The Tirso book (BS Piano V. 14) was supposed to go quickly because I’d already done a lot of work on the MIDI I have from him, but as usual, I’ve found a way to make it harder on myself! The gear and efectos structure of Charanga Habanera is so interesting that I’ve made special additional play-along tracks where the percussion and bass cycle through the efectos and gears that go along with each piano tumbao. Fascinating stuff – Orlandito Mengual’s conga inventos are really amazing. There’s also a playalong for a full arrangement with all the efectos and transitions.
If people like this first Tirso book, I’ve got enough material for at least 3 more. And yes, I do realize that I’m behind on Pupy. I’ve done V10 and v11 and have reserved v12 and v13 for his 90s work with Los Van Van and his new stuff with Los Que Son Son. So much to do! Also hoping to get started on Beyond Salsa Bongó with Carlos Caro soon. If you haven’t seen it, Carlos did a great video for LP:
And here he is soloing in my back yard:
280,000 views for that one – yikes!
NOTE: Still looking for high res photos of Tirso playing piano.