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.

Te Pone La Cabeza Mala

Artist:   Los Van Van

Style Released Album Tracks Charts
Timba 1997 11 0


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# Name Play Time Info
01  Esto te pone la cabeza mala
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4:09 Juan Formell bajo, director
02  Llevala a tu vacilon
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6:51 César Pedroso, Boris Luna piano, teclado
03  La Shopimaniaca
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6:45 Manuel Labarrera, Julio Noroña congas, güiro
04  Regresamelo todo
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6:33 Hugo Morejón, Edmundo Pina trombones
05  Barriste con el
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7:47 Alvaro Collado, Jorge Leliebre trombón, flauta
06  Ni bombones ni caramelos
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6:43 Gerardo Miró, Pedro Fajardo violines
07  Lo que dejo Sebastian
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6:02 Dagoberto González violín
08  Que pasa con ella
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7:32 Samuel Formell batería y timbales
09  Ella tiene algo que no se
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5:02 Pedro "Pedrito" Calvo cantante
10  El tren se va
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6:37 Mario "Mayito" Rivera cantante
11  Esto te pone la cabeza mala Repris
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2:00 Roberto "Robertón" Fernández cantante
With a gun held to my head, I'd have to pick this as my desert island Los Van Van album. The title track is Formell's most powerful timba dance track and "Ni bonbones" is Pupy's (César Pedroso). And there are at least five other major tours de force. This is 1997, with every timba band peaking simultaneously and waves of creative energy arcing from one barrio of Havana to the next. That Los Van Van rose to the occasion and could not be denied.
-- Kevin Moore of