A killer set by Cal Tader – every bit as great as some of his best work from earlier years! The album was recorded with a small tight combo – one that features the great Mark Levine on both acoustic piano and Fender Rhodes, plus flute and percussion by Roger Glenn, and congas and ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
It's hard to imagine anyone making music for as many years as the legendary Candido – nor anyone who might still sound as great after so many decades in music! This set's definitely well-titled – as the congolero works here with a gorup of Latin jazz musicians, on an album that's one ... read moreCD
Jerry Gonzalez & The Fort Apache Band —
Obatala ... CD Enja, 1989. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
An 80s classic from one of the hippest Latin jazz ensembles of its time – the wonderful Fort Apache band of trumpeter/percussionist Jerry Gonzalez! As with other albums from the group, the key strength here is Jerry's choice of compadres – a great lineup of jazzmen who understand both ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
A nicely grooving album from Cuban jazz piano great Chucho Valdes – sounding as lively and vital as he has in years on Chucho's Steps! There's an invigorating blend of far reaching influences throughout the set, played masterfully by a combo that includes "Juan Carlos Rojas Castro on ... read moreCD
Although the Ubiquity label originally started out as a home for rare groove and funky jazz, sometime in 1995 they began their Cubop imprint as a home for all of the great Latin jazz currently being played on the west coast. The label immediately became one of the best Latin ones out there – ... read moreCD
Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers —
Jungle Fire! ... LP Prestige/BGP (UK), 1969. Very Good (reissue)...
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
Killer stuff! This rare boogaloo album is a monster batch of tracks by one of the best combos working the New York scene in the late 60s. The New Swing Sextet were extremely youthful, and at their best moments, they had a great raw sound the mixed Latin Soul and Latin Jazz into an extremely tasty ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
We have to admit, we don't know when this Willie Bobo album is from – but it's a great one! The material seems to have been recorded between his Tico and Verve years, and released later by the Trip label. The tracks are a great mix of Latin jazz instrumentals, and groovier numbers with a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Grupo Folklorico Y Experimental Nuevayorquino —
Lo Dice Todo ... LP Salsoul/Mericana, 1976. Very Good- ...
The second album by this wonderful Latin music project – an ensemble who really live up to their name in the way they work with both folksy styles and more experimental modes – all while hitting the best sort of hip New York 70s vibe! The list of artists here is like a "who's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Not the all-out percussion affair you might guess from the title – but still a plenty great little album of late 50s Latin from Havana – done with a sweetly syncopated sound on all the tunes! Instrumentation is heavy on flute, violin, and piano – alongside the percussion promised ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear and aging.)
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
A monster album of Latin soul – arguably the greatest record ever cut by Hector Rivera! The record's a rare cooker that never lets up at all – a non-stop boogaloo party that definitely lives up to its swinging cover image – and which is quite different than most other albums from ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A tight little Machito album from the 60s – produced by Leroy Holmes, and done with a bit more punch than some of his other records from the time! The format's similar to other Machito sessions – in that some tracks have Machtio singing with a larger backing group, and others focus on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic live material from this heavy tenor pair – track that appared on The First Set, The Midnight Show, and The Late Show! (Jazz, Latin)CD
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 a split spine, and mostly split bottom seam.)
Eddie Drennon & BBS —
Collage ... LP Friends & Co, 1975. Very Good ...
Just Sold Out!
A 70s New York classic – the first and best album by Eddie Drennon! Eddie's got a unique sound that's part soul and part Latin – grooving here in a Latin Hustle mode that brings together gliding strings, floating chorus vocals, and a heavier funk-based set of rhythms that really kicks ... (Soul, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sockin soul work from Mongo Santamaria – a real killer of an album, with a dope 70s sound! The album features Mongo hitting a nice blacksploitation mode – fuller arrangements than before, plus lots of electric touches on guitar, bass, and keyboards. Marty Sheller did most of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Groovy stuff from Ray Rivera! The record isn't really Latin soul, but it's got these larger arrangements from Claus Ogerman that are pretty darn groovy – and which have kind of a funky Latin easy kind of groove that's very nice! Includes a cover of "Ode to Billy Joe", plus the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A real killer from the mighty Tito Rodriguez – a set that's got him opening up a bit more than usual, with a vibe that reflects some of the changes coming from the younger corners of the Latin scene! The album's got a lively feel, and a bit more jazz than usual from Tito – a flavor ... read moreCD
The record's got a space-age cover, but the sound is classic all the way – the same sort of salsa groove that made Sonora Poncena one of the hottest Fania acts of the 70s, still going strong here into the next decade! As before, the piano is really at the heart of many of the grooves – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, sticker remnants, lightly bent corner, and a name in pen and marker on front.)
A groundbreaking set of Latin percussion – presented by dancer Katherine Dunham, who'd done tremendous work in bringing African and Caribbean rhythms to American audiences in the 50s! The set was recorded under Dunham's name, but the overall feel is much more along the lines of an ... read moreCD
A really standout set from Orchestra Harlow – an ambitious late 70s project that traces the evolution of Latin music in an extended "Salsa Suite"! The work is far more complex than some of the group's other recordings – a real evolution in their own sound too, yet a record ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mexican pressing. Cover has ring & edge wear, splitting on the spine, and a peeled strip on front.)
Tito Rodriguez —
More Amor ... CD West Side Latino/Polydor, 1964. Used ...
