The Descarga Review • January 19, 2007
Top Picks of Latin Music Books & Instructional Material...

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CAMERATA ROMEU
Cuba Mia: Portrait Of An All-Woman Orchestra - DVD
Arkadia
Category: DVD; DOCUMENTARY; CUBA
EditorsPick: The Camerata Romeu orchestra is considered one of the finest and most intriguing modern ensembles in Cuba. The band is an all-female string ensemble (and a percussionist) led by Zenaida Romeu - whose great-uncle was the respected orchestra leader Antonio Maria Romeu. Interestingly, the members of the group perform their repertoire - a unique blend of classical, Cuban roots and original compositions - by heart. No written material is used during their live performances. By knowing the material so well, they are able to communicate on a deeper level musically and emotionally. This film, directed by Ceclia Domeyko, is an enlightening and highly enjoyable look at the dynamics and development of the ensemble. A tangential benefit is the fascinating look at life and culture in Cuba, and the manner in which an ensemble like this functions in Cuban society. And the music is fantastic. The film culminates with a live performance where the audience, in standing ovation, demands an encore of "Camerata En Guaguancó" - an amazing performance that should not be missed.
One of the best documentaries of a Cuban musical ensemble I have seen.
Very Highly Recommended. (BP)
Description: Cuba Mia captures a musical Cuba you have never seen before, Amazingly talented, incredibly beautiful, Cuban to the core, this story of the musicians of the all-woman Camerata Romeu is filled with dazzling faces and fiery performances that astonish and delight.
They are led by Zenaida Romeu, one of the world's most gifted conductors, a woman born into a family of Cuban performers and composers spanning several generations. They play everything from folk music and Mozart to fiery renditions of a new Cuban music drawing on the popular rhythms of the island taken from Africa, Spain, and Latin American Indians. Yet their sound is all their own. Thrilling audiences in small Cuban towns, playing to packed houses in the U.S. And Europe, performing in the stunning Basilica in Old Havana, these outrageously gifted women play with a joy and energy that defies description. By turns funny, angry, lyrical, and moving, "Cuba Mia" takes us behind the scenes as ten dedicated musicians juggle a fierce rehearsal schedule (they play everything from memory) with boyfriends, girlfriends, grandparents and children, offering a slice of Cuban life seldom seen on the world's screens. Theirs are young lives filled with dreams and sacrifices, victories and defeats, numbing work and moments of genius.
This award-winning film was directed by Cecilia Domeyko, creator of dozens of films capturing the Hispanic experience in the U.S. And Latin America. Her visionary films are currently airing in over 90 countries.
"Cuba Mia" offers and unforgettable message of hope, demonstrating the power of music to cross boundaries of nation, gender, and time. It is and inspiring film matching stirring music with brilliant editing and memorable images...a celebration of talent, daring, imagination and dedication. It is a film that captures in young lives and music the harmonies of the Cuban soul.
86 minutes. In Spanish and English. [From the liners]
Price: $24.98
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CELIA CRUZ
An Extraordinary Woman...Azucar! - DVD Documentary
Universal/Pimienta
Category: DVD; DOCUMENTARY
EditorsPick: This wonderful documentary details the life of superstar Celia Cruz. Begins with a history of música Cubana, and takes us through Celia's early years -- with some amazing early photographs -- and then with rare performance footage with La Sonora Matancera. Later, there is explosive salsa footage of her performing with the the Fania All Stars and Johnny Pacheco. With many interviews including family members, Johnny Pacheco, Ralph Mercado, India, Sergio George, and the Queen herself.
Superb quality. In Spanish. The box indicates an English option, but I could not get that to work. Highly Recommended. (BP)
Description: The voice, charisma and talent of Celia Cruz created one of the most impressive careers in all of music. Merely listing her accomplishments would require a book. Her more than 70 albums have yielded an undending harvest of gold and platinum records and she received more than a hundred awards from prestigious institutions around the world. She received three doctorates Honoris Causa from Yale, Florida International University and Miami University. She also appeared in 10 movies, most recently including The Mambo Kings and The Perez Family.
Documentary: (A chronology of her life through music) Relive Celia Cruz's greatest moments from "Cao Cao Mani Picao" (her first commercial release) to her latest "Rie y Llora." Follow her extraordinary life life with her closest friends and some of the most important individuals in her career!
Bonus Material: Interviews; Celia Cruz - Pedro Knight; Omar Pardillo Cid (Manager) Rogelio Martinez Jr. (son of Sonora Matancera founder Rogelio Martinez) Johnny Pacheco. Ralph Mercado. Sergio George. India. Isidro Infante. Gladys Becquet. (Sister) Fernando Osorio plus Personal Friends.
Running Time: 145 Minutes
Price: $24.98
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CHE GUEVARA
El Che - Investigating A Legend DVD
White Star
Category: DVD; DOCUMENTARY; CUBA
EditorsPick: Ernesto 'Che' Guevara de la Serna represents one of the most enduring images of a political leader. His legendary character has been an inspiration for millions, yet many condemn him--sometimes bitterly. For all, he is a subject of controversy and passion. This fascinating film examines the myth of the "most idolized revolutionary of the 20th century (New York Times).
Special Bonus Feature: Tracing Che
In the documentary 'Tracing Che,' a Canadian film director goes in search of the man behind the myth, re-creating the legendary road trip through South America on an old Norton motorcycle that Che documented in 'The Motorcycles Diaries.' On the way, he encounters many of Che's family and friends--including the friend who took the trip with him--who shed light on the truth behind this icon of the 20th century. This is a film that discovers humanity, passion, and the free spirit of a young 22 year old whose eyes were forced open on a relentless road trip.
Running time: 150 mins. Color [from the liners] (DR)
Description: Contains:
His voyages of discovery through Latin America The meeting with Fidel Castro, when an instantaneous freindship was born. His travels around the world as Cuba's ambassador, sent by Castro to meet Khrushchev, Nasser, Nehru, Tito, Mao... His days as victorious leader of guerilla warfare and a cold-blooded revolutionary. His various disguises worthy of a Hollywood thriller. The disastrous episode in the Congo. Film footage of his tragic end in Bolivia at the age of 39.
Price: $19.98
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LARRY HARLOW
Through The Eyes Of Larry Harlow, El Judio Maravilloso - DVD
Terramax Entertainment
Category: DVD; DOCUMENTARY
EditorsPick: A fun romp through the history of salsa with the irrespresible Larry Harlow as your tour guide. (BP)
Description: The Golden Age of salsa music -- that unique blend of Caribbean and African rhythms known as mambo, cha-cha, rumba, or son -- is lovingly recreated in this feature-length video, which traces the birth and history of salsa in New York City in the Seventies. Our guide through the exciting world of Latin music ais one of the legendary figures of salsa, Larry Harlow, member of the Fania all Stars and leader of Orchestra Harlow, a New York native of Jewish extraction whose remarkable musical talents won him the affectionate nickname, El Judio Maravilloso"(The Marvelous Jew). This musical video traces the historical roots of salsa, chronicles the clubs and personalities of salsa's Golden Age-the Catskills, the Cheetah, Arsenio Rodriguez, Celia Cruz, and the Fania All Stars, and Larry interviews with such salsa greats as Cheo Feliciano, Santos Colón, Ismael Miranda, Don Tite Curet Alonso, Fania All Star co-founder Jerry Masucci, among many others. Pop this video into your VCR, move the coffee table out of the way, and get ready to salsa! This video features the Fania All-Stars, Celia Cruz, Cheo Feliciano, Santos Colón, Ismael Miranda, and many others!
70 minutes.
Price: $29.98
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GIOVANNI HIDALGO
Conga Virtuoso - DVD
Alfred
Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; AFRO-LATIN PERCUSSION
EditorsPick: Now on DVD! A percussionists must-have! (BP)
Description: Giovanni Hidalgo has been described by some artists as "touched by the hand of God." Hidalgo has played a major role in shaping the way the world accepts and embraces hand drumming. With legendary percussionists Tito Puente, Armando Peraza, Patato, and the late Jose Mangual, Sr. topping the list of his most respected fans, his natural talent has brought new respect to Latin rhythms as well as to the rhythms of his birthplace, Puerto Rico. This special bilingual (English/Spanish) DVD offers a three-part conga masterclass on rhythms, techniques and improvisation. It includes advanced techniques, and improvisation. It includes advanced techniques, rudiments and exercises, and singles, doubles, ruffs, and combinations. Special Features: Legendary Conga Performances: Raul Rekow, "Just Another Day In The Park" and Giovanni Hidalgo/Changuito, "Conga Masters Meet." - Interactive Drums From Around The World - Additonal Product Reviews - DVD-ROM Features: - Latin Percussion Glossary of Terms - Tuning/Maintenance PDF - Internet Connectivity - Featured Running Time: Approx. 90 Minutes Scene Selection: Intro to Conga Virtuoso Evolution of the Tumbao Adding the Timbales and Bongo Three Congas "Son El Las Altoras" Rhythms of Puerto Rico Bomba Rudiments on Congas Son Moderno
Price: $29.98
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GIOVANNI HIDALGO
In The Tradition - DVD
Warner Brothers Music
Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; AFRO-LATIN PERCUSSION
EditorsPick: Now on DVD! A percussionists must-have! (BP)
Description: Giovanni Hidalgo puts no restrictions or limitations on what he can do musically with his hands. His fans credit this phenomenon to Giovanni's remarkable ability to incorporate his imagination, musical wisdom, and life experiences into his work. Hidalgo is considered the leading Conguero of our time. His diverse recording and touring credits include Dizzy Gillespie, Eddie Palmieri, Dave Valentin and Mickey Hart. On this masterful bilingual (English/Spanish) DVD, he introduces basic sounds, tuning and technique; patterns of son montuno, bolero, charanga, and danzón; and multi-percussion applications of those forms. Scene Selection: Intro to In The Tradition Four Basic Sounds Son Montuno Riffing Charanga Danzón Relaxation and Control "Tan Tan" Special Features: - Legendary Performances: Karl Perazzo, "Just Another Day in the Park" and Giovanni Hidalgo/Changuito, "One on One." -Drums from around the World - Additional Product Reviews - DVD-ROM Features: - Latin percussion glossary of terms - Tuning/Maintanence - Internet Connectivity Running Time: Approx. 90 Minutes
Price: $29.95
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GIOVANNI HIDALGO
The Ultimate Conguero Book & CD Package (Beginning Level, Volume 1)
PlayinTime Productions
Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; AFRO-LATIN PERCUSSION
EditorsPick: Here's the first book/CD instructional package by who many consider the worlds best living conguero. Every exercise in the book is contained on the CD. In addition, the CD Rom contains video clips of each of the basic strokes, so besides hearing the correct tones, you can view the proper playing techniques. If you are a beginning player you should certainly take advantage of knowlege that Giovanni is offering here. Recommended. (BP)
Description: The Ultimate Conguero is designed to get you started with the correct basic techniques that will provide a foundation for your entire conga playing. When anyone hears or sees Giovanni perform they are impressed by his technique, his musicianship and his ability to make the music come to life. Developing those skills takes years of playing and practicing but the basics on which he has built his playing technique are are those that are taught and demonstrated in this book and on this CD. These techniques, grooves, solo and play-alongs can be practiced on a conga practice drum or any conga drum. The last two pages show you how to adapt all of the techniques learned in multiple drum situations. Every exercise in the book is contained on the CD. In addition, the CD Rom contains video clips of each of the basic strokes, so besides hearing the correct tones, you can view the proper playing techniques.
