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Fotos: Tom Ehrlich : Con Tumbao 6-18-22
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The Roots of Timba - Part II - "Oye cómo suena mi bajo, qué rico"
The central rhythmic motif of Qué rico bailo yo is the tresillo rhythm (0xx0 xx0x) which is used throughout the arrangement in every imaginable way:
xx0x 0xxx 0xx0 xxx0 2-3 rumba clave
xxxx xxxx 0xx0 xx0x on the 3-side
xxxx xxx0 xxx0 xx0x on the 3-side with the first note anticipated
xxxx xxxx 0xx0 xx0x on the 3-side "con efecto"
0xx0 xx0x xxxx xxxx on the 2-side "con efecto"
Look at the underlined notes to see how each of the main tumbaos handles the tresillo motif. The anticipation in tumbao 1 makes a huge difference in the way the groove feels.
The montuno section features a very unusual approach to the coros and guías. Before vocalist Juan Crespo Maza enters, we hear coro 1 for 8 claves, a shortened version for 4 claves, a flute solo, and then a completely different coro 2. This whole section uses tumbao 1. When Maza finally comes in, his lead vocal section lasts a full 8 claves and uses tumbao 2. Each of his extended guías is a classic. He rides the offbeats like a rumbero, touching down on the clave accents at just the right places. I find myself at an uncharacteristic loss of words to describe his singing here and explain why I love it so much, but fortunately, I don't have to ... just listen! Being able to say "just listen" is why I've given up writing printed books - internet music-writing is an idea whose time has come.
Humberto Perera's arrangement and bass performance also fall into the "must-hear-to-believe" category.