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.

Ya Llegaron Los Cubanos

Artist:   Maykel Blanco y su Salsa Mayor

Style Released Album Tracks Charts
Timba 2003 12 0


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# Name Play Time Info
01  Ya Llegaron Los Cubanos
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3:21 Roy Sainz - Piano
02  Tu Experiencia
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3:55 Francisco Payo - Bajo
03  Si Tu No Quieres, No Te Quiero
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4:47 Oswaldo Huerta - Bongo
04  Déjala Que Aprenda
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4:33 Raine Martinez - Conga
05  La Discordia de las Frutas
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4:19 Javier Ortiz - Timbal
06  No Juegues Con la Candela
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4:16 Frank Padron, Eloy Abreu - Trompetas
07  Rumberos
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3:41 Ulises Benavides - Trombone
08  Chico Choco
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4:40 Cristobal Mildestein - Saxo
09  La Trompeta
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3:59 Gilberto Rivero, Javier Verdugo - Guiro, Maracas
10  La Siguatera
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3:52 Pedro A. Matos, Tirso Duarte - Voces solistas
11  La Que Siempre Quise Tener
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4:19 Lazaro Lino, Yadimir Pérez - Voces solistas
12  El Veterano
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5:23 Jose Lusson, Barbarito López, Ciso Guanche - Coros
100% composed and arranged by Maykel Blanco, this first release "Ya llegaron los cubanos" was recorded with his previous group -SUPREMA LEY. It is hard to find fault with the album. Very groovy and danceable.

Review of Ya llegaron los cubanos by Michelle White of

I would describe Ya llegaron los cubanos as timba/son. Certain aspects of the arrangements bring to mind classic son/salsa, such as some of the mambos and the harmonies of some of the coros, while the rhythm section is timba. Maykel also mixes occasional moments of jazz, Afro-Cuban jazz and rumba into the arrangements. It gives the CD a somewhat softer feel than Salsa Mayor's Recoge y vete, but it doesn't lack for timba effects or the charateristic Maykel Blanco dance factor.

The CD kicks-off with the title track, which is up-tempo at about 108 BPM and meant to get the dancers onto the dance floor: "Yo lo canto pa' que Cuba baile". Ya llegaron los cubanos is infectious and I defy anyone to sit still when this song starts.

Maykel brought in his friend Tirso Duarte to sing lead on two of the songs: the laid back Tu experiencia and No juegas con candela. Tembas seem to be a recurring theme with Maykel. Tu esperiencia is a song about a young man with a 40-something girlfriend. The arrangement of No juegas includes moments of afro-cuban jazz triplets and percussion that bring to mind rumba and it a perfect vehicle for Tirso's vocals.

The other temba song happens to be my favorite from the album, El veterano, in this case an older man who has a twenty year old girlfriend. Maykel follows the Cuban tradition of borrowing phrases from well know songs. For example in El veterano he borrows from Charanga Habanera/Forever, "Me preocupa tu situación por eso un consejo te estoy dando."

One interesting aspect of this CD is that nearly all of the songs fade out during the guía/coro section, which makes it seem as if these songs were really meant for a live show rather than a studio CD. I never saw Suprema Ley live, but Salsa Mayor performs some of the Suprema Ley repertoire on occassion.

If you are looking for a CD that you can dance to from beginning to end don't pass this up. There is not a single song that will disappoint.