"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.
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Ya No Hace Falta

Artist:   Bamboleo (1995-2000)

Style Released Album Tracks Charts
Timba 1999 12 0


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# Name Play Time Info
01  Opening
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2:52 .........que la pista no tiene espinas!
02  Ya No Hace Falta
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6:30 oído con la clave en el interludio que después vienen los desplotes
03  Se Le Fue La Mano
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6:33 la naturaleza del fuerte tumbao de Lázaro Valdes
04  El Protagonista
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6:08 más funky que funky, para tirarse al piso
05  Recapacita
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4:20 si no bailas es porque estas muerto
06  La Tremenda
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5:25 llegó el circo de Bamboleo, cuidao con la bomba!
07  El Manisero
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5:21 bolero, inspiración para todos
08  Candil de Nieve
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5:32 tema instrumental, influenciado por el jazz y fusión
09  El Pillo
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7:06 si te gusta el bajo esta es la canción para tí !!!
10  Lo Mio
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4:47 otro tema bien pero que bien funky
11  Lo Que Quiero Es Bamboleo
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4:51 Ahi Nama!
12  Ya No Hace Falta (Radio Version)
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4:32 versión más corta para los DJs o la radio
Rising to new levels of dance and despelote frenzy with its title track hit "Ya No Hace Falta", Bamboleo's third and critically acclaimed release completes the trio of absolutely indispensable albums in any great timba collection.

After Haila, Limonta, Gonzalo, Vargas, and Espinosa departed for Azúcar Negra, Valdés brought in Yordamis Megret, and Labarrera, although his songs are featured, was replaced by NG La Banda alumnus Jorge "El Gafas" Rodríguez. "Ya No Hace Falta" is a big leap forward in terms of the sophistication of the rhythm section arrangements and the raw fury of one of Timba's most explosive rhythm sections featuring the additions of Rafael Paceiro Monzón on bass and Duñesky Barreto on congas and the return to the separate drummer/separate timbalero approach with the addition of Herlan Sarior on timbales. All told, I would have to say this is Bamboleo's most satifying and complete album.
--review by Kevin Moore of www.TIMBA.com

Like sweet rum and smooth cigars, Bamboleo is another one of those fine Cuban exports that, once you get a taste of it, one sampling just won't be enough. The 14-member timba group is one hot number, from its music and choreography to its well-dressed singers and musicians. Lazaro Valdes leads the band, and he also plays the piano, arranges, composes, and writes songs. A Havana native, he was enrolled in the Alejandro Garcia Caturla Academy during the 1970s. He established Bamboleo after spending time performing with such artists as Pachito Alonso, Bobby Carcasses, and Hector Tellez. He culled musicians from the cream of the crop, incorporating into his new troupe many who had trained at Havana's National School of the Arts. He added some spark with vocalist Haila Mompie, who in turn recruited vocalist Vannia Borges. Another Havana native, Borges became a music student when she was five years old, and first sang professionally with an all-woman outfit known as D'capo in the early '90s. Four years later, she moved on to Pachito Alonso y su Kini Kini, leaving in 1997 to add her talents to Bamboleo. Guantanamo native Yordamis Megret came to the group in 1998, a year after Mompie left. She started her musical training when she was 10 years old and took up the guitar. Like Borges, she, too, is an alumna of the National School of Arts. Upon graduation, she started singing professionally with Ricacha. Before joining Bamboleo, Megret sang for Jose Luis Cortes' salsa ensemble, PG.

Bamboleo first started touring outside of Cuba in 1996, the same year the group debuted with 'Te Gusto o Te Caigo Bien'. The group has performed in major U.S. cities, from Chicago to Miami, and New York to Los Angeles. After the release of 'Yo No Me Parezco A Nadie' and 'Ya No Hace Falta', the group toured the world, with stops in Europe, the U.S., and Japan, as well as China's Heineken 2000 World Music Festival. Bamboleo also contributed to the Temptations' Grammy-winning Ear-Resistable. In addition, the ensemble has been featured on the MTV program Road Rules, and has worked with artists such as James Brown, Femi Kuti, and George Benson. ~ Linda Seida, All Music Guide