"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.


Artist:   Marlow Rosado y la Riqueña

Style Released Album Tracks Charts
Salsa 2012 12 0


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# Name Play Time Info
01  Tema Riqueña
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3:42 introduciendo a Marlow Rosado y la Riqueña
02  Adoración
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4:19 featuring Tony Vega y Salvador Cuevas
03  No Me Digan Que Es Muy Tarde Ya
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5:07 feat Ismael Miranda, Marlón Fernández y Salvador Cuevas
04  Anacaona
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4:04 featuring León Cheva
05  Agúzate
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4:27 featuring Bobby Cruz y José Arroyo
06  Ay No
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4:50 feat José Arroyo
07  Nací Moreno
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5:16 feat Papo Lucca, Luigi Texidor, Salvador Cuevas, y León Cheva
08  El Callejero
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3:37 featuring José Arroyo
09  Tu Llegaste A Mi Vida
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2:51 featuring Kevin Ceballo
10  Fuego A La Jicotea
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3:42 featuring Tito Puente Jr. y León Cheva
11  Jíbaro Soy
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4:47 featuring Tony Vega, Quique Domenech y José Arroyo
12  Señor Sereno
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3:41 featuring Marlón Fernández
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A new homaje to the classic salsa sounds of the 1970's has been released (May 1, 2012) by Miami-based pianist, Grammy nominated producer and band director Marlow Rosado and his band La Riqueña. Entitled "RETRO", the album has been touted as a "major DJ alert" with it's "army of salsa greats and killer dance-club ready tracks that throw fireballs left and right" by the editors of Descarga.com among other high profile Latin music websites.
** 2013 Grammy Award winner for Best Tropcial Latin Album   (download includes full CD booklet in pdf)

This new album, called RETRO, is an all-star release that counts with the participation of legendary instrumentalists and singers, among them:

Bobby Cruz - singer and composer
Ismael Miranda - singer and composer
Tony Vega - singer
Luigi Texidor - singer
Marlon Fernández - singer
Kevin Ceballo - singer
Enrique "Papo" Lucca - pianist (Sonora Ponceña)
Salvador Cuevas (bass with Ruben Blades)
Tito Puente Jr. - timbales
and Quique Dominich - cuatro.

**Update - Marlow Rosado y la Riqueña will be performing at Yoshi's Jazz Club in San Francisco on Wednesday, August 15nth at 8pm. For tickets click here.

After the success of his album "Salsalsa" under the Fania label, where director and pianist Marlow Rosado counted with the participation and support from none other than "THE GODFATHER OF SALSA" Andy Montañez, and the great singer of Puerta de Tierra PR, Jay Lozada, he embarks on a mission almost impossible as it is normal for this pianist and producer.

Marlow is transported to the 70's and takes his whole band "La Riqueña" with him. Marlow Rosado, whom the boys refer to as "THE GURU", attack 12 of the most important songs of the decade -- such as "Señor Sereno", "No me digan que es muy tarde ya", "Adoración", and "Fuego A La Jicotea" -- to mention some.

"I wanted to give tribute to the music that made me a musician, to the golden decade of our music," says Marlow, "but in my mind I always thought, how do I cover these songs when they are already perfect? I did want to take some stylistic chances without gambling with the integrity of each iconic tune". "How can I present them with the new La Riqueña vibe without damaging the magic that they hold?" Each song he chose for this record is a classic, and the the responsibility to work in good taste and stay true to the concept was very important to him.
Retro - Marlow Rosado y la Riqueña

The formula Marlow used was simple, he started with all the musical arrangements as originally recorded, and with great respect and delicacy, he began injecting his own style, while at the same time making sure that the songs did not lose their essence. And now the almost unbelievable part...at the end of the 12 arrangements, he asked himself "wouldn't it be incredible to invite the original singers and musicians to participate in these new versions?"...."would they accept my changes?". Marlow then approached Bobby Cruz first, and said, "Bobby, listen to this version of Agúzate and tell me what you think, if you like, I'd love you to sing." Bobby heard it and the same day he put his voice to the arrangement. Counting and the voice of Bobby, he then reaches out to Luigi Texidor and Papo Lucca, and shows them his version of "Moreno Soy". A week later Luigi recorded his voice and Papo added a killer piano solo. Inspired by the acceptance form these legends, Marlow contacts Tony Vega, Marlon Fernández, Kevin Ceballo, Quique Domenech, Sal Cuevas and Tito Puente Jr.

Marlow comments: "This album in my opinion is very important. I think our industry suffers from very few releases from orchestras (bands as opposed to individual artists). I hope this album works up an appetite for the "roots style sounds" that that we are used to hearing. This production is full of energy, with modern sound production and new arrangements, but each songs is a theme that reflects the core of "salsa dura" (heavy sauce). This record is part Eddie Palmieri y la Perfecta, Papo Lucca and La Sonora Ponceña, Raphy Levitt and La Selecta, Willie Rosario and His Orchestra, Los Hermanos Lebron....and all the other great orchestras right through the years that delivered strong and original music.

This new album carry the title "Retro" because it's a throw-back and homage to a decade that all salseros and salseras remembers with real nostalgia, and for the new enthusiasts of the genre, it's a great opportunity to explore the works of the masters that have been crowned as the pillars of our Latin sound.