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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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Lazaro (Lazarito) Valdés Jr.
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starstarstar Cuba Director, compositor, piani...
Bebo Valdes
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starstar Cuba Through the 1940s and 1950s...
Lazaro Valdes Sr.
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starstarstar Cuba Pianist, professor and lect...
Los Van Van
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starstarstarstarstar Cuba The iconic and quintessenti...
Papo Vazquez
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starstarstar United States P-Rican jazz trombonist lea...
Frank Veliz
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starstar Spain Cantante cubano de Santa Cl...
Vission Latina
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starstarstar United States San Francisco's best Latin ...
Willie Sotelo y La Mundial De La Salsa
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star Puerto Rico Pianista, compositor y arre...
Yumuri
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star Cuba Cuban salsa from charismati...
Los Zafiros
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starstar Cuba Cuban vocal group inspired ...
El Zorro
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starstar Switzerland Swiss 10-piece timba band l...