Tiempo Libre

Genres: World
Decades: 2000s


Formed by Jorge Gomez (1971, Havana, Cuba; piano), Joaquin Diaz (b. 1976, Santiago, Cuba; vocals), Tebelio Fonte (b. 1964, San Juan y Martinez Pinar del Rio, Cuba; bass), Eduardo Quintana (b. 1966, Puerto Cabello, Venezuela; flute/saxophone), Julio Díaz (b. 1971, Cienfuegos, Cuba; trumpet), Leandro Gonzalez (b. 1968, Havana, Cuba; congas) and Fernando Pina (b. 1966, Santa Clara, Cuba; drums), this Miami, Florida, USA-based timba band made inroads into the North American market during the early 00s with their energetic and thoroughly contemporary take on traditional Cuban music. Gomez was the mastermind behind the band, assembling a crack group of musicians (all, like Gomez, classically trained and recent immigrants) to help realise his vision. The group was formed in 2001 and after gigging for two years, including a memorable appearance at the Ravinia Festival in summer 2002, they self-released their debut Timbiando. The album comprised a selection of cover...

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