"Vivencias en Clave Cubana" is the debut solo album of Cuban cuatro master Kiki Valera, a member of the Familia Valera Miranda, a century-old group and one of the most important purveyors of the Son Cubana. While completely dedicated to the performance of traditional Cuban music, Valera was exposed to Pat Metheny, Wes Montgomery and Chick Corea through cassette tapes while in school and those jazz inspirations elevate the quality of his cuatro solos in subtle and beautiful ways. Joined here by childhood friend, reknowned Cuban vocalist Coco Freeman, Valera and his exciting ensemble pair 12 original songs with beautiful instrumental work in ways that will make you dance, laugh, and possibly shed a tear. Cuba's traditional music has a history of constant evolution from its very beginnings. With "Vivencias en Clave Cubana," Kiki Valera continues in that spirit.
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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Piano del Solar

Artist:   Lazaro (Lazarito) Valdés Jr.

Style Released Album Tracks Charts
Latin Jazz 2008 12 0


© 2008 Lázaro M. Valdés . All rights reserved.
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# Name Play Time Info
01  Caracoles
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5:34 folkloric rumba intro and outro, cool clarinet solo
02  Homenaje A Yellón
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5:21 heavy percussion modern jazz then, swing baby!
03  Danza Ñañiga
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6:00 bluesy 6/8 with new orleans influence
04  A Solas Con El Diablo
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4:28 soulful jazz ballad (bolero)
05  El Rap Del Solar
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5:31 hot sax with ethnic percussion clever hip-hop beats
06  La Sandunga
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6:18 let's get down, killer montuno and soprano sax
07  Chango
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5:33 yoruba spoken word over hard driving jazz
08  Timba Con Whiskey
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4:07 fast percussion instead of traditional drumkit and ride
09  Lamento A Mi Conga
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5:16 swinging adaptation of the folkloric conga rhythm
10  Capullito
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5:00 lazarito's classical training shines here
11  Sueño de Oddua
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5:51 luscious mood piece, drumset and soprano shine
12  Osa She
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2:37 classically influenced piano and bass piece
Underground afro-cuban latin jazz by the leader of powerhouse timba band Bamboleo. Like his jazz pianist father, Lazarito Valdés ventures into modern jazz with style and swing. Features very tasteful use of the cuban batá drums and the saxophone. Attention Spike Lee: this could be the perfect soundtrack for your next film.

"Un tesoro moderno del latin jazz, ‘Piano Del Solar’ destaca a Lazarito Valdés como intérprete innovador del piano como instrumento percusivo. La voz del piano abarca una multitud de emociones para establecer un concepto, que aunque de primer oído suena familiar, está lleno de profundas ideas y repleto de sorpresas frescas. El uso de la percusión afro-cubana como fondo completo, sustituyendo en muchos temas la tradicional batería del latin jazz, enciende y conversa con las teclas ardientes de Lazarito Valdés, creando un verdadero piano del solar en las calles de la Habana."
- M.P.Lazarus de TIMBA.com

Músicos en 'Piano Del Solar':
Piano y Teclados - Lázaro M. Valdés
Bajo - Osmany Díaz
Congas - Duniesky Barrera
Batería - Ronny Díaz
Batá - Amado Dedeus (hijo)*
Saxofones - Carlos Valdés
Sax Alto - Abel Fernández
Trompeta - Maikel Rojas
Voces - Tania Pantoja y Amado Dedeus
*invitado especial de Clave y Guaguanco

Productor Ejecutivo - Lázaro M. Valdés
Producción y Dirección Musical - Lázaro M. Valdés
Grabado en Havana, Cuba
En los estudios Sono Caribe
Septiembre 2005