Practicing Montunos 1
This CD is a great source to practice montunos and solos based on typical salsa chord progressions. The tracks were recorded at Bettrmusik studios featuring Joe Santiago on Bass and Frank "Jr." Medina on percussion. Using a real rhythm section gives you a more accurate idea of what the rhythm section should feel like. Many times piano solos have to be reduced to 1-2 min performances, but with this CD you can practice at you own leisure without burning out anyone in the band. It is also great to practice montunos and it's different variations. There are 3-2 examples also 2-3 at 200 bpm (Typical salsa song tempo) and also examples at a slower speed (164 bpm). Julio Jauregui was born in Baton Rouge, LA. He grew up in Mexico City. Julio studied music at the University of Oregon. He now performs and writes music arrangements. Julio's arrangements have reached far places like Germany, Norway, New York, Florida, Texas, Chicago. His arrangements and transcriptions, mostly for salsa bands, are synonym of quality. He has also been the musical director of the cabaret show 'Musica Vitae' in Seattle, WA. He has recorded with Guil Guimaraes, Jeff Busch, Joe Santiago, Steve Guash Latin Jazz project, Children of the Revolution, Nueva Era, Caliente, Charlie Nordstrom and Steve Kim. His piano work may be also heard on his recordings: 'Beija Flor'- Three two trio, 'Encuentro' - Rumba Abierta, "Recuerdos" - Carlos Cascante y su Tumbao. Julio's love for Afro-Cuban music and Jazz is almost like an addiction. One night you might see him performing with Children of Revolution, and the next performing his Latin Jazz compositions with Rumba Abierta. While moving through the boundaries of jazz, pop, rock, Latin and even blues Julio has an amazing talent for bringing things and people together. Growing, as a Latin musician, in the Pacific Northwest is a lonely place sometimes, since the teachers for this music reside in far away places. So recordings took the place of the teacher for the most part. This CD (which is part of a book entitled "The piano player's guite to Montunos") is an attempt to give those who are hungry for this kind of music an opportunity to be able to practice what most piano players not living in Cuba, L.A., New York, Puerto Rico can not experience first hand...so to speak.