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.

Cuban Timba All Stars

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Miami supergroup keeps timba alive!

The Cuban Timba Allstars is the most exciting band to tour the US since the instigation of the Bush Administration's policy of denying visas to Cuban musicians. All the musicians are current residents of the US, so they're able to tour the country without visa problems.

The Cuban Timba Allstars reunite the rhythm section that played on Manolín's legendary El Puente, arguably the greatest live timba CD ever recorded. This blistering concert combined Tomasito Cruz's conga-playing with a stunning performance by the incomparable Reinier Guerra on drums. Only in his early 20's, Guerra is universally acknowledged to be among the top three or four timba drummers in the world. It's impossible to watch him live without feeling a jolt of electrifying rhythm energy pound through your body!

Selected Artist Bios:
The group is the brainchild of Tomás "Tomasito" Cruz, who reinvented the way the congas are played in salsa and timba in his recordings and live performances with Paulito FG's finest group. His three volume "Tomás Cruz Conga Method" was awarded 4.5 stars by Modern Drummer magazine. Since relocating to Miami, Tomasito has played and recorded with Manolín, el Médico de la Salsa, Arturo Sandoval, Celia Cruz, and many others.

Yordamis Megret, whose personal band is located in New York, sang for 5 years with Bamboleo and recorded on three of the CD's, Ya No Hace Falta, ñññño!, and El Virus. Prior to joining Bamboleo, Yordamis sang with PG. This was a group that El Tosco of NG La Banda produced in the mid-90's. It featured Gilbertón Moreaux on timbales, and according to Tomasito, utilized some very interesting rhythm section approaches which have been one of the influences for the new system he's unveiling for the Cuban Timba Allstars.

Trombonist, composer, and singer Braily Ramos, has played with a long list of stars, including Manolín, Rolando y su Dan Den, Celia Cruz, Willy Chirino, Albita, Carlos Manuel and Elain. Braily has written several CTA's original songs, which are primarily arranged by saxophonist Felipe Lamoglia.

CTA Live! @ The Independent in San Francisco, CA
02-23-06 - Photos: Tom Ehrlich