The Jazz Bass Book

The Jazz Bass Book

Book - 2002
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(Book). More than a player's manual, this book portrays jazz bass as a vital element of 20th century American music. Citing examples from key recordings in the jazz canon, the book defines the essence of the musical contributions made by more than 70 important jazz bassists, including Ray Brown, Eddie Gomez, Charles Mingus, Milt Hinton and many others. Bassists get expert guidance on mastering proper technique, practice methods and improvisation, plus new insight into the theoretical and conceptual aspects of jazz. The companion online audio features bass plus rhythm section which allows readers to hear technical examples from the book, presented in slow and fast versions. It also offers play-along tracks of typical chord progressions and song forms and written notation samples.

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Aimed at bass players and jazz fans, this volume presents a history of jazz bass along with a discussion of some of the techniques of great players. Goldsby, a columnist for Bass Player magazine, includes profiles of more than 70 jazz bassists, placing their contributions in the context of the art form's development. The CD contains 47 technical examples and play-along tracks as well as notation in PDF format for selected tracks. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: San Francisco, Calif. : Backbeat ; London : Hi Marketing, 2002
ISBN: 9780879307165
Branch Call Number: 787.5193 GOLDS
Characteristics: 140 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm


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