"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.

Caliente Caliente

Artist:   Adalberto Álvarez

Style Released Album Tracks Charts
Son 1995 8 0


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# Name Play Time Info
01  Y Que Tu Quieres Que Te Den
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5:28 obatalá, las mercedes, ochún es la caridad
02  Tu Fiel Trovador
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5:18 mi fuente más feliz de inspiración
03  La Novia De Un Amigo Mio
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4:16 se ha enamorado de mí, pero no es para mi,
04  Loco Por Ti
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4:01 incandecentemente y mudo, inevitablemente solo
05  Pura Imagen
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4:42 tu estabas muy segura que era así
06  Sobre Tu Piel
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4:28 no sabes que sobre tu piel mis manos casi arañan
07  Acerca El Oido
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3:54 que te quiero decir que te quiero mucho
08  Las Caras Lindas
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4:47 somos la melaza que rie, la melaza que ama
Essentially studio versions part 2 of the live concert recorded in Milan, Italy. Featuring more of the son and less of the salsa side of Adalberto, this album is often confused as a compilation due to the fact that a few songs also appear on "Locos Por El Son". It does include however various songs not available on any other Adalberto release.

If anyone has any information on this record -especially the names of the participating musicians- please email me at michael [at] latinpulsemusic [dot] com.