Funk Part 2 supplement — Tito Puente's "Oye Como Va"

 
 One of the 20th century's musical giants, Tito Puente.  Image via  lpmusic.com

One of the 20th century's musical giants, Tito Puente.  Image via lpmusic.com

 

The Puzzle Principle holds across musical traditions, though it is especially applicable in funk because of the sharp angles that define the genre.

 

This classic from Tito Puente illustrates the Puzzle Piece principle at work.  Note how the arrangement builds, one part at a time, not only tantalizing the listeners but teaching them how to assemble the parts.

Note also the Teeter-Totter principle at work in the intro, where the accented riff is backed by steady handclaps, so that the syncopation has a strong-beat framework to help make it pop (and perhaps to keep the dancers moving more easily).