Andy James Tu Amor Le Coq Records Andy James goes Latin for her latest, all covers, a range of jazz standards and even an old baby-boomer rock-world staple or two, with an instrumental rendition of Santana’s Evil Ways to showcase the band as the record closes out.
George Feyer, Echoes of Spain (1956) I buy these things – little curious, little nonsenses. I only buy them if they’re a dollar or two, never more than $5 certainly. Often you find them for 20c or 50c. And I love these little 10” examples; a nice bite-size. I didn’t know much of anything about […]
Sheila E., Sex Cymbal, 1991 I was going to write about Candy Dulfler’s debut album, Saxuality which had long felt like a guilty-pleasure. On a very recent re-listen I decided maybe it was actually really good…and really good all along, but it definitely links, in my mind at least, with this record by Sheila E. There are some similarities […]
Luis Alberto Del Parana y su Trio Los Paraguayos, Famous Latin American Songs (1960) I’ll always have a look in a charity store or the tip shop or if passing a garage sale; I can count on one hand the number of ‘good scores’ I’ve had digging in the bins. But I’m a sucker for […]
Miami Sound Machine, Conga! [Single] (1985) From the album Primitive Love – the Ninth! By Miami Sound Machine and it was here that Gloria Estefan became the breakout star, which eventually caused trouble, jealousy, all that stuff. She went solo. The band limped on. Then didn’t. Etc. I was a big fan of the early […]
I realised, just recently, that I needed to include Mike D (or Michael Diamond) of the Beastie Boys in these files. There might not be many people out there that think of him as one of the world’s greatest drummers – but for me he was formative, crucial; super important. It comes from being the […]
Various Artists: Putumayo Presents: Latin Lounge Putumayo World Music/Ode As with the recent re-release of Brazilian Lounge here is an older comp from the Putuamyo label dressed up and being sent out into the world once more. But Latin Lounge manages to sound just as good – and better. It’s been updated, a few new […]
Various Artists Putumayo Presents: Café Latino Putumayo World Music/Ode Here we have Putumayo returning to its roots with a new Latin American collection as part of the celebrations for the label’s 20th Anniversary. A selection of contemporary Latin American and Spanish songwriters (including Jehro, Roberto Poveda, Amanda Martinez and Sacha Nairobi) contribute a set of […]