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Great Bass Players of Salsa

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by canteenboy, Mar 20, 2014.


  1. canteenboy

    canteenboy

    Jan 30, 2007
  2. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
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  3. canteenboy

    canteenboy

    Jan 30, 2007
  4. canteenboy

    canteenboy

    Jan 30, 2007
    Great post bongomania.
     
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  6. canteenboy

    canteenboy

    Jan 30, 2007
  7. canteenboy

    canteenboy

    Jan 30, 2007
  8. Sal Cuevas
    José Gazmey
    Eddie "Guagua" Rivera
    etc.
     
  9. canteenboy

    canteenboy

    Jan 30, 2007
  10. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    Disclosures:
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
  11. canteenboy

    canteenboy

    Jan 30, 2007
  12. lefty007

    lefty007

    Jan 19, 2004
    Miami, FL
    Just for the record. . .

    Don't confuse salsa with original Cuban music styles. Cachao didn't play "salsa" per se, but mambo, Cuban son, bolero, etc. Salsa was created in NYC in '70s. and although it may contain some of those elements, it doesn't sound quite the same and the bass is not the same.

    I guess because I live in Miami, here there is quite a difference between salsa, Latin jazz, or traditional Cuban son . . . to include them all under the "salsa" label is, well, wrong.

    It's like asking, who's a good Jazz fusion bassist, and somebody says, "Mingus" . . .
     
  13. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
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    True, I was playing loose with the term.
     
  14. lefty007

    lefty007

    Jan 19, 2004
    Miami, FL
    To answer the OP, though, I can offer a few names (I don't know all the bass player's name):

    Anything by Fania Allstars
    Ruben Blades
    Ruben Blades and Los Seis del Solar
    Oscar D'Leon, of course
    Eddie "Guagua" Rivera, as mentioned
    Ruben Rodriguez, http://youtu.be/uabSft8qabs?t=6m

    For more modern, Latin jazz stuff:

    Charles Flores (recorded with Michel Camilo)
    Armando Gola, check out the new super group "Volcán"


    And don't miss checking this YouTube channel. It has some of the best current salsa and Latin stuff you will find:

    https://www.youtube.com/user/martincongahead
     
  15. Rev J

    Rev J

    Jun 14, 2012
    Berkeley, Ca.