Jose Morand/El Reys De Tango/Don Santiago/Orquesta Fiesta Cubana/Ramon Marquez —
Fiesta Time ... LP Fiesta, 1959. Good 2LP Gatefold ...
A collection of boleros, sambas, and rumbas by Morand & His Orchestra, tangos and merengues by El Reys De Tango and Don Santiago, cha cha chas by Orquesta Fiesta Cubana, and mambos by Marquez. LP, Vinyl record album
A solid 60s slammer from Ray Barretto – one that's filled with great little numbers! The groove here is a lot harder than you'd expect from the cover – which has a photo of Ray in later years – and the tunes on the set were recorded right before Ray's classic Latin Soul albums for Fania, and done in a very similar mode! The set's overflowing with heavy descarga and boogaloo tracks – all with a sound that really shows Ray ramping up his sound from the earlier Tico and United Artists albums, into a harder groove that's got plenty of late 60s soulful touches! Tracks include the descargas "Fiesta En El Barrio" and "Happy Birthday Caracas", the Latin Soul numbers "Latin Doll" and "Lamento", and the jazzy tune "Hawaii"! CD
(Out of print.)
Cortijo Y Su Combo —
Fiesta Boricua ... CD Rumba/P-Vine (Japan), Early 60s. New Copy ...
About April 22, 2020 (delayed)
That's a pretty festive pig roast taking place on the cover of this one – and the band's got an equally festive groove to match! The set bristles with all the sharp energy we love from the early Cortijo albums – a tight, percussion-heavy approach to Latin grooves – one that's a rougher contrast to some of the polish on the New York scene of the early 60s – speared through with soulful vocals from a young Ismael Rivera! The album's a cracker throughout – filled with lively tracks that never seem to let up the groove – and titles include a great Latin jazz version of "Volare", plus "Oriza", "Que Le Paso?", "Mofongo Pelao", and "Solavaya". CD
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
(Heavy original pressing. Cover has some wear and discoloration from age.)
A girls fiesta that's swimming in dub – presented here by the legendary Ranking Dread – easily one of he most badass performers in reggae at the time! The record features some amazing production from Linval Thompson, who's really at the top of his game here – providing Dread with these deep-stepping, head-nodding sounds that are a perfect fit for the power of his lyrics. And despite the "party" sound of the title, the album's got some very deep political elements – very much like Ranking Dread himself at the time. Titles include "Natty Dread Is A Struggler", "Poor Man", "Africa", "Natty On The Rock/Death Trap", "Marijuana Soul", and "Kilburn Lane". CD reissue is great – and features detailed notes on Ranking Dread, his political activities, and time on the lam across national boundaries! CD
A huge collection of Latin music from the 50s through the 70s – with work by Perez Prado, Los Carinosos, Tony Camargo, Lobo Y Melon, Beny More, Hermanos Montoya, Arturo Nunez, Luis Carlos Meyer, Orquesta Aragon, and others! LP, Vinyl record album
Ramon Marquez & His Orchestra/Damiron & Chapuseaux —
Fiesta Tropical ... LP Fiesta, Mid 50s. Very Good ...
Temporarily Out Of Stock
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some pen and marker.)
Lou Perez Y Su Charanga —
Fiesta Voy ... LP Ajay, 1961. Very Good ...
Temporarily Out Of Stock
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear with clear tape along all seams.)
Randy Carlos gets very groovy for the 60s – as you might guess from the title – on a set that's got some sweet instrumental numbers, plus a few others with vocals from either Willie Torres or Chivirico Davila! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small seam splits held with clear tape, some discoloration from age, and a small name in marker on back. Label has a small name in marker.)
A tasty batch of piano and percussion – served up by Rene and his Cha Cha Rhythm Boys! The Malagon Sisters vocalize on a few numbers, but most of the tracks are instrumental and done in a nice blend of percussion, guitar, and Touzet's heavy-rolling piano. Titles include "So In Love", "Serafin", "Love For Sale", "Extrellita Del Sur", "I've Got You Under My Skin", "Mambo Negro", and "Mambo En Espana". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has wide tape on all seams and some peeling on the back.)
Possible matches: 16
Tohru Aizawa —
Tachibana ... CD Tachibana/BBE (UK), 1975. New Copy ...
