The Latin beat : the rhythms and roots of Latin music from bossa nova to salsa and beyond

by Morales, Ed, 1956-

Format: Print Book 2003
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Music - Open Stacks ML3475.M67 2003
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Call Number  ML3475.M67 2003
The Latin explosion of Marc Anthony, Ricky Martin, and the Buena Vista Social Club may look like it came out of nowhere, but the incredible variety of Latin music has been transforming the United States since the turn of the century, when Caribbean beats turned New Orleans music into jazz. In fact, we wouldn't have any of our popular music without it: Imagine pop sans the mambos of Perez Prado and Tito Puente, the garage rock of Richie Valens, or even the glitzy croon of Julio Iglesias, not to mention the psychedelia of Santana and Los Lobos and the underground cult grooves of newcomers like Bebel Gilberto. The Latin Beat outlines the musical styles of each country, then traces each form as it migrates north. Morales travels from the Latin ballad to bossa nova to Latin jazz, chronicles the development of the samba in Brazil and salsa in New York, explores the connection between the mambo craze of the 1950's with the Cuban craze of today, and uncovers the hidden history of Latinos in rock and hip hop. The Latin Beat is the only book that explores where the music has come from and celebrates all of the directions it is going.
The beat is in the blood
The evolution of Cuban music into salsa
The story of Nuyorican salsa
Contemporary Cuban music
The Latin ballad from the bolero to the New Latin pop
Latin jazz
Re-imagining Brazil
Other Latin beats from Mexico, Colombia, and the Dominican Republic
The hidden history of Latinos and Latin influence in rock and hip-hop
Latin alternative.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Trying to define Latin music is like trying to define Latinos in the United States, says Village Voice scribe Morales. He believes it's helpful to consider which genres have become popular across national boundaries and which have crossed over to both English and Spanish-speakers in the U. S. Detailing the music of each Latin country and mapping out their influence on popular music, he examines the birth of salsa and contemporary Cuban music and the effect of Latin ballads on current pop, and he dedicates a generous section to Latin jazz. Also notable is a chapter concerning the impact of music from Brazil that will have music fans scrambling for the stores--he touches not only on the samba and bossa nova but also on tropicalia and the Brazilian psychedelic movement of the 60s. A brief section on Latin hip-hop and the new techno sounds coming out of Mexico City is a welcome addition. Exhaustively researched, well written, and up to date, this is an excellent addition to most music collections. --Carlos Orellana Copyright 2003 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "New York-based music and cultural critic Morales (Living in Spanglish) has written one of the best short histories of Latin American music since the 1979 classic The Latin Tinge by John Storm Roberts. Displaying an incredible depth of historical and musical knowledge and insight, this book will be a joy to read both for those already steeped in the Latin musical tradition as well as for those recently introduced to the music of, for instance, Tito Puente. Morales not only illuminates how the roots of Latin music grew from a hybrid of European and African influences, but definitively explains how various forms of the music mutated again once they became part of the American pop scene. Chapters on "The Evolution of Cuban Music into Salsa" and "The Story of Nuyorican Salsa" capture the excitement of Afro-Cuban innovators from the Lopez Brothers in the 1940s to the "renaissance salsero" Gilberto Santa Rosa in the '90s. Other chapters deftly explore the intricacies of the musical traditions of Brazil, the Latin ballad from the bolero to the "New Latin Pop" of singers like Ricky Martin, Latin jazz and contemporary Cuban music, including an illuminating section on the popular "Buena Vista Social Club" CD. Morales also focuses on other African-influenced music from the Dominican Republic, Colombia and Mexico, exploring various and fascinating current multicultural musical developments, such as the way that the "psychedelic, art-rock pose" of Caifanes differs from "dark, rhythm-driven" sound of the group Maldita Vecindad, making them "the Rolling Stones, to Caifanes's Beatles." (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Popular music -- Latin America -- History and criticism.
Publisher Cambridge, MA :Da Capo Press,2003
Edition 1st Da Capo Press ed.
Language English
Description xxviii, 372 pages ; 21 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [353]-354) and index.
ISBN 0306810182 (pbk.)
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