This cool new book seeks to describe all that the average player will need to know to have a workable familiarity with nearly every common musical style. Each style is listed alphabetically, and each entry includes a historical background, hallmarks of the groove, gear, chord progressions, and tempos typical of the style, and a variety of musical examples reinforced by the included play-along CD. Naturally, mainstream styles like rock, blues, and R&B, but so are Klezmer, ethnic wedding dances, and Afro-Cuban. The Bassist’s Bible will prove useful on many a working pros reference shelf.
The Bird And The Bee: Interpreting The Masters Vol. 1: A Tribute To Daryl Hall and John Oates [Blue Note]
Of the many records that one accumulates over years of music appreciation a few have real staying power. Some turn into old, reliable friends—the kind you can turn to for a reliable dose of good feeling. The Bird and the Bee’s last record, Ray Guns Are Not The Future, is such a record for me. The Los Angeles duo’s smooth and tuneful earcandy- sweetened pop is seductive and deceptively smart. There new record, a completely reverent homage to the oft-mocked (unfairly) Hall & Oates, is no different. Much of the bass is synthesized, but it’s still killer, funky, and fun.