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Latin musicians and styles help

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by bassguppy, Jun 2, 2005.

  1. First, let me say that I have been playing for over 20 years and consider myself semi-adept and proficient at several different styles. But, in my never ending search for skill and knowledge I now want to learn a bit about latin music.

    Mainly Cuban, Brazilian, or any other latin style music that anyone may think may give be a healthy dose and introduction to these styles. Can anyone provide direction to bands I should listen to and specific bass players I should gain knowledge from. Probably what I'm looking for is Samba, Bossa Nova, Latin Fusion, Jazz styles. But feel free to suggest other styles as well.

    Thanks to all very much.
  2. If you're into books, you could check out these:



    I've only skimmed through these on a couple of occasions, but if they're done to anywhere near the level of Sher's excellent New Real Book series, they should be very well done and very helpful.
  3. The Latin Bass Book by Oscar Stagnaro is awesome. Complete with CDs with bass track panned to one side so you can remove bass when you want to jam with the CD. Oscar is an incredible bassist. The CDs alone are good enough to simply listen when you aren't practicing.

    Get it.
  4. RiddimKing


    Dec 29, 2004
    Israel Cachao is a Cuban bassist who gets cited most often for his contribution to Afro-Cuban music. Check him out on Amazon.
  5. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Couple of other books that helped me out-
    Funkifying The Clave For Drums & Bass-Robbie Ammeen & Lincoln Goines
    The True Cuban Bassist-Carlos del Puerto

    ...Stagnaro's book is fairly recent addition for me; it is also very good.

    I suggest getting very, very, very comfortable with the clave.
    Learn them, know them, live them.
    Be able to tap out the clave with one hand while tapping out the 'pulse' with the other...& then be able to reverse hands. You can practice this sorta stuff while stuck in traffic or whenever you're put on-hold. ;)

    Here's one example of what I'm talking about-
    LH = /1---3---/1---3---/
    RH = /1--&--4-/--2-3---/
    ...and one more-
    LH = /1---3---/1---3---/ 
    RH = /--2-3---/1--&--4-/
    Latin-Jazz Bands?
    Check out Jerry Gonzalez & The Fort Apache Band.
  6. Boplicity

    Boplicity Supporting Member

    Having lived in Brazil at the height of the Bossa Nova movement, I can suggest that you listen to the music of the great creators and players of that style--Antonio Carlos Jobim, Laurindo Almeida, Joao Gilberto and his wife Astrud Gilberto, American jazz saxophonist Stan Getz, even Sergio Mendes.

    An important CD to have which will introduce to the ORIGINAL Bossa Nova is the soundtrack from the movie "Black Orfeus." Even better, get a DVD of the movie. It will be in Portuguese with English subtitles and gives you an idea of Brazilain life in the "favelas", hillside slums of Rio de Janeiro in the late 1950s.

    Other very important names in Brazilian music other than Bossa Nova (musica carnivalesca, musica popular Brasileiro, etc) include Gal Costa, Maria Bethania, Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, Luis Gonzaga, Ivan Lins, Elis Regina, and Milton Nascimento.
  7. Boplicity

    Boplicity Supporting Member

    Two very important styles of musica Latina are salsa and merengue. In fact, I feel you would be remiss not to be able to identify these styles when you hear them, because they permeate Caribbean and Latin American countries.

    For myself, I much prefer salsa, but merengue has an enormous following.

    Just a few names in salsa to check out are:
    Arsenio Rodriquez
    Tito Puente (and Tito Puente Jr.)
    Tito Rodriquez
    Celia Cruz
    Ruben Blades
    Eddie Palmieri
    Oscar de Leon
    Marc Anthony
    Gloria Estefan

    In merengue, just a few names include:
    Juan Luis Guerra
    Olga Tanon
    Elvis Crespo
  8. Hekbass


    May 21, 2005
    Zephyrhills, FL
    Tito Puente, the late master latin percussionist.
    Irakere, an eclectic band from Cuba.
    Chucho Valdes' (from Irakere) solo stuff. :ninja:
    Eddie Palmieri
    of course, there's a lot more...what you can do is check these people (and the others that have been suggested) on amazon and check out the "similar " artists that are recommended on the site.
    have fun
  9. DGbass70


    Jun 1, 2005
    Rochester N.Y.
    i recommend to listen to this cd RUBEN BLADES LIVE
    there's a book from a guy from PUERTO RICO(RAY RAMIREZ)
    you can find his info in a couple of bass mags(classifieds)
    any recording from a famous guy(bass player of course) from

  10. Not a bass specific book, but a great overview of the salsa style and another great book published by the Sher folks....

    The Salsa Guidebook for Piano and Ensemble
    by: Rebeca Mauleon
  11. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    That is a great little book, too.
    I've stole many a-bongo/ago go bell, etc rhythm outta that book in order to come up with various bass figures.
    Mauleon's 100 Montunos For Piano is also cool...more good bass practice(copping what the pianist plays & incorporating it on the bass).
  12. Rodriguez


    Nov 6, 2004
    Endorsing Artist: Aguilar Amplification & LaBella Strings
    any recording from a famous guy(bass player of course) from

    Hey, I did that MA CD!!! That was fun .... 13 years ago! As for Bobby Valentin (one of my heroes) check him out on the "Fania All Stars' Rhythm Machine" on the tunes "En Orbita & Juan Pachanga" also, check out Sal Cuevas on anything he's on.


    P.S. DG, Saw your profile ...... where is Sammy Morales?
  13. Hey Boplicity, where have you lived here in Brasil? in Rio de Janeiro? São Paulo?

    by the way it's música carnavalesca, música popular brasileira and you should also check out some Baião, Xote, Forró, Samba-Canção and one of my favorite type of music, the Choro.

    if anybody wants to know more about the favelas and the way poor pleople are treated down here you should watch "Cidade de Deus". It's the best movie about that IMHO.

    :hyper: cool to see people getting interested in the music from my country :hyper:

  14. Boplicity

    Boplicity Supporting Member

    I lived in Sao Paulo between the Avenida Nove de Julho and, dang, I forget, but we were near Shopping Center Iguatemi. We were very near Jardim Europa, but I recall we were in Jardim Paulista.

    I loved the music of Brazil (Brasil.) Still do. The movement of musica popular brasileiro was just getting momentum when we lived there. As I recall it was quite controversial and was linked with a political movement. I found the music innovative and exciting.
  15. was that during the years of the military government?

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