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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El Zorro

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Zurich, Switzerland 2002 2 0 0
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Timba $12.99 Buy_now
Somos Hermanos
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Swiss 10-piece timba band led by trombonist, composer and pianist Martin Richard “El Zorro” Lehner.

ENGLISH: As a trombone player, I had played Salsa music with different bands (like Alberto Y Su Sarabanda, Moropo Niche and Havanaclub) before I actually set foot on Cuba and heard the real thing. Little did I know what this experience would do to me.

In 1995, I visited Cuba for the first time and realised that what I had been playing up to now was a tame version of Cuban Latin music. In Santiago de Cuba, I met Gustavo, then trombone player with Orchestra Sinfonica del Oriente and prepared to take me to a couple of jam sessions. From then on I returned to Cuba every year to study Cuban music and had the opportunity to learn from the best musicians on the island. Not only did I learn to play and write Cuban music, I also earned myself a proper Cuban nickname: El Zorro (the fox).

In the meantime, Gustavo had moved on from Santiago to Havanna and played with a string of bands like Los Tainos, Los Kinin, Chan Chan and Elio Reve y su Charangon. When we met again in April 2002, I showed him my newest composition and to my big surprise, Gustavo was convinced that the songs would be instant hits in Cuba. He suggested to record them with Cuban musicians and was willing to do his share to make this project a success.

To cut a really long story short: Gustavo arranged the musicians and recording facilities, while I was busy organising the financial side of the project. In November 2002 I went to Havanna to get the fincal recordings. Back in Switzerland, I arranged the mixing and mastering and by the end of February I held the finished CD in my hands. I am happy to let you know that Bembe Records has agreed to release "La Vida Entera" in October 2003.

May 2004 the band is live on stage performig in Cuba. We will see what the future brings......

ESPAÑOL: Como trombonista, había tocado salsa con diferentes bandas, (como por ejemplo Alberto y su sarabanda, Moropo Niche y Havanaclub), antes de realmente haber visado la isla y escuchado la salsa "en su salsa". Poco sabía entonces lo que esta experiencia significaría para mi. Al visitar Cuba por primera vez en 1995, me di cuenta que hasta entonces había estado tocando sólo una versión aguada de la música latina de Cuba. Conocí a Gustavo en Santiago de Cuba, quien en aquellos años era trombonista en la Orquesta sinfínica del Oriente y quien por primero me enseño a tocar "a lo cubano". Desde entonces he vuelto a Cuba todos los años para estudiar su música y he tenido la oportunidad de aprender de los mejores músicos cubanos. No sólo aprendí a tocar y a componer música cubana, sino tambien me punieron un adecuado sobrenombre cubano: El Zorro.

Mientras tanto, Gustavo se había mudado de Santiago a La Habana y tocaba con diversas bandas como Los Tainos, Los Kinin, Chan Chan y Elio Reve y su Charangón. Cuando nos encontramos nuevamente en abril de 2002, le mostré mis últimas composiciones y para mi gran sorpresa, Gustavo dijo que estaba convencido que serían triunfos seguros e instantáneos en Cuba. Me sugirió que los grabara con músicos cubanos y se mostró muy deseoso de hacer su parte para convertir este proyecto en éxito.

En siguiete, Gustavo organizó los músicos y la grabaciòn, mientras yo me ocupaba del aspecto financiero del proyecto. En noviembre de 2002, Gustavo me entregó el material en La Habana. De vuelta a Suiza, arreglé la mezcla de sonidos y la masterizaciòn para fines de febrero tuve en mis manos el CD terminado. Y hoy estoy muy feliz de poder decir que Bembe Records ha aceptado lanzar a la venta "La Vida Entera" para octubre de 2003. Mayo 2004 la banda esta tocando en vivo en Cuba. Vamos a ver que el futuro trae.......