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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Artist:   Chaonda

Style Released Album Tracks Charts
Charanga 2006 12 0


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# Name Play Time Info
01  Que suene la Flauta 3:44 son montuno
02  Repicando Bata 3:51 merengue-cha
03  Este si no Pasara 3:50 cha cha cha
04  Busca los lentes 3:56 cha cha cha
05  Pare Cochero 4:50 son montuno
06  Almendra 4:58 danzón
07  El Bodeguero 3:52 cha cha cha
08  Jardinero del Amor 3:52 son montuno
09  Tu no sabes de Amor 3:34 charanga
10  Caminito de Guarena 3:06 merengue
11  Si Envidia 3:04 danzón
12  Cachita 3:22 cha cha cha
Flute and violin duo co-lead lead this ensemble of traditional cuban music.

A refreshing change of pace from what many Americans think of as Latin music, Herencia is an immediately appealing listen. The duo of flutist Gerardo Pena and violinist Gerardo Aguillon front a big band that plays a slightly kitschy but endearing blend of Latin pop and easy listening. The arrangements on Herencia feature an extremely prominent string section in exactly the same fashion that Esquivel and other pioneers of south-of-the-border fusion used orchestras: as a connection to familiar American musical forms to help demystify the unfamiliar Latin rhythms. Given that the average American music fan is far more familiar with Latin music forms of many different types than had been true at the dawn of the stereo age, Herencia sounds oddly old-fashioned to the contemporary listener, but in an appealing, non-ironic way. Chaonda are named for an Afro-Cuban form partially based on the folk music of Guinea, and there's a lightness of spirit on Herencia that it shares with much West African music, in the fleet acoustic guitar patterns and occasionally chant-like call-and-response vocals.

 Herencia - album credits
Daniel Palacio Vocals, Group Member
Gerardo Pena Flute, Musical Direction, Mezcla, Group Member, Recording
José Velásquez Bass (Acoustic), Group Member
Jackson Fondeur Percussion, Guira, Tamboura, Group Member, Conga
Gerardo Aguillon Violin, Group Member, Musical Direction, Brass Arrangement
Daniel Berroa Percussion, Conga, Group Member
Otto Avalos Violin, Group Member
Israel "Cachao" Lopez Producer, Direction