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comment son vs. rumba clave and bass line
I agree 100% with you that there are lots of other fun variations that borrow from Cuban, Brazilian and African traditions. But his question about 'legal' to me implied that he wanted to get it right from an authenticity point of view. He specifically asked about how a rumba clave fits with a tumbao bass line so I think he's aware of the differences. My other point was just that if you're playing Cuban music, the chances are that the music is 'in clave', either son or rumba, and being aware of the relationship between the clave and the other instruments is very important.
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comment son vs. rumba clave and bass line
I think that it all comes down to how authentically afro-cuban he wants the music to sound. If the answer is 'quite a lot' then getting the clave and other patterns right is important. Just about all percussion patterns in cuban music fit around the clave, as does the piano montuno. The bass tumbao in its simplest version is a 1-bar rhythm that is the same across both bars of the clave, but any additional embellishments will fit the clave. Other instruments and vocals also should also base their phrasing around the clave.
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comment son vs. rumba clave and bass line
I agree that Cuban musicians don't talk about clave, but that's because they've all grown up just feeling it. It's definitely there though and even if no one is actually playing the pattern, all of the other instruments are aware of it. There's even a word, cruzado, that means playing against the clave (either accidentally or deliberately)
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