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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.

Disco Azucar

Artist:   Los Van Van

Style Released Album Tracks Charts
Timba 1995 9 0


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# Name Play Time Info
01  Disco Azucar
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5:29 Juan Formell bajo, director
02  Ese Es Mi Problema
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6:27 César Pedroso, Julio Noroña piano, güiro
03  Esperando Llamada
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5:41 Pedro Calvo, Mario Rivera cantantes
04  Que Le Den Candela
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7:19 Gerardo Miró, Juan Linares violines
05  Tu No Colabores Si No Es Contigo
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5:22 José Luis Quintana "Changuito" timbales
06  Con El Destino No Se Puede
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4:59 Manuel Labarrera, Ángel Bonne congas, flauta
07  Oh No
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5:37 Manuel Leyva violín
08  Hasta Las Cuantas
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4:50 Hugo Morejón trombón
09  La Historia De Tania Y Juan
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4:54 Álvaro Collado trombón
Azúcar isn't LVV's most ambitious or dramatic album, but in many ways, it's a sentimental favorite. If you feel sad or depressed, you can always cure yourself by cranking this album up and taking a drive, or cleaning the house. Angel Bonne's sweet harmonies are the perfect foil for Pupy and Formell.
Disco Azucar original cover

I used to think of La colección as "pre-timba Van Van" and Disco Azúcar onwards as their timba period. In fact, el tren just continued unabated. The only personnel change was an addition - Ángel Bonne on sax, vocals, and most importantly, as an important new composer whose style perfectly complemented those of Formell and Pupy.

The new international face of Cuban music is also reflected in the the title track, named for Cancún's legendary nightclub which hired Cuban bands for 3 month stints throughout the 90s.

Another discographical rarity is the only LVV recording of a song written by Formell's eldest son, Juan Carlos, who's now enjoying a decidedly un-timba career in New York City. Sung by Bonne, "La historia de Tanya y Juan" is absolutely gorgeous.

-- Kevin Moore of