The Jazz Bass Book

The Jazz Bass Book

The first in-depth look at the wonderful world of jazz bass playing. Designed for bass players and jazz fans alike, The Jazz Bass Book–Technique and Tradition is the first comprehensive reference of its kind. Part player’s manual, part history, and part biography, The Jazz Bass Book looks at all facets of jazz bass, providing expert guidance on technique, practice methods, and jazz theory, and insight into improvisation and overall musicianship. With exclusive interviews, transcriptions, and profiles, The Jazz Bass Book reveals the secrets of key jazz bassists and demonstrates their place in the art form’s development, from early New Orleans jazz through swing, bebop, and the avant-garde. 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 CD featuring bass plus rhythm section (with Goldsby and other top-notch rhythm-section players) 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.

Explores the life and work of more than 70 important bassists, including:

  • Ray Brown
  • Charles Mingus
  • Scott LaFaro
  • Eddie Gomez
  • Jimmy Blanton
  • Dave Holland
  • Charlie Haden
  • Milt Hinton
  • Oscar Pettiford

“The Jazz Bass Book is truly the most comprehensive historical resource on the art and craft of jazz bass I have ever encountered. [On the CD] Goldsby’s group illustrates a wide variety of musical styles while making it all seem effortless.” –Ron Carter, legendary bass soloist and accompanist (Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Thelonious Monk, McCoy Tyner . . . )

“The Jazz Bass Book is brilliant–an excellent resource for any musician who wishes to know more about jazz bass lineage, technique, and concepts.” –Rufus Reid, bassist, educator, author (The Evolving Bassist )

“Great musical examples and ideas from a dedicated professional musician and educator–I highly recommend The Jazz Bass Book to any musician interested in the development of the bass in jazz.” –Oscar Stagnaro, bassist, Berklee professor, author (The Latin Bass Book )

John Goldsby is author of two instructional books for bassists, and writes regularly for Bass Player and the German-language Bass Professor. A widely recorded jazz artist, his CDs as a leader include the critically acclaimed Viewpoint and Tale of the Fingers. He has also appeared as a sideman on numerous recordings with many jazz greats. Goldsby currently is solo bassist with the world-renowned WDR Big Band, based at the radio and TV station in Cologne, Germany. He also teaches bass and jazz ensemble at the Musik Hochschule (Music Conservatory) in Essen, Germany, and has taught regularly at the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops in the US and London.

Ron Carter (foreword) has been a world-class bassist and cellist since the 1960s. One of the greatest accompanists of all time and a noted soloist and bandleader, Carter has played with such leading jazz artists as Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Cannonball Adderley, Herbie Hancock, and many more.

240 pages, 8-3/8 x 10-7/8
Trade Paper with CD
B&W illustrations throughout
ISBN: 0-87930-716-1
Publication Date: September, 2002
Publisher Suggested List Prices:
USA: $ 24.95, EU € 34,95, outside of EU €39,95

Published: 2002