In the world of Latin Jazz/Latin American music, John Benítez is one of the greatest bassists alive today, with five GRAMMY awards to his name.
“The John Benítez Bass Method Volume 2 — El Sonero del Barrio: A Creative Approach to Salsa” is the follow-up edition to “Volume 1 — Freedom In The Clave: A Rhythmic Approach To Bass Playing.” While Volume 1 focused on exercises to address rhythmic independence, Volume 2 dives into the specifics of what John does to work within the framework of a salsa recording.
In “Volume 1 — Freedom In The Clave: A Rhythmic Approach To Bass Playing,” a vast collection of rhythmic-independence exercises were laid out, aiming to strengthen a student’s overall rhythmic confidence and awareness in regards to the clave, thus facilitating higher degrees of creativity and expression during performance. “Volume 2 — El Sonero del Barrio: A Creative Approach to Salsa” focuses in more specifically on what John does in particular contexts. The transcriptions are little case studies of how John puts rhythmic independence to work in the framework of salsa recording.
El Sonero del Barrio: A Creative Approach to Salsa for Bass available at BassBooks.com