"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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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