To talk about salsa (musically speaking), should take into account many factors, and be very careful not to say nonsense. It should be well documented in the matter. For me, musician dedicated to these purposes, already more than 30 years, is also a bit difficult to speak on this subject. Not by the fact that this musical genre innumerable number of times been interpreted, wants to say that he is an expert in the field; I intend neither to that. But yes, we can document a little, and try to understand the issue; What if it is clear, and it is true, that old horse theme music is not a sauce, as I said on one occasion, a client of the restaurant (in which, I was working in the Orchestra) to write about this, I would like to refer to the experts in the field.
And for this I want to transcribe an excerpt from an interview he did on one occasion to Tito Puente. Music legend Latin, Tito Puente, (which peacefully rests) excellent specialist in Latin Jazz musician responds, and says the Next: interviewer: I think that you don’t like, the definition that is given to music salsa as a sauce?, do you as defined by? Tito: Salsa is not a musical term. Restaurateur shines more light on the discussion. The sauce is eaten; spaghetti, sauce sauce. Salsa is not heard, not danced, but they call the music that we’ve been playing for many years the interviewer sauce: do and you, as defined by? Tito: The sauce, I the as interviewer: and the music you make, as it is defined? Tito: Mambo, Chachacha, are, etc. To define exactly, Latin rhythms, we would do a thorough and rigorous research work. Work that would lead us to determine precisely when is born every one of them. In my opinion, salsa rhythm was born in 1970, and I say this from my own experience.
The sauce as a definite rhythm, is created by Willy Colon and Hector Lavo. But beware, should take into account a particular detail, and this detail, brilliantly exposes Jhonny Pacheco; (another of the musicians, managers of this Latin Beat), in an interview. Jhonny Pacheco: Salsa, is and always has been, the Cuban music. What happens is that we put a New York influence, to Cuban music, the arrangements were a little more aggressive. But the name of sauce came, because we thicken to travel throughout Europe, in foreign countries like: Japan and Africa; where the Spanish language, Spanish was not spoken. And to not confuse people with what was a guaguanco a guaracha a son montuno and that, we put all the tropical music, under a roof, and put sauce. And not only that, but that as those who participated in the Orchestra, were of different nationalities, and make a sauce you need different condiments; then that also helped us to put you to that we were playing salsa music. After listening to our explanation of one of the great exponents of the sauce, we can understand clearly what happened. The rhythms music, they tend sometime to merge. This happened to Carlos Santana, when he fused rock with Latin music. And also (why not say it) in our midst, spent with Los Chapis; merged with the huayno cumbia and chicha was born. But what happened with the sauce, it was something completely spectacular; all tropical Latin rhythms were mixed. Well, we continue then enjoying this rhythm that has captivated and will continue to enthrall generations, and begins dancing.