A real mindblower from the Japanese scene of the 70s – a perfect illustration of why that world of records was so incredible during the decade! The music here is spiritual, but also somewhat free – served up by musicians who'd clearly been inspired by John Coltrane and the Impulse Records generation, but who've clearly moved to their own plane of existence as a unit – really feeling each others' impulses automatically, and creating this cohesive vision of music that's simply fantastic from start to finish! All tracks are long, and often quite spiritual too – especially when the tenor and soprano sax of Kyoichiroh Morimura soar out in the lead – driven on by the fantastic piano of leader Tohru Aizawa, and the bass of Kohzoh Watanabe and drums of Tetsuya Morimura. None of the players achieved the same fame as some of their bigger contemporaries, but really sound wonderful here – on titles that include "Dead Letter", "Sacrament", "Philosopher's Stone", and a great version of the Chick Corea tune "La Fiesta". CD
Gary Burton & Chick Corea —
Duet ... LP ECM, 1979. Near Mint- ...
Genius work from the team of Chick Corea on piano and Gary Burton on vibes – both players who were already making a lot of magic in the 70s, but who really seem to explode in the company of each other! Burton's tones are wonderfully bold and firm – these cascading colors that merge perfectly with Corea's piano lines – which themselves have a beautifully understated feel that's quite different than his fusion material – but which seems to pack an even more powerful punch! The album features no other instrumentation at all – yet the range of feeling and expression is much more powerful than most full group performances – on a sublime set of tracks that include "Duet Suite", "Never", "La Fiesta", "Radio", "Song To Gayle", and selections from Corea's "Children's Songs". LP, Vinyl record album
A Latin monster – and one of our favorite albums from the New York scene! The record is the only one we've ever seen from pianist Earl Coleman – and it's a groove-happy fiesta that's every bit Spanish Harlem at its best. Earl's piano is flowing and free, and the band grooves through tracks that dip, turn, and soar like some of the best hard-jamming numbers from Joe Cuba, Ray Barretto, or Joe Bataan from the time. Some tracks feature soulful English vocals, and the titles alone should give you the feel of the set – "Hippy Heaven", "Latin Love-In", "Banana-Loo", and "What You Gonna Do". LP, Vinyl record album
One of Chick Corea's greatest moments on record – the self-titled album by the legendary Return To Forever group – a combo that included Joe Farrell on saxes, Flora Purim on vocals, Airto on percussion, and Stanley Clarke on bass! The sound is archetypal 70s fusion at its best – filled with soaring electric keyboard work from Chick, and plenty of great Brazilian touches by Airto and Flora. Farrell's reeds help the tunes get a really sharp edge, especially once they get going – and the whole album is an electric piano classic through and through, filled with great titles that include "Sometime Ago/La Fiesta", "Return To Forever", "Crystal Silence", and "What Game Shall We Play Today". LP, Vinyl record album
(German pressing. Cover has some gloss peeling on the edges.)
That's a mighty big loaf of bread on the cover – and there's a mighty big sound on the record as well – a fantastic blend of early 70s salsa modes from this very cooking little combo – served up in a blend of two saxes, two trumpets, and plenty of great percussion and piano! The group clearly draw plenty of inspiration from the New York scene – particularly that moment when the tight Latin soul combos of the late 60s were moving into salsa styles for the 70s – but there's also some other South American rhythms at work here too, although not enough to knock the album off its strongly salsa course. Jackie Carazo handles lead vocals – and titles include "El Huevo", "Pan Con Salsa", "Bomba Pa Los Cueros", "La Bailadora", "Mira Muneca", and "A La Fiesta Del Mar" – plus a great groovy cover of "Oye Como Va". LP, Vinyl record album
A mighty nice second set from J Felix – even tighter, sharper, and funkier than his first – and done with a great blend of old school instrumentation and warmly cosmic energy! The keyboards are often in the lead – over basslines and rhythms that have plenty of 80s boogie in the mix – but the real charm of the set might be the vocals, which are served up by a quartet of different singers – each on a few tracks of their own, and really helping give the grooves a great sense of focus! Vocals are by Afua, Andrew Ashong, Emeson, and Jerry Clavier – on titles that include "Mind Up", "Future", "Good Ol Love", "I Remember", "Take Me To The Gutter", "Choppa Fiesta", "Check", and "Whole Again Hooligan". LP, Vinyl record album
Given what a freewheeling, open-minded, and lyrical jazz singer Mark Murphy is, it's hard to imagine him really loving "the blues" – and fortunately, most of that love is extended in the title, because the album itself is less of the blues effort that you might think. True, the tracks are numbers that often have "blues" in the title – but the arrangements are by Al Cohn, and have a swinging approach that's in keeping with Murphy's other early 50s work. Titles include "Blues You're The Mother Of Sin", "Blues In My Heart", "Fiesta In Blue", "That's How I Love The Blues", "Blues In The Night", and a reading of "Senor Blues" that's worth the price of the record alone! CD
Hip hop instrumentals from producer Pigeondust, repping inventive beatcraft that feels fresh every time we hear it – this time taking inspiration from the classic Yo Mtv Raps era, but it's a really unique blend and truly timeless. The gritty vinyl sourced sample atmosphere and insistent headnodding style links it classic rap, but the way he mixes jazzy soul bits with nature sounds and all kinds of compelling sounds is more contemporarily relevant than it is retro. Includes "Chienowa", "Class", "Dummies", "Kan-Nana Street", "Magicnight" feat Ozoyo, "Sky", "Altona", "Maze", "Jazzloop A" and "Jazzloop B", "Home", "Intense" feat DRWN, "Wave", "Sunnyday", "Struggle", "Nothing But Jazz Loops", "Keep On", "Numero", "Fiesta", "1973" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
A surprisingly nice salsa set from the mid 70s – featuring arrangements by Tito and Louie Ramirez, and lead vocals by Santos Colon. Titles include "La Leyenda", "Amor De Mi Bohio", "Bombata", "Fiesta A La King", "Amor En Serio", "Alma Impura", and "Separala Tambien". CD
(Out of print, CRC pressing. Disc has initials in marker.)
Beautiful work from Michael White – one of the few musicians who can actually make us love the sound of the violin in jazz! White's working here in a style that's very much in line with some of the post-Coltrane spiritual soul jazz in Impulse in the early 70s – an approach that's free-thinking, yet never as far outside as some of the avant work on the label during the 60s. Instead, there's a gentle, almost contemplative groove here – one that has echoes of some of Alice Coltrane's more meditative recordings, yet which also breaks out with some of the more modal jazz of Michael White's roots. Players on the album include Prince Lasha on reeds, Ed Kelly on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, and Kenneth Nash on percussion – and the album's filled with organic textures and beautifully flowing grooves! Titles include the beautiful "Land Of Spirit & Light" suite in three parts, plus "Fatima's Garden", "Fiesta Dominical", "O Ancient One" and "Lament (Mankind)". CD
We've had some great trips on Africa Airways in recent years – and this sweet fourth set proves once again that the fun lies in the journey, not the destination! As before, the cuts here share a lot more with American funk than you might think – especially the tight late 70s style with lots of basslines at the bottom, and some warmly jazzy currents in the instrumentation – which often serve to provide a superb setting for the vocals over the top – sometimes just sing-song chorus bits, but merged perfectly with the grooves! Tracks here come from French labels like Fiesta and Sonodisc, and there's definitely some of that criss-crossing between West African and Parisian modes going on – on titles that include "Sun Explosion" by Manu Dibango, "Nassa Nassa" by Uta Bella, "Nimele Bolo" by Charly Kingson, "Africain" by Momo Joseph, "Biram" by Kemayo & K-System, "Soul Magabe" by Pierre Didy Tchakounte, "Funny Saga" by The Monsters, and "Tinini Yanana" by Jake Sollo. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus download!)
Lalo Schifrin —
Sol Madrid ... LP MGM, Late 60s. Near Mint- ...
Temporarily Out Of Stock
A pretty darn rare Lalo Schifrin soundtrack – to a lost crime thriller that starred David McCallum, Stella Stevens, and Telly Savalas – all of whom are pictured in a nice collage-type movie painting on the front cover! The tracks run from mellow bossa to fast and jazzy, and the album also includes a few mellower Latin-tinged numbers to set the scene of the action. There's not as much funk as in Schifrin's other scores from the time – but it makes up for it with groovy passages and many great moments that make the album worth seeking out! Titles include "Charanga", "The Golden Trip", "Sol Madrid", "Fiesta", "Adagietto", and "Villanova's Chase". LP, Vinyl record album
Timeless All Stars —
Timeless Heart ... CD Timeless/Solid (Japan), 1983. New Copy ...
Temporarily Out Of Stock
Masterful work from one of the greatest all-star groups in jazz – a short lived sextet that featured some of the best players working for Timeless Records – and a group that recalls the brilliance of the early recordings of Harold Land and Bobby Hutcherson! Both Hutcherson and Land are part of the group – as are Cedar Walton, Curtis Fuller, Buster Williams, and Billy Higgins – and the amazing thing about the set is the way that such top-shelf players can come together, yet manage to work in a mode that's far greater than the sum of its equally great parts! The sound here is nothing like you'd expect from an "all star" session – as the tunes are complicated, intricate, and have an approach that's far different than the "head arrangement with battling solos" that first marked all star jazz recordings in years back. These six players come together with a wonderfully fluid groove – sliding soulfully in the realms explored by Hutcherson, Land, Walton, and Higgins on their own records from the time – and working through magical readings of original tunes that include "Hindsight", "Tayamisha", "Hand In Glove", "Fiesta Espagnol", "World Peace", and "Christina". CD
Chateau Flight & Others —
Remixent ... CD Versatile (France), 2002. Used ...
