CONGA IMPROVISATION Raul Rekow Style
This conga solo which comes from Wham! a track on Santana’s 1978 release Inner Secrets (Columbia 35600) is one
of the first improvisations I ever transcribed. In my opinion it also represents
well, the style Raul has developed over the years. It incorporates
clear, precise and distinguished musical phrases, played with impeccable
time over the rhythm section, finishing with one of his trademarks, the
execution of a clearly articulated fast triplet-note roll emphasising in
this instance open tones and open slaps. The actual solo is between
bars 3-18, bars 1-2 and 19-20 are part of unison phrases (as marked) played
with the other percussionists. Do try and listen to the recording
which also features a wonderful solo by Armando Peraza on bongos and the timbal artistry of Pete Escovedo. The tempo is approximately half note = 132
legend: O= Open Tone (S)=
Muffled Slap S=Open Slap
For further information on Raul please refer
to A DAY WITH Raul Rekow.
information and some conga patterns please refer to the following articles CLAVE CONCEPTS Afro-Cuban Rhythms, CLAVE CONCEPTS
Tito Puente's Para Los Rumberos, GUAGUANCO
Afro-Cuban Rumba, BOMBA Afro-Puerto Rican Treasure and MOZAMBIQUE The Manny Oquendo Touch.
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