Price: $24.95
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GIOVANNI HIDALGO
Traveling Through Time - Giovanni Hidalgo & Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez - DVD
Warner Brothers Music
Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; AFRO-LATIN PERCUSSION
EditorsPick: Two of Latin music's most esteemed percussionists have come together to produce an informative hybrid DVD of killer performances and instruction. This is a one of a kind DVD, where these guys converse percussively via the congas and drum kit. They are amazing players, and fortunately for the rest of us, they are willing to share their concepts and techniques. They also do some intense solo performances here. A staggering 2-1/2 hours of material. A percussionists must-have. Very highly recommended. (BP)
Description: Traveling through time features two of the music world's most innovative Latin percussionists - Giovanni Hidalgo and Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez - performing music from their debut CD 'Traveling Through Time.' Prepare to experience some of the most incredible footage of drumset and congas ever filmed. Interspersed within the stunning performances are educational segments where the two masters explain how they conceived each duet, how they approach their individual parts, and how they approach their improvisations within each piece, giving you never-before-seen insight into both their technical and musical applications. The program also features two incredible solo improvisations by each player plus an extraordinary presentation by Gio of his approach to conga technique and applying the rudiments and how he incorporates these techniques into his playing. Gio and Negro present a world of material in a casual, friendly, and informative setting that will leave you with a wealth of valuable practice material and musical inspiration. Special Features: • An in-depth lesson from Giovanni: Conga Techniques & Practice Tips • Giovanni's philosophies on playing, practicing, his music, and being a musician • An incredible bonus solo from Gio • Jam Master Gio and DJ Negro • A photo gallery • Horacio's Conversations in Clave DVD preview • Internet Connectivity Running Time: Approx. 2.5 Hours
Price: $39.95
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BEN JAMES
Have Fun Playing Hand Drums: Book/CD Package
IMP
Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; AFRO-LATIN PERCUSSION
Description: A Fun, Musical, Hands-On Book & CD For Beginning Hand Drummers Of All Ages. Topics include: An Historical Overview, General Hand Drumming Tips, Playing the Natural Tone, Playing the Bass Tone, The Upbeats, Group Drumming Games, Playing the Slap Tone, Rhythm Evolution, Group Drumming Rhythms, Playing the Muff Tone, Traditonal Rhythms, Play Along Drums Jams, CD Track List.
Price: $19.95
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MARY KENT
Salsa Talks! A Musical Heritage Uncovered
Digital Domain
Category: BOOKS; BOOKS: OTHER
EditorsPick: The first thing you'll notice about Salsa Talks! is its size and heft. It's a big 11-1/4 inches wide, and, at over four pounds, you'll think twice about popping it into your backpack. Over ten years in the making, Salsa Talks is clearly the new "bible" of urban Latin dance music and its colorful story. This comprehensive and beautifully printed book has hundreds of detailed photographs and personal stories by many of the legendary figures that are part of salsa's history: Mario Bauzá, Rubén Blades, Celia Cruz, Joe Cuba, Oscar D'Leon, Andy González, Larry Harlow, Israel "Cachao" Lopez, Papo Lucca, Ralph Mercado, Louie Ramirez, Pete "El Conde" Rodriguez, Johnny Pacheco, Eddie Palmieri, Tito Puente, Richie Ray and Bobby Cruz, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Bobby Valentin, Roberto Roena... these are just a few of the luminaries that share their amazing stories. Mary Kent turns out to be not only a first rate photographer, but an astute listener who gets her subjects to open up with candor. The story of salsa unfolds with clarity and color in her subjects own words. Smartly edited by Aurora Flores, and designed with great flair by José Pacheco and Jeanne Euker. This is one of those rare books where the design is as good as its content (or vice versa) - it has a pleasurable easy to read format. Very well done, indeed. Whether you are a student of salsa or consider yourself an expert, your collection is simply incomplete without this wonderful book. It is a must-have. Over 400 pages, hardcover. Very Highly Recommended. (BP)
Price: $59.95
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LATIN PERCUSSION
Drum Solos, Volume 2
Latin Percussion
Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; AFRO-LATIN PERCUSSION
EditorsPick: Finally available in CD format! (BP)
Description: Drum Solos Volumes 2 & 3 depart from Volume 1 in that the first offering restricted the complexity of the solos so as to allow the newcomer to soloing to get his feet wet. Volumes 2 and 3 are further extensions of the concept of Volume 1, but with more complex solos. Each tune is five minutes long with a timbale, bongo, and conga solo in each. The musical setting recreates the rhythm situation found in today's swinging salsa bands. The bass patterns are also more complex so as to spur on the solos of the drummers.
Price: $16.98
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LATIN PERCUSSION
Drum Solos, Volume 3
Latin Percussion
Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; AFRO-LATIN PERCUSSION
EditorsPick: Finally available in CD format! (BP)
Description: Drum Solos Volumes 2 & 3 depart from Volume 1 in that the first offering restricted the complexity of the solos so as to allow the newcomer to soloing to get his feet wet. Volumes 2 and 3 are further extensions of the concept of Volume 1, but with more complex solos. Each tune is five minutes long with a timbale, bongo, and conga solo in each. The musical setting recreates the rhythm situation found in today's swinging salsa bands. The bass patterns are also more complex so as to spur on the solos of the drummers.
Price: $16.98
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LATIN PERCUSSION
Understanding Latin Rhythms: Book & 2-CD Package
Latin Percussion
Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; AFRO-LATIN PERCUSSION
EditorsPick: Still one of the best instructional references for comprehending Latin rhythms, this package was originally published in 1973 and features some of the finest percussionists in Latin music. (BP)
Description: A no-nonsense fully illustrated guide (complete with two CDs) to the correct execution of Latin rhythms. The need for instructional material on Afro-Cuban drumming has existed for years, particularly since much of the music has been handed down in the oral tradition. The stress in these two CD volumes is on Cuban rhythms in their typical form. The bomba and plena of Puerto Rico are also presented, as well as the merengue from Santa Domingo. The musicians contributing their knowledge and talent to this package are some of the finest in Latin music. Complete with a 16 page fully illustrated guide with photos and transciptions.
Price: $29.98
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THE LATIN REAL BOOK
CD Sampler: The Latin Real Book
Sher Music
Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; CHARTS & SONGBOOKS
Description: This is the CD sampler to the wonderful "Latin Real Book." It contains reissues of the original recordings of 12 of the best "Latin Real Book" tunes by Tito Puente, The Puerto Rico All Stars, Ray Barretto, Gonzaguinha, Don Grolnick, etc. Don't miss this hand-picked introduction to the best in Latin music!
Price: $15.98
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THE LATIN REAL BOOK
The Latin Real Book
Sher Music
Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; CHARTS & SONGBOOKS
Description: Latin music is being discovered by more people every year, especially in the jazz world. Up till now, however, virtually none of it was available in print. This 580 page book is the first professional-level Latin fakebook ever published. It features the best classic and contemporary salsa, Latin jazz and Brazilian music. It includes detailed arrangements of tunes exactly as performed by Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Milton Nascimiento, Cal Tjader, Ruben Blades, Ray Baretto, Andy Narell, Toninho Horta, the Fania All Stars, Celia Cruz, Irakere, Arsenio Rodriguez, Tom Jobim, Ivan Lins, Mario Bauza, Djavan and many others. The "Latin Real Book Sampler CD" is also available separately.
Price: $39.98
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JERRY LEAKE
Afro-American Aspects: Percussion Text
Rhombus Publishing
Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; AFRO-LATIN PERCUSSION
Description: This newly revised second edition contains over 100 detailed photographs of ethnic instruments and techniques, plus numerous rhythmic examples for drummers and percussionists alike. The first part of Volume I contains over 50 African, Cuban and Brazilian conga rhythms in ensemble. Also included are 15 contemporary popular conga rhythms with adaptations for drum-set. Other chapters in Part One include "Clave and Bell Patterns," "Salsa Music," "Reggae," plus a chapter on "Accompanying Instruments." Part Two is a developmental overview of Western music idioms which have benefitted from African and South American influences. The first topic examined is the classical approach to the snare drum. Concepts of rudimental playing are then adapted for drumset with the presentation of the jazz idiom. Following the study on jazz drumming are chapters on rock, jazz-rock fusion and funk; all of which include basic discussions and rhythmic examples applicable in many musical situations. This first volume should provide the student with an added awareness of rhythm and variation using a number of available instruments and techniques.
Price: $27.95
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JERRY LEAKE
Clave
Rhombus Publishing
Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; INSTRUCTIONAL: OTHER
Description: Welcome to the incredible world of "Clave"; a world which extends far beyond the context of one book, but which becomes increasingly accessible as one's awareness of the subject expands. An awareness of clave refers not only to the understanding of the instrument, but also to the philosophy of clave as a concept within all musics. This book, although brief, begins to answer many questions about the diverse history and use of clave, from its early beginnings in African and Egyptian culture to the popular and more familiar Cuban clave of Afro-Latin music. The application of clave---instrument and philosophy---is limited only by the player's imagination.
Price: $13.98
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JERRY LEAKE
Master Drummers Of West Africa
Rhombus Publishing
Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; AFRO-LATIN PERCUSSION
Description: This text is designed for drummers and musicans who want to learn and apply African rhythm in traditional or contemporary music formats. As a hands on method book, "Masters Drummers of West Africa" introduces material within a more familiar "westernized" playing field: rhythms are presented using the standard staving and notation system, balafon melodies have been transposed to the key of "C" to retain the single-tiered feel of the traditional balafon, annotations and analysis are written in concise, down-to-earth English. Chapter 1 Ewe Drumming Includes Gahu Atsagbekor(Agbekor) Tokwe Brekete Chapter 2 - Dagomba Drumming Includes instruments and the basic drumming techniques given by master African musicians. Gun-Gon Luna Lessons with Abubakari Lunna Rhythms in Ensemble Lead Lunna Chapter 3 - Djembe, Dun-Dun, Balafon. This chapter includes material on history and technique of the Djembe; Djembe Djansa Rhythm Dimbado Rhythm Exploring Dun-Dun and Bell Grooves Balafon Sidiki (Song) Accompanying Melodies, Dun Dun & Bell, Cassa-Yank ...much more! 198 pages.
