The Power Of The Bass: Oskar Cartaya & Enclave Live

by chipboaz on April 11, 2017

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The bass is such a powerhouse instrument, serving so many functions that send music – especially Afro-Cuban music – in exciting directions. At any musical moment, a bassist is strategically defining harmony with their note choice, style with their rhythmic movement, and texture with their technical approach. When a bass player finds themselves in a Caribbean or South American setting, they’re often serving as another drummer, attacking the music with a percussive element. Add jazz harmony into the mix and there’s a universe of interesting note choices that will steer the performance. Integrate subtle references to stylistic elements of other genres and a bassist can add an incredible amount of depth. Suffice to say, a good bass player can be the difference between a decent Latin Jazz performance and a knock out unforgettable music experience.

Bassist Oskar Cartaya has spent many years laying down the low end for a number of groups and creating his own musical statements. Cartaya resides in the Los Angeles area and is best known for his work with jazz fusion group Sypro Gyra. Beyond his high profile gig, he carries a large amount of experience in the Latin music world, working alongside Tito Puente, Rubén Blades, Willie Colon, Dave Valentin, and more. Cartaya has also spent extensive time in the studio, playing on albums and producing for Herb Alpert, Jennifer Lopez, Arturo Sandoval, and many more. All this background bubbles into a potent mix when Cartaya fronts his band Enclave, which explores funk, jazz, and dance music through the lens of clave. His most recent release, Bajo Mundo, finds Cartaya leading his group through a Latin Jazz journey, anchored by his inspired bass work. Today’s video features Cartaya and Enclave playing music from Bajo Mundo, delivering a rousing collection of tunes with a powerful bass foundation.

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