SE LLAMA SABROSO (They Call it Tasty) by Zona Franka (a zona franca is a duty-free port) is an exciting introduction of a style called "Changüí con flow", a fusion of traditional rural changüí with rap and other urban Cuban music. As the name of the group implies, various musical styles from around the Americas are also featured. The songs are Cuban classics re-imagined in fresh, clever and innovative new arrangements that far differ from the original versions.
This 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 key purveyors of the Son Cubano. While completely dedicated to the performance of traditional Cuban music, Valera was exposed to jazz masters through cassette tapes while in school and those inspirations elevate the quality of his cuatro solos in subtle and wonderful ways. Joined here by childhood friend, renowned 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.
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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LATIN MUSIC For Your Consideration ( LARAS 2013 & NARAS 2014 )

August 06, 2013

By Michael P. Lazarus, Founder LPM

Hello Grammy Voting Members - do you have any entries for the upcoming awards? Please reply with your links. I'm getting excited with anticipation for this year's selection. Good vibes to all. Looking forward to listening to your entries.

Here are a few albums I mastered for this season...some really heartfelt and incredible music. Click on the album covers for more info on the independent releases (3) and a link to the official artist page from the major label project I worked on (Los Amaya - Universal Music Spain).

SAN FRANCISCO by BRIAN ANDRES & The Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel
Latin Jazz + Engineering (NARAS + LARAS)
Click the album cover below for more info

 

PACIFIC MAMBO ORCHESTRA
Tropical + Engineering (NARAS + LARAS)
Click the album cover below for more info

 

VUELVEN LOS AMAYA by LOS AMAYA
General Record + Album + Song +
Engineering + Traditional Pop Vocal + Video
(NARAS + LARAS)
Click the album cover below to visit the official
Universal Music Spain Artist Page

 

BAILA! by DAVID LONGORIA
Instrumental (NARAS + LARAS)
Click the album cover below for more info

 

Brian Andres = LATIN JAZZ + ENG. = http://goo.gl/y6LGmf

Pacific Mambo Orchestra = TROPICAL + ENG. = http://goo.gl/cvdIti

Los Amaya = RECORD + ALBUM + ENG. = http://goo.gl/eNjKKJ

David Longoria = INSTRUMENTAL = http://goo.gl/WjbH6e

Cheers,
Michael Lazarus
Latin Music Mastering
+1.775.230.6501
michael@latinmusicmastering.com


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  • There is a history of musical innovations being forged on the island of Cuba before finally breaking out into the wider world and making their mark on music at large. Books like those by Rebeca Mauleón have enabled more of us to participate in that process. Now, ten years after Rebeca’s last book, Kevin Moore has produced a unique and outstanding set of works which make the last twenty years of Cuban music accessible to anyone who cares to learn to play it. It remains to be seen whether the rest of the world is now ready for an injection of Cuban timba.
    - Keith Johnson, England