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"José Luis Quintana" redirects here. Changuito_sentence_0

It is not to be confused with José Luis Naranjo y Quintana or Quintana (disambiguation). Changuito_sentence_1

Changuito (born José Luis Quintana on January 18, 1948) is a Cuban percussionist. Changuito_sentence_2

Biography Changuito_section_0

Quintana was born in 1948 in Casablanca, Cuba. Changuito_sentence_3

As a child he played professionally in bands such as Havana Jazz (joining aged 8), with his musician father, and with La Pandilla de los Cabezas de Perros. Changuito_sentence_4

At the age of 13, he volunteered for military service and played in army bands, serving for three years, during which he also played in the jazz band Estrellas de Occidente. Changuito_sentence_5

His mother died when he was 17 years old. Changuito_sentence_6

In 1964 he joined the popular band Los Harmonicos, followed by a year in Sonorama 6, and spells as drummer in Souvinir and La Orchestra de Musica Moderna. Changuito_sentence_7

In 1970 he joined Los Van Van. Changuito_sentence_8

They created the songo, where a combination of percussion instruments (timbales, cowbells, wood blocks, electronic drums and cymbals) and hand techniques are characteristic. Changuito_sentence_9

He first recorded as a solo artist in 1992 and became recognized as a teacher of percussion. Changuito_sentence_10

In 1996 Changuito was nominated for a Grammy award for his work with Carlos "Patato" Valdes and Orestes Vilato, produced by Greg Landau. Changuito_sentence_11

This was his first recording in the United States and it highlighted many aspects of his playing overlooked in his Van Van recordings. Changuito_sentence_12

He also played on a recording with Greg Landau accompanying Puerto Rican poet Piri Thomas along with Patato and Orestes. Changuito_sentence_13

He has also contributed to recordings by Hilario Duran. Changuito_sentence_14

Changuito taught other percussionists like Giovanni Hidalgo, Karl Perazzo (of Santana) and Ginaski Wop (member of Bardamu project) Changuito_sentence_15

"Changuito special" Changuito_section_1

In the 1970s Changuito developed the technique of simultaneously playing timbale and bongo bell parts when he held the timbales chair in Los Van Van. Changuito_sentence_16

The example below shows the combined bell patterns (written in a 2-3 clave sequence). Changuito_sentence_17

Selected Discography Changuito_section_2


  • Cal Tjader - Cal Tjader Plays The Contemporary Music Of Mexico And BrasilChanguito_item_0_0
  • Flora Purim - Speed of LightChanguito_item_0_1
  • Orestes Vilató, Changuito, Patato - Ritmo Y Candela: Rhythm at the CrossroadsChanguito_item_0_2
  • Juan Formell and Los Van Van - De CubaChanguito_item_0_3
  • Fourth World (Airto Moreira and Flora Purim) - Last JourneyChanguito_item_0_4
  • Changuito / Cándido Fabré / Tiburon - El Muso Y Su SonoraChanguito_item_0_5
  • Maraca - Descarga TotalChanguito_item_0_6
  • Airto Moreira - HomelessChanguito_item_0_7
  • Brice Wassy - Shrine DanceChanguito_item_0_8
  • Clave Y Guaguanco with Celeste Mendoza and Changuito - Noche De La RumbaChanguito_item_0_9
  • Changuito - SyncopationChanguito_item_0_10
  • Kysha25 (from Italy) LP Culebras - in the song AmbatulaChanguito_item_0_11
  • Maraca - Tremenda Rumba!Changuito_item_0_12
  • Giraldo Piloto - KlimaxChanguito_item_0_13
  • Diego el Cigala and Bebo Valdés - Lagrimas NegrasChanguito_item_0_14
  • Kysha25 (from Italy) - LP FarandulaChanguito_item_0_15
  • Changuito - Telegrafias Sin HiloChanguito_item_0_16

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