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Al contado
Al contado
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Brazilian funk Samba, 26 April 2009
This review is from: Al contado (MP3 Download)
This is a master bassist and all-round musician at his peak. The opening track, a tribute to the great bassist Luiz'o Maia who backed Jobim, is a catalogue of the tastiest riffs, tumbaos, slaps and a blistering solo. Burrito is a fabulously propelling study on how to interpret Samba. Maza sings beautifully, and like Richard Bona he sometimes sings his basslines as he plays. Catch Maza playing several of these numbers on YouTube too. This is a beautiful collection of mature, modern Brazilian funk Samba presented by a master musician.

Mariella's Dream
Mariella's Dream
Offered by rbmbooks
Price: £20.93

5.0 out of 5 stars A stunningly exciting and beautiful album, 23 Jun. 2006
This review is from: Mariella's Dream (Audio CD)
This little-known gem is a collection of compositions by the renowned electric bassist Oscar Stagnaro, professor of Bass at Berklee, author of some of the best Latin bass instructional books available, and two-times winner of the Latin Grammy (2001, 2003). Stagnaro plays exquisite and thrilling bass lines underneath Paquito D'Rivera and the other wonderful musicians that include Richie Zellón, Ramón and Paulo Stagnaro, Ed Simón, Alex Acuña, and Dave Samuels. Latin Jazz, with a World flavour, Cuban, Peruvia, Brazilian, Colombian and Venezuelan: very accessible and enjoyable. For more on Oscar, see This is one of my all-time favourite albums; I come back to it for several weeks every year.

Bottom Line
Bottom Line
Price: £8.64

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing bass virtuosity!, 17 July 2002
This review is from: Bottom Line (Audio CD)
I've never heard anything like it on the electric bass. Staggering virtuosity, but completely in the service of the music. Hodgkinson plays the bass like a finger-picked guitar, but with all that wonderful rich depth and tone, which is tastefully used.
Very beautiful melodies, harmony, and fine, evocative singing. What blues is really about.

Music: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Music: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Nicholas Cook
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Light but masterful control of music theory and history, 5 Sept. 2001
One of the most enjoyable books I've read on any topic recently. A splendidly unaffected treatment of the development of music and music theory, with a sustained and powerful but non-aggressive critique of many traditional approaches to the teaching and interpretation of music in the west.

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