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  • Think Free: An Interview with Ben Allison

    Think Free: An Interview with Ben Allison

    Ben Allison has had several names for his various bands, but Think Free may be one of the most apropos to his creative style. The bassist/composer crafts adventurous songs that defy simple categorization or labeling. He’s also a free-thinker in terms of forging his career path. After years of working for a record label, he... »

  • The Last Hero: An Interview with Brian Marshall

    The Last Hero: An Interview with Brian Marshall

    Alter Bridge’s fifth studio album, , is a continuation of the band’s heavy-yet-melodic style. That sound is anchored by the thick bass work of Brian Marshall. The bassist, along with guitarist Mark Tremonti and drummer Scott “Flip” Philips, was a founding member of Creed before forming Alter Bridge in 2004. Vocalist Myles Kennedy rounds out... »

  • Looming Large: An Interview with Matt Ulery

    Looming Large: An Interview with Matt Ulery

    Matt Ulery has just released , an ambitious album that features three distinct musical formats. Billed as Ulery’s Loom/Large, the core of the album features his regular Loom quintet bookcased by a jazz orchestra and his “festival” band. While each band brings a different sound to the table, the organic nature of the bassist’s compositions... »

  • Like An Arrow: An Interview with Richard Turner

    Like An Arrow: An Interview with Richard Turner

    Blackberry Smoke is often hailed as the triumphant return of true Southern Rock, and maybe rightfully so. The five-piece, Atlanta-based band brings all the right flavors with authenticity and a penchant for writing memorable hooks, but they aren’t pigeonholed into one style. They have wide influences that seem to inform their powerful songs in unique... »

  • The Second: An Interview with Derrick Hodge

    The Second: An Interview with Derrick Hodge

    As musicians, our main goal is to express ourselves as freely and truly as possible. One listen to Derrick Hodge’s and you’ll know he achieved that, but it goes deeper. Each song has an openness that seems to touch on the listener’s own emotions, like tapping into a social consciousness. The Second is, in fact,... »

  • The Universe Inside: An Interview with Alana Rocklin

    The Universe Inside: An Interview with Alana Rocklin

    Veteran electronic jam band STS9’s latest release, The Universe Inside, is something new for the band. It’s their first full-length LP in nearly seven years and features more vocal songs than their typically instrumental output. It’s more influenced by pop of the ’70s and ’80s. It’s also the first to be anchored by bassist Alana... »

  • Turnitup: An Interview with Ida Nielsen

    Turnitup: An Interview with Ida Nielsen

    Ida Nielsen has gone by several names, including Ida Funkhouser and Bassida, but one thing has always stayed consistent: her rock solid funk style. The Danish bassist was building her own artistic empire with her band and a pair of solo albums when Prince handpicked her to be his bassist. Starting in 2010, Nielsen toured... »

  • Bass Tendencies: An Interview with Ra Diaz

    Bass Tendencies: An Interview with Ra Diaz

    Suicidal Tendencies has a legacy of great bassists. Louiche Mayorga, Tim “Rawbiz” Williams, Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner, and Metallica’s Robert Trujillo have all held the throne, just to name a few. Earlier this year, bassist Ra Diaz stepped up to the plate to carry on the tradition. It’s been a bit of a dream come true... »

  • Great Is Our Sin: An Interview with Brett Bamberger

    Great Is Our Sin: An Interview with Brett Bamberger

    When I had the pleasure of working on a Profiles in Tone interview with metal legend Alex Webster, he sent me a few examples of his favorite bass tones in metal. If I can trust anyone’s ear for metal bass, it’s Alex’s. One clip that particularly caught my ear was a video of a band... »

  • Collectables: An Interview with Todd Coolman

    Collectables: An Interview with Todd Coolman

    Veteran bassist and educator Todd Coolman has worked with a who’s who of the jazz world. His resumé includes work with Horace Silver, Gerry Mulligan, Stan Getz, Benny Golson, Art Farmer, Tommy Flanagan, Ahmad Jamal, Lionel Hampton, Benny Goodman, and James Moody (with whom he won Grammy), among others. In working with these incredible bandleaders,... »