Price: $25.00
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ERNESTO LECUONA
Danzas Afro Cubanas: Suite Of Afro Cuban Dances For Piano
Hal Leonard
Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; CHARTS & SONGBOOKS; CUBA
Description: Danzas from the Early 1930's.
Price: $9.95
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ERNESTO LECUONA
Piano Music: 44 Pieces By Cuba's Greatest Composer
Hal Leonard
Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; CHARTS & SONGBOOKS; CUBA
Description: Forty-four classic piano transcriptions by Cuba's greatest composer.
Price: $16.95
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DAVID LOCKE
Drum Gahu: The Rhythms Of West African Drumming - Book & CD Package
White Cliffs Media
Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; INSTRUCTIONAL: OTHER; AFRICA
Description: This book & CD package speaks to readers of a wide range of prior musical experience and expertise. It introduces concepts and rhythms which span the gamut from the simple to the complex, from the easily played to the technically demanding. 'Drum Gahu' is an analytic and systematic teaching manual which presents a version of the percussion ensemble music for Gahu, a type of traditional music and dance of the Ewe speaking people of West Africa. Chapter I, the INTRODUCTION, provides preliminary background information. The music material is contained within the middle three chapters: Chapter II, THE TIME, lays the rhthmic foundation of the piece. Chapter III, THE RESPONSE, presents Gahu's polyrhthmic texture. Chapter IV, THE CALL, discusses the lead drum part. Chapter V,The CONCLUSION, reviews and sums up the entire project. The book comes with an audio CD which contains vocalized and drummed versions of the notated musical examples. Hardcover, 137 pages with CD.
Price: $42.95
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GEORGE LOPEZ & DAVID KEIF
Latin Bass: The Essential Guide To Afro-Cuban And Brazlian Styles: Book & CD
Hal Leonard
Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; BASS
Description: As the diverse cultures of the world have continued to blend together, the results have become very apparent in music. Though each ethnic style has distinct characteristics, contemporary musicians combine styles from many cultures as they develop a sound. Much of today's music is greatly influenced by Latin music. The general term "Latin music" is used to describe ethnic music which originated from Africa and developed stylistically in Cuba, the Caribbean, and the countries of South America. Each has a very specific bass feel. As a bass player, it is important to become familiar with these feels. LATIN BASS gives you this opportunity. Learn the differences between a bossa nova, a mambo and a cha cha cha. Find out how to play a nanigo, and much more. Each style is examined and demonsrated. Get hands-on experience as you play along with the compact disc included in the book. Part 1: Afro-Cuban includes Mambo, Cha Cha Cha, Bolero, Nanigo, Songo, & Merengue. Part 2: Brazilian covers Samba, Bossa Nova, 3/4 Bossa Nova, Baiao, & Partido Alto. 48 tracks are included on the accompanying Compact Disc.
Price: $14.95
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ROMERO LUBAMBO
Bossa Nova Guitar -Lick Samples DVD
Hal Leonard
Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; INSTRUCTIONAL: OTHER
Description: Romero Lubambo, The world's most in-demand bossa nova guitarist, shows you 33 essential bossa nova guitar patterns-direct from Brazil! This DVD features one-on-one instruction plus lots of performance footage that allows you to see up-close how these bossa nova patterns are used by a master. Includes complete transcriptions with TAB reference sheet. Part 1: Basic Patterns: Eight important chord progressions based on the classic, basic bossa nova rhythm. Part 2: Advanced Patterns: Three new rhythmic patterns are developed from the basic rhythm, and eight new chord patterns are introduced using those rhythms. Part 3: Great Guitar Styles of Bossa Nova: Six different styles influenced by legendary bossa nova guitar players like Joao Gilberto, Luiz Bonfa, and Baden Powell. Part 4: Melodic Patterns: Eight new melodic patterns are introduced featuring the styles showcased in the previous patterns. Plus, exciting performances that demonstrate solo guitar style, accompanying a singer and performing ina band setting, featuring Romero Lubambo, Pamela Driggs, and Trio da Paz. In addition, Romero discusses the history and legendary players of bossa nova. Musicians: Romero Lubambo (Guitar) • Nilson Matta (Bass) • Duduka da Foneca (Drums) • Pamela Driggs (Vocals) Running Time: 60 minutes
Price: $19.95
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FRANK MALABE & BOB WEINER
Afro-Cuban Rhythms For The Drumset
Manhattan Music
Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; AFRO-LATIN PERCUSSION
Description: This is it. The definitive instructional book and CD or cassette combo for learning the drumset Afro-Cuban style. This intro to Afro-Cuban rhythms includes the history, traditional instruments and basic styles of Afro-Cuban music. The book explores the complexities of the Afro-Cuban 6/8 feel as well as the conga, Mozambique, songo and merengue rhythms. Learn from the best. Comes in a protective heavy plastic storage envelope.
Price: $26.95
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LAS HERMANAS MÁRQUEZ
Paquito D'Rivera Presents Las Hermanas Márquez!!
Universal
Category: DANCE TRADITIONS; TROPICAL DANCE: VARIOUS; CUBA
EditorsPick: Wonderfully designed book/CD package, re-introducing this sister vocal group (originally a trio) popular in Cuba in the late '30s and '40s, and later, in New York, through the '50s. They performed with Ernesto Lecuona, Rafael Hernandez, Trio Matamoros, Josephine Baker, Vicentico Valdes and many others. This new release, their first in 37 years (!) brings Trini and Nerza Marquez to the fore once again. Here they are backed by a warm and respectful band featuring Paquito D'Rivera, Alex Alvear, David Oquendo and Chinchillita Machado. Recommended. (BP)
Price: $22.98
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BILLY MARTIN
Riddim: Claves Of African Origin - Book & CD Set
MIM
Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; AFRO-LATIN PERCUSSION
EditorsPick: Billy Martin, aka illy B, is a remarkable drummer, visual artist and label owner, who has successfully carved out his own musical path. As the organic beat-maker for Medeski, Martin & Wood, Martin has successfully blended world-music cultures into his own style. Influenced by musicians who move people, Martin's playing does just that. His roots-based approach digs deep into the African-fed cultures of Brazil and the Caribbean and serves them up with New York culture and attitude. Fueled by these traditions, Martin plays on these rhythms with the heart of an improvisor with influences ranging from avant-guard to hip-hop. As you might expect, the result is infectious. Under all of Martin's riddims, or rhythms, are traditions that owe as much to bebop innovator Max Roach as reggae pioneer Sly Dunbar. And, as you will hear, Martin has not taken any short-cuts in mastering these rhythms. The result of his commitment to discovering the richness of rhythmic cultures, while developing his own personal sound on the instrument, is a very captivating sound on the drums. This book documents many of the pathways that Billy has taken to find his unique voice. The claves in this book are keys to playing authentic based rhythms and improvising on them Learning different clave rhythms is similar to jazz musicians learning chord changes, voicings, and scale patterns which enable them to improvise on songs. Drummers are no different. The claves contained in this book open up rhythmic subdivisions, substitutions and a much wider vocabulary to draw upon than playing static beats. Call them systems, bell patterns, or claves, be assured that there is much freedom to be gained from owning these rhythms. The coordination required to play these rhythms will challenge and benefit every aspect of your playing. (notes from the back cover) (DR)
Price: $24.95
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RICKY MARTIN
Ricky Martin Greatest Hits - For Piano, Vocal, Guitar
Hal Leonard
Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; CHARTS & SONGBOOKS
Price: $14.95
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MARIA MARTINEZ
Afro-Cuban Coordination For Drumset - DVD
Hal Leonard
Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; AFRO-LATIN PERCUSSION
EditorsPick: Afro-Cuban Coordination For Drumset Maria Martinez reveals her revolutionary studies for Afro-Cuban Rhythms: Coordination, Improvisation, and Feel. • Lessons and Live Band Performances, and Hand Percussion • Mambo, Nanigo, Songo, and Mozambique Styles • Cowbell and Ride Cymbal Variations • Studies to Develop Left-Foot Clave • Ostinatos, Rhythm Studies, Improvising and More! [from the liners] (BP)
Description: Maria Martinez is a respected percussionist, clinician, and educator. Born in Camaguey, Cuba and raised in New Orleans, she has studied drumset and percussion with Alex Acuna, Steve Houghton, Joe Porcaro, Ralph Humphrey, Joey Barron, Casey Scheurell, Alan Dawson, and many others. Her educational publications include 'Brazilian Coordination for Drumset', 'Afro-Cuban Coordination for Drumset', and 'The Instant Guide to Drums Grooves book/CD packages. She has taught master classes, conducted clinics, and played at events as PASIC (Percussive Arts Society International Convention) NAMM (National American Music Merchants), and TCAP (The California Arts Project). Martinez pursues an active freeelance career, sharing stage and studio with such artists as Barry White, El Chicano, Rita Coolidge, Nel Carter, Angela Bofill, Klymaxx, Emmanuel, Johnny Paycheck, Trini Lopez, and others. Her television and recording appearances include "The Late Show," "The Drew Carey Show," "Dukes of Hazzard," "Soul Train," and many others. Running Time: 48:15 minutes
Price: $19.95
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MARIA MARTINEZ
World Beat Rhythms: Cuba - Book & CD Package
Hal Leonard
Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; AFRO-LATIN PERCUSSION; CUBA
Description: In this workbook you will learn ethnic and hybrid rhythms on different percussion instruments including drumset. Both traditional and non-traditional instruments were used to play the compositions, and we encourage you to use an alternate for any instrument you may not own. This hands-on approach will teach musicians and non-musicians of all levels how to feel and move time with each percussion part while gaining a rhythmic awareness that can be applied to any musical instrument. About the Recording: In order to assist you in developing the proper "feel" for the rhythms covered in this book, the accompanying compact disc features demonstration and play-along tracks that can be used when learning and practicing the examples. The demonstrations on the CD are identified with the corresponding track number under an icon next to the written example. Table of Contents Introduction About the Recording Chapter 1. Rumba Including: Rhythm Index Rumba Score Instrument Demonstrations Rumba Breaks Rumba Chart Chapter 2. Mozambique Including: Rhythm Index Mozambique Score Instrument Demonstrations Mozambique Breaks Mozambique Chart Chapter 3. Conga Including: Rhythm Index Conga Score Instrument Demonstrations Conga Breaks Conga Chart Cymbals Conclusion 62 pages
Price: $16.95
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MICHAEL ATWOOD MASON
Living Santeria: Rituals And Experiences In An Afro-Cuban Religion
Smithsonian Books
Category: BOOKS; BOOKS: OTHER; CUBA
EditorsPick: Wonderful book by Smithsonian anthropologist and Santeria priest Michael Atwood Mason. Recommended. (BP)
Description: Smithsonian anthropologist Michael Atwood Mason traveled to Cuba for initiation as a priest into the Santeria religion in 1992. Since then he has created an active oricha "house" and has initiated five others as priests. He is a rare combination: a scholar-practioner who is equally fluent in his profession and his religion. Interweaving his roles as researcher and priest, he explores Santera as a contemporary phenomenon and offers and u nderstanding of its complexity through his own experiences and those of its many practioners. About the Author: Michael Atwood Mason is an anthropologist and exhibit developer at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, where he was a co-curator of the permanent African Voices exhibition.
