Gonzalo Grau y La Clave Secreta
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Gonzalo Grau y La Clave Secreta

New York City, New York, United States

New York City, New York, United States
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Cuba’s exuberant timba style is rendered to fiery perfection by [Goznalo Grau y La Clave Secreta], a Venezuelan band with powerhouse orchestrations and ear-pleasing vocalists on Más Allá de La Habana (2002). - Hispanic Magazine


With this important CD, we have the first fully authentic timba CD to be produced by a band outside of Cuba, thus the title “Más Allá de la Habana / Beyond Havana.” Venezuelen pianist, percussionist and vocalist Gonzalo Grau, who recorded this smart, aggressive, project (La Timb Loca) in Boston must be given credit for producing a CD that not only fully embraces the complexity and excitement of timba, but also for successfully being able to inject the timba elixir into classic salsa standards: “El Tibirí-Tábara” (Daniel Santos) and “Lo Que Me Pasó En La Guagua” (Adalberto Alzarez) to name a few.
To be able to shine a new light on familiar tunes is not an easy task: you risk failure on more than one front. But interpretation is an important factor in any form: jazz, pop, salsa, or timba. If done well, the material is revived for a new audience, and maybe readdressed to by an older one.
Why even touch the Oscar D’Leon salsa anthem “Llororás”? Listen to Grau’s handling of this masterpiece and it will all make sense.
Paint a mustache on the Mona Lisa? Why not.
Highly recommended. - Descarga.com


"...many of us in the United States were overwhelmed by the timba sounds of La Timba Loca, a group that we assumed (based on the sound) came from Cuba. To our surprise, that band was based in Boston, Massachusetts... - Latin Beat Magazine


"This was high-octane salsa with flash, urgency and lots of unexpected  contours"
- Boston Herald


"...one of those albums that you just have to hear to believe that you won't believe what you're hearing"
- Mundo Afrolatino


"arreglos de una estilística que podemos ver en el buen Jazz...delicado pero, rítmicamente contundente y audaz"
- En Clave de Jazz


Discography

"Mas Allá de la Habana" 2002 Carijazz Records
*"Frutero Moderno" 2006 GonzoGrau Music-****Grammy Nominated album

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At the glitzy stage of the Sydney Opera House, on the flavorful streets of the Beni Moré Festival in Cuba and with the demanding NYC salsa fans of the Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing, Gonzalo Grau y La Clave Secreta have shared their secret.
Drawing from his early classical music training and his Berklee molded jazz chops, founder Gonzalo Grau cooked up a fusion of son, Latin jazz and timba that has been reviewed as “salsa on steroids” and “powerhouse orchestrations”. With masterful arrangements, excellence of execution and ingenious audience interactions, the then titled Timba Loca, released its first CD production Mas Allá de La Habana (Beyond Havana) in 2002 and hit the road. The band sold out shows in Boston, Philly and New York City and brought audiences to their dancing feet. With a new album in 2006 (Frutero Moderno) and a new name, this high-octane ensemble is all grown-up and the influence of its international team of musicians is felt in every score along with hints of J.S. Bach, Chic Corea, Los Van Van, Issac Delgado and Guaco to boot.