Rebeca Mauleon
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The best kept secret in music


"Rebeca Mauleon's Spicy Musical Stew"

"Pianist-composer Rebeca Mauleon calls her sound Latin jazz flavored with flamenco and gospel, [but] that doesn't adequately describe the richness of her original music, which draws on a wide range of sources. The mix works beautifully."
Jesse Hamlin. - San Francisco Chronicle

"Latin Jazz Geyser"

"Rebeca Mauleon's visceral, tumbao-style piano."
John Lannert. - Billboard

"Emissary of Afro-Cuban sound"

In the world of Afro-Cuban and Latin Jazz, Mauleon is a highly respected and sought-after pianist, arranger and composer. - Arizona Daily Star


"Rebeca Mauleon is an outstanding performer, composer and arranger." - L.A. Jazz Scene

"World Class"

"A world-class pianist, composer and author." - Latin Beat

"Rennaissance Woman"

Rebeca Mauleon may very well be Latin music's Rennaisance woman.
Robert Kaye. -

"With Latin Fire, Rebeca Mauleon is looking at a Latin Grammy or something’s wrong"

Rarely has the well-worn phrase "Latin fire" been so appropriate. From the get go, this one’s on fire alright and it’s a result of fine tuned compositions, tightly edited arrangements, an amazing sense of pacing, and top echelon Latin musicianship. With Latin Fire, Rebeca Mauleon is looking at a Latin Grammy or something’s wrong. She has combined one of the slickest, trickiest ensemble performances in years with radio friendly material that transcends mediocre pop.

Indulge us and listen to this CD first without reading a word of the liner notes. Then when you do go to the sleeve, you’ll discover the reason you’re hearing what you’re hearing. Composer and ace pianist Mauleon has surrounded herself with the snap, crackle and pop of Latin musicians, starting with Giovanni Hidalgo on congas and hand percussion. Never a dull moment here! Hand in glove with Hidalgo is the legendary Cuban wonder kid, Jimmy Branly on drums: No stock breaks and fills from this lad. If that weren’t enough, we have the great Bill Ortiz on trumpet and Gary Brown on bass. And a stellar vocal chorus to assist Rebeca.

From the opener, "Batamambo", an up tempo grabber in which, yes, there is a strong mambo section and a lurking bata drum, sometimes rearing up in the sub woofer, it is clear that these musicians are having fun. Rebeca’s piano lays down a percolating groove that lurches into an up tempo Latin jazz. Such probing and interesting piano! Such high energy scatting trumpet! Such intricate yet ultimately anchoring conga chops—even the cowbell parts are worthy of examination! Long before the trumpet solo, we know we are the presence of greatness...Rebeca Mauleon’s Latin Fire is truly one of the strongest Latin CDs out there, judged in terms of concept, arrangements, execution, recording quality, and, not least, the excitement factor. Highly recommended.
- Latin Percussion


Rebeca Mauleon, Latin Fire, Rumbeca Music, 2004
Mickey Hart, Spirit Into Sound, Grateful Dead Records, 2000
Mickey Hart, Planet Drum: Supralingua, Ryco Disc, 1998
Rebeca Mauleón, Round Trip, Bembe Records, 1999
Steve Winwood, Junction Seven, Virgin Records, 1997
José Luis Quintana “Changuito,” The History of Songo, DCI/Warner, 1996
Patato, Changuito, Orestes, Ritmo y Candela, Redwood, 1995
Karl Perazzo & Raul Rekow, From Afro-Cuban to Rock, LP, 1995
The Machete Ensemble, Machete, Xenophile, 1995
Tito Puente, Royal ‘T’, Concord Picante, 1993
Carlos Santana, Milagro, Polydor, 1992
Tito Puente, Goza Mi Timbal, Concord Picante, 1990
Ray Obiedo, Iguana, Windham Hill Jazz, 1990
Ray Obiedo, Perfect Crime, Windham Hill Jazz, 1989
Tito Puente, Salsa meets Jazz, Concord Picante, 1988
Pete Escovedo, Mister E, Crossover, 1988
Tito Puente, Un Poco Loco,, Concord Picante, 1987
Tito Puente, Sheila E, Pete Escovedo, Latin Familia, Lorimar, 1986


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Rebeca Mauleón has been at the forefront of Latin and World music for over twenty-five years. A prolific pianist, composer, arranger as well as author and educator, Mauleón has performed with luminaries in the Latin, Pop and World music scenes, including Carlos Santana, Mickey Hart, Tito Puente, Steve Winwood, Israel “Cachao” López, Giovanni Hidalgo, Carlos Patato Valdez, Joe Henderson and others. Her performing and arranging credits include GRAMMY® winners and nominees Tito Puente (“Goza Mi Timbal”), Steve Winwood ("Junction 7") and Carlos Patato Valdez (“Ritmo y Candela”). In the 90s she recorded and toured with Mickey Hart’s Planet Drum as the group’s Musical Director, including appearances at Woodstock ’99, the Conan O’Brien show, and the Regis and Kathy Lee Show.

As a producer, Mauleón’s first solo release (“Round Trip”) garnered international critical acclaim, earning top-ten status on the Latin Beat Hit Parade for seven consecutive months, including number one. As the leader of her own ensemble, Rebeca has appeared at numerous renowned music festivals, including the Kennedy Center’s “Women in Jazz” festival in 1999, the Monterey Jazz Festival and San Francisco and San José Jazz Festivals. In 2001 she was the recipient of the prestigious Meet The Composer New Residencies Award, for a three-year residency at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Rebeca is also much in-demand as a teacher and clinician throughout the U.S. and Europe, specializing in Latin music performance and history, combining hands-on master classes with high-energy performances by her ensemble. She is the author of several texts on Latin music technique, including the highly acclaimed Salsa Guidebook (© Sher Music, 1993), the Latin Real Book (© Sher Music, 1997), 101 Montunos (© Sher Music, 1999) and Muy Caliente (© Sher Music, 2000). She has also published articles for several top industry magazines, including Keyboard, Grammy Gateway, Modern Drummer, Mix en Español and Bass Player. Rebeca is a tenured professor of Latin American Music at City College of San Francisco, a guest lecturer at U.C. Berkeley, and sits on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Jazz Festival.