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.

Jesus Diaz y su QBA

Home Base Established Albums Charts PTracks
Oakland (CA), United States 1980 2 0 0
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Multi-instrumentalist, arranger and vocalist, Jesus Díaz has established himself as one of the most in-demand cuban performers and studio musicians world-wide. Jesus is endorsed by Pearl, Sabian Cymbals, Vic Firth, Audix, and Remo.

Cuban born percussionist and vocalist Jesus Díaz arrived in the United States from la Habana in 1980. He quickly identified the Bay Area music scene as the grounds to establish his new home. His local and worldwide performances in collaboration with world renowned and acclaimed artists, are recognized for their contributions to the richness of an ever expanding musical genre worldwide.

Jesus Díaz has performed, toured and recorded with such artists as, Carlos Santana, Andy Narrell, Dizzy Gillespie, Bobbie Womack, Steve Coleman, Caribbean Jazz Project, Planet Drum, Talking Drums, Pete Escovedo / Sheila E, José Luis Quintana "Changuito", Giovanni Hidalgo, Rebecca Mauleón & Round Trip, Omar Sosa, Columna "B", John Calloway, and Conjunto Céspedes among many.

As an educator, he has participated on several prominent clinics and workshops, including the Stanford Jazz Workshop and Jazz Camp West,. In collaboration with the group Talking Drums, which includes fellow percussionists Michael Spiro and David Garibaldi, he has contributed to various Warner Brothers instructional books and videos.

A west coast based Cubano, Jesus has an easy, relaxed style that has more in common with the orchestra of, say, Issac Delgado than with Charanga Habanera. The craftsmanship seems to be taken more seriously here than your typical timba band these days. Timba is considered by many to be party music, with frenetic, complex, rhythms -- its melding of songó, pop, funk and rap. But here's timba that can be appreciated by even the more seasoned, educated listener.

A multi-instrumentalist, arranger and vocalist, Díaz has established himself as one of the most in-demand performers and studio musicians world-wide. Jesus Díaz is endorsed by Pearl, Sabian Cymbals, Vic Firth, Audix, and Remo.

Jesus Díaz - Selected Discography:

CARAMELO Jesus Diaz y Su QBA - Bombo Music

EL JARDINERO Jesus Diaz y Su QBA - Bombo Music

DIASPORA John Calloway - Bombo Music

TWISTED NOON Columna "B" - Bombo Music

OAKTOWN IRAWO Omar Sosa - Tonga Records


Rebeca Mauleón - Rumbeca Music

Conjunto Céspedes - Green Linnet Records

THREE IN ONE Wayne Wallace - Spirit Nectar

FIRE IN THE ENGINE ROOM Andy Narrel - Heads Up

SUPRA LINGUA Mickey Hart & Planet Drum - Ryko

SPIRIT OF THE ROOT Omar Sosa - Price Club

FREE ROOTS Omar Sosa - Price Club

Artist Compilation - Six Degrees Records