This video shows a demonstration and explanation with three examples of the rhythms called Latin Jazz “Mambo” on Cowbell, Snare, Bass Drum, hihat and introduction of the Toms in the pattern. 1st line: Right hand plays Quarter Notes and Cáscara “A-B” on Cowbell and Cymbal. 2nd line: Left hand plays Snare and variations on the Toms. 3rd line: Bass Drum plays “Tumbao” Quarter Notes on Hihat.
Now, let’s talk about what people call Latin jazz. There’s a lot of confusion about what to play in certain particular moments. They said to me, let’s play a song, let’s play a mambo, let’s play a Latin, and the best explanation that I can give you is to use the patterns I gave before. The cáscara, the Clave, those patterns can be applied to every style of the Cuban music. For example, most of the time the difference is just the tempo, like, for example, if we play a cha-cha-chá. Cha-cha-chá goes like this, one two, three, four…. Now, let’s play a mambo. In my opinion, mambo is a cha-cha-chá a little bit faster or in double time. One, two, three, four… But also, there is a section called mambo in Cuban music in which we use this patterns: One, two, three, four… But the difference in this mambo is the section which has nothing to do with the mambo created by Pérez Prado, which I have played before and is just a fast cha-cha-chá.