I just landed a gig with a Brazilian band and I'd like to get a head start on learning their music and rhythms. These guys get some great gigs and the music is very bass driven. I love it. They play a mix of modern/popular Brazilian pop and dance music, and then they also do some Brazilian and Portuguese folk music. None of the guys in the band know much about theory, they all play by "feel". So when I ask for an explanation of what it is they want on the bass they usually sing it or play it. This is cool with me, but they are also very picky about the bass lines and rhythms for each tune. They say it has to be a certain way because it is very traditional. I'm cool with playing it their way, and want to learn as much as I can, but I'm having a hard time remembering what is what. I'm going to start writing out the rhythms for each tune so that I can get it down, but in the meantime I'd like to start becoming familiar some of the music. Anyone have a good idea of how I can learn the basics of Brazilian music? Are their any books or recordings that would help? Is Brazilian pop based on certain types of Latin or Afro rhythms? Thanks for your help!