John Goldsby’s “The Jazz Bass Book” is a deep dive into Jazz history

On Saturday I got this fine book of John Goldsby, about whom I wrote a few days ago already.

And his book is indeed a deep dive into Jazz history; I’m learning so much. You can spend an awful lot of time with all the players he covers there, and you’ll discover a world full of surprises if you take that time and listen to some of them – which I recommend as much as reading the book itself.

Yesterday for instance I mentioned Scott La Faro to a colleague (and I think also to my brother in an email to him) – and Scott’s outstanding work is possibly best represented on this recording (1:22h but well worth your time, as this was just ten days before the young genius died in a car accident):

Bill Evans – Sunday at the Village Vanguard (Not Now Music) [Full Album]

And of course this album is on my big dealer’s wishlist since I heard it – a must have for bass players as well as for lovers of fine music.

Like I said: worlds are opening, this book is like a ride through jazz history in a jet plane. Just like a first semester course on your typical music university. Cannot say more than Ron Carter in his foreword:

I’ve enjoyed this book and will delay further research on the history of jazz bass until John Goldsby writes another.

As always, thanks for reading.