Price: $16.95
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TRIO MATAMOROS
Eternamente, Matamoros - DVD
Malanga Time / original import
Category: DVD; SALSA/SON; CUBA
EditorsPick: Another wonderfully made documentary, by Malanga films, of the son pioneers Trio Matamoros. Featuring historical narrative, interviews, and performances. With commentary by Maria TeresaLinars, Siro Rodriguez, and Miguel Matamoros.
Some of the performances include "Reclamo Mistico" and "Olvido" by Trio Matamoros, "Son De La Loma" performed by Danny Rivera and Michel Camilo, "Juramento" performed by Fino Pérez, Coro Exandi and Trio Matamoros, as well as "Homenaje a Matamoros," by Adalberto Alvarez y su Son. Directed by Lleana Rodriguez Pelegrin.
In Spanish, English, or French.
Both PAL and NTSC versions included.
Highly Recommended. (BP)
Description: Have you discovered the magic of the genuine son cubano? Would you like to know about its origins and the most important figures of the genre? Well, here's your chance to learn about the life and music of Miguel Matamoros and his celebrated trio.
This phenomenal DVD will allow you to discover the composer of "Son de la Loma," "Lagrimas Negras" and countless other classics from popular Cuban music. It also takes an in-depth look into the rapid diffusion of son in the early twentieth-century and the role of this legendary figure in the emergence of Cuban music throughout the world.
Includes interviews with musician Pancho Amat, musicologist Maria Teresa Linares, Rafael Cueto, and Miguel Matamoros from the Trio Matamoros.
Performed by the Trio Matamoros, Fito Paez, the Exaudi's Choir with the Trio Matamoros, Adalberto Alvarez y su Son and Danny Rivera with Michel Camilo.
Running Time: 45 Minutes.
Side 1-PAL Side 2-NTSC
Price: $24.98
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REBECA MAULEÓN
101 Montunos: Book With 2 CDs
Sher Music
Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; PIANO/KEYBOARDS
EditorsPick: A truly amazing piano instructional book/CD package by Rebeca Mauleon. She has clearly, and deservedly, established herself as the leader in articulating and demonstrating the nuances of this rich, diverse and complex rhythmic music. (BP)
Description: The long awaited title from the author of the Salsa Guidebook was absolutely worth wait. Full of incredible detail not available in any other sourcebook. Here is an overview of what is covered: Part I: A Review of the Clave
Common clave patterns, 6/8 Clave, Clave Campesina, Son Clave, Rumba Clave and other patterns The Clave's Function Rhytmic Design, Melodic Shape and harmonic Structure In and out of Clave Jumping the Clave Conceptual Aspects of the Clave
Part II: Foundations of Afro-Caribbean Piano (1940s-1950s)
The Cuban Danzón and its Predecessors Trova Rumba and other Folkloric Styles The Cuban Son Basic Son Patterns The Son Montuno and other Hybrids Common Harmonic Progressions More Variations Afro, Guajira, Guaracha, Mambo, Cha-cha-chá, Pachanga, Bolero, Feeling, The Descarga & Early Cuban Jazz
Part III: From Son to Salsa, Latin Jazz & Songo (1960s-1980s)
Salsa or Son The East Coast Sound Charanga & Pachanga Latin Boogaloo (or Latin Soul) New York Mozambique Salsa is Born Salsa Style Montunos Salsa Romantica Latin Jazz Harmonic Approaches, Rhythmic Approaches, Playing in 6/8, Guaguancó The West Coast Sound Cuba Feeling & Nueva Trova Mozambique Songo Cuban Jazz Part IV: Other Caribbean Styles Santo Domingo Merengue Patterns for Piano Bachata Puerto Rico Musica Jibara Bomba & Plena Patterna for Piano Colombia & Venezuela Part V: The 90s and Beyond Harmonic Expansion Altered Chords Upper Structures Quartal Harmony Sus Chords & Poly Chords Rhythmic Exploration Arpeggiation Comping Beat Displacement Contemporary Montunos Two-Keyboard Grooves Appendix A. Excercises for Independence Bibliography Companion CD Track Sheet 152 pages include 2 CDs.
Price: $28.00
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REBECA MAULEÓN
Salsa Guidebook For Piano & Ensemble
Sher Music
Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; PIANO/KEYBOARDS
Description: There's a new salsa bible and this is it! Clearly written by someone who lives the music. Mauleón has played with Puente, Santana, Cachao, Daniel Ponce, Poncho Sanchez and many others. It begins with the roots and history and carries you through the different instrument patterns: congas, bongos, timbales, bell patterns, drumset, hand percussion, bass, and piano. Featured are rhythmic styles and score samples of 15 different rhythms. If that's not enough, Ms. Mauleón lists salsa song standards, incorporates a terrific discography, and has included over 100 great photographs of legendary figures of the music. 259 pages. Spiral bound for ease of use when studying. Get it now!
Price: $24.98
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ROGELIO MAYA
Keyboard Latin Groves For The Creative Musician: Book & CD
Mel Bay
Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; PIANO/KEYBOARDS
Description: Welcome to Latin Grooves for the Creative Musician. This exclusive collection puts some of the most popular Latin grooves at your fingertips so that you can add a scintillating, Latin flavor to your playing. The inspiration for this course came from meeting and working with many musicians who desire to have these rhythms in their repertoire. I've filled it with immediately useful, basic rhythms and unique variations that I created which capture the essence and fundamental rhythmic sound of Latin music. The purpose of this course is not to learn about theories and the origns of these rhythms, but rather to learn how to apply all these variations to different types of music. By learning these, and modifying them, you will build a huge storehouse of creativity to draw from when you play. Keep in mind that in music there are no limits. Why not consider applying these rhythms to Rock, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Pop, etc.? The possibilites are endless when you sart thinking out of the box! Don't forget that anything can sound unique, when arranged properly.
In English, Spanish, & Japanese. 59 pages plus CD Included!
Price: $24.95
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VICTOR MENDOZA
Latin Jazz Grooves - DVD
Berklee Press
Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; AFRO-LATIN PERCUSSION
EditorsPick: Excellent instructional DVD for percussionists and for players of melodic instruments who want to get their Latin jazz chops down. Mendoza proves to be a good teacher. Also includes Mendzona and his band in concert, which clearly shows his virtuosity on the vibes. Recommended. (BP)
Description: Learn Latin jazz grooves and percussion techniques. Let jazz great Victor Mendoza help you harness all the passion and liveliness of Latin jazz. He'll show you how to apply your musical vocabulary and knowledge of rhythm, scales, chords, and triads to this rich musical style. Learn how to use percussion to create sizzling Latin groove patterns including: Son Clave, Rumba Clave, Cascara, Tumbao. Victor Mendoza is a vibraphonist, composer, and professor at Berklee College of Music. Named by Latin Beat magazine as one of the "Outstanding Latin Jazz Artists of the Year," he has performed and recorded with many great musicians including Paquito D'Rivera, Danilo Perez, and Claudio Roditi. Chapters include: Intro Goal Prerequisites Clave Clave Exercise Cascara Cascara Exercise Congas Cowbell Tumbao Tumbao Exercise Rumba Clave Playing in Clave Next Steps In Summary Practicing Last Tips Also include Victor Mendonza and his orchestra in concert as well as practice loops. Running Time: 91 Minutes
Price: $19.95
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PABLO MILANES
La Grande Musica Cubana
Warner Brothers Publications
Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; CHARTS & SONGBOOKS
Price: $21.95
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DOM MOIO
Latin Percussion In Perspective: Book & CD Package
Mel Bay
Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; AFRO-LATIN PERCUSSION
Description: Book and CD instructional package for drumset, congas and percussion. Table of Contents: Conga Drum & Timbale Notation Mambo - Part 1 Mambo - Part 2 Cha-Cha Alternate Timbale Part - Slow Tumbao - Mambo Tumbao Fills Songo- Salsa Grooves Calypso Merengue Merengue-To-Turn-Around Samba - Part 1 Samba - Part 2 Bomba Rumba - Yambu Rumba - Guaguanco Rumba - Columbia 6/8 Afro-Cuban - Part 1 6/8 Afro-Cuban - Part 2 Comparsa Latin Phrases Salsa Chart Cha-Cha Chart
Price: $19.95
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RICARDO MONZÓN
Basic Afro-Cuban Rhytms - DVD
Berklee Press
Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; AFRO-LATIN PERCUSSION
Description: A master of congas, timbales, and other Latin instruments, Ricardo Monzón is a member of the Zaitchik Brothers and Myanna, and has played on several film and television soundtracks. Learn how to play and practice the classic rhythms of the Afro-Cuban tradition.
Price: $19.95
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ROBIN D. MOORE
Nationalizing Blackness: Afrocubanismo And Artistic Revolution In Havana, 1920-1940
University Of Pittsburgh Press
Category: BOOKS; BOOKS: OTHER; CUBA
EditorsPick: Don't let the somewhat academic title throw you off - this book is essentially the evolution of Cuban music within a socio-economic framework. Well done, indeed. A terrific glossary to boot! (BP)
Description: "My decision to conduct research in Cuba was informed by the belief that Cuba is being treated unfairly by the United States government and its current foreign policy. This is true despite a recognition that Cuba is far from an ideal socialist state and that fredom of speech and other basic human rights are frequently infringed upon by authorities. My research represents an attempt to revitalize dialogue between our two nations and to raise consciousness about the needs and lives of the Cuban people. It also represents a reaction to the existing literature on Cuban music that too often avoids the politicization of popular culture, especially concerning racial issues. Perhaps tha most central goal of the project as initiallyconceived was to determine how the music of a 'despised' minority - African descendants in the Americas - has become so central to national identity in various countries that continue to discriminate against them." (Excerpted from the Preface)
Price: $19.95
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HUMBERTO MORALES
How To Play Latin American Rhythm Instruments
Henry Adler Publications
Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; AFRO-LATIN PERCUSSION
Description: This is a classic introduced originally in the 50s. Humberto Morales is the brother of Noro Morales, the venerated composer and bandleader. This book explains in a clear and precise manner the method it takes to play the following percussion instruments: timbales, maracas, claves, conga drum, gourd (guiro), cowbell (cencerro), bongos, jaw-bone (quijada), cabaza, chocallo, and tambora. And where would Latin music be without the amazing rhythms. Those covered are the slow mambo, double mambo, fast mambo, cha-cha-cha, baion, rhumba, guaracha, montuno, bolero, samba, merengue, Brazilian march, conga, Afro-Cuban, Afro-Cuban 6/8 (nañigo), beguine, Argentine tango, Spanish tango, joropo, calypso, son montuno, paso doble, bossa nova. The text is both in English and Spanish.
