SE LLAMA SABROSO (They Call it Tasty) by Zona Franka (a zona franca is a duty-free port) is an exciting introduction of a style called "Changüí con flow", a fusion of traditional rural changüí with rap and other urban Cuban music. As the name of the group implies, various musical styles from around the Americas are also featured. The songs are Cuban classics re-imagined in fresh, clever and innovative new arrangements that far differ from the original versions.
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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CTA Live! 02-23-06

Artist:   Cuban Timba All Stars

Style Released Album Tracks Charts
Timba 2006 7 0


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# Name Play Time Info
01  Tema CTA
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6:25  instrumental showcase intro followed by CTA theme
02  Que Será
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7:28  features heavy bass/piano riff, El Kid on lead
03  Yo Soy
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12:07  extremely funky verse, Elain on lead
04  Mi Verdad
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12:50  "sal de la cama", Yordamis on lead
05  Niña
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10:46  killer champolota! @ 6:50, El Kid on lead
06  Sufres Con Lo Que Yo Gozo
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12:16  rumba guaguanco, descarga, hardcore timba
07  El Cheque Cheque
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9:24  audience participation, bass musings, Elain on lead
Miami supergroup led by conguero Tomasito Cruz keeps timba alive with this first tour of the CTA. Recorded live in San Francisco @ The Independent. SUPER SAVER: over 110 minutes of music. All photos by Tom Ehrlich.

Performing musicians on 'CTA Live! 02-23-06':

Tomasito Cruz (congas, director)
Yordamis Megret (vocals) Tony Pérez (piano)
Joaquín "El Kid" Díaz (vocals) Armando Gola (bass)
Elain (vocals) Reinier Guerra (drums)
Braily Ramos (trombone) Carlos Puig (trumpet)
Felipe Lamoglia (tenor sax) Julio Díaz (trumpet)

Tomás Cruz Yordamis & Elain
Reinier Guerra Armando Gola
Tony Pérez El Kid & Braily Ramos
Julio Díaz Carlos Puig & Felipe Lamoglia