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Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by canteenboy, Mar 20, 2014.
Who are some of your favorites?
Oscar De Leon
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Great post bongomania.
Eddie "Guagua" Rivera
Carlos Del Puerto
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" . . .
True, I was playing loose with the term.
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 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:
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