"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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Descarga en California

Artist:   Rebeca Mauleon

Style Released Album Tracks Charts
Latin Jazz 2006 10 0


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01  El Manisero
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7:37 m a n i s e r o .... llego el manisero
02  Bongocero
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5:07 features special guest Armando Peraza
03  Siboney
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5:04 coros by Fito Reinoso
04  Suena Tu Timbal
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5:58 suena el timbalero mayor Orestes Vilato
05  Cepeda Forever
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4:55 canta George L. Balmaseda Jr.
06  Wolenche
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4:37 intro vocals by Humberto "Nengue"Hernandez
07  Serenata Rítmica
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7:52 tremendo afinque...como suenan los cueros
08  Califas
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9:13 esta es LA DESCARGA
09  Songo-Changüi
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5:28 el nombre lo dice todo
10  Peruchineando
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7:10 juega Rebeca.....
Stunning new recording by Latin Jazz “First Lady” and pianist Rebeca Mauleón along with a cast of Latin music legends.

Descarga en California (Universal/Pimienta) is the stunning new recording by Latin Jazz “First Lady” and pianist Rebeca Mauleón along with a cast of Latin music legends. Under Mauleón’s musical direction, Descarga en California features the intense and raw spontaneity of the historic Cuban jam sessions of the 1950s, and unites percussion giants Giovanni Hidalgo (congas), Orestes Vilató (timbales & bongos), and special guest and Latin music treasure Armando Peraza (bongos) of Santana fame. This truly unique recording showcases the brilliance of each and every player’s exquisite musicianship, and takes the listener on a wonderful journey through the power of Latin rhythm. Recorded in San Francisco & Burbank, California, Descarga en California unites some of the brightest stars of the “Nor-Cal” and “So-Cal” Latin music scene, and brings passion and fire back into Latin Jazz!

What some people are saying about Rebeca's 'Descarga en California':

“A world-class pianist, composer and author” – Latin Beat

“One of the hippest band-leaders in Latin music today” – All Music Guide

“Fiery … One of San Francisco’s best pianist/arrangers” – Utne Reader

“Visceral, tumbao-style piano” – Billboard

“Mauleón is a monster musician with enormous talent to spare” – Latin Beat

“A talented performer” – Phillip Elwood, S.F. Examiner

“The next big thing in Bay Area Latin Jazz” – East Bay Express

“An outstanding performer, composer and arranger” – L.A. Jazz Scene

“A wonderful technician with a sparkling approach” – Express

Musicians who performed on Rebeca's 'Descarga en California':

Rebaca Mauleón (musical director, piano, vocals)
Giovanni Hidalgo (congas, batá, percussion) Orestes Vilató (timbales, bongó)
Armando Peraza (bongó) Jimmy Branly (drums)
Luis Eric González (trumpet) Francisco Torres (trombone)
René Camacho (bass) Grecco Buratto (guitar)
George L. Balmaseda Jr. (lead vocal on "Cepeda Forever") Hunberto Hernández (lead vocal on "Wolenche")
Félix "Fito" Reinoso (background vocals) Jesús Diaz (background vocals)

Descarga en California review by Evan C. Gutierrez for All Music Guide - http://www.allmusic.com
"Descarga en California offers the best of both worlds. The music is familiar, like home, and yet the performances are so daring that one can't help but feel that they are hearing comparsa for the first time. Though the disc is noticeably void of piano solos, which seems strange at first, Mauleón certainly makes her presence known. She has a swing and grace to her style that is unmistakable, the spine of the band. Percussionists Armando Peraza, Orestes Vilató and Giovanni Hidalgo supply more than enough mind bending, time shifting solo phrases to make up for the lack of showing off on the part of the band leader. With an unmistakably West Coast taste for backbeat, the priority of every tune is the pocket, an unwavering groove, cut deep by Cuban drummer Jimmy Branly. Every single tune twists and winds it's way to top-of-the-lungs coro-shouting intensity before fading out, in true descarga style. The arrangements are smart and tasty, with the confident touch of an artist who has nothing to prove, just wanting to make truly good music. The soloists, on the other hand, play with reckless abandon, like they have nothing to lose. It is exactly her ability to find this balance that distinguishes Mauleón as one of the hippest band-leaders in Latin music today. Latin music fans can only hope that there's a lot more where Descarga en California came from." ~ Evan C. Gutierrez, All Music Guide