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.

Manolin "El Medico de la Salsa"

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Havana, Cuba 1990 2 0
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El Puente
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Para Mi Gente
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Timba $11.99 Buy_now_audio
Timba's hottest ex-medical student.

Cuba's hottest salsa act of the 1990's has to be Manuel Hernandez. Better known as "El Medico de la Salsa" (The doctor of salsa), a name bestowed upon him by Jose Luis Cortes, leader of NG La Banda, and the one that helped launch his new career.

A graduate of medical sciences at the University in his native Havana, Manolin, as he is affectionately called, was singing here and there, when he was picked up to tour Mexico as part of a group. After his return, he realized that his true love was music, not necessarily medicine. So he put together his own 12 piece band, and as the saying goes, the rest is history.

Within 2 years he had won the heart and soul of the Cuban masses, attracting as many as 90,000 fans to one of his concerts and is being acclaimed for both his presence on stage and his brand of music, one that can be best described as "salsa callejera" (street music).

All the songs on this album were composed by Manolin, and incredibly, 5 of the songs promptly became top singles in Cuba. One of them, "La Bola",was on the Cuban Hit Parade for an incredible 54 weeks, the biggest commercial success in Cuba of the past 50 years.

Para Mi Gente is Manolin at his best, so if you need a cure for the blues or anything else that ails you, get a prescription of hyper-salsa from the doctor..... you'll soon be on your way to recovery!