"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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Money Money

Artist:   Orquesta d'Soul

Style Released Album Tracks Charts
Tropical 2003 9 0


© 2003 Marina Garza and Michael Lazarus. All rights reserved.
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# Name Play Time Info
01  Power of Love
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4:41 samba & plena
02  Mi Cascabel
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3:45 cumbia & ranchera
03  Café por la Mañana
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4:48 mexico con timba
04  Money Money
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4:48 guajira & reggae
05  Do What I Do
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5:14 funky latin groove
06  World of Confusion
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4:58 soulful protest song
07  When You Call Me
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4:51 salsa w/ japanese rap
08  Mi Amor
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5:03 campy, real campy
09  Power of Love REMIX
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6:28 dance club special
‘Money Money’ by ODS features an all-female front line that delivers hot Latin and R&B sounds. Caribbean styles are fused to generate a festive atmosphere that always keeps your attention.

May 2004
Orquesta D'Soul
New CD Release: "Money Money"
By Jesse Varela

Trumpeter-bandleader Marina Garza is driven! Originally from San Antonio, Texas, she leads the potent Orquesta d'Soul in the SF Bay Area where she's made her home since the 1990s. As they ably demonstrate on Money, Money, this is a Latino alternative band with strong salsa and funk leanings propelled by a giffed cast ot resident musicians.

Garza sings lead on her original song Power of Love, which cruises on a nicely paved New Orleans/Havana-style groove. The title track is a soul-rock guajira with Liza Jimenez and Nikki O'Shaughnessy, the other lead singers in the band, on chorus. We get introduced to Liza on Cafe Por La Manana. It starts with a beautiful, slow Mexican ranchera that features Garza playing mariachi style. Then it takes a sharp turn into a Latino ska beat that further spins into a Cuban timba vibe before it almost skids to a stop with a dramatic Lola Beltran-like ending. It's an ODS party all the way with merry maker Marina Garza leading the parade and conga line with a "Gabriela" style trumpet!

Performing musicians on 'Money Money':
Marina Garza (trumpet, vocals, bandleader)
Liza Jimenez (voclas) Nikki O'Shaughnessy (vocals)
Michael P. Lazarus (bass) Kymry Esainko (piano/keys)
Lori Rodriguez (saxophones) Amelia Catalano (saxophones)
Brian Andres (drumset) Jason Gianni (drumset)
Patricio Angulo (percussion) Nicole Roberts (design)

”Pick up a copy of Orquesta d´Soul's brand-spanking new disc ‘Money Money’ and squeeze in a little private practice time for a guaranteed kiss at the midnight toll this New Years Eve. A tricked-out percussion section, suave brass contribution and wily piano accompaniment establish the dance floor as your only logical location, but the sexy trio of Latina chanteuses, Garza, Jimenez and O’Shaughnessy steals the show hands down with power diva harmonies and character-affected vocals.” –Angie Martinez (Good Times SC Newspaper, Dec 11-17)