Price: $16.50
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BENNY MORÉ
Hoy Como Ayer - DVD
Malanga Time / original import
Category: DVD; SON, GUARACHA, GUAJIRA; CUBA
EditorsPick: This is the best DVD presentation about the life of legendary Cuban singer-bandleader Benny Moré that we have come across. Directed by Ilena Rodriguez, and with interviews with family members (most notably his daughter, Hilda) and musicians including Ibrahim Ferrer, Eliades Ochoa, Isaac Delgado and many others -- this DVD will be indispensable tool for collectors and students of Cuban music.
Includes many archived film clips of Moré and his band performing some of his masterpieces like "Oh Vida," "Santa Isabel de las Lajas," "Mata Siguaraya," and "Que bueno baila usted."
In Spanish, French and English. Contains both NTSC and PAL for worldwide viewing.
Highly recommended. (BP)
Description: Nicknamed "El Barbaro Del Ritmo," Benny Moré had an overwhelmingly striking and charismatic personality. Though he never received musical training, he was a wonderful singer and composer, and arguably the most well rounded artist in a country known for producing outstanding musicians.
Directed by Ilena Rodriguez - and with musical supervision by Maria Elena Mendiola - this DVD tells the story of the most legendary figure in Cuban popular music of all times. From his humble origins as a farmer, to his debut in the Matamoros group, to his sojourn in Mexico, Moré's legacy can be felt as strongly today - 40 years after his death - as ever before. He developed a unique style of singing rumba, boleros, guaracha, mambo, and guaguancó.
Featuring: Enrique Benitez ("El Conde Negro"), Walfrido Guevera, Jose Reyes, Augusto Enriquez, Ibrahim Ferrer, Eliades Ochoa, Hilda Moré, Jose Castañeda, Miguel Patterson, Fernandoo Alvarez, Isaac Delgado...
Includes live Performances of "Oh Vida", "Santa Isabel de las Lajas", "Mata Siguaraya", "Tequedaras", "Saoco", "Preferi perderte", "Como arrulo de palma", "Que bueno baila usted", "La vida es un sueño", "Mexicanita veracruzana", "Bonito y sabroso"...
Languages: Español, English, Francais
Subtitles: English, Francais
color/B&W Hi-Fi Stereo. Running Time: 65 minutes.
Comes with both NTSC and PAL formats.

Price: $24.98
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BENNY MORÉ
Al Bárbaro Del Ritmo - A Documentary Film DVD
Regu Records
Category: DVD; DOCUMENTARY; CUBA
EditorsPick: Documentary about Cuba's legendary vocalist Beny Moré. With the basis being the building of a tribute concert performance by the Tropicana All Stars, reminiscences by many special guests are interspersed and help to piece together the life and rise of Morés professional career.
With the participation of Chocolate Armenteros, Olga Guillot, Israel "Cachao" Lopez, Marco Antonio Muñiz, Celia Cruz, Bebo Valdés, Generoso Jimenez, Willy Chirino, Paquito D'Rivera, Albita, Juan Pablo Torres, Oscar D'Leon and many others.
Recommended. (BP)
Description: Participaron: Alfredo Armenteros, Albita Rordriguez, Andres Puig, Bebo Valdes, Celia Cruz, Ciro Rodriguez, Rafael Cueto, Enrique Benitez, Generoso Jimenez, Kelio Orovia, Israel Lopez "Cachao", Israel Kantor, Juantio Marquez, Juan Pablo Torres, Marco Antonio Muniz, Olga Guillot, Oscar D'Leon, Paquito D'Rivera, Willy Chirino, Virginia More, Delfino More, Laida Castillo.
Price: $24.98
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BENNY MORÉ
Benny Moré Y Su Banda Gigante: Grabaciones Completas 1953-1960, 4-CD Box Set With 124 Page Book Liner
Tumbao / original import
Category: SALSA/SON; SON, GUARACHA, GUAJIRA; CUBA
EditorsPick: Just like the title says, this brick of a four cd box set, all 89 songs and 124 pages of it, completes the most achieved part of More's recording career, the part that changed the music of the world. And it does it in style. Starting in 1953, with More's first recordings in Cuba under his own name for RCA it goes through his last recordings for the same company a bit before his death of cirrhosis of the liver a decade later. And what a sound he produced during those seven years: a meeting of the big orchestra sound of American jazz with his own liquid tenor and Afro-Cuban percussion. In More, there's a mixture of more than styles, there's a bringing together of centuries, the urban modernism of the bolero singer with the attack and percussive singing of a rumbero. And what he achieved became the pattern for the future. To drift through the box set is a form of musical archeology, as much of what he did during his improvisations became common practice in Cuban music and also in the music of Puerto Rico and New York. There other clues scattered around as well: of the connection Cuba and Mexico had culturally before the revolution; More sings boleros with the Mexican Pedro Flores. The 124-page booklet explains pretty much everything except the big subjects, i.e. politics and culture. It goes into what was recorded, and why, and where More played and why, and what killed him. There's a discography, and lyrics, and instead of personnel listings, it has pictures of the band during various years, and if you read the text it explains who was playing what when, most of the time. It's all detail and little explanation, and the heaps of photographs tell a better story that's second only to the music. The exceptional quality of the production is at the level, finally, of box sets dedicated to classical music and jazz, exactly what the music and More deserve. The only thing that falls short by comparison, is the sound; it's mostly good, but clearly the set is drawing from private collectors along with other sources and the sound is erratic. It's a small quibble. This set is essential for the casual fan of More, but also for anybody that wants to understand exactly how great the 20th century was in the Americas. Highly Recommended. (Peter Watrous)
Description: 4CD's. Incluye libro con biografia, fotos ineditas y discografia. Una colección que reúne por primera vez las Grabaciones Completas de Benny More y su Banda Gigante.
Price: $54.98
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SEPTETO NACIONAL DE IGNACIO PIÑEIRO
El Son Es Lo Más Sublime - DVD
Malanga Time / original import
Category: DVD; SALSA/SON; CUBA
EditorsPick: Wonderfully made documentary of the legendary Cuban band El Septeto Nacional with Ignacio Piñeiro. Includes historical narrative, interviews with Dr. Maria Teresa Linares, Agustin Gutierrez, Pancho Amat, and Juan de Marcos Gonzalez, founder of the Buena Vista Social Club.
Complete performances including "La Visa Es Una Semana,"No Juegues Con Los Santos," El Final No Llegará," and "El Eden De Los Roncos" which is performed by Carlos Embale and Coro Folklorico. And much more.
Directed by Lleana Rodriguez Pelegrin.
Options include choice of English, Spanish or French, and comes with both NTSC and PAL versions. Highly Recommended. (BP)
Description: "The son is the most sublime expression of the soul's delight." These lyrics belong to the well-known son "Suavecito," composed by one of the pillars of Cuban music, Ignacio Piñeiro.
This DVD will give you a bird's-eye view into the golden age of the son, after its arrival to Havana in the 1920's. The release also focuses on the early son septets - such as the agrupacion insignia, and the Septeto Nacional, directed by the prolific composer Ignacio Pineiro - the septet's important influence today, and legendary figures like Carlos Embale, who developed their own interpretive style. If you consider the son to be the most sublime...don't miss out on this rare opportunity.
Includes interviews with musicologist Dr. Maria Teresa Linares, musicians Agustin Gutierrez, Pancho Amat, Juan de Marcos Gonzalez - founder of the Buena Vista Social Club - and Eugenio "El Raspa" Rodriguez - current director of the Sepeteto Nacional.
Performed by the Orquesta Folklorica Cubana, the Trio Matamoros, Maria Teresa Vera, Sierra Maestra, Carlos Embale and choir, the Septeto Nacional and Omara Portuondo with the Septeto Nacional.
Price: $24.98
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JOSIE NEGLIA
Advanced Salsa Combinations: DVD 8
DanceXcitement
Category: DVD; DANCE INSTRUCTION
EditorsPick: Ms. Neglia returns with more detailed advanced Salsa combinations which expands her DVD library of Latin dance instruction. This one is DVD 8. There is also a DVD 9 Advanced Combinations that goes even deeper. Recommended. (BP)
Description: With Josie Neglia and Alvaro. 11 Partner Combinations Each combination containing up to 5 patterns. Containing such movements as: turns, wraps, hand changes, cross body leads, hand throws, free spins, quick changes and catches, double and triple lady turns, ladies fast footwork while partnering, turning combinations for men. 45 minutes.
Partner moves and tricks for the advanced salsa dancer... This video links 5 to 7 steps to make combinations and choreography for the advanced dancer. This incorporates new tricks, show moves and lifts into entire combinations and partnering work.
Josie Neglia: A professional Latin dancer who sparks Los Angeles dance scene with her fire and energy, Josie is successfully initiating many students into the world of dance. A graduate of York University, Toronto with a bachelor's degree in dance, Josie's extensive training includes ballet, jazz, modern, Latin and ballroom dance. With a background of tremendous achievements and experience, Josie is both an inspiring performer and superb instructor.
Alvaro Coronel: Born in Los Angeles, of Guatamalan and Colombian descent, Alvaro is a phenomenal natural Latin dancer. Latin music has been a part of his life since childhood and other street dance dance forms such as "Break Dance" and "Pop Locking" were danced and performed throughout his teens. He has worked on stage, film and video with such artists as Celia Cruz, Marc Anthony, India, Elvis Crespo and Montel Jordan. Alvaro has become recognized internationally for this professionalism and teaching abilities, while mesmerizing salsa enthusiast with his performance and dynamic energy.
This DVD runs 45 minutes.
This Zone 1 DVD plays in all regions.
Price: $29.95
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JOSIE NEGLIA
Advanced Salsa Combinations: DVD 9
DanceXcitement
Category: DVD; DANCE INSTRUCTION
EditorsPick: Ms. Neglia returns with more detailed advanced Salsa combinations which expands her DVD library of Latin dance instruction. This one is DVD 9. There is also a DVD 8 Advanced Combinations which you should consider as well. Recommended. (BP)
Description: With Josie Nelgia and Alvaro. 5 Partner Combinations and 12 tricks Partner Combinations include movements such as: turns, wraps, hand changes, cross body leads, hand throws, free spins, quick changes and catches, double and triple lady turns, ladies fast footwork while partnering, turning combinations for men
List of Tricks: Lifts: 1. Sit n Spin 2. Lady's Flip From Open Break 3. Man's Knee Flip 4. Cartwheel (lady facing man) 5. Reverse Flip over kneeling man's shoulder
Jumps: 1. Lady duck into Jump 2. Open break, jump backward over her
Turns: 1. Continuous Inside Turns lady looking up 2. Open break, head down turns, neck drop/climb over 3. Pot Stir
Drops: 1. Neck drop from Cross Body Lead 2. Man's Drop in Front of Lady
45 minutes.
