Beyond Salsa Piano is a history and anthology of the role of the piano in the Cuban rhythm section – from its first appearance to the present. In a broader sense, it’s a study of the tumbao – the art of creating music from layers of repeating rhythmic and melodic phrases. Whether these syncopated figures are called tumbaos, guajeos, montunos, riffs or vamps, this Afro-Cuban concept lies at the heart of nearly every popular music genre from salsa to rock , funk, R&B, hiphop and jazz.

While presented as a set of method books, the series doubles as a history course and record collecting guide for listeners, dancers, and players of instruments other than the piano.

Perhaps the most important goal of the series is to provide a comprehensive understanding of how tumbaos are constructed, their central role in the texture of Latin music of all eras, and the endless possibilities they provide for creative composing and arranging.

Latin Jazz

Album Preview Artist Popularity Charts PTracks
Carnival in San Juan Papo Vazquez star
Afro-Cuban Jazz Snowboy star
Para Puente Snowboy star
March of the Jazz Guerillas Babatunde Lea star
Descarga en California Rebeca Mauleon star
King Conga Johnny Blas star
H2O Francisco Aguabella star
Live In Havana Gonzalo Rubalcaba star
Descarga Cubana Joaquin Pozo star
Lazaro Valdes y Son Jazz Lazaro Valdes Sr. star
Piano del Solar Lazaro (Lazarito) Valdés Jr. star
Pure Mezcla Pablo Menéndez & Mezcla star
Latin Jazz Collective with John Nava Latin Jazz Collective with John Nava star
Dimensions Felipe Lamoglia star
BEBO Bebo Valdes star
We Could Make Such Beautiful Music Together Bebo Valdes star