Romantic stuff by Tito, with the sort of Latin love song stylings that he was doing so well during his United Artists years. Tracks include "Vieja Luna", "Por Eso No Debes", "Nuestras Vidas", "No Es Verdad", "Hablame Mi Amor", and "En Mi ... read moreCD
80s Mongo – but done in a really classic way, thanks to arrangements from Bobby Porcelli and Marty Sheller – who had both worked on some of the best Mongo sessions of years past! Bobby Porcelli's also on alto and flute, and Mitch Frohman plays tenor – working with Mongo in a ... read moreCD
One of the rawest albums we've heard from Cubop in a long time – and an excellent session that teams up west coast Latin percussionists Bobby Matos and John Santos! The album's got a majesty that's remarkable – blending Afro Cuban rhythms, modern jazz, and a strong sense of swing ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Jerry Gonzalez & The Fort Apache Band —
Crossroads ... CD Milestone, 1994. Used ...
Jerry Gonzalez & The Fort Apache Band —
Fire Dance ... CD Milestone, 1996. Used ...
Trumpeter Jerry Gonzalez cooks away nicely with his Fort Apache band – swinging in that hip mix of Latin and jazz that's always made the combo so great! This sweet set was recorded live, which gives the band lots of long, open-ended tunes on which to really open up and do their thing – ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
A killer bit of Latin jazz from the 70s – one of the first records issued under the name of percussionist Ray Mantilla, and a really smoking set that features funky flute from Jeremy Steig, bass from Eddie Gomez, and both drums and keyboards from the mighty Joe Chambers! The tunes have a ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner & a name in large letters on both sides. Labels have some pen.)
Tito Puente —
El Rey ... LP Picante/Concord, 1984. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
80s work from Tito – but very nicely grooving, with a small combo that has a nice jazzy finish, and lots of strong west coast Latin work from the likes of players like Francisco Aguabella, Jorge Dalto, Jose Madera, and Johnny Rodriguez. The set was recorded live in SF – and titles ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Cal Tjader's lesser-known Latin sessions from his Fantasy Records years – a nice little cooker with some great arrangements from Eddie Cano, who also plays piano on the set! The album features two different groups – one a more familiar Tjader quartet with Lonnie Hewitt on piano ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Willie Colon & Hector Lavoe —
Vigilante ... LP Fania, 1983. Very Good ...
Willie and Hector really open things up here on this excellent early 80s session – going for longer tracks that really expand upon their classic sound of the 70s! There's a very ambitious approach to the music – with more passages that shift between vocals and instrumentation than ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wicked batch of Latin groovers from Willie Rosario – one that takes all the energy of his rare indie sides from the 60s, and fuses it with the tight approach to Latin Soul being hipped up by Atlantic at the time! The whole thing's great, and has a vibe that's very lively overall – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Pink & tan label pressing. Cover looks great, save for a small cutout hole. Vinyl plays with clicks & crackles.)
Great work from the always-wonderful Cuban pianist Chucho Valdes – recorded here in solo performance live in New York. As anyone knows who's heard Valdes work over the past 30 years – either with the group Irakere, or with his own smaller combos – Chucho is a master of the ... read moreCD
Tight 80s Latin from Mongo Santamaria – a set that still has him working with longtime maestro Marty Sheller – in a mix of older Latin modes and a few slightly more modern touches! The group here is somewhat large, but the sound is nice and lean – a groove that's heavy on Mongo's ... read moreCD
A killer early album by Mongo Santamaria – almost an equal blend of jazz and Latin rhythms, and a great illustration of the unique contribution that he was making to both types of music back in the 60s! Mongo's group here is filled with some really great horn players – Nat Adderley on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Riverside/Orpheum pressing – in great shape!)
A very well-titled set from Libre – as the group were one of the more incredible acts on the New York scene of the 70s – always a bit more underground than the salsa mainstream, and able to easily bridge so many generations with their music! Leader Manny Oquendo has a great ear for ... read moreCD
Although the Verve label is probably best remembered for its mainstream jazz recordings, the label also cut some very fine Latin sides in their day, most of which were touched by the great jazz history of the company! There's material here from a surprising range of albums, nearly all of which we ... 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
80s Mongo – but done in a really classic way, thanks to arrangements from Bobby Porcelli and Marty Sheller – who had both worked on some of the best Mongo sessions of years past! Bobby Porcelli's also on alto and flute, and Mitch Frohman plays tenor – working with Mongo in a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great compilation of Tito's work for the Tico label – put together in celebration of his 20 years in show biz, and mostly featuring tunes recorded around the time of the release of the record. The set contains some great 60s groovers – and titles include "Loco De Amor", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very cool very excellent early Joe Cuba record, recorded right in the middle of the boogaloo era, with a great set of tracks that includes "My Man Speedy", "I'm Insane", "Talk About Luv", "T.C.O.B.", and "Hey Joe, Hey Joe". Excellent stuff, with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Kind of a "part 1" in the world of Mongo Santamaria's hits – as the collection features work from his earliest years on wax, the time when he was recording for Fantasy Records – in a range of very groovy Latin styles! Even at this point in his career, Mongo shows himself to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of our favorite Cal Tjader albums ever – and one of the first to have his vibes working alongside Fender Rhodes! The record's a surprising little set from the start of the 70s – one that almost has Cal picking up some of the New York sounds of a few years before, then mixing them ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring & edge wear with tape along the seams.)
Cal Tjader —
Primo ... LP Fantasy, 1973. Very Good+ ...
A really hard-hitting set from Cal Tjader – and one that's done with a good dose of 60s Latin Soul as well! The album was recorded in the early 70s, but it's really got a late 60s New York flavor – thanks to arrangers Charlie Palmieri and Tito Puente – who cook up a groove that's ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very nice electric Latin jazz session from this legendary LA piano player, recorded with his groovy Salsa Picante group that includes Pancho Sanchez, Gary Foster, and Alex Acuna. Clare plays organ and electric piano, and is backed by an all-instrumental group of percussion and rhythm, plus nice ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album