Edgardo Morales with El Gran Combo Performing Timbalero

NUMERO EMBLEMATICO DE LA SALSA.....ESTA PIEZA MUSICAL CUANDO, EDGARDO MORALES FUE A GRABAR LA PRODUCCION HAPPY DAYS, RAFAEL ITHIER, LE DIJO ESTE NUMERO LO PREPARE ESPECIALMENTE PARA TI.........Y CUANDO EDGARDO GRABA EN EL ESTUDIO ...EL SOLO LO HIZO SOLO UNA VEZ ,,,,TAN BUENA FUE SU EJECUCION DEL TIMBAL QUE ASI QUEDO.....PARA LA POSTERIDAD...CUANDO USTEDES ESCUCHEN ESTE NUEMRO EN EL DISCO ORIGINAL, CIERREN SUS OJOS Y TRANSPORTENSE A ESE MAGISTRAL MOMENTO.......EDGARDO MORALES....VIVEEEEE!

Posted by Richard Roman on Sunday, March 15, 2015

For about fifteen years, most of Eddie Lewis’ performance income came from working with various salsa bands in Houston. His first salsa gig was with Will Cruz’s Saoko. That was about 1990. Since then, Eddie has worked with just about all of the top salsa bands up until 2005. Houston is blessed with some of the world’s best salsa musicians, and specifically blessed to have Edgardo Morales on timbales. Gran Combo is one of the most popular salsa bands of all time and Edgardo used to be their timbalero.

Listening Questions:

  • Where is the clave?

    The most important thing for all of the musicians to know about salsa is that it is built on a rhythm called the clave. If you don’t know what that is, do a google search for it and then come back to this video to see if you can hear the clave.

  • Great horn writing?

    Some of the best modern writing you will ever have an opportunity to perform is a well written salsa chart. Listen to the trumpets (and the horn section in general) on this video. How is the arranger using the horns? How would you describe it to an up-and-coming composition student?

  • Should we study the other instruments?

    This video clearly features Edgardo on the timbales. Is there any benefit to us as trumpet players to study the roles of the different instruments? If so, what can you learn from Edgardo from this video?

Eddie Lewis posts these videos as listening assignments to his students. He often tells the students that “listening is more important than practicing”. To that end, he shares the videos so the students have something to inspire them to listen more often to professional trumpet players.

That said, if you are not one of Mr. Lewis’ students, we welcome you, too. The more the merrier! Welcome to EddieLewis.com. Feel free to post your comments and questions below.