Stylistic analysis of two influential salsa bassists: Eddie "Gua-gua" Rivera and Salvador Cuevas

Date of Award




Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.)


Music Studio and Jazz

First Committee Member

Don Coffman - Committee Chair


In the late 1960s and early part of the 1970s, a musical movement began within the Hispanic community of New York City rooted in older forms of Afro-Cuban music. This music incorporated musical elements that were prevalent in various ethnic cultures found in New York City at the time, especially soul music and rhythm and blues. What emerged from the amalgamation of these various cultures would be identified as the New York "sound" of Latin music, more commonly known as "Salsa."The major recording label for this music was the Fania Record Company. Fania marketed this music as pan-Latin American music that spoke to the urban poor of Latin America, a formula that proved highly successful. By the late 1970s, salsa and the New York artists who were associated with this style were known throughout Latin America. Currently two of the "house" bassists who recorded with the Fania Record Company reside in Miami: Eddie "Gua-gua" Rivera and Salvador Cuevas. Their combined musical output during this era resulted in the release of more than 1000 full-length albums.The author intends to interview these bassists individually, transcribe works that they feel are representative of their playing, and analyze these transcriptions to highlight the features that give them their unique sound and musical identity.**This dissertation is a compound document (contains both a paper copy and a CD as part of the dissertation). The CD requires the following system requirements: Windows MediaPlayer or RealPlayer.


Biography; Music

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