"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.

Mi Linda Habanera

Artist:   Adalberto Álvarez

Style Released Album Tracks Charts
Salsa 2005 8 0


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# Name Play Time Info
01  Mi Linda Habanera
Alternative text
6:38 aunque vaya a la China y al Japón
02  Leccion De Amor
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5:20 estas son las reglas del corazón
03  Un Pariente En El Campo
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5:02 como se goza en la Habana
04  Ella Es Una Abusadora
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5:04 menos mal que descubri su jugada engañadora
05  Preguntame Como Estoy
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4:01 puedo salir a bailar sin preocupacion de un sermón
06  Somos Tu Y Yo
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4:37 porque tu eres la otra parte mía
07  Controlate
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5:15 tu tienes problemas conmigo sino te lo buscas
08  Y Que Tu Quieres Que Te Den
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11:43 todos aquellos guerreros que a mi cultura pasaron
Firmly planted in the sasa & son tradition, the title track "Mi Linda Habanera" immediately sets the pace for the dancers. For many this album marks the continuing family legacy and established participation of his daughter Doergeris Álvarez -a pianist and co-director for the since the late nineties. The album also features an elaborate 11+ minute arrangement and homeage to the Orishas on his own chart topping hit ¿Y Qué Tú Quieres Que Te Den?. Singers Aldo Miranda, Issac Cruz and Michel González all shine. Recommended.

tr title composer arranger lead singer(s)
1 Mi linda habanera Adalberto Alvarez Linares Michel González
2 Lección de amor Adalberto Alvarez Linares Isaac Cruz
3 Un pariente en el campo Adalberto Alvarez Betancourt Michel González
4 Ella es abusadora Adalberto Alvarez Linares Isaac Cruz
5 Pregúntame como estoy Julio Fonseca Betancourt Isaac Cruz
6 Somos tú y yo Adalberto Alvarez Betancourt Michel González
7 Contrólate Benigno Echemendia Betancourt Aldo Miranda
8 ¿Y qué tú quieres que te den? Adalberto Alvarez Alvarez Joaquín Moré y Aldo

Un pariente en el campo - Video clip

Musicians on "Mi Linda Habanera"

Adalberto Alvarez - coros

Dorgeris Alvarez Balart - piano, coro

Michel González Poli - vocals

Cruz Isaac Gálix - vocals

Aldo Isidro Miranda Alvarez - vocals

Cristóbal Verdecia Sardiñas - bass

Dayán Rivera Lazaga - teclado

Luis Orlando Alvarez Ariola - timbales
Un pariente en el campo - Live

Yoel Cuesta Fernández - congas and bongó

Eduardo Enrique Carrazana Acevedo - güiro

Adán Francis Gómez Portuondo - trumpet

Uyuni Martínez Romero - trumpet

Roilán Borrero Donet - trombone

Jorge Oliva González - trombone

guest appearances:

Zenaida Armenteros - vocals

Joaquín Moré Machado - vocals

Ronny Tabarrota Fernández - violin

Humberto Legui Yera (Tico) - violin

Jacinto Joaquín Oliveros Gavilan - flute

Julio Enrique Padrón Veranes - trumpet