Johnny Pacheco & Hector Casanova —
Los Amigos ... LP Fania, 1979. Very Good ...
A nice mix of 70s salsa and more traditional themes – part of the ever-evolving Pacheco sound during the great years of Fania, served up here with richly-ranged vocals from Hector Casanova! Casanova seems to push things a bit more than Pete El Conde Rodriguez did with Pacheco before – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mexican pressing. Cover has edge wear and some pen on front.)
This one's a bit tighter than some of the group's earlier albums – but still equally funky, and still very nice! Malo are at the top of their form here – grooving hard with great guitar from Jorge Santana, tight congas from Francisco Aquabella, sweet organ from Ron De Masi, and great ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a split top seam, some wear, a cut corner, and clear tape along the spine.)
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 light wear.)
The late 50s and early 60s were certainly the golden era of this famous Latin vocal trio – and this nice Columbia issue (part of their obscure "Ex 5000" series) brings together some classic material in a sparkling package that features a cover with the Panchos toasting each other ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye pressing.)
Nemours Jean Baptiste —
Yasse ... LP Ibo (Haiti), 1960. Very Good- ...
Just Sold Out!
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(Cover has light wear wear and a center split bottom seam.)
An excellent album of Latin material from Herbie Mann – and proof that he's equally great in just about any setting! The album's a rare Columbia Records outing from Herbie – but it's easily one of his greatest of the 60s, thanks to some really smoking arrangements from Oliver Nelson ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo 360 Sound pressing. Cover has some wear and discoloration from age.)
An excellent session of exotica-tinged Latin jazz – put together by pianist Don Ralke, and featuring some great work from flute player Buddy Collette – in a spirit that's very similar to Collette's own classic Jazz Heat Bongo Beat album! The set's also got some great bongo work by Jack ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has split seams.)
An unusual combination of records – both pretty darn great! First up is Jazz Tropical from Jonah Jones – one of the coolest albums ever from this legendary trumpeter – a set that's got a strongly Latin flavor, and which provides a very unique setting for Jonah's horn! The ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreCD
Nice "best of" set of work by this excellent Latin combo – featuring tracks that are mostly pulled from the years when they were changing their bag from Latin Soul into 70s salsa. The album's got a cool cartoony basketball cover – and tracks include "Son Sabroson", ... read moreCD
Cal Tjader —
Primo ... CD Fantasy/OJC, 1973. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
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 moreCD
A pretty wonderful tribute to the pioneering talents of conga great Chano Pozo and jazz trumpet giant Dizzy Gillespie – led by Poncho Sanchez and Terrence Blanchard! The set gets off to an incredible start on a medley in which the players so deftly blend Latin percussion, vocals and rhythms ... read moreCD
A great mix of styles – blending together traditional instrumentation on tres, bongos, and congas, with modern salsa touches on the horns and the jazzy arrangements of the group. Most tracks are quite lively, and titles include "Quien Sabe, Sabe", "Nave Sin Rumbo", "C ... read moreCD
Music from Richie Ray & Bobby Cruz, Ismael Miranda, Hector Lavoe, Celia Cruz & Johnny Pacheco, Pete Rodriguez, Cheo Feliciano, Ray Barretto, Eddie Palmieri, La Lupe, Roberto Roena, Tito Puente & Mongo Santamaria. CD
With Chuchito Valdes on piano, synth, and Fender Rhodes. 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
An unusual self-produced effort from Hector Lavoe – but a record that's every bit as strong as his other solo records from the time! Of course, Hector's got some big help on the record from Louie Ramirez and Jose Febles – who most likely did most of the arranging work, and ensure that ... read moreCD
A great bit of Puerto Rican salsa from the 70s – one of the few albums we've ever seen from this 70s group! The set looks like a boogaloo album from the outset – from its TV-joke title, and its cool cover that sports a die-cut looking into the belly of a bikini-clad model – but ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Lisandro Torres y Su Orquesta —
Creencias ... CD Salsaneo, 2011. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Features music from Mongo Santamaria, Sexteto Armonia, Frank Emilio Flynn, Ray Berreto, Jose Quintero, Manny Corchado, Eddie Palmieri, Joe Loco, Noro Morales, Cholo Ortiz, Victor Paz, and more – 20 tracks in all! CD
An assortment of jazz-tinged grooves from the mighty Fania Records – many of which show an older Cuban influence, but update the sound strongly with a hipper New York feel! The work ranges from the 60s through the 70s – and although some cuts have vocals, the main focus here is ... read moreCD
An incredible record and very unique – cut around the same time as Arsenio's rare boogaloo album for Tico Records! Like that session, this one has a style in which Arsenio is featured in a larger group – playing with a raspy edge that really steps out in front of the fuller instruments ... read moreCD
(Out of print American CD pressing from 2006 Japanese edition.)
Libre ... CD Tarura Musica (Venezuela), 2013. Used ...
