Posted by El Pájaro on August 29, 2000 at 07:17:09:
Hi there boys and girls,
Some time ago, our colleague Shengjie started a thread that somehow derived into the intricacies of Latin music and (especially) Latin bass. In that thread I tried to make my point (OK, I might have gone overboard a little...) about there's a lot more to Latin music than American record label execs market with a "Latin" label on it.
This very point was brought to my mind quite recently, when I had the chance to see and hear Willy González play live. "Willy WHO??", you might ask. Well let me tell you, Willy (a fellow young Argentinian bassist) is without hesitation one of THE best bass players this side of the planet. He's a musician with a very strong jazz/fusion background on a mission to rescue traditional folk music from the north of Argentina and Perú (like marineras, vidalas, chamamés, chacareras and zambas) and give it a fresh, contemporary reading.
This will sound bombastic, but it is every bit true: Willy's music is breathtakingly beautiful, and he plays his 6-string bass like few players can. I'll be writing an article on him for 44Hz.com anytime soon (and, YES, I'll make an English version for those who can't read any Spanish), but, in the meantime, check out his very attractive site (http://www.willygonzalez.com), which has an English version, and learn about him, listen to snippets of his music, and (why not?) buy one of his recordings. If you thought you knew what Latin music was all about, Willy's bass will shed a new light on you.
Allright gang this is it for now. Buena suerte and keep those basses way up front in the mix,
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