Christmas in the Caribbean - cool!
A pleasant ditty to cheer you up if you live in dark climes especially if you like good vibes.
The original riff was written on a guitar way back in the 1970s and remained as a scratchy recording on a cassette for years until it was taken down from the shelf, dusted off, and polished into a little gem.
The main melody is played by a vibraphone and the key riff, in triplets, starts the piece. The rest of the original chords were broken down and orchestrated between vibes, lead and bass guitars, and a trombone plays a solo.
Bars 39-43 include a guiro, keeping the tempo, agogo and conga playing two different composite rhythms, and timbale adding extra oomph. Cabasa and bongos are also used in the piece along with a drum kit consisting of bass and snare drum, hihat, crash cymbals and the obligatory cowbell.
Meanwhile the melody vibraphone plays a cross-rhythm in triplets and the rest of the instruments do their own thing.
The latin percussion and the timbre of vibes attempt to evoke the image of hot sun and sandy beaches in a tropical climate.
One way to end a song is to play the opening backwards. The melody notes in the first two bars are D#-E-A-B-A-F#-E. The melody vibraphone plays these notes in reverse order, E-F#-A-B-A-E-D#, keeping the original rhythm, and the harmony vibes play a contrasting counter melody.
Title: Cool Yule
Length: 3' 34"
Track 1: vibraphone melody
Track 2: vibraphone harmony
Track 3: trombone
Track 4: nylon guitar
Track 5: steel guitar
Track 6: picked bass
Track 7: acoustic bass
Track 8: drumset
Track 9: percussion
Genre: latin, pop, rock