One of the few albums ever recorded by Vladimir Vassilieff – an obscure late 60s piano player who's best known for his groovy album The Aquarians! The record's a really wonderful set that really lives up to its title – a haunting set of Latin jazz numbers played with a hip group that ... read moreCD
Music from Combinacion Perfecta, Tony Vega & Tito Nieves, Domingo Quinones & Van Lester, Johnny Rivera & Ray Sepulveda, Oscar D'Leon & Jose Alberto, Cheo Feliciano & Ray De La Paz, Cheo Feliciano & Pete 'El Conde' Rodriguez, Marc Anthony & India & Celia Cruz & ... read moreCD
By the mid 70s, the New York Latin scene was boomin' so large it could easily fill venues like Yankee Stadium – as you'll hear on this excellent live set from the Fania All-Stars, a monster record that easily ranks with the best live Latin sides of the time – like Eddie Palmieri at Sing ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, with obi! Cover has some light wear, but is nice overall.)
A really pivotal album in the career of Mongo Santamaria – one that has Mongo stripping down the groove, kicking up some jazz, and mixing together soulful styles that brought him to the top of the Latin crowd of the 1960s! There's a tightness here that goes beyond any of Santamaria's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Orchestra Harlow's answer to the Who's Tommy – Hommy, a Latin Opera, and one of the few concept albums we know from the New York Latin scene of the time! The tracks are fairly short, and they're separated by short "interludes" throughout the album that feature some cool spoken bits ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really smoking set from Ray Barretto – recorded at a later date than his Latin Soul classics, but a beautifully imaginative batch of tracks that shows that Ray never stopped perfecting his art! The centerpiece of the album is the long track "Canto Abacuba", which has an ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Venezuelan pressing. Cover is wrinkled on the bottom 3 inches, with some flaking on front.)
A great meeting of talents in the studio – as Ismael Rivera sings lead vocals for Kako's smoking combo, complete with congas by Patato Valdez! The sound here is a great – rootsy and highly percussive on the bottom, yet smooth on the top thanks to Ismael's vocals – sung here in a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Venezuelan pressing on Barbaro. Cover has some wear and aging.)
If there's anything Eddie isn't, it's straight ahead – as even a basic session like this bristles with free thinking energy! The album starts off with a hard mix of percussion and piano – very spare, almost rootsy, but done by Eddie with a style that's strong, proud, and filled with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Venezuelan pressing on Barbaro. Cover is stained at the spine.)
Grupo Magnetico —
Positivo ... CD Athens Of The North (UK), 2018. Used ...
An album recorded in Scotland, but done with all the strong fire as some of our favorite Latin classics from the New York scene! These guys are fantastic, right from the start – tight percussion, mighty sharp horns, and this great use of Fender Rhodes that recalls those late 70s moments when ... read moreCD
Titles include "Comedia", "Periodico De Ayer", "El Cantante", "Hacha Y Machete", "Sombras Nada Mas", "Songoro Consongo", and "Rompe Saraguey". Arrangements by Willie Colon, Edwin Rodriguez, Jose Febles, and Luiz Ortiz. CD
A nicely stripped-down set of numbers – mostly featuring Touzet's sparkling piano in the lead, set to tightly percussive arrangements that still also manage to glide a bit with an easy touch. The combination's quite compelling – a great link between Latin and cocktail styles, with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nice session of 80s Latin jazz tracks, recorded in Havana in 1986, and featuring the kind of long, jamming tracks that let Rubalcaba really open up on keyboards. The group also features sax work by Manuel Varela – and titles include "Nueva Cubana", "Concatenacion Heroica" ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nice session of 80s Latin jazz tracks, recorded in Havana in 1986, and featuring the kind of long, jamming tracks that let Rubalcaba really open up on keyboards. The group also features sax work by Manuel Varela – who takes a searing solo on the cut "Pluma", and plays nicely on the ... (Jazz, Latin)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent little set from Tito – recorded in the late 50s for Tico, with a groove that's harder than much of his 60s work for United Artists! The lineup includes some nice jazzy vibes work on a few tracks – and the album includes the great percussive track "Suena Tu Bongo (Beat ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy orange label pressing. Cover has clear tape on the bottom seam, some wear and aging, and a bit of pen and marker on back.)
A great return to form for the legendary Cachao – and a session that seeks to recapture the Cuban Jam Session energy of his recordings from a few decades before! Production is by Andy Garcia, and is somewhat more sentimental than in the old days – although certainly still free from any ... read moreCD
Killer set of funky Latin Soul tracks, recorded by Willie Bobo in the mid and late 60s, and pulled from his hard to find albums on Verve! The set focuses on some of Willie's grooviest stuff, and is a very tasty blend of soul and instrumental cuts, all with a tight Latin-tinged sound. Titles ... read moreCD
A sweet little session from the Bay Area scene – a set that features English and Spanish language vocals from guitarist Memo – plus backing in a mix of funky jazz and clubby soul! The album's a unique fusion of modes – maybe like some of the Spanish disco rumba material of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hard grooving salsa tracks, with a bit of Latin Soul thrown in for good measure! The album includes the sublime "part 2" version of "Trumpetman", one of Ray's best groovers from the late 60s, and an excellent party Latin tune – plus the tracks "Wakamba", "Ba ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing. Cover has a cutout hole, some edge wear, mostly split top seam, and a peeled spot filled in with marker on front.)