1957 Martin Cohen visits the Birdland nightclub in New York City and has chance encounter with Candido Camero and Joe Mangual
In the eight videos with this article, Jim Greiner takes you through all the new LP offers in 2014. The long-time LP endorser gives you all the sounds, details and even energy to play the LP gear. All the videos have historical factoids in screen, just to show you how long the LP-tradition is running, when new products were developed, and the artists that made the brand reach the top in percussion.
1962 Martin Cohen completes work on his first set of bongos
In addition, you will find Asami joining Jim Greiner in the cajon videos for some fine demos. Asami is a female Japanese drummer/percussionist and singer. In her country she has a star status. At NAMM, all stars are again crazy kids, loving the instruments they see and can play. To complete the timeline of LP highlights we added some other videos as well. From Candido Camero playing on his 91st birthday in 2013, to the The Pedrito Martinez Group with Steve Gadd at the Guitar Center Drum-Off in 2013.
1963 Martin Cohen invents the Vibra-Slap and receives his first patent
LP 50th Anniversary Congas and Bongos
Latin Percussion commemorates a half-century of successful percussion craftsmanship with the 50th Anniversary Congas and Bongos, made from North American Hickory wood. The plantation-grown hickory produces warm tones with resonant lows and mids in a standard tuning. When tuned high, this dense wood generates loud, crisp and cutting slaps. LP 50th Anniversary Drums are fitted with natural rawhide heads, gold-tone hardware, Extended Collar Comfort Curve® II Rims and exclusive 50th Anniversary badges. Protective rubber gaskets are installed on the side mounting plates to prevent any metal-to-wood contact.
1963 In New York, Martin meets CBS session drummer Bob Rosengarden and begins making sound effects for Carroll Sound
1964 On August 16, Martin Cohen establishes Latin Percussion and operates the business out of his home in New Jersey
The 50th Anniversary with Limited Edition gold powder-coated Black Beauty Cowbell and the LP Güira Cowbells are the new additions to the cowbell line of LP. The Güira Cowbells have an smart design that enables the player to produce a cowbell and guira sound in one instrument.
1964 The LP Black Beauty Cowbell is born
City Series Congas
New in the City Series Congas are the cool looking Carved Mango Wood drums. Other available finishes are Vintage Sunburst, Natural and Dark Wood.
1966 The LP Cabasa is created and is patented
LP Mounted Percussion and Bags
In this video Jim Greiner shows the new mounts for percussion. With smart designs the hand percussion instruments can now be mounted more easily. That also goes for the Vibra-Slap Martin Cohen invented in 1963.
1969 Martin Cohen meets Tito Puente & Carlos "Patato" Valdez
LP Richie Gajate-Garcia Signature Congas and Bongos
Made with banded shells of exotic Romanian tilia wood for a defined and full-bodied sound, Richie’s new congas and bongos feature natural rawhide heads, Top Tuning Comfort Curve® II Rims and chrome hardware over a Mavi-colored satin finish. The LP Richie Gajate-Garcia Congas are top tuning and created with a layer of fiberglass to strengthen the inside upper portion of the shell.
Jim Greiner shows and plays the drums in the video.
1970 LP introduces the Patato Fiberglass Conga
1972 Production begins on LP Original Congas in Long Island, NY
Kevin Ricard Cajons
Asi Mi and Jim Greiner show and play the cajons in the video. These are redesigns of the Kevin Ricard Signature Cajon. Working alongside Ricard, LP has built an innovative, patent-pending top-tuning method that helps shape the tone to the player’s exact specifications by independently tuning guitar strings mounted to the back of the heartwood front plate.
1980 The Tri-Tone Samba Whistle is released
Octo Snare Cajons
Asi Mi and Jim Greiner show their skills on these eight-sided cajons. The Americana Series Octo-Snare Cajons are handcrafted, eight-sided drums with a hardwood top. The Octo-Snare Cajons are fitted with fixed internal snares and dual playing surfaces.
1981 LP Introduces the Multi-Güiro
1981 LP Salsa Model Wood Conga makes its debut
LP Cajon Pedal
The LP Cajon Pedal is a cable driven cajon pedal that turns a cajon into a kick drum. The quiet cable system respons flawlessly as if you were playing a bass drum pedal. Jim Greiner demos the pedal together with some Octo Snare cajons, a hi-hat with Click Hi-Hat Tambourine that can mute jingles with a simple click. Notice he is sitting on the cajon throne that has a 360º swivel so you can easily rotate inside your setup.
1986 LP Matador congas are introduced, featuring "Soft-Strike" rims
1988 The first LP Jam Block is introduced, made from an exclusive, indestructible material, Jenigor
Another product Latin Percussion celebrates 50 years of making percussion instruments with is the reintroduction of the first set of bongos produced by LP. It is a replica of the set first crafted by LP Founder Martin Cohen in 1964. Each set of Original Bongos is a faithful re-creation of the satin mahogany drums, complete with original 1964 head graphics, natural rawhide heads and special commemorative badge. They have the traditional chrome-plated rims and hardware and are made with 6-¾" and 8-¼" diameter shells. Price: $479.00).
1989 A Jenigor bar is added to a cowbell and the LP RIdge Rider is introduced
1991 The first LP Blast Block is introduced
New Session Shakers
The new Session Shakers (in 5 & 9") are tube-shaped shakers that are weighted with molded end caps and fitted with an easy-to-hold grip for controlled sound and rhythm. They are available for $18.99 for the 5" version and $21.99 for the 9" version.
1996 LP Introduces the Giovanni Galaxy Wood Conga
1997 LP releases the first unbreakable Egg Shaker
The new cajon brushes are retractable, flexible nylon bristles, designed for lighter playing styles on the cajon’s front plate. The handles have been weight-balanced to provide optimal response when playing from a top-down angle. Also, they are anchored with rubber tips for increased bass response and attack.
1998 The ingenious Cam Lock Bongo Stand is released
Candido Camero celebrates his 91st Birthday
Conguero, Candido Camero celebrates his 91st Birthday at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola in NYC. Bobby Sanabria led the Manhattan School of Music Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra for two sets celebrating this NEA Jazz Master who was a pioneer in bringing Afro Cuban percussion to the world stage.
2002 LP introduces the revolutionary One Shot Shaker
Candido Camero and Mike Portnoy
2003 LP Compact Congas are introduced
Giovanni Hidalgo - The NAMM Show 2014
2004 LP Palladium Congas are introduced and are recognized as the finest congas ever made
Samuel Torres Performs in the LP Studio
2010 LP releases the One-Handed Triangle
Doug Hinrichs on the LP One Handed Triangle
2011 LP Qube Shakers are introduced
How to Play the LP Qube
2013 Production begins on the LP Americana Cajon Series in Garfield, NJ
Steve Gadd & The Pedrito Martinez Group
2014 LP celebrates its 50th Anniversary
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