Imagine that when you were just starting out, you could sit down with an experienced, respected player over a cup of coffee and get the real deal on playing, gear, practicing, genres, reading, technique, solo bass, and being part of a rhythm section. In his first book, subtitled Bass, Espresso, and the Art of Groove, Stockton manages to articulately deliver a goldmine’s worth of crucial, basic info—including insightful interviews with John Patitucci and Dominique Di Piazza and lots of musical examples—without a hint of superiority. Highly recommended for beginning and intermediate players, Christian or not.
Book Review: "The Latin Bass Book: A Practical Guide" by Oscar Stagnaro & Chuck Sher
The secret to this book’s warm magic is right in the title: Instead of spending precious time on scholarly analysis or ethnomusicological context, Berklee prof/Latin bass icon Stagnaro and bassist/educator Sher keep it down-to-earth and practical with 250-plus pages of real-world tumbao, Afro- Cuban, Brazilian, Caribbean, and Latin jazz lines, the type you’d see on a gig.