"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 Verdad

Artist:   Lazarito Valdes y su Bamboleo

Style Released Album Tracks Charts
Timba 2006 10 0


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01  Opening
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2:24 Lázaros Moisés Valdés piano, director
02  La Culpa
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3:52 Tania Pantoja, Ronny Lopes cantantes
03  Todo Lo Bonito
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4:25 Yosvany Castañeda, Nilce Suarez coros
04  Fiebre
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5:48 Osmany Díaz Gil bajo y guitarras
05  Te Fui Infiel
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3:57 Maykel Rojas, Maykel Simón trompetas
06  Sueno De Cristal
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4:30 Abel Fernández, Carlos Valdés saxo alto, saxo tenor
07  El Maiz
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4:12 Juan Aguilera Noris batería
08  Amor Loco
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6:02 Eddy Montalbán Barbón timbales
09  Mi Verdad
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3:37 Yosvany Castañeda Valdés violín
10  Atrevimiento
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4:40 Lázaro O. Valdés Espinosa invitado
Lazarito Valdés returns in full force on a new label with new singers. Tania Pantoja is absolutely incredible and in control of the audience. The other singer Ronny is also extremely talented. Both are backed by violinist and corista Yosvany Valdés. Very funky & jazzy timba with no compromises for the dancers....the shows covering this record are the top concerts at the Casas de la Música...every matinee packed. Highly recommended. Musical guests include Lázaro Valdés (father), Oscarito Valdés and Amadito Dedeu from Clave y Guaguancó.

This is the studio album from which our Bamboleo Live release is based on. The addition of superb vocalist Tania Pantoja has allowed Bamboleo to reclaim the #1 spot in Cuba. Strong timba with R&B, Soul and Funk infusions set them apart. For more photos of Bamboleo, Lazarito & Tania click here.