One of the longest associations I have in the music business is with conguero
Eddie Montalvo. I first met Eddie in 1976 when he was working with the band
Los Kimbos. During this era of the 1970s and 1980s, Eddie recorded with
so many great Salsa artists including the legendary Hector Lavoe. He was
always a part of the recording efforts that came from my basement studio.
The most notable of these was Drum
Solos Vol. I, II and II from which countless
percussionists world-wide learned to play tumbao and to solo. A concept
that was given new life, some 25 years later, when a dvd was created using
15 of the finest percussionists in the world and of course featuring this
rhythm master, Eddie Montalvo. Along with Eddie were Gilbert "El Pulpo" Colon
Jr. on keyboard who was on the first Drum Solos recordings, Louis Bazo on
bongos, Nicky Marrero on timbales, and Ray Martinez on bass.
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