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Victor Rendón: Press

Fiesta Percusiva
CD (Tortilla Flat 104114), Released 2008;
Editor's Pick:
A wonderful celebration of highly percussive, mostly Afro-Caribbean, rhythmic musical genres — with a bit of South America, too. This folklore-salsa-jazz project features a ton of percussionists. In addition to Victor Rendón there's Anibal "Tito" Rivera, Louis Bauzo, Tom Mattioli, Henry Brun, Guillermo "Memo" Acevedo, Ruben Rosa, Diego Lopez, Ramon Diaz and many others. Full review to follow shortly.
Highly Recommended.
On Line review by Roberto Rabbi at Salsa It.
Victor Rendon
Fiesta Percusiva
CD (Tortilla Flat 104114), Released 2008;
Editor's Pick:
Fiesta, yup, Rendon’s not kidding. He’s amassed a bunch of percussionist including Louis Bauzo, some marimba players, along with William Paul Rodriquez on piano and Carlos Velazquez on bass and the result is a pretty great descarga record for percussion. Rendon, who plays percussion, has varied up the instrumentation so that every track has a different sound; it’s all hard and yet airy at the same time. There’s some singing (some by Tito Rivera) and long grooves and it all adds up to an easy, intelligent look at how music making can be profound without anything but some essentials. And it’s very, very relaxed, and special.
Highly Recommended. (Peter Watrous, 2008-11-11)
Victor Rendón
Fiesta Percusiva

Legend tells of a fan who followed Charlie Parker from gig to gig in New York. Whenever his hero got ready to solo, the fan would activate a tape recorder he had set up near the stage. When the solo ended the tape was shut off, even as Dizzy Gillespie took his turn. Maybe there are equally devoted fans out there who would love to savor Latin percussion stripped as far down to the basics as possible, without any horn sections. If so, Fiesta Percusiva was made for you. When the tune is apparent, it’s presented almost as a component o the rhythm instruments: Andrea Brachfeld’s flute on “Afro Blue” sounds like an overtone of her line being doubled on marimba. Other tracks are equally or more bewitching without a single tonal note; on “Juego de Quijadas” caracoles, quijadas (a donkey jawbone), rain sticks, and other percussion evoke the sounds of nature itself, with help from some sampled cricket noises – all of this assuming that nature has a feeling for 6/8. With or without a melody, this stuff is magic.
Robert L. Doerschuk - Traps Magazone
Rendón uses Afro-Cuban percussion and marimba, quinto, tambourine, vibes, quijadas (donkey jaws), vibraslap, batá, drumset, and more to mix it up around some amazing old standards such as Afro Blue by Mongo Santamaria or the traditional batá or La Llorona. He also arranges and writes and does an excellent job of putting his wide folkloric and stylistic knowledge and many travel experiences to beautiful music. He has played so many styles such as rock, country and western, symphonic music, jazz and more. Bomba en Nueva York feels like you are in the barrio, on a hot summer night. The Funky Cumbia is as funky as it get.
Terry Reimer - World Percussion & Rhythm Magazine
The Art of Playing Timbales Book Reviews:

I've been a drummer since the age of 10 and now being 24 have explored many different aspects of jazz, funk and especially Latin music. I began playing Latin percussion, exclusively, about 3yrs. ago and because of my up bringing in Puerto Rico thought I had a real handle on playing. WRONG!!! Latin percussion is all about timing, feel, and most importantly technique. This book not only breaks down the purpose of the percussion section but it helps the student understand the job of each instrument. True fundamentals describe this book the best. When you don't know what to do this book is a great guide for transitions, fills, patterns, and solo phrases to build a strong foundation to your musicianship. GO VICTOR!!!
Thomas Dellamonica – Amazon.com

After an eight year hiatus from playing both drums and timbales.
My passion for keeping time has returned to full force and with this book I'm not missing a beat. Not only is this book well written but also very informative (you learned so much).It breaks everything(patterns)down to how to applied them in a drumset, conga, bongo or timbale setting(solo or ensemble).
Bravo to Victor Rendon!!!
Jose F. Serrano – Amazon.com