Out Of Stock
Chateau Flight pay tribute to some of their favorite music – and remix their way through a stack of wax, both classic and recent! The album, not surprisingly, is actually the group's best – and has a timeless quality that's kind of missing in most of their other records. Older French pop, European jazz, and avant classic tunes come into play with some of the best newer bits from the Paris scene – and titles include Chateau Flight remixes of "Beng Beng Beng" by Femi Kuti, "Lola Rastaquouere" by Serge Gainsbourg, "Brand New Day" by Pavel Kostiuk, "Take A Rest" by Psyco On Da Bus, "Too Fortiche" by Pierre Henry, "Soul Fiesta" by Manu Dibango, "J'Ai Dormi Sous L'Eau" by Air, "Who Am I" by Peace Orchestra, "Ritual" by Brandy, "August Day Song" by Bebel Gilberto, and "Second Nature" by Seji. CD
A really great pairing of Italian soundtrack talents – the mighty Roberto Pregadio, who gave us the Kriminal and Satanik records – and the great Franco Micalizzi, who served up lots of funky cop/crime grooves in the 70s! This obscure western is scored with a flair that really seems to bring out the best of both composers – modes that are very special, and which move far past any cliches or expectations you might have about the genre! There's some nicely fragile songs that have a surprising amount of power – mixed with bolder passages that almost feel more like they were penned for a contemporary story instead of a western – all wrapped together with really beautiful sound, and just a bit of guest vocals from I Cantori Moderni. Titles include "Fiesta En El Pueblo", "Ballata Per Un Pistolero", "Senza Scampo", "Fiato Sospeso", "Corral De La Moreria", and "Giardini Viennesi". LP, Vinyl record album
Classic 70s work by Sonora Poncena – with arrangements by Papo Lucca, and lead vocals by Luigi Texidor and Miguelito Ortiz. Musicians include Cuchy Castro on trumpet, Angel Ramos on conga, Delfin Perez on trumpet, and Papo Lucca on piano and vibes. Tracks include "Tiene Pimienta", "La Fiesta No Es Para Feos", "No Muere El Son", "Mayeya", "Tumba Mabo", and "Hachero Sin Hacha". CD
A really rare side of the legendary De-Lite Records – served up here in a range of obscure 45s before the company exploded into bigger fame with the success of Kool & The Gang! The work here puts De-Lite right on the same level as important indies on the east coast at the turn of the 70s – and shows an especially strong ability to capture the best group styles of the period – from the sublime harmony styles being crafted in New Jersey and Philly, to some of the growing funky styles in the pre-disco years! The set's a much-needed look at this early part of the label – and also features titles on the related Red Coach label too – in a wonderful package of 25 tracks that includes "I'll Never Let You Get Away" by Universal Mind, "So Long Sweet Little Girl" by Reggie Saddler Revue, "I'm At The Breaking Point" by The Trumains, "Girl (part 1)" by Philadelphia Ambassadors, "Gotta Let Some Sunshine Into My Life" by The Exceptionals, "I'll Always Love You" by The New Cymbals, "So Fine" by The Fiestas, "The Story Of Our Love" by The Carstairs, "Love You Can't Shake It" by Reggie Saddler & The Jammers, "Nothing In The World" by The Electras, "Back On The Road Again" by Richmond International, and "Love Foundation" by Electrified Action. CD
A really unique set of doo wop tracks from the classic years – one that has a slightly different format than some of the others on the market, as you might guess from the cover! These tunes are definitely sweet, but never too pop overall – and the titles all come from an extremely well-chosen batch of singles from a variety of labels and scenes – all to portray that special heartbreaking sound of early group soul – the sort that might well have been the biggest contribution that doo wop made to the legacy of harmony. The cuts on the set often have a slow-stepping, late nite feel – a moody vibe that often tells the tale of love found and love lost, but with vocal inflections that make each of these numbers a special standout on their own. There's 24 whopping tracks in all – with great sound, label scans, and titles that include "Remember" by Dennis & The Explorers, "Looking For You" by The Dukes, "For Your Love" by The Wanderers, "Along My Lonely Way" by The Utopians, "This Paradise" by The Bel-Aires, "Last Night I Dreamed" by The Fiestas, "The Night Is Quiet" by The Vocaleers, "Be Mine" by The Uptones, "Lonely One" by The Ravels, "Baby Be Mine" by The Melo Gents, and "Flames" by The Reminiscents. CD