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.
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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. A lot has changed since this book was first published in 2001, but thanks to its three excellent play-along CDs, additional input from Latin bass wiz David Belove, and distinctively legible Sher calligraphy, the Latin Bass Book is still in a class of its own.

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