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:   Cubanacan

Style Released Album Tracks Charts
Salsa 2004 8 0
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© 2004 Marcus Lopez. All rights reserved.
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# Name Play Time Info
01  Para El Bailador
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4:23 ...con clave de son y golpe de tumba
02  En Un Cabaret
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4:43 ...como fue...no se explicarte como fue
03  Maria Caracoles
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4:34 lindo mozambique
04  San Tomas
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4:25 ...possible cubanacan theme song ?
05  La Balsita
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5:33 ...arriving on the shores
06  A Mi Tierra
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5:55 elogio a Cuba
07  Amigos
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6:21 funky rides and horn arrangement
08  Buringanga
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1:41 un poquito de yoruba
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Catchy dance tunes and excellent horn arrangements highlight this album from SF-based indie salsa orquestra Cubanacan. Directed by bassist Marcus López, each song features a different afro-cuban rhythm and style.



Orquesta Cubanacán - an excellent San Francisco bay area salsa band made up of veteran musicians who know how to play the music. Directed by bassist Marcus López, the music is authentic Afro-Cuban music with a touch of funk, jazz, and rap thrown into the mix. The CD is mostly in Spanish, with a few English language moments integrated. One track, "Buringanga," is heavy on the African side of Afro-Cuban. According to their promo, "Cubanacan portrays the spirit of early Cuban music forms such as Rumba, Guaganco, and Comparsa expressing it's authenticity while adding a contemporary feeling to it." I agree with the statement and quoted it since I couldn't have said it any better. This album will make you want to get up and dance. Even if you don't know how to do the authentic Salsa dance styles, you'll have to move one way or another. They often play on the bill with other top bay area Latin artists such as Pete Escovedo and the Jorge Santana Band. --comments by Mark Guerrero of www.markguerrero.net