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  • Ex-Marilyn Manson bassist Gidget Gein found dead

    Former Manson bassist Gidget Gein, aka Brad Stewart, was found dead on October 9 in his Burbank, CA home, allegedly due to a heroin overdose. Gein, who was kicked out of Manson’s band in the 90’s due to drug-related issues and replaced by Twiggy Ramirez, had just completed a drug rehab program. He was 39.... »

  • Gov’t Mule names new bass player

    Bassist Jorgen Carlsson is joining the band in a permanent role. Carlsson replaces Andy Hess, who played with the band since bassist Allen Woody died in 2000. “We were faced with the daunting task of replacing a one-of-a-kind musician, which I’m sure was intimidating for Andy, who did a wonderful job and brought his own... »

  • APB on Anthrax bassist’s missing bass

    Frank Bello‘s custom-made, one of a kind “Angry Man” signature bass never made it with the band’s other gear when it arrived in Kawasaki, Japan. Bello is appealing for the return of the bass. Anthrax stage crew member Willie Gee told Blabbermouth.net, “At some point during prep for the shows in Japan and South Korea,... »

  • New Dave Holland: Pass It On

    Bassist, composer and band leader Dave Holland is releasing his latest CD, Pass It On on September 23. The release features Holland’s sextet, who formed in 2006, consisting of Robin Eubanks (trombone), Antonio Hart (alto saxophone), Alex “Sasha” Sipiagin (trumpet), Mulgrew Miller (piano) and Eric Harland (drums). The CD features several new arrangements of past... »

  • Basslines for August 7, 2008

    Jack Bruce is performing at Hippiefest this weekend, in Clearwater, FL. Return to Forever and bassist Stanley Clarke continