From Afro-Cuban Rhythms to Latin Jazz (Google eBook)

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University of California Press, 2006 - Music - 216 pages
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This book explores the complexity of Cuban dance music and the webs that connect it, musically and historically, to other Caribbean music, to salsa, and to Latin Jazz. Establishing a scholarly foundation for the study of this music, Raul A. Fernandez introduces a set of terms, definitions, and empirical information that allow for a broader, more informed discussion. He presents fascinating musical biographies of prominent performers Cachao Lpez, Mongo Santamar a, Armando Peraza, Patato Vald(r)s, Francisco Aguabella, Cindido Camero, Chocolate Armenteros, and Celia Cruz. Based on interviews that the author conducted over a nine-year period, these profiles provide in-depth assessments of the musiciansOCO substantial contributions to both Afro-Cuban music and Latin Jazz. In addition, Fernandez examines the links between Cuban music and other Caribbean musics; analyzes the musical and poetic foundations of the Cuban son form; addresses the salsa phenomenon; and develops the aesthetic construct of sabor, central to Cuban music. "Copub: Center for Black Music Research""
  

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Contents

The Salsa Concept
14
Ontology of the Son
23
The Aesthetics of Sabor
43
Magic Mixture
72
Drumming in Cuban
84
Lords of the Tambor
100
Chocolate Dreams
130
The Taste of Azucar
141
AFTERWORD
162
NOTES
164
INDEX
180
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Page 18 - Pacini explained at the time, "these categories — romantic and dance music — are more significant in Latin America than in the Anglo-American context. Rock music, for example, is not clearly defined as dance music, nor is it contrasted with a separate category of romantic music. In Latin America, however, these two quite distinct categories form a complementary pair, each fulfilling a different requirement in a musical event, whether it be public or private.

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Raul A. Fernandez is Professor of Social Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. He is the coauthor off One Hundred Years of Chicano History: Empire, Nations and Migration (2003), and author of Latin Jazz: The Perfect Combination (2002), and The U.S.-Mexico Border: A Politico-Economic Profile (1977).

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