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.

Edesio Alejandro

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Havana, AF 1988 1 0
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A former rock musician, Edesio Alejandro is Cuba's most renowned composer of electronic music for film.

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The composer of more than 36 film scores, Edesio Alejandro is one of Cuba's most imaginative songwriters. While rooted in the musical traditions of his homeland, including conga, rumba, and son, Alejandro has incorporated such contemporary styles as funk, rap, and hip-hop, to create what he calls acid son. According to Jon Bon Jovi's engineer, Obie O'Brien, who traveled to Havana to work with him, Alejandro combines "the virtues and charismatic talent of Elvis Presley, Miles Davis, and James Dean." Initially studying classical guitar and composition, Alejandro has made his greatest marks since switching to the synthesizer and electronic programming. His 1998 debut album, Corazón de Son, released in the United States as Heart of Son, took a modern approach to Cuba's traditional music of the '50s.

The album featured the vocals of 74-year-old Adriano Rodriguez, a veteran of the Cuban music scene who had previously gone unrecorded. His second album, Black Angel, featured all-original material and continued to fuse traditional styles and modern influences.