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Today's Salsa CD reviews


Issac Delgado – La Formula (Malecon)
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Despite only a middle age man, Issac Delgado already boasts a career which spans a few decades (first as singer of NG la Banda, then as solo) and has already ensured for himself a lasting position in the hall of fame of Cuban music. Since the very beginning he has toyed with mixing Caribbean rhythms, pop melodies, a bit of experimentation in the arrangements, a touch of timba and an ever present jazz feel in his voice. All of this, especially the jazz feel, reaches the technical peak in his best seller CD ‘La Formula’ (also distributed under the name ‘Malecon’). I remember hearing the single which gives the name to the CD at the Carnival in Havana the year before the CD was released and immediately recognising the irresistible call to dance. That song remains one of the most popular from Issac and you may have danced to it in your club. But, as catchy and danceable as that song may be, this CD contains many more brilliant pearls: ‘O Estas Loca’, ‘Amore sin Etica’ ‘El solar de la California’ and, above all, ‘Malecon’ are not only danceable, but absolutely marvelous songs to listen to as well. I love to dance to them very gently and smoothly, because this is the feel this music suggests to me, and despite a permeating underlying timba flare, you can easily dance to them in NY style. Other tracks are less danceable, mostly romantic, but nevertheless very nice, like ‘Quando’, ‘A ti todo’ and ‘Te perdono’. Issac’s music attracts fans both among the non musically trained, because of the melodies and his charismatic voice, and among the musically trained; if you are one of the latter, you will recognise arrangements of a quality rarely matched even by the best latin bands, executed to perfection, whose details you will enjoy over several listening sessions.

Sadly, this CD comes with a major sin: a bad live cover of an already bad ‘La vida es un carnaval’ popularized by Celia Cruz a few years before this CD was released. It was probably included as a marketing plot and really has nothing to do with the rest of the CD. Fortunately, you can pretend the CD does not contains this track (it is the last one) and avoid ruining the tastes so divinely sharpened by the rest of the CD. A Must. 15-7-07

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Salsafix and Edie the SalsaFreak - LA salsa Intermediate and Advanced

Level: Int/Adv

Style: LA

Content: 25 moves interpersed with interview of Jorge by Edie

Compared to the companion ‘Beginner’ DVD, this product not only maintains the same ‘2 for 1’ concept of delivering quality instruction from 2 top dancers like Jorge and Edie, but also gives you plenty of material to work on with 25 turn patterns (!). Clearly dancers whose repertoire and knowledge is vast do not need to save their material.

The 25 turn patterns are all very short, 4 to 6 bars of music on average. This should be handy in order to both remember them and allow you to play with them by recombining with endless combinations. The emphasis of this DVD is Jorge’s lead, since Edie presents him as one of the best leads in the world (BTW, Ally danced with him and we confirm that Edie is right). This is very well done, because after Jorge’s explanation of what the lead should be, Edie adds to that by highlighting what makes that particular lead both effective and pleasant for the lady. In addition to this, a question-and-answer section between Edie and Jorge, allows to delve into the philosophy and frame of mind in which a guy needs to be in order to deliver his best lead.

The 25 turn patterns are not original, they all contain elements which can be considered standard in the salsa world. Having said that, I found the choice of the material not only appropriate for the audience this DVD targets, but also clever; the turn patterns could in principle be grouped into a few ‘themes’, according to which element they are built upon. In each ‘theme’, different combinations and variation are presented; understanding this, will allow you to make your dance diverse, even by using only a handful of ideas. The only weakness of the DVD, in my opinion, in that this concept is not explained, so these nuances may be lost to an unexperienced dancer. Similarly, and unlike the beginner DVD, there is little use of titling so you may not remember where you are in the DVD if you do not make ample use of the chapters via your remote control.

But, at the end of the day, these are details; what counts, for salsa maniacs as we all are, is how much salsa we get and its quality. And the answer to both questions in ‘plenty’! A worthwhile buy.

Reviewed by Fabio from SalsaIsGood - Recommended

 
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On2? Which On2? I am writing this post to all experienced salsa dancers out there, and in particular to all salsa instructors. I have a question which hopefully will spark an e-mail exchange from which I may understand a few things which are unclear to me. In order to put this into context, first a few 'facts'.

Fact 1 . Roughly speaking, most people dance salsa either On1, or On2 Modern Mambo (NY style) or On2 Classic Mambo (Puerto Rican style also similar to Cuban contratiempo). Today Modern Mambo is used more frequently than Classic Mambo at congresses and salsa classes around the world.. more...

 
The Salsa 10 Commandments: 1)You shall not dance out of time, 2) You shall not refuse a dance to a less advanced dancer , 3) You shall respect other dancers on the dance floor more...

 
Creativity, Style and Salsa: How can I be creative in my dancing? How does SuperMario come up with his incredible moves? Did Eddie Torres invent NY style? What is style? Who creates a style? What does it mean to be creative anyway?

There are no objective answers to the above questions. They all, one way or the other, depend on subjective views on the artistic expression we call salsa, on what we like, and on what we intend by salsa in the first place. But we can still say reasonable things about the matter and make the creative process clearer and possibly easier. What follows are some thoughts of mine, mostly borrowed from my maths background. I am sure all this must have been said already within the art or humanistic literature, and if you are aware of work in this area please let me know, so that I can learn more.

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