Partner moves and tricks for the advanced salsa dancer...
This video is set up like video 8 by combining 5 to 7 steps together in combinations, however this video focuses more on lifts and trick than focusing on partnering work. This DVD is essential for any dancer who wants to compete, perform or improve to the next level of dancer.
Price: $29.95
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JOSIE NEGLIA
Dance Hot Salsa, Vol. 1 DVD
DanceXcitement
Category: DVD; DANCE INSTRUCTION
EditorsPick: Josie Neglia, one of salsa's most accomplished dancers, has released her collection of instructional DVDs. This flagship DVD, Dance Hot Salsa Vol. 1., is perfect for the beginner and intermediate dancer. Includes 25 steps and variations. 45 minutes. (BP)
Description: Professional Latin dancer Josie Neglia brings us a hot new two volume salsa dance video direct from the Los Angeles dance scene. Josie's resumé includes a bachelor's degree in dance from York University in Toronto and extensive training in ballet, jazz, modern, Latin and ballroom dance. The video is suitable for both beginning and advanced dancers with easy to learn instruction and helpful dancing tips. Josie is both an inspiring performer and a superb instructor.
25 steps/variations / 45 minutes.
This Zone 1 DVD plays in all regions.
Price: $29.95
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JOSIE NEGLIA
Dance Hot Salsa, Vol. 2 DVD
DanceXcitement
Category: DVD; DANCE INSTRUCTION
EditorsPick: Dance Hot Salsa Vol. 2 picks up where Vol.1 leaves off, and offers 22 additional steps and variations that take the dance student from beginner to intermediate levels of salsa dancing. 45 minutes. (BP)
Description: Professional Latin dancer Josie Neglia brings us a hot new two volume salsa dance video direct from the Los Angeles dance scene. Josie's resumé includes a bachelor's degree in dance from York University in Toronto and extensive training in ballet, jazz, modern, Latin and ballroom dance. The video is suitable for both beginning and advanced dancers with easy to learn instruction and helpful dancing tips. Josie is both an inspiring performer and a superb instructor.
22 steps/variations / 45 minutes/.
(Each step/variation is broken down in a very easy-to-follow format)
This Zone 1 DVD plays in all regions.
Price: $29.95
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JOSIE NEGLIA
Latin Style & Technique For Ladies: For Salsa And All Latin Dances - DVD
DanceXcitement
Category: DVD; DANCE INSTRUCTION
EditorsPick: This DVD specializes in the nuances of the female salsa dance partner. Posture and control of body movements, Latin hip action, Arm styling, Turning Techniques and Solo Moves are all techniques that can be applied to all Latin dancing. (BP)
Description: Each technique is broken down in a very easy-to-follow format. Posture and control of body movements, Latin hip action, Arm styling, Turning Techniques, Solo Moves, Techniques for dancing feminine.
Josie Neglia is known as Los Angeles' Salsa Princess. She holds a bachelor's degree in dance from York University in Toronto. She has been formally trained in ballet, jazz and ballroom dance and is an inspiring and electric performer. Josie has produced several Salsa and Latin Dance videos. An outstanding instructor, her easy-to-understand method has earned her a following of students that spans the globe. Subjects include: Turning technique; Arm styling; Latin Hip Action; Solo Moves; Techniques for dancing feminine; Posture and control of body movement; "This video is dedicated to all my wonderful students who inspire me. To my mother Rose, my greatest inspiration and support, and to Peta Siddall, my prince of dance. A special thanks to Rosi Lucero, Maria Novoa and Alma Padilla." - Josie Neglia
30 Minutes
This Zone 1 DVD plays in all regions.
Price: $24.95
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JOSIE NEGLIA
Salsa & Merengue DVD
DanceXcitement
Category: DVD; DANCE INSTRUCTION
EditorsPick: The only DVD we offer that includes instruction for both salsa and merengue dancing. If you require basic grounding in both of this dance forms, this DVD is for you. (BP)
Description: 8 salsa combinations/routines Levels 1-4 & 11 merengue steps (Each combination of steps/routine is demonstrated in a very easy-to follow format)
With Josie Neglia & Pedro Otero.
SALSA COMBINATIONS
Combination #1: Basic Step & basic Turn Combination #2: Pivot Turn & Cross Body Lead Combination #3: Cross Body Lead with a turn, Rope Spin and arm catches Combination #4: Variation of Walk Sequences, Windmill & Dive Combination #5: Man Wrap, Cross Body Lead with Hand Change and Slide with Partner Combination #6: Fancy moves and Solo moves Combination #7: Cross Body Lead with Lady ducking under and knee drop for man Combination #8: Dip, Continuous Turns and exciting moves
MERENGUE
1.Basic Step Rotating Right 2.Basic Step Rotating Left 3.Under Arm Turn to the Right 4.Behind the Back Under Arm Turn 5.Open Break, Tuck-in Hammerlock and double reverse turn 6.Break Back and Swivel 7.Tuck-in Side to Side 8.Solo Swivels 9.Solo, Two Forward Breaks 10.Solo, Side Back Step 11.Get Down Step
45 minutes.
This Zone 1 DVD plays in all regions.
Price: $29.95
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JOSIE NEGLIA
Salsa: Advanced Variations - DVD
DanceXcitement
Category: DVD; DANCE INSTRUCTION
EditorsPick: Josie Neglia expands on her salsa dance instructional series with this DVD that focuses on more advanced moves and techniques. These tricks and flashy moves (turns, dips, drops, lifts and flips) can be incorporated into your own dancing style, or to give you the edge in competition dancing. (BP)
Description: With Josie Neglia and Rogelio Moreno
Each variation is broken down in an easy-to-follow format.
Foot work for women and men. Turns, dips and drops, lifts and flips. Tricks and flashy moves for the show dancers! A must for competitive salsa dancers. Josie Neglia: Known as Los Angeles' Salsa Princess, Josie holds a bachelor's degree in dance from York University in Toronto. She has formal training in ballet, jazz and ballrooom dance and is an inspiring and electric performer. Josie has produced several Salsa and Latin Dance videos. An outstanding instructor, her easy-to-understand method has earned her a following of students that spans the globe.
Rogelio Moreno: Rogelio Moreno, raised in Latin America has been exposed from a very early age to the sensuous rhythms of Latin dance. Rogelio has developed into an exquisite professional dancer and has appeared in many stage and film productions. Co-founder of 'Salsabor y Caché Dance Co.', Rogelio's elegance and agility has earned him numerous trophies and recognition. Together Josie and Rogelio create an incredibly exciting dance team who's performances captivate audiences worldwide.
Color. 45 minutes This Zone 1 DVD plays in all regions.
Price: $29.95
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JOSIE NEGLIA
Want To Salsa? Easy-To-Learn Nightclub Salsa With Josie Neglia & Louie Angon: Partnerwork & Footwork, L.A. Style On "1" Level 1 & 2
Latin Dance
Category: DVD; DANCE INSTRUCTION
EditorsPick: New salsa dance instructional by Josie Neglia. This one features Ms. Neglia and Louie Angon focusing on partnerwork and footwork. This DVD contains levels 1 and 2. Highly recommended. (BP)
Description: Josie Neglia holds a Bachelor's degree, in dance, from York University in Toronto. Josie has formal training in ballet, jazz, modern, ballroom & Latin dance and is invited to teach and perform worldwide. Josie has also produced several Salsa and Latin Dance videos/DVDs and is now home based in Los Angeles at the spectacular Josie Neglia Dance Academy. An outstanding instructor, and an inspiring & electric performer, Josie's easy-to-learn method has earned her a following of students that spans the globe.
Louie Angon: Born in Latin America and raised in Los Angeles, California. He was exposed to salsa music at a very young age and has over 17 years of experience in Salsa music. Dancing is his passion and life. His background includes: jazz, ballet, hip-hop, salsa, merengue and bachata. Louie Angon appeared in the motion picture 'Dance With Me' featuring Vanessa Williams and Chayanne. Japan, Germany, Italy and Puerto Rico are just some of the countries that he has traveled to and taught this cool and unique style of dancing. Today, Louie Angon continues to make a difference in peoples lives in his own matchless style.
Price: $29.95
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JOSIE NEGLIA
Want To Salsa? Easy-To-Learn Nightclub Salsa With Josie Neglia & Louie Angon: Partnerwork & Footwork, L.A. Style On "1" Level 3 & 4
Latin Dance
Category: DVD; DANCE INSTRUCTION
EditorsPick: New salsa dance instructional by Josie Neglia. This one features Ms. Neglia and Louie Angon focusing on partnerwork and footwork. This DVD contains levels 3 and 4. Highly recommended. (BP)
Description: Josie Neglia holds a Bachelor's degree, in dance, from York University in Toronto. Josie has formal training in ballet, jazz, modern, ballroom & Latin dance and is invited to teach and perform worldwide. Josie has also produced several Salsa and Latin Dance videos/DVDs and is now home based in Los Angeles at the spectacular Josie Neglia Dance Academy. An outstanding instructor, and an inspiring & electric performer, Josie's easy-to-learn method has earned her a following of students that spans the globe.
Louie Angon: Born in Latin America and raised in Los Angeles, California. He was exposed to salsa music at a very young age and has over 17 years of experience in Salsa music. Dancing is his passion and life. His background includes: jazz, ballet, hip-hop, salsa, merengue and bachata. Louie Angon appeared in the motion picture 'Dance With Me' featuring Vanessa Williams and Chayanne. Japan, Germany, Italy and Puerto Rico are just some of the countries that he has traveled to and taught this cool and unique style of dancing. Today, Louie Angon continues to make a difference in peoples lives in his own matchless style.
Price: $29.95
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EDUARDO NIETO & ANNETJE RIEL
Lambada Me - The Forbidden Dance DVD
Kultur
Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; DANCE INSTRUCTION
EditorsPick: Dance instructional DVD focusing on the Lambada. With duardo Niete and Annetje Riel. NTSC. English. 50 minutes. (BP)
Description: 'Lambada Me' provides easy step-by-step instrucdtion to learning one of the hottest and most passionate dances of the last decade. The Lambada combines romance and excitement. It is not only colorful but a cultural statement that is reflected in its music and style. Lambada represents freedom. In this program you will experience the freedom of this vibrant form of expression that fuses merengue, tango, whirling, twisting an shuffling to a mixture of reggae, samba and salsa music. The program includes: • Lambada Basics • Hold and Posture • Side Slip • Back Rub • The Break • Inside Turn/Outside Turn • Break and Dip • Lambada in Action 'Lambada Me' makes it easy to learn this sizzling hot dance. Spice up your life and discover why they call Lambada "the forbidden dance."
