ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons Sees Solo Album As Homage To His Dad
And that's one of the reasons Perfectamundo features experimental approaches to Afro-Cuban music. Gibbons tells Chron: "I had been banging on anything and everything around the house that made a loud noise. Maybe I'd just turned 12.
"My dad had become entertained by all this banging and clanging, so one day I found myself on a plane to New York, where I was marched off to learn how to do it right."
His father took him to mambo and Latin jazz musician Tito Puente. "This was the clincher - he didn't say, 'Let me show you what to do.' He handed me some timbale sticks and said, 'Let me hear what you want to play.'
"Apparently I had good feel for it. He said, 'We're not going to have a problem here. Let's begin.' That started it all." Read more here.
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