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.
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.

Orquesta Gitano

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Santa Cruz (CA), United States 1981 1 1 0
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Gypsy influenced salsa.

Biography (English):
Orquesta Gitano was founded in the San Francisco Bay by "Bosco El Gitano", multi-percussionist of Nicaraguan and Estonian (Gypsy) heritage and cousin to legendary Santana percussionist "Chepito". The other 12 members hail from as far away as Cuba, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and New York.

For the last 18 years, Orquesta Gitano has played Latin dance music all over California, but their passion has always been great songwriting, inspired by the creativity of Ruben Blades, Willie Colon, The Fania All-Stars, and Juan Formell, as well as Mozart, The Beatles and other great composers of all genres. Orquesta Gitano's rhythms are familiar and danceable, but the songs are unique, each carefully and patiently painted from a musical palette of unlimited colors and each full of surprises at every turn, earning them consideration for the 1998 Grammy awards and a long series of rave reviews.

Orquesta Gitano's exciting, original style is a perfect combination of tradition and innovation, featuring the full range of exotic Afro-Cuban and Afro-Puerto Rican rhythms (salsa, plena, charanga, guaguanco, songo, cumbia, bolero, guaracha, merengue), all played with an intense, world-class swing that is perfect for dancing.

Complementing a tight, driving rhythm section of timbales, congas, bongo, guitar, violin, bass, piano and a powerful 4-piece brass section {2 trumpets & 2 trombones}, Orquesta Gitano features the incredible vocal talents of Cuban-born Sonero, Mario "Rumbero" Perez, commanding a huge vocal range as he moves effortlessly from Salsa to Bolero to intense, heartfelt rumba singing. New to the 2nd CD is Eduardo "Sabroso" Herrera, who brings a very smooth, contemporary vocal style to Orquesta Gitano's Salsa Fusion.

Gitano's contemporary Salsa style has put them on the same bill with such legends as Tito Puente, Changuito, Patato, Mongo Santamaria, Orestes Vilato, Willie Colon, Poncho Sanchez, Armando Peraza, Los Hermanos Moreno, Conjunto Cespedes, Airto Morenira and Flora Purim, the Neville Bros, and Third World.

On March Saturday 21st 1998, THE SALSA HOTLINE held its 4th Annual "TIMBALERO EXTRAVAGANZA" at Mr. E's Jazz Club in Berkeley Calif., where Bosco El Gitano was a featured soloist (along with Benny Velarde, Richie Velez, Carlos Caro and Louie Romero) and was presented with an ' LATIN MUSIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD" for his distinctive timbale style.

Biografia (Español):
Orquesta Gitano es un grupo musical único y contemporario. La orquesta cuenta con trece miembros de creatividad única y mucha energía. El grupo fue organizado en 1981 en el condado de Santa Cruz en la costa central de California por el percussionista "Bosco El Gitano" de descendencias Nicaragüenses y Estonianas (Gitanas).

Orquesta Gitano ha sido una de las bandas mas originales y popular de California. Desde su comienzos hace mas de 17 años Orquesta Gitano ha compartido el escenario con leyendas como Tito Puente, Willie Colón, Changuito, Patato, Mongo Santamaria, Oreste Vilato, Poncho Sánchez y muchos mas.

El estilo original y excitante de la Orquesta Gitano es una perfecta combinación de Tradición E Innovación en ritmos Afro-caribeños tales como la Guaracha, Plena, Son Montuno, Charanga, Songo, Merengue, Cumbia y el Bolero con inmenso Sabor de clase mundial que atrae a todos los bailadores.

Complementando una sabrosa y afincada sección rítmica de congas, bongos, timbales, bajo, piano, guitarra, violín y una poderosa sección de metales (2 trompetas y dos trombones), la Orquesta Gitano cuenta con los increíbles talentos vocales del autentico sonero cubano Mario "El Rumbero" Pérez el cual se siente a gusto lo mismo cantando una sabrosa guaracha que un romántico bolero y además la voz dulce y contemporera del señor Eduardo "Sabroso" Herrera.

En 1992 Orquesta Gitano lanzó su primer proyecto discográfico titulado "Como Suena Mi Rumba". Este CD puso a la orquesta en gran demanda atravez de todo el circuito salsero en California desde San Francisco a Los Angeles donde se han presentado en los mejores y mas grandes salones de baile además de varias presentaciones en festivales de Jazz y eventos corporales. "Como Suena Mi Rumba" ha tenido gran aceptación en California, Nueva York y Europa donde ha tenido audiencia en 23 emisoras atravez del programa radial sindicado "Jazz on the Latin Side with Joe Rizzo".

En 1998 Orquesta Gitano lanzó su segundo Disco Compacto titulado "SALSA GITANA" el cual ha tenido gran aceptación a nivel internacional. La grabación se ha estado entre los primeros 20 mas escuchado en Los Angeles y Miami, además es uno de los mas solicitados en la radio Alemana.

EL CD "Salsa Gitana" ha sido incluido entre las grabaciones latinas nominadas para el premio GRAMMY.