Price: $16.98
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LÁZARO NORIEGA
Casino Cubano
Boogalu Productions
Category: DVD; DANCE INSTRUCTION; CUBA
EditorsPick: What a terrific indoctrination into the world of dancing Casino Cubano. This DVD features master dancer Lázaro Noriega and two members of his dance company, Iván and Dayami, who perform and break down the elements of this sizzling, sexy, dance style. In addition to the Casino instruction, the DVD includes a powerful performance of three traditional forms of Cuban dance that have significantly influenced contemporary casino dancing; orisha dance, rumba, and son. Iván and Dayami end the DVD with an exciting casino solo. Highly Recommended. (BP)
Description: This DVD was filmed in Havana, Cuba and features Lázaro Noriega, an accomplished dancer, choreographer and dance company director. Presented here is Lázaro's system of teaching casino that he has developed over the past several years in dance classes in Europe and Cuba. The DVD is composed of three parts: Casino Dance Instruction (19 segments) Lázaro explains and demonstrates the basic steps, turns, and style of casino dancing accompanied by two members of his dance company, Iván and Dayami. Cuban Dance Movement These exercises, led by Dayami, are helpful in learning how to move and groove in the Cuban style. Living Cuban Dance Traditions The DVD concludes with a powerful performance of three traditional forms of Cuban dance that have significantly influenced contemporary casino dancing; orisha dance, rumba, and son. Iván and Dayami end the DVD with an exciting casino solo. CASINO CUBANO is in Spanish with printed notes in English explaining in detail all the dance instructions and content on the DVD. 45 minutes.
Price: $32.00
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PABLO "CHINO" NUÑEZ
The Rhythmic Construction Of A Salsa Tune - Featuring Pablo "Chino" Nuñez DVD
Latin Percussion
Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; AFRO-LATIN PERCUSSION
EditorsPick: Terrific primer for the making of a salsa tune. A percussionist's must-have. (BP)
Description: If you've ever wanted to know how to construct the rhythm section of a song using the most popular Latin percussion instruments, then this DVD is for you. Follow along with respected New York City producer and musician Pablo "Chino" Nuñez as he leads you through 'The Rhythmic Construction of a Salsa Tune.' Learn how to play the basic rhythms of Cha-Cha chá, Son montuno, Guaracha and Latin rock on congas, bongos, timbales, maracas and tambourine. "Chino" will also show you the relationship between the instruments and how they work together to construct the rhythm of salsa music. Pablo has been playing percussion for nearly 30 years. He has a wide and varied musical background that has seen him play and record with some of the all-time great musicians of Latin music. They include Marc Anthony, Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Tito Nieves, Ray Barretto, Hector Lavoe, Pete "El Conde" Rodriguez, Ray Sepulveda, La India, Larry Harlow, Tony Vega, Michael Stuart, and Eddie Palmieri. For the past ten years "Chino" has also been producing bands and arranging music in his own recording studio.
Price: $19.95
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OLGA
Salsa Caliente - Salsa And Merengue With Olga - DVD
Kultur
Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; DANCE INSTRUCTION
EditorsPick: Instructional DVD that will assist you in learning how to dance both salsa and merengue. NTSC. English. 60 minutes. (BP)
Description: 'Salsa Caliente' is the perfect recipe to help you spice up your dance moves. With easy and fun step-by-step instructions, you will learn to dance the salsa and merengue, while keeping your body fit and toned at the same time! The program includes: • Merengue Warm-Up • The Basic Steps • The Salsa • The Mambo • The Rumba • The Charanga • Dancing with a Partner • Salsa Turns • Merengue Dance • Cool Down Featuring the music of Merengada, including 'No Woman, No Cry' and 'Superstition.'
Price: $16.98
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CÉSAR PAGANO
Ismael Rivera - El Sonero Mayor
Ediciones Antropas / original import
Category: BOOKS; BOOKS: OTHER
Description: Los grandes interpretes, cuando son geniales no se conforman con expresar los propositos de compositores, Hay algunas constantes que identifican este fenomeno: una gran personalidad, existencia desorbitada, incluso tragica, y una procedencia popular que sigue vinculadada toda la vida. Han sido gigantes de la cancion popular, excelentes interpretes y notables compositores: Carlos Gardel, Benny More, Daniel Santos, Alfredo Sadel, Jose Alfredo Jimenez, Jose Antonio Mendez, Mirta Silva, Miguel Matamoros y Pablo Milanes, entre otros. Por supuesto, Ismael Rivera - nuestro heroe musical - alcanza esa categoria, de esos raros seres que estan en permanente actividad creadora, bien sea porque aderezan y mejoran la obra en bruto entregada, o porque tambien incursionan en la autoria de algunas letras y musica. A Maelo tambien se le solto la gracia divina de compositor musical desde sus mas juveniles tiempos. Su obra mas famosa, que conocio primero por el y Cortijo, fue "Besito de coco", que luego trascendio por otros artistas que tambien la grabaron: Celia Cruz, Celio Gonzalez, Nelson PInedo, Justo Betancourt... No se equivoco Benny More, a quien se le acabaron los epitetos y solo atino a consagrarlo como EL SONERO MAYOR, homenaje que todos - salvo algunos sordos o envidiosos - compartieron entusiastas. 158 pages. Soft-cover.
Price: $24.98
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CHARLIE PARKER
Bird Goes Latin: Play-A-Long Book & CD Set For All Instruments (Authentic Salsa Versions)
Jamey Aebersold
Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; CHARTS & SONGBOOKS
Description: This collection lists the piano, vocal, and chord progressions for 50 all-time Latin classics.
Price: $19.95
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MANNY PATIÑO AND JORGE MORENO
Afro-Cuban Bass Grooves
Warner Brothers Publications
Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; BASS
Description: This book will help you unlock the secrets of the Afro-Cuban rhythmic feel for bass. Beginning with complete explanations of the clave (the underlying rhythmic pattern) and tumbaos (the comping/rhythm patterns played over the clave) the book then guides you through 48 demonstration and play-along tracks covering all the fundamental Afro-Cuban rhythms. In addition, a matching book for keyboard is available, further illustrating the interdependent relationship of the bass and keyboard in Latin music. Many different styles are covered including guajira, son montuno, guaguancó, mambo, cha-cha-chá, bomba and plena, merengue, C7 tumbaos (descargas), songo, música Afro-Cubana, salsa and Latin jazz. Standard notation and tabulature are included as well as an instructional CD.
Price: $19.95
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MANNY PATIÑO AND JORGE MORENO
Afro-Cuban Keyboard Grooves
Warner Brothers Publications
Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; PIANO/KEYBOARDS
Description: This book will help you unlock the secrets of the Afro-Cuban rhythmic feel for keyboard. Beginning with complete explanations of the clave (the underlying rhythmic pattern) and tumbaos (the comping/rhythm patterns played over the clave) the book then guides you through 48 demonstration and play-along tracks covering all the fundamental Afro-Cuban rhythms. In addition, a matching book for bass is available, further illustrating the interdependent relationship of the keyboard and the bass in Latin music.The different styles covered in the book include: guajira, son montuno, guaguancó, mambo, cha-cha-cha, bomba & plena, merengue, C7 tumbao (descargas), songo, música Afro-Cubana, salsa and Latin jazz. An instructional CD is included.
Price: $19.95
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HIRAM GUADALUPE PÉREZ
Historia De La Salsa - Book/Libro
Primera Hora / original import
Category: BOOKS; BOOKS: OTHER
EditorsPick: The history of salsa and its major figures are detailed in this well researched book by Jorge Cabezas Villalobos, the Editorial Director of Primera Hora in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Following a preface that offers an overview of salsa and its context in Latin dance music, the book is split into two main sections - the first being Voces Grandiosas, the major singers in salsa. This section talks in detail about twenty two major stars including: Ismael Rivera, Tito Rodriguez, Cheo Feliciano, Pete "El Conde" Rodriguez, Héctor Lavoe, Andy Montañez, Marvin Santiago, Ismael Miranda, Rubén Blades, La Lupe, Pellin Rodriguez, Celia Cruz, Sammy Ayala, Aldaberto Santiago, Bobby Cruz, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Daniel Santos, José Alberto "El Canario," Frankie Ruiz, Lalo Rodriguez, Domingo Quiñones, and Tito Rojas. Villalobos places these figures in a historic context, helping to make the puzzle pieces fit. The second section, entitled Maestros Del Ritmo, talks about the major salsa bandleaders: Rafael Cortijo, Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Larry Harlow, Ray Barretto, Willie Colón, Richie Ray, Elias Lopez, Papo Lucca, Willie Rosario, Bobby Valentin, Tommy Olivencia, Rafael Ithier, and Roberto Roena. With lots of great rare and vintage photographs. 293 pages. Softcover. In Spanish. Highly Recommended. (BP)
Price: $29.98
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ALEX PERTOUT
Sight Reading: The Rhythm Book
Mel Bay / original import
Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; INSTRUCTIONAL: OTHER
Description: This book, by noted Australian percussionist Alex Pertout, was designed to develop sight reading and rhythmical skills in instrumentalists and vocalists by presenting a course of progressive lessons and studies specifically aimed at these areas. The most important element in becoming a proficient reader is to develop an ability to count precisely while maintaining a steady tempo. Alex -- a performer, composer and educator with over twenty years experience -- developed the graded method used here over a number of years while teaching a college course on the subject. This book can easily meet the needs of the beginner or the advanced student looking for rhythmical sight reading material. The course is laid out in three sections: Section I: Lessons (22 in total) Section II: Studies (11 in total) Section III: Syncopation (11 Studies in total) For the student without any prior knowledge of music, this book can offer a self teaching method.
Price: $12.95
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CHANO POZO
The Legacy Of Chano Pozo DVD
Malanga Time / original import
Category: DVD; LATIN JAZZ; CUBA
EditorsPick: Just in! The first DVD exclusively about the legendary percussionist and composer Chano Pozo, who helped forge a new era of Afro Cuban jazz and Bebop. This documentary has some rare archival footage as well as five complete new performances by Tatá Güines and others. Interviews with Danilo Orozco, José Reyes, Oscar Valdés, Ramón Fajardo, Manuel Villar, Orlando Alonso, Leonardo Padura, Lino Neira, Jorge Reyes, Changuito, Tatá Güines and Yoraldy Abreu. A collector's specialty DVD.
Subtitles in Spanish, French and English. Compatible with all DVD players for worldwide viewing. Highly Recommended. (BP)
Description: An outstanding documentary presenting the life and times of the celebrated Cuban conga drummer Chano Pozo, one of the first Latin American musicians to make a name for himself in the New York jazz music scene! Includes a filmed concert with modern Cuban musicians playing the best of Chano's compositions.
This DVD feature is an absolute must have for all Latin jazz lovers. This wonderful release tells the story of conga drummer Chano Pozo, true legend of both Cuban and jazz music. The descendant of West African slaves brought to Cuba in the 18th century, Pozo grew up in a communal apartment complex that had been a slave quarter. He practiced the Yoruba religion, was schooled in Lucumí chants, and participated in a secret Abakua brotherhood, the Cuban "leopard society," founded to preserve the values and beliefs of Africans from Cameroon and Nigeria.
