The Roots of Timba, Pt I - 1950-La juventud de Cayo Hueso

1950 Arsenio Rodríguez - La juventud de Cayo Hueso
bassist: Lázaro Prieto
source: Montuneando

notes: Juventud de Cayo Hueso has three different bass tumbaos and an extraordinary bloque.

xx0x 0xxx 0xx0 xx0x 2-3 son clave
xxxx xxxx xxxx xx0x
(pickup)
xxx0 0x0x xxx0 0x0x
xxx0 0x0x xxx0 0x0x
bass tumbao 1 -- MIDI
xxxx xxxx xxxx xx0x (pickup)
xxx0 0x0x xxx0 0x0x
bass tumbao 2 - MIDI

As you can see, tumbao 2, which accompanies Lilí Martínez' piano solo, uses the same rhythm as the first tumbao, but is only half as long. The MIDI example is one of several melodic variations Prieto plays on the same rhythm.

The bloque which transitions into the diablo marks the coro and clave, then repeats a 3-beat cross-rhythm 3 times, and then further ratchets up the rhythm tension by going into triplets.

0x0x 0xxx 000x xx00
0xxx 000x 0-0-0 0-0-0
0-0-0 0-0-0 0xxC xCxC C
=Coro - qué linda tu guaguancó
C
xCx CxCx xxxx xxxx
bloque (cierre)

Tumbao 3 is 2 claves long, with a figure that doubles the coro to mark the 2-side in an very timba-like way:

0xx0 xx0x xx0x 0xxx 3-2 son clave
xxxx xxxx xxxx xx0x
(pickup)
xxx0 0x0x xxx0 0x0x
xxx0 x00x 0x0x 0xxx
bass tumbao 3 - MIDI

Wednesday, 23 March 2011, 03:32 AM