"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.

A Bailar El Toca Toca

Artist:   Adalberto Álvarez

Style Released Album Tracks Charts
Salsa 1995 9 0


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# Name Play Time Info
01  Llego la orquesta
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2:46 introduccion al swing de Adalberto y su son
02  A bailar el toca toca
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5:24 eo eo e, eo eo a, esta nache estamos de fiesta
03  Como podre olvidarla
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4:47 te entrego mi amor con esta salsita romantica
04  Somos latinos
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5:23 nos gusta el mar, bailar con el Gran Combo y Los Van Van
05  Tributo
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5:41 trato con estas notas de ser humilde ante tu valor
06  Fin de semana es la cita
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5:36 tu tienes problemas y yo mis situaciones
07  Recordando al sonero
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4:38 vaya Julio Padron con sentimiento, que descarga
08  Mi amo fugaz
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3:30 bolero con buenos vientos
09  El son de la madrugada
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4:59 esos metales estan bien jazz-eados
Newly remastered Adalberto release with some really great songs, again featuring the stellar voice of Aramis Galindo among others. "Somos Latinos" is very inspiring in its presentation of what unites latinos -everything mentioned in the lyrics rings true.

SOMOS LATINOS - Adalberto y su Son - LIVE
Adalberto Álvarez y su Son - Bailando en la Tropical