A pioneer in Latin jazz and bebop, he was the first to compose well known songs which became classics, like "Cubana Be, Cubana Bop," "Tin Tin Deo" and "Manteca," which he recorded playing and singing during his brief stay with the orchestra of Dizzy Gillespie. An icon of Cuban music, Chano's violent death in 1948 at the hands of a d rug dealer was as strange as his life. Both are examined on this insightful documentary, which includes numerous interviews with Chano's relatives, friends and followers as well as with fellow musicians, like Dizzy Gillespie himself, who is seen and heard in a rare archival film. --- from liner notes
Bonus features:
Complete performances: "Manteca," "Descarga Chano in Memoriam," "Rumba Con Swing," "Tata Güines," and "Nagüe."
Languages, Subtitles: Español, Français, English Worldwide viewing.
Price: $24.98
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CHANO POZO
El Tambor De Cuba: 3-CD Box Set With 143 Page Book
Tumbao / original import
Category: LATIN JAZZ; AFRO-CUBAN JAZZ; CUBA
EditorsPick: Finally, a fitting tribute dedicated to the late Chano Pozo, one of the great figures in Afro-Cuban music, and an important figure in the birth of Cubop. This lavish 3-CD box set is the perfect way to immerse your self in the history of this music. This is a collector's trove, a gold mine that should not be missed. Includes a detailed 143 page biography that is beautifully reproduced with terrific photos. Highly recommended. (BP)
Description: The percussionist who was the origin of the exciting fusion between Afro-Cuban rhythms and Be-Bop Jazz. The greatest collection ever of Chano Pozo's compositions and performances, including some of his unheard recordings and spoken anecdotes. Includes a 148-page book "Chano Pozo: El Tambor de Cuba," with biography, many rare photos and discography. Featuring Miguelito Valdés, Dizzy Gillespie, Machito, Tito Rodriguez, Chappottín, Cascarita, Arsenio Rodriguez, Tito Gomez, James Moody, Marcelino Guerra, Mario Bauza, Bebo Valdés, René Hernandez, Olga Guillot, Pérez Prado, Anselmo Sacasas, and others.
Price: $44.95
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TITO PUENTE
Original Big Band Charts: Ah Ah
Colin
Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; CHARTS & SONGBOOKS
Description: These are the authentic and complete big band charts of maestro Tito Puente's most legendary compositions. All the instrument parts are charted (piano, drums, saxes, trombones, vibes etc. etc.) along with detailed transcriptions for the solos! Some even indicate when the horn section should sit or stand! If you are a musician and want to work with the best material available, here is your chance.
Price: $54.98
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TITO PUENTE
Original Big Band Charts: El Rey Del Timbal
Colin
Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; CHARTS & SONGBOOKS
Description: These are the authentic and complete big band charts of maestro Tito Puente's most legendary compositions. All the intrument parts are charted (piano, drums, saxes, trombones, vibes etc. etc.) along with detailed transcriptions for the solos! Some even indicate when the horn section should sit or stand! If you are a musician and want to work with the best material available, here is your chance.
Price: $54.98
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TITO PUENTE
Original Big Band Charts: Esy
Colin
Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; CHARTS & SONGBOOKS
Description: These are the authentic and complete big band charts of maestro Tito Puente's most legendary compositions. All the intrument parts are charted (piano, drums, saxes, trombones, vibes etc. etc.) along with detailed transcriptions for the solos! Some even indicate when the horn section should sit or stand! If you are a musician and want to work with the best material available, here is your chance.
Price: $54.98
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TITO PUENTE
Original Big Band Charts: Fiesta A La King
Colin
Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; CHARTS & SONGBOOKS
Description: These are the authentic and complete big band charts of maestro Tito Puente's most legendary compositions. All the intrument parts are charted (piano, drums, saxes, trombones, vibes etc. etc.) along with detailed transcriptions for the solos! Some even indicate when the horn section should sit or stand! If you are a musician and want to work with the best material available, here is your chance.
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TITO PUENTE
Original Big Band Charts: Machito Forever
Colin
Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; CHARTS & SONGBOOKS
Description: These are the authentic and complete big band charts of maestro Tito Puente's most legendary compositions. All the intrument parts are charted (piano, drums, saxes, trombones, vibes etc. etc.) along with detailed transcriptions for the solos! Some even indicate when the horn section should sit or stand! If you are a musician and want to work with the best material available, here is your chance.
Price: $74.98
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TITO PUENTE
Original Big Band Charts: Mambo Diablo
Colin
Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; CHARTS & SONGBOOKS
Description: These are the authentic and complete big band charts of maestro Tito Puente's most legendary compositions. All the intrument parts are charted (piano, drums, saxes, trombones, vibes etc. etc.) along with detailed transcriptions for the solos! Some even indicate when the horn section should sit or stand! If you are a musician and want to work with the best material available, here is your chance.
Price: $54.98
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TITO PUENTE
Original Big Band Charts: Mambo Gozan
Colin
Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; CHARTS & SONGBOOKS
Description: These are the authentic and complete big band charts of maestro Tito Puente's most legendary compositions. All the intrument parts are charted (piano, drums, saxes, trombones, vibes etc. etc.) along with detailed transcriptions for the solos! Some even indicate when the horn section should sit or stand! If you are a musician and want to work with the best material available, here is your chance.
Price: $64.98
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TITO PUENTE
Original Big Band Charts: Oye Como Va
Colin
Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; CHARTS & SONGBOOKS
Description: These are the authentic and complete big band charts of maestro Tito Puente's most legendary compositions. All the intrument parts are charted (piano, drums, saxes, trombones, vibes etc. etc.) along with detailed transcriptions for the solos! Some even indicate when the horn section should sit or stand! If you are a musician and want to work with the best material available, here is your chance.
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TITO PUENTE
Original Big Band Charts: Palladium Days
Colin
Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; CHARTS & SONGBOOKS
Description: These are the authentic and complete big band charts of maestro Tito Puente's most legendary compositions. All the intrument parts are charted (piano, drums, saxes, trombones, vibes etc. etc.) along with detailed transcriptions for the solos! Some even indicate when the horn section should sit or stand! If you are a musician and want to work with the best material available, here is your chance.
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TITO PUENTE
Original Big Band Charts: Para Los Rumberos
Colin
Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; CHARTS & SONGBOOKS
Description: These are the authentic and complete big band charts of maestro Tito Puente's most legendary compositions. All the intrument parts are charted (piano, drums, saxes, trombones, vibes etc. etc.) along with detailed transcriptions for the solos! Some even indicate when the horn section should sit or stand! If you are a musician and want to work with the best material available, here is your chance.
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TITO PUENTE
Original Big Band Charts: Picadillo
Colin
Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; CHARTS & SONGBOOKS
Description: These are the authentic and complete big band charts of maestro Tito Puente's most legendary compositions. All the intrument parts are charted (piano, drums, saxes, trombones, vibes etc. etc.) along with detailed transcriptions for the solos! Some even indicate when the horn section should sit or stand! If you are a musician and want to work with the best material available, here is your chance.
Price: $54.98
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TITO PUENTE
Original Big Band Charts: Ran Kan Kan
Colin
Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; CHARTS & SONGBOOKS
Description: These are the authentic and complete big band charts of maestro Tito Puente's most legendary compositions. All the intrument parts are charted (piano, drums, saxes, trombones, vibes etc. etc.) along with detailed transcriptions for the solos! Some even indicate when the horn section should sit or stand! If you are a musician and want to work with the best material available, here is your chance.
Price: $54.98
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TITO PUENTE
Tito Puente And The Making Of Latin Music, by Steven Loza
University Of Illinois Press
Category: BOOKS; BOOKS: OTHER
EditorsPick: The best book on Puente to date. This is the real deal, with information not available anywhere else -- not just on TP, but about Latin Music's rich history. Very highly recommended. (BP)
Description: He is known as "El Rey"--the king--and has come to epitomize the Latin experience in music, not just to Latinos thoughout the United States and Latin America but to a worldwide audience of all backrounds. 'Tito Puente and the Making of Latin Music' is the first in-depth historical, musical, and cultural look at the career and the influence of this giant of Latin music. In this seminal work, Steven Loza brings the man and his music vividly to life through exclusive intterviews with Puente and a number of his close associates, including Hilton Ruiz, Ray Santos, jerry González, Poncho Sanchez, and Joe Conzo, as well as music journalist Max Salazar and former DJ/producer Chico Sesma. 260 pages with some nice rare photographs, as well.
Price: $27.98
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CARLOS DEL PUERTO & SILVIO VERGARA
The True Cuban Bass
Sher Music
Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; BASS
Description: Written by the bassists for Irakere (Del Puerto) and Rumbavana (Vergara), two of the finest bands in Cuba. This book/cassette package is the ultimate guide and practice resource for the bassist who wants to master the pure essence of Cuban music. "This is a magnificent book which will bring all bassists closer to authentic Latin music." - Chucho Valdés. Complete with 2 CDs
Price: $22.00
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ROBERTO QUINTERO
Timbas Modernas / Modern Congas - DVD
Hal Leonard
Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; AFRO-LATIN PERCUSSION
EditorsPick: Offered in both English and Spanish. For one, two and three drums. Hosted by Willie Torres. (BP)
Description: Learn the secrets to playing congas in Modern Latin Music! Roberto Quintero discusses and demonstrates his masterful approach. • Full-Band Demos Feature the Hottest Players in Latin Music! • Strokes and Playing Techniques for Two and Three Congas • 3-2 and 2-3 Clave in 4/4, 6/8 and Polyrhythmic Studies. • Tumbao Patterns and Rumba Styles • Cutting Edge Techniques Running Time: 38:48 Minutes (English) 29:58 (Spanish)
Price: $24.98
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RAY RAMIREZ
The Swing Of The Latin Bass, Part 1: Book & CD Package
ADG Productions
Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; BASS
EditorsPick: Well done new instructional book and CD package for learning to play Latin bass: Guaguanco, Cha Cha Cha, Guajira, Son Montuno, Descarga, and Rumba. Recommended. (BP)
Description: Includes Compact disk (CD) and written examples. Learn the most relevant historic data that influence in the creation of the Latin Music. Learn the different styles of Afro Cuban and Afro Caribbean Music. Learn about The Clave, Tumbaos, Rhythms, Construciton of major and minor scales, Sight Reading, Information about basses. Learn to play: Guaguanco, Cha Cha Cha, Guajira, Son Montuno, Descarga, and Rumba. Includes photos to improve your physical posture and position of the hands when playing. Table of Contents: Preface Acknowledgment Introduction Information About Bases Major & minor scales Construction Understanding the Clave The Roots of Latin Bass Analysis of Latin Music Styles: The Guaguancó The Cha-Cha-Cha The Guajira The Son Montuno The Descargas or Rumbas Studying Techniques Bibliography Sources Discography
Price: $19.95
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