In search of a good Afro-Cuban book

Discussion in 'Music Theory [DB]' started by Libersolis, Nov 27, 2005.

  1. Libersolis


    Sep 9, 2004
    Austin, TX
    Any suggestions. I have seen a few online, but I am looking for the best of course. Any help would be appreciated :)
  2. Andy Allen

    Andy Allen "Working Bassist"

    Aug 31, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    Start with "The True Cuban Bass" by Carlos Del Puerto and Silvio Vergara.

    I have many books, and found this one to be by far the best introduction to Latin/Cuban bass, especially as it gives a lot of background to the styles and the acompanying CD contains recordings of original performances, not just excercises. Despite it's thin size and the low quality audio on the CD it contains invaluable nuggets of information and lays them out in an accessible manner.

    Next up: "The Latin Bass Book" by Oscar Stagnaro. It is a little intense for a beginner, but is an ideal continuation once the previous book has been digested. It's a big book with lots of great material and 3 CDs which will keep you busy for ages - get back to me when you've completed all 262 pages of (allmost all) music. :D

    My other favourite is "The Salso Guide Book for Piano and Ensemble" by Rebeca Mauleon. This is not just a book about bass, but a whole history of Afro-Cuban music, with details of arrangements for the whole rhythm section for all styles. A great read, and a great resource to appreciate how the complex polyrhythms work together.

    I play regularly in a Latin-Jazz ensemble (see sig. below), and it's a beautiful thing when our six peice (dr, bs, pno, gtr, cong, perc) rhythm section locks in and grooves :hyper: :cool:
  3. Libersolis


    Sep 9, 2004
    Austin, TX
    Wow thanks Andy. A good friend of mine who shares a gig with me plays bass in a Latin band. I went and saw them the other night and had a great time watching everyone dance and watching the band KILL. They were reading some stuff out of the Latin Real Book and the Flute player let me read along. One thing I noticed was a good deal of written out parts.

    Thanks again for your advice.
  4. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Columbia SC
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    Didn't Lincoln Goines and Joel Rosenblatt ( former Paquito D'Rivera rhythm section) do a book/CD for the Afro Cuban rhythym section?
  5. fraublugher


    Nov 19, 2004
    ottawa, ontario, canada
    music school retailer
    ya the lincoln goines book is called funkifying the clave
  6. Scot


    Mar 20, 2004
    Pacifica, CA, USA
    +1 on "The True Cuban Bass" by Carlos Del Puerto and Silvio Vergara. The charts in the back of the book are a hoot to play on the upright.

    The Goines book is great for slab but not as good for DB as the other, IMO.

    Yeah, I'm a freakin book junkie too, y'all! :hyper:
  7. Andy Allen

    Andy Allen "Working Bassist"

    Aug 31, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    I don't own that one, but that was my impression when I looked at my brother-in-law's copy (he's a latin-jazz drummer). I keep meaning to borrow it - I really like Lincoln Goines' work (on upright) with Michel Camilo.
  8. Scot


    Mar 20, 2004
    Pacifica, CA, USA
    Yeah, there's a lot of examples/charts using BG slap technique. The finger-style stuff would be cool though. Lincoln Goines sure is a MF'er!

    Man, I sure wish I still had the audio that came with the True Cuban Bass book.
  9. Ben Rose

    Ben Rose Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2004
    The Lincoln Goines book and video (Funkifying the Clave) are with Robby Ameen, not Joel Rosenblatt. IIRC, the live performances in the video have Wayne Krantz on guitar.

    I didn't realize Lincoln played upright with Michel Camilo. Is that on "Through My Eyes"?
  10. I’ll second that, book is a MF’er, seems more oriented to BG than a real bass. But it’s got some very cool lesser-played styles in addition to the Cuban type stuff.
    I just booked a wedding today and they request at least ½ the tunes be Salsa so they can Salsa dance… I better hit the books too.
    I’ll definitely give “The true cuban bass” a look. Thanks for the tip.
  11. Phil Smith

    Phil Smith Mr Sumisu 2 U

    May 30, 2000
    Peoples Republic of Brooklyn
    Creator of: iGigBook for Android/iOS
    The books are good, though actually playing with a Latin band is much better because you need to be able to hear/feel how your bass line and all of the other rhythmic parts fit together.