Mambo Influenciado (Take 1)

Jazz Piano Improvisation video and lead sheet of latin tune Mambo Influenciado

Mambo Influenciado is a nice and catchy latin tune written by the great Cuban jazz pianist Chucho Valdes. I first came across this song when listening to the Klazz Brothers performing together with cuba percussions.

Here’s the video of the Klazz Brothers doing their version of Mambo Influenciado :


And here’s the video of me improvising through the changes, which frankly speaking, still need a lot of work :


The backing track was from Band-in-a-Box, playing a salsa groove. The sound was recorded straight through my Sony Handycam.

A few points I have to take note after analyzing my own video :

a) Needs more dynamics on the solo, achieving it particularly through altering note density.

b) More work on left hand choice of harmonizing notes, perhaps more quartals.

c) This piano sound simply will not do. Better start saving money for an 88 Graded Hammer Action . ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s the lead sheet for the head of Mambo Influenciado:


Have fun and enjoy.. ๐Ÿ˜€


  • vela

    Reply Reply October 13, 2009

    can you send me the left hand sheet of influenciado. thanks for lead sheet

  • rewsnat

    Reply Reply October 17, 2009

    Im not very sure wat you mean specifically by the phrase “left hand sheet”, but i have uploaded in this post the lead sheet of the tune that I transcribed from the klazz brothers’ recording. You should be able to figure out the left hand voicings from there.

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