Oscar Stagnaro Trio Performing Giant Steps

by chipboaz on February 22, 2017

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There’s a grand tradition in Latin Jazz of recontextualizing classic jazz standards around rhythmic structures from South America and the Caribbean. This rose directly from most people’s belief that Latin Jazz was one hundred percent about rhythm. This resulted in some exciting – and usually danceable – music, but after this limited recontextualization became common place, something seemed to be lacking. The missing piece was a shared knowledge of both jazz and Latin music. You can’t simply mash the two idioms together randomly; there’s got to be some shared understanding that lets you play upon the connection points in the music.

If there’s one musician that understands the common ground between jazz, South American, and Caribbean music, that would be bassist Oscar Stagnaro. He’s laid down the foundation behind a number of high profile Latin Jazz artists, including his long standing position as bassist for the Paquito D’Rivera Quintet. As an educator, Stagnaro has single handedly built the Latin American music program at Berklee College Of Music, where he teaches bass, ensembles, and more. Stagnaro literally wrote the book on Latin Bass Playing with his publication The Latin Bass Book, an extensively thorough study which has been adopted as a primary source around the world. He’s an amazing musician that has looked inside this music from countless perspectives – a fact evidenced by his performance on this video, where his trio plays the John Coltrane classic “Giant Steps” in the framework of a Peruvian Festejo.

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