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"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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Tanto Le Pedi

Artist:   Danny Lozada

Style Released Album Tracks Charts
Timba 2000 9 0


© 2005 Daniel Lozada Guzmán. All rights reserved.
Audio album download includes album tracks, liner notes and cover art.
All audio tracks in MP3-VBR format. About LPM album downloads.
# Name Play Time Info
01  Quien La Tira Mas Dura Que Yo
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4:11 y ahora quien...te pregunto yo?
02  Alla Va Eso
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5:56 stellar bloques..check out the one at 3:11
03  Te Voy a Hacer Llorar
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5:47 great intro piano montuno & coro...tremendo swing
04  Como Te Tuve Yo
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3:32 balada ( bolero)..nice mood piece
05  Tanto Le Pedi
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5:03 y deveuleveme el besito ruso
06  Me Voy y Bien
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5:07 salsita cubana
07  Estoy Hecho
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4:29 ti
08  Que Venga Lo Que Venga
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4:45 deja...deja que te llame..mama
09  Encima del Boom
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5:27 ..estoy arriba del ring ring...
Hard-core timba at it's best: aggressive bloques, crazy-glue sticky coros, gears and tremendous dancing swing. A timba classic from the Charanguero Mayor. All lyrics (líricas) are available here.

...This current article picks up the story of La Charanga Habanera from the fateful August 1997 concert that led directly to their government-imposed six month suspension. Almost immediately, pianist/arranger Juan Carlos González and singer/writer Dany Lozada left the group and formed a new band which they called "Dany Lozada y su Timba Cubana". This led to the album "Tanto Le Pedí". Many Timba fans aren't even aware of its existence, but it's one of the great treasures of Timba, and is the most direct successor to "Tremendo Delirio", even more so than the more famous subsequent releases by Charanga Forever the Calzado's new Charanga Habanera. In fact, at the time of the suspension, the group which recorded "Tremendo Delirio" was already performing some material which would ultimately be released on "Tanto Le Pedí". This was the only album produced by González and Lozada. We'll have a full article on it in coming months.

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In early 1996, after hearing Danny's first big hit, Beso de queso, David Calzado hired him to sing lead and composer with Charanga Habanera. Danny developed an incredible creative chemistry with pianist/arranger Juan Carlos González, with the two of playing defining roles in the landmark album Tremendo delirio. For that album, Lozada wrote Dime si te quedarás, Lo siento por tí, Qué quieres de mí and Usa condón and sang lead on No estamos locos, Charanguéate, and El coleccionista. He also wrote the controversial Mango song which was banned after its first performances.

When Charanga Habanera was suspended in August of 1997 after a nationally televised concert at La Piragua on the Malecón, Lozada and González set out to form their own group, which, at the suggestion of Juan Formell, they called "Danny Lozada y su Timba Cubana". The created an extraordinary album entitled Tanto le pedí, which remains to this day a cult classic among timberos around the world. All the songs were written by Danny and arranged by Juan Carlos. Danny has the master tapes in Miami and a plan is in the works to remix and remaster the album, hopefully in 2007. --by Kevin Moore of