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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Entre Amigos

Artist:   Sos Lazaga

Style Released Album Tracks Charts
Afro-Cuban 2005 12 0
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# Name Play Time Info
01  SOS Lazaga
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4:50 Eduardo Lazaga - Timbal y bongo
02  Shango
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4:17 Enrique Lazaga - Guiro
03  Piti Chá
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4:25 Edel Lazaga, Lazaro Hierrezuelo - Violin
04  Descarga Piti-Laz
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5:39 Jose Ramon Cabrera "Piti" - Piano
05  Mixty Casablanca
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4:18 Eduardo Cordova - Bata
06  Cachita
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4:37 Rafael "Cha" Limonta - Bajo
07  Ellegua
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3:27 Miguel Escorcia, Frank Palacios - Trompeta, Flauta
08  Drume Negrita
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3:21 Javier Pina "Cuchillo" - Voz
09  Cienfuegos
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4:49 William Valdez "Valoy" - Voz
10  Los Tres Golpes
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4:10 Jose Lusson Jr, Javier Pina "Cuchilla" - Coros
11  Dulce De Guayaba
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4:25 Yaimi Karel Lay, Yaneys Beltran - Coros
12  Despedida SOS
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2:51 Antonio "Toni" Luis, Ciso Guanche Coros
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Una fusión de latin jazz, salsa y música (sacra) religiosa, Sos Lazaga (hijo) y Eduardo Lazaga (padre) embarcan por los caminos de la percusión afro-cubana, combinándola con piano electrico, violín y una toque de la voz femenina de Yaimi Karel Lay. Los arreglos están super.

Review by Wilson & Alroy's Record Reviews - 3.5 stars out of 5
Enrique Lazaga and his three sons, but in a different configuration: Eduardo (timbal/bongos) is the leader, backed up by Enrique (güiro), Enrique Jr. (conga) and Edel (violin); also on hand are bassist Limonta and pianist Cabrera ("Piti Chá"), while Yaimi Karel Lay adds Ele Valdés-like bell-clear vocals. Musically it's somewhere between traditional Cuban music and jazz ("Descarga Piti-Laz"), and as the title suggests, there's a loose, half-improvised feel that makes me think of hanging around the town square. Largely instrumental - such vocals as there are are mostly chanted ("Shangó") - and there's plenty of time for solos ("Los Tres Golpes"). Without the dramatic buildups or song orientation of Ritmo Oriental, and worlds away from modern Cuban dance music, it's no more and no less than a bunch of expert musicians chilling out and having fun with a musical style they love.