More than a player's manual, this book portrays jazz bass as a vital element of 20th century American music. Citing examples from key recordingsin the jazz canon, the book defines the essence of the musical contribu tions made by more than 70 important jazz bassists, including Ray Brown,Eddie Gomez, Charles Mingus, Milt Hinton and many others. 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 allows readers to hear technical examples from the book, presented in slow and fastversions. It also offers play-along tracks of typical chord progression s and song forms.