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LP Salsa Big Band Bell: Tonal Diversity
LP has taken the high road to celebrate the artistry of Jose Madera, an acclaimed percussionist, session musician, musical arranger and director. LP is justifiably proud to debut the new instrument, the LP Salsa Big Band Bell. The new bell conforms to the exacting standards of Jose Madera.
Tonal differentiation is essential to Jose Madera. He's performed and recorded with a diverse group of artists including the late, great Tito Puente for decades, as well as Lionel Hampton, James Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Diana Ross, Paquito D'Riviera, and George Benson. Jose has also created arrangements for the likes of Tito Puente, The Lincoln Center Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, Tito Rodriguez, Mario Bauza, Fania All-Stars, and Celia Cruzóoften doubling as musical director.
Perfection was exactly what Jose Madera envisioned when he collaborated with LP to create a bell with crisp articulate tones that would sound "fatter" and "deeper" as he progressed to the end. Furthermore, a bell that would easily access pure overtones without any one particular frequency overpowering the blend.
LP craftsmen worked the metal along the uniquely tapered bell so that it would create sounds that progress from deep, open tones to moderately sustaining middle frequencies to staccato highs. It was a tough challenge but LP nailed it to Madera's specs.
The LP Salsa Big Band Bell measures 8-3/4" in length and it tapers to 2-3/4" at the mouth and delivers excellent definition. It embodies a rare combination of tuned highs and fat lows that will appeal to percussionists and drummers from all musical genres.