Charlie Palmieri, Andy Gonzalez, & Ray Barretto Playing Fantasía Cubana

by chipboaz on December 9, 2016

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When a musician listens to the masters perform, they’re doing more than simply hearing some great music; they’re going to school. Every song offers so many lessons in style, improvisation, technique, and musicality. With open ears, eyes, and minds, musicians can take consistent steps forward every time they get the good fortune of hearing master musicians. Before video, musicians had to soak these lessons into their minds on the spot. Now that concerts can be recorded, we can take the time to learn from performances repeatedly. With a tool like YouTube; you’ve got a treasure trove masterful performances that you can watch over and over – it delivers so many great lessons.

This performance of the latin jazz standard “Fantasía Cubana” offers a number of lessons, played by a number of masters. When going to school, having folks like Ray Barretto, Charlie Palmieri, and Andy Gonzalez as your teachers, there’s going to be a serious learning curve. Gonzalez has one of the deepest tumbaos in Afro-Cuban music; that alone is worth repeated listens, but his solo is worth a careful transcription. Palmieri blends tipico phrases with harsh syncopations while Barretto just sets the congas on fire. The groove alone deserves some serious attention too – the percussionists lock as one while Gonzalez serves as the glue between the drums and a ferocious montuno from Palmieri. This is a pretty serious gathering of masters here – enjoy the lessons to be learned!

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