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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El Pikete Live Album Reissued

April 03, 2008

By Latin Pulse Music

Here is one great advantage of buying your music legally on-line: albums can be updated and you can get your copy first.....and fast. On the LPM website, the reissue for 'Timba de Primera Toma" is now identified by the initials 'E.C.' for 'Edició n Coleccinista' (Collectors Edition) after the title. All the new mp3s have a similar edit on the tag for the album name. The first song now has the correct title "Hay Pero No Te Toca" and the photographer credit has been added.

Already bought a copy? Don't worry, login to your LPM account and re-download the album.

This album has been reissued on April 3, 2008. It features new audio processing with much improved low-frequency response and updated liner notes. This live album captures El Pikete's first and original line up, with Michel Clavo from Havana Power Band on lead vocals and José "Pepito" on piano. A live timba collector's must have.



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  • There is a history of musical innovations being forged on the island of Cuba before finally breaking out into the wider world and making their mark on music at large. Books like those by Rebeca Mauleón have enabled more of us to participate in that process. Now, ten years after Rebeca’s last book, Kevin Moore has produced a unique and outstanding set of works which make the last twenty years of Cuban music accessible to anyone who cares to learn to play it. It remains to be seen whether the rest of the world is now ready for an injection of Cuban timba.
    - Keith Johnson, England