Fidel Morales

Fidel Morales Trio

Fidel Morales

About

Paiste Artist Since
March 2010

Nationality
Puerto Rico

Main Affiliation
Fidel Morales Trio

Website
www.fidelmorales.com

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„Having Paiste cymbals in my set is a dream come true. With these cymbals, I can achieve incredible colors and textures. It's a luxury!“

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Biography

Born in Cuba, Fidel Morales is considered one of the most notable and versatile drummers of his generation. He is also a percussionist, composer and author with wide international recognition. For more than 10 years Fidel held the position of percussionist in the Symphony Orchestra of Panama. He is also founder of the non-profit organization Tukupá, dedicated to transforming community environments by promoting the rhythms of the Afro-Caribbean tradition. Today, he devotes his career to education, as director of the Department of Jazz and Caribbean Music of the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico, and to perform as drummer and bandleader of his project Fidel Morales & Afrocubano, with musicians from Cuba and Puerto Rico. In 2012, Morales published the groundbreaking book “Afro-Cuban Techniques for Drum Set & Percussion” and, in 2016, released the volume 2. As a drummer, he has played with leading jazz musicians such as Giovanni Hidalgo, Eddie Gómez, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Danilo Pérez, John Faddis, and Alex Acuña, among many many others.

Setup Cymbals

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    Sizes: 14", 15"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Medium

    Sound character: Full, rich, energetic with a definite dark side. Crunchy, with a meaty bite. Very wide range, very complex mix. Extremely balanced, very responsive feel. Full dark, rich, shimmering, biting open/closed sound. Beautiful, fat, meaty, crisp, cutting chick sound. Fast, responsive, articulate with excellent feel and playability. An immensely versatile hi-hat that combines finesse and articulation with raw energy and cutting power.

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    Sizes: 18", 22"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Medium

    Sound character: Dark, warm, strong, exotic, sizzling, earthy. Wide range, slightly complex and dense mix. Fairly soft, responsive feel. Great for explosive, strong, dark accents. Complex, washy ride sound. A modern China cymbal with a wide spectrum for various musical applications. “The China is nearly smooth”, states Vinnie Colaiuta.

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    Sizes: 20"
    Volume: Soft
    Weight: Medium

    Sound character: Warm, mellow, crystal-like. Medium range, fairly clean mix. Very balanced and controlled feel. A pearly, woody stick sound paired with a silvery wash. A very sensitive cymbal perfectly suited for soft playing at lower volume level and studio application.

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  • Details

    Sizes: 20", 22"
    Volume: Soft
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Dark, warm, smoky, breathy. Fairly wide range, complex mix. Soft feel with a quick response. Very well crashable. Controllable, peppery stick sound over a dark layered oriental, smoky wash. A ride cymbal that can easily be used in a small jazz club setting and flourish in other styles such as blues or country music.

  • Sounds
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    Sizes: 8", 10"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Warm, airy, snarling, silvery. Fairly wide range, complex mix. Soft feel with a very responsive, explosive splash sound. Low tuned effect cymbal for lively accents in moderate volume. Well suited for hand-playing. Vinnie Colaiuta explains: “They are sweet, they are these kind of punctuation marks in the background.”

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  • Details

    Sizes: 10"
    Volume: Soft
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Warm, airy, breathy. Medium range, complex mix. Very explosive response with quick decay. Soft feel. A fast, light accent effect cymbal for many musical styles.

  • Sounds
  • Details

    Sizes: 14"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Medium

    Sound character: Bright, full, warm, brilliant. Wide range, balanced, focused mix. Responsive feel. Bright, aggressive open sound. Sharp, cutting chick sound. Excellent for articulate playing.

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    Sizes: 14"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Earthy, warm, dry, washy. Fairly narrow range, complex mix. Soft, giving and responsive feel. Depending on how aggressively you tighten the pair, they offer a range from dry, trashy hi-hat sounds to shattering, noisy-washy crash effects.

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