album of Latin tunes, offered as sort of a "break" from dancing – and done very much in the easy style of Luis Arcaraz's other 50s RCA recordings! The works were mostly composed by Arcaraz and Gabriel Ruiz – and titles include "Mar", "Noche", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing. Cover has light wear and a sticker spot.)
One of Joe Loco's most haunting albums, and a moody mix of spare Latin percussion with haunting off-kilter piano solos, in a swirling blend of tracks that form Joe's Mambo Fantasy. Joe's work on the keys is as captivating as ever, and with the no-nonsense arrangements of the tracks, you can really ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear, a name in pen, and a sticker spot.)
Dos ... LP Warner, 1972. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
A seminal bit of Latin funk from the Bay Area scene of the early 70s – the second album from Malo, and an even harder-hitting jam session than the first! The group are really in top form here – taking off with Santana-inspired riffs that are filled with heavy percussion, soaring organ, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has an unglued bottom seam and a cutout hole.)
A cheesy cover, but a really top-shelf effort from Ray Barretto – one that has him standing strongly in the early 80s, at a time when most other leaders of his nature were beginning to falter! The record's still strongly in the Barretto salsa mode of the 70s, but it's also got a jazzy ... read moreCD
(Out of print, white back Musica Latina pressing.)
Lively cha cha tracks, all recorded in Mexico – with titles that include "Las Pelonas", "Poli Cha Cha Cha", "Cocktails For Two", "Los Normalistas", "Clases De Cha Cha Cha", "Senorita Catalina", and "Cha Cha Cha ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the more obscure artists from the early days of Tico Records – serving up cha cha cookers that include "Yo Sabia", "El Uno Dos", "Totiri Mundachi", "Las Secretarias", "La Cachimba De San Juan", and "Clases De Cha Cha Cha". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original black label pressing – nice and clean. Cover has a light stain in one corner, but is nice overall.)
Arrangements by Johnny Ventura and Bonny Cepeda – and titles include "El Ron Es Mi Medicina", "Yo Soy El Merengue", "No Te Imaginas", "A Construir", "Matilda", and "Mi Novia Y Mi Mujer". LP, Vinyl record album
A lucky seventh album from Roberto Roena and his groundbreaking Apollo Sound combo – a set that's filled with spectacular arrangements and a new level of sophistication for the group – yet one that's still firmly pointed towards the dancefloor! There's a richness here that's really ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mexican pressing. Cover has a small cutout hole, with wide clear tape on the seams and spine.)
Ivy Pete & His Limbomaniacs —
Limbo Party ... LP Stereo-Fidelity, Early 60s. Very Good ...
Just Sold Out!
A Limbo Party record from Ivy Pete & His Limbomaniacs – but a set that also seems to mix in a fair bit of Latin elements with the Caribbean styles! The record is way better than the usual limbo set from the time – as the instrumentation is razor sharp, and filled with tight, fast ... (Now Sound, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Music from Laito Sureda Y Su Sonora, Los Naranjos, Orlando "Maraca" Valle, Chira and Septeto Nacional, Orlando "Maraca" Valle, Septeto Nacional, Enrique Álvarez Y Su Charanga Latina, Orquesta Tipica Ases del Ritmo, Grupo Sonorama & Ad Libitum. CD
A wonderful overview of the Cuban musical style of son – the core Afro-Cuban blend that influenced generations of American Latin music in the 50s, 60s, and 70s – and which also laid the groundwork for salsa too! This package stretches back to the roots of the style on record in a ... read moreCD
A fantastic look at one of the biggest contributions that Cuba ever made to music in the 20th Century – the rise of the jam session and descarga scene in Havana right before the revolution – a moment that saw an already-great style get even better in the hands of a few key musicians! ... read moreCD
One of the coolest, grooviest albums of Latin Soul you could ever hope to find – one of the few records ever from the great Ray Terrace – and a set that goes even beyond some of the similar sides on Tico or Fania at the time! Ray's groove here is totally wonderful – upbeat, ... read moreCD
Pure brilliance from Coke Escovedo – an artist who really finds a way to make so many different things come together perfectly – with results that are even stronger than his previous work in Azteca and Santana! The set's got a warm blend of Latin roots, modern soul, and jazzy fusion ... (Soul, Latin)read moreCD
Perez turns his popular Latin sound to some even more popular 50s compositions – and even if it's not enough to swing the kids at the jukebox on the cover of the record, there's still some nice lively Latiny moments. Titles include "Isle Of Capri", "Three Little Words", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Living Stereo pressing, with deep groove. Cover has splitting on the top seam and light wear.)
Landmark work from Eddie Palmieri – a stunning performance by his Harlem River Drive band, recorded live before a very wild crowd at Sing Sing Prison! The feel here is a blend of the sound heard on the legendary Harlem River Drive album – a unique fusion of Latin, soul, and political ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The legendary Sonora Matancera with some of their famous singers – including Alberto Beltran, Celia Cruz, Bobby Capo, Vicentico Valdes, and Celio Gonzales! Titles include "Todo Me Gusta De Ti", "Y No Me Enganes Mas", "Amor A La Fuerza No", "Piel Canela" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Gold label pressing with deep groove. Cover has some tape on the seams, and a small bit of pen.)
A rare Mexican set from Chico O'Farrill – cut during a time when he was also doing some great records up in the US! Includes jazzy Latin takes on "More", "Girl From Ipanema", "Misty", "Days Of Wine & Roses", and "April In Paris". LP, Vinyl record album
A great set by one of the best Latin vocalists of the 70s – a bold solo effort recorded after a number of successful recordings with other groups! The set was produced by Ray Barretto, with whom Adalberto sang famously in years past – and is done with a really solid salsa sound that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mexican pressing. Cover has light wear.)
Mongo Santamaria —
Images ... LP Vaya, 1980. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
One of Mongo's good electric Latin fusion LPs for Vaya, and a nice batch of tracks with a good groove to them, and a nice jazzy feel. There's some nice electric piano moments, and the band grooves nicely on cuts like "TV", "Images", "Havana", and "Mucho Mas". LP, Vinyl record album
This legendary 3rd recording by the Alegre All Stars was purportedly lost in the subway for years (the story is told in a comic on the cover of the LP) – and although the story was just a gimmick by the label owner to originally create some hype about the album, it was well worth all the ... read moreCD
Some of Ricardo Ray's earliest work – recorded in New York in the mid 60s, after Ray had "arrived" from the Puerto Rico scene! The set's actually got a groove that points the way towards the famous Ray sound of years to come – a style that has traces of older mambo modes, but ... read moreCD
A landmark album that shaped Latin jazz for years to come! The format of the set borrows heavily from the previous Cuban Jam Session LPs, but gives it a real New York twist that made the Alegre albums much stronger overall – and much more influential in a wider spectrum. A core group fo ... read moreCD
The Fania All Stars pay tribute to older Latin great Tito Rodriguez – in a set of shorter tracks that's really the group's first true outing in the studio! The format here is quite different than the earlier live albums cut by the group – a sound that's a bit more focused, and without ... read moreCD
A nice mix of cha cha and flute-driven grooves from the great Fajardo – with titles that include "Kikiriki", "La Jaula De Oro", "Presente Y Pasado", "Los Pintores", "El Monito", and "En La Carniceria". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label, deep groove pressing – in great shape!)
Great work from one of the hippest Latin flute players of his time – a jazzy set that's heavy on cha cha rhythms! Tracks include "Pinocho", "No Te Quedes Con Las Ganas", "Particia", "La Sallita", "Bonito Y Sabroso", and "Aclarame Eso" ... LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label, deep groove pressing – in nice shape!)