Review: Kevin Moore "Beyond Salsa Bass for Beginners"

Beyond Salsa Bass: Alain Pérez, Part 1
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KEVIN MOORE
Beyond Salsa Bass: For Beginners

[Timba.com]

BEYOND SALSA BASS: ALAIN PÉREZ, PART 1 [Timba.com]

BEYOND SALSA BASS: ALAIN PÉREZ, PART 2 [Timba.com]

In today’s world of short attention spans, cheap and abundant loops, and rising paper costs, multi-volume instructional books that delve deep into a single bass style have become something of a rarity. Moore’s Beyond Salsa Bass series—which focuses on the role of the bass in timba, the bad-boy stepchild of salsa, American music, and Afro-Cuban folk—shows us why that’s a pity. These three volumes are packed with crucial but easily digestible historical background, great classic and current photos, juicy transcriptions, hundreds of examples in standard notation and tab, and deep analyses of timba bass god Alain Pérez, who illustrates every concept via online video and audio examples. Blessed with a well-designed format and clear, clean prose that exudes patience and enthusiasm, the Beyond Salsa Bass books are an astounding combination of Moore’s meticulous scholarship and his deep love of timba. Highly recommended.

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