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Cuban Fire: The Story of Salsa and Latin Jazz by Isabelle Leymarie

For any person seeking an indepth understanding of the effect of Cuban music in jazz, one of the best places to discover that information is in the well-written book, CUBAN FIRE. This is the type of reference book that is both enjoyable and educational. CUBAN FIRE is an excellent selection to give as a gift, or to request for your local public library to have on its shelves.

CUBAN FIRE has interviews, photographs, illustrations, and a detailed index. There are 10 chapters, plus the indepth introduction and conclusion.

This book covers the music of Cuba and its effect on neighboring countries. Many classical composers such as Ravel, Debussy, and George Gershwin have utilized Cuban themes in their music. Pop groups utilize themes in their current performances.

Part 1 details and explains African liturgies to Creole rhythms, Part 2 covers the decades of the 1920s and 1930s and use of son, rumba, and conga, focusing on Havana and Cuba, and the United States and Puerto Rico. Part 3 covers the 1940s and the 1950s decades, considered the golden age of Cuban music, focusing on the developments taking place in Havana, Cuba, the United States, and Puerto Rico. The section in the chapter on "Singers in Cuba" will prove interesting to jazz readers. Part 4 covers the 1960s with commentary on the pachanga, the boogaloo, and Latin soul. Chapters in this section of special interest concern the salsa vocalists, the merengue, and contemporary Latin jazz and Latin rock. There is a nice discography and bibliography included for additional reading references and well worth the time to review, and study for further readings.

To put together a book so accurate and filled with exciting details requires a writer capable of being a scholar and a visionary. CUBAN FIRE covers movements, styles, and singers. Such a writer who could and did handle the job successfully is the author of the book, Isabelle Leymarie.

Isabelle Leymarie is one of the finest authors writing today about Cuban music, and her excellent approach is fully realized in her book CUBA FIRE. Congratulations to Isabelle Leymarie on a fine, well-written book which should be in every public library which has a section on Cuban studies, or jazz.For any person seeking to discover a true understanding of the effect of Cuban music in jazz, CUBAN FIRE is the ideal place to go and learn. A fine, well-crafted book with photos and illustrations, it would make a nice gift for a friend, or to have placed in your local public library.

Additional Info

  • Book Title: Cuban Fire: The Story of Salsa and Latin Jazz
  • Author: Isabelle Leymarie
  • Publisher: Continuum
  • Year Published: 2002
  • Book Type:: Non-Fiction
  • ISBN: 826455867
  • Rating: Five Stars
  • Number of Pages: 394
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