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Old 03-11-2021, 06:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Musical quotes in Cuban songs

Many pieces of Cuban music, often belonging to the "timba" genre, use musical quotes from all horizons. Sometimes this is done as in jazz, as part of an improvised melodic solo. Other times, the quotation is fully orchestrated and becomes an integral part of the composition, without being a cover.

I have been able to identify many of them but some of them still resist me. That's why I'm calling on you.

Musical quote n°1
Artist: Tumbao Habana
Album: Tumbao Habana
Title: Escape
Position: 4:17 to 4:34 (outro)
Link to audio excerpt: https://e.pcloud.link/publink/show?c...YSQJCy2S2LzVP7
Link to full track on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/5oVxl...c41a1babeb463c

Musical quote n°2
Artist: Habana Ensemble
Album: Mambo Mania
Title: Pachito E'ché
Position: 2:56 to 3:08 (solo)
Link to audio excerpt: https://e.pcloud.link/publink/show?c...JXfsW53bmEi9UV
Link to full track on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/4u5hF...c15ca9ea774339

Musical quote n°3
Artist: Los Ángeles de la Habana
Album: De Aquí Pa'l Cielo
Title: La Superwoman
Position: 1:57 to 2:07 (orchestral)
Link to audio excerpt: https://e.pcloud.link/publink/show?c...d6YnWGrSYpmgEk
Link to full track on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/5uTEy...fd7ab0e03149f3

About the 3rd one, there are multiple quotes mixed together. I already identified All That She Wants by Ace of Base and Crazy in Love by Beyoncé & Jay-Z. I miss the one made of a quite simple melody using high notes E, G and A, played by a synthetic airy sound with much reverb. The quote at the beginning of the track is also already identified as being Maurice Ravel's Boléro.

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Old 03-16-2021, 04:28 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Got one: quote n°2 is Take The A Train by Billy Strayhorn (1936)

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Many pieces of Cuban music, often belonging to the "timba" genre, use musical quotes from all horizons. Sometimes this is done as in jazz, as part of an improvised melodic solo. Other times, the quotation is fully orchestrated and becomes an integral part of the composition, without being a cover.

I have been able to identify many of them but some of them still resist me. That's why I'm calling on you.

Musical quote n°1
Artist: Tumbao Habana
Album: Tumbao Habana
Title: Escape
Position: 4:17 to 4:34 (outro)
Link to audio excerpt: https://e.pcloud.link/publink/show?c...YSQJCy2S2LzVP7
Link to full track on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/5oVxl...c41a1babeb463c

Musical quote n°2
Artist: Habana Ensemble
Album: Mambo Mania
Title: Pachito E'ché
Position: 2:56 to 3:08 (solo)
Link to audio excerpt: https://e.pcloud.link/publink/show?c...JXfsW53bmEi9UV
Link to full track on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/4u5hF...c15ca9ea774339

Musical quote n°3
Artist: Los Ángeles de la Habana
Album: De Aquí Pa'l Cielo
Title: La Superwoman
Position: 1:57 to 2:07 (orchestral)
Link to audio excerpt: https://e.pcloud.link/publink/show?c...d6YnWGrSYpmgEk
Link to full track on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/5uTEy...fd7ab0e03149f3

About the 3rd one, there are multiple quotes mixed together. I already identified All That She Wants by Ace of Base and Crazy in Love by Beyoncé & Jay-Z. I miss the one made of a quite simple melody using high notes E, G and A, played by a synthetic airy sound with much reverb. The quote at the beginning of the track is also already identified as being Maurice Ravel's Boléro.
Ok, the first one is a joke, right? You've never heard of The Manhattan Transfer's Birdland? You have now. (They quote the chorus. (2:00))

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Got one: quote n°2 is Take The A Train by Billy Strayhorn (1936)

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Thank you very much Ando, I asked a dozen of people around me and none of them was able to identify this one.

Never heard about The Manhattan Transfer, despite the Grammies. By the way, I prefer the original version by Weather Report (which I heard of but never listened to) (now I did).

It is quite interesting to notice that on Heavy Weather, the album containing Birdland, there is a track, named Rumba Mama, which is a short live percussion performance made of Cuban traditional music (probably a rumba columbia or another rumba sub-genre, and it may be linked to Orishas too, since Eleguá is mentioned).
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Thank you very much Ando, I asked a dozen of people around me and none of them was able to identify this one.

Never heard about The Manhattan Transfer, despite the Grammies. By the way, I prefer the original version by Weather Report (which I heard of but never listened to) (now I did).

It is quite interesting to notice that on Heavy Weather, the album containing Birdland, there is a track, named Rumba Mama, which is a short live percussion performance made of Cuban traditional music (probably a rumba columbia or another rumba sub-genre, and it may be linked to Orishas too, since Eleguá is mentioned).
Yeah, I should have mentioned the late songwriter, Joe Zawinul, and the original Weather Report version but I'm partial to the vocal performance of Jon Hendricks' lyrics.

I don't really know Heavy Weather (other than Birdland). Listening to it now. Side B of the original vinyl begins with Rumba Mama, a live performance which (by the sound of it) had some dance accompaniment.

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