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.


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San Francisco (CA), United States 2007 1 0 0
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SF-based cuban music orquestra directed by bassist Marcus López.

Marcus was introduced to music on the streets of his spiritual Havana, Cuba. As a child he was drawn to percussion instruments and played them exclusively until his arrival in the United States. A friend's school band was in need of a bass player, he persuaded Marcus to play, and the rest is history. Once he fell in love with the instrument, Marcus continued to grow as a musician by taking lessons from different teachers, and to date he still returns to his native island of Cuba to the E.N.A. (School of National Arts) for additional course work.

In 1978 Marcus had the pleasure of joining Cuban masters Francisco Aguabella and Armando Peraza (formerly with Santana). His band at the time opened for such artists as Ray Barreto, Fania All Stars and Al D'imeola. He has also performed and recorded with Malo, the George Santana Project, Pete and Sheila Escovedo, blues singer Amanda Hughes, and Cesar's Band.

In 2004 Marcus released a CD titled "Cafe Society" with his salsa band Cubanacan. The band has attracted local as well as international recognition. An independent film production company is currently using four of the CD tracks for the movie "Salsa Caliente".

Marcus & Jose Luis 'Changuito' Quintana Osvaldo Carvajal, Marcus & Carlos Caro