Bailando en Aguas Oscuras
This record is the realization of many years of listening, transcribing, arranging, composing, playing, and dancing to salsa music. Although I heard this music while growing up in Brooklyn, NY, it was only about 6 years ago that I started to study it in earnest. I listened to as many artists as I could, analyzed their music, read books, practiced playing montunos, took courses and talked with as many salsa musicians as I could. My two colleagues and friends; Carlos Campos and Bernardo Hernandez helped me in realizing my goal of writing and playing this great music by offering to teach me in both formal and informal ways. I thank Carlos for his friendship and for his transcriptions and books that laid the foundation for me, and to Bernardo for his friendship and his course: "Writing in Salsa Styles" at the Berklee College of Music where we both teach. I not only studied the music, but the dance as well, studying with great teachers here in Boston and NYC and then going to the clubs to listen and dance. I also began to study Spanish again, so that I could understand the lyrics and communicate with Latino musicians. I also made trips to Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic to study their music, language and culture. Next year, I plan to go to Cuba to learn more about the roots of the wonderful music. This music was made for salseros (salsa dancers), so dance the night away. Bueno pá gozar!