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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Artist:   Ramon Lazo

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Latin Rock 2007 9 0
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© 2007 Ramon Lazo / RLT Music. All rights reserved.
Audio album download includes album tracks and cover art.
All audio tracks in MP3-VBR format. About LPM album downloads.
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01  Gone
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5:45 the RLT jam starts here.... l i f t o f f
02  My Oh My
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5:10 funky groove with plenty of soul
03  Omar Little
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5:34 anybody heard 'loud jazz' by scofield??
04  The Twins
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5:34 oh yeah....barry white could sing on this...sailing
05  Deep Blue G
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10:24  ....in a reggae dub mood
06  Valse for Kathy
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10:50  making Brother Jack McDuff proud
07  F O C U S
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7:06 great extended jam....spinners unite!
08  YRUDonly
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5:39 ....one...that needs me....
09  Samba Do Funkeiros
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6:01 the name says it all...funky samba
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A new Jambanders choice pick. In this ambitious instrumental release, the RLT (Ramon Lazo Trio) puts together monster muscians to create a funky and satifying blend of latin, soul, r&b and jazz.

RLT is keyboardist/producer/composer Ramon Lazo's latin-influenced organ trio. The group sound also takes its stylistic influences from progressive jazz rock Tony Williams' Lifetime featuring Larry Young and Santana, to neo-soulsters Maxwell and Soulive as well as the old school funk of Earth, Wind & Fire, Marvin Gaye and Donny Hathaway. The sound is definitely beyond soul jazz and is very different from contemporary organ groups that have emerged since Soulive sparked interest and revival of the organ group (albeit with an aggressive hip-hop sound) at the new millennium.








Lazo, formerly a member of Michael Franti & Spearhead, participated in two albums including the breakthrough "Stay Human". RLT was originally formed in 2001 after Lazo left Spearhead prior to the release of the award-winning record. This early version of RLT featured a power jazz trio sound featuring Lazo on multiple keyboards. However, in 2001 the United States began a dark economic period with the demise of technology and Internet based companies; a situation made far worse with the destruction of the World Trade Center by terrorists on September 11. The fledgling group soon discovered that the artistic and social culture in the San Francisco Bay Area had changed -- many clubs and other venues for entertainment either cut hiring or closed completely. The group folded within the year.



Three years later, in 2004, Lazo formed an organ trio. This new incarnation, under a different name and new personnel, featured material that worked the sound and repertoire of the old Jimmy Smith/Grant Green/Wes Montgomery recordings from the Blue Note catalog of the 1950's and 60's. The group found modest, yet increasing success playing in the slowly reviving Bay Area arts and music scene. During this time, the group released two EP collections of classic soul-jazz material strictly for regional distribution. However, in 2006, Lazo decided it was time for the group to mature and promptly changed the sound (and the lineup) to reflect a more mature, aggressive and winning sound. The name of the group was restored to RLT and aims to pick up where it left off in 2001. This group is poised to enter the American jam band, progressive rock and jazz scene with a vengeance. This attitude is articulated on 'FOCUS', the band's latest album.



FOCUS is an album of original tunes written by Lazo and features a splendid group of supporting musicians: Dave Shul (currently with Michael Franti & Spearhead), Roberto Quintana (formerly with Michael Franti & Spearhead and currently with Booker T & The MGs) and Matthew Swindells (formerly with the UK electronica band Filla Brazilia).

These four musicians create a stunning, unique and poignant sound that music lovers will find appealing, familiar yet challenging and new. The album release date is slated for February 14 and will initially be offered exclusively online via LATIN PULSE MUSIC. FOCUS will see wider release in the coming months.