Beyond Salsa Piano is a history and anthology of the role of the piano in the Cuban rhythm section – from its first appearance to the present. In a broader sense, it’s a study of the tumbao – the art of creating music from layers of repeating rhythmic and melodic phrases. Whether these syncopated figures are called tumbaos, guajeos, montunos, riffs or vamps, this Afro-Cuban concept lies at the heart of nearly every popular music genre from salsa to rock , funk, R&B, hiphop and jazz.

While presented as a set of method books, the series doubles as a history course and record collecting guide for listeners, dancers, and players of instruments other than the piano.

Perhaps the most important goal of the series is to provide a comprehensive understanding of how tumbaos are constructed, their central role in the texture of Latin music of all eras, and the endless possibilities they provide for creative composing and arranging.
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Bamboleo Live Galiano

Artist:   Lazarito Valdes y su Bamboleo

Style Released Album Tracks Charts
Timba 2008 8 0
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# Name Play Time Info
01  Opening Cayendo Los Pantalones
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14:43 ahora los llevo yo...ya tu no mandas en la casa
02  Me Gustan Los Feos
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9:16 a la negra le gustan los feos no digan que no
03  Todo Lo Bonito
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7:08 a mi me suena como 'we are the champions'
04  Amor Loco
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9:03 la timba tiene sus raices en la rumba
05  Fiebre
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9:22 apagala que quema...Tania esta caliente
06  La Culpa
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9:49 lo que te va pa' encima, tu no te mandas na'
07  Sueno De Cristal
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8:33 inspirational gospel ballad featuring Tania Pantoja
08  Tu Eres Callejera Mami
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11:56 atrévete salte del closet porque....
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Es el verano del 2007 y el show de matiné más espectacular de la Casa de la Música Galiano es....Lazarito Valdés y su BAMBOLEO. Al frente...fila para entrar. Adentro...lleno. Personajes, bailadores, familia, Bucanero, Cristal, Havana Club, turistas...un miercoles caliente en la Habana. (2 horas de música).

"There's nothing like live timba". You hear that time and again. Why? Well for one the songs are worked to the max, feeding off the energy of the crowd. There are no constraints to deliver the tune just like it appears on the record. In fact its the opposite -everyone gets their say and time to dig into the rhythms, dancers and players alike. The arrangements deliver the hard beats and are so intricate that it takes multiple shows to really get a feel for the whole show. In the audience there is a sense of belonging and you'll see familiar faces if you go enough to notice. On stage Lazarito drives the train and moves to different instruments, most notably bass and timbales. Other musicians also switch to sub when he moves. Also surprising was the element of humor -in the coros and the songs they quoted. All this while delivering the most incredible level of musicianship. Man are they tight and in-tune. After a series of experiences like this it is hard to go back to a concert experience we are typically used to. They manage to pump so much emotion without leaning heavily on a super-tricked out show, say for example a Madonna or U2 concert with all the technology, gadgets and jumbo screens. Its just not needed or even wanted when there is this much musicality involved. And we are not talking about jazz, we are talking strictly about dance music.

Get this album and listen for yourself. Audio play time 1:19:50 (hh:mm:ss:).

All photos by Lazaro "Chucho" Jesús Piña Portuondo.