During the late 70's and early 80's Cuevas had a great berth with Willie Colón - one of the giants of modern salsa, a popular trombonist and bandleader since the late 1960's. Sal played unusually far-forward -- his funk-inspired slapping giving a distinctive flavor to songs like Casanova, Juanito Alimaña and Tiempo Pa' Matar. Since then, he has played with Ray Barretto, Mongo Santamaria and a Kip Hanrahan project putting music to the texts of Ishmael Reed in 1985.
Along with Ite Jerez, Cuevas featured in Tito Puente's band. Most recently Cuevas appeared on albums by two quite different Latin greats - Gloria Estefan's Latin albums "Abriento Puertas" and "Alma Caribeña", and in 1998 the legendary Celia Cruz's album.