Hey, just wondering if anyone has experience with Timba, an outgrowth of salsa that's popular in Cuba and NY. I have an opportunity to try out for a timba band in the next couple of weeks and I need to know what makes it unique as a style. I was given a CD (without artists' names) and a list of Latin Real Book charts, but that's about it. I have several years' experience playing different Latin styles (Brazilian sambas, bossas & choros; boleros, tumbaos, mambos, songo, etc.) but not much salsa. This is a group of serious players (Cuban trumpeter who played with Ibrahim Ferrer, some of the baddest-ass percussionists in the area) so I can't be faking it. I've heard Los Van Van and the Afro-Cuban All Stars (and I've checked out www.timba.com) but would appreciate any help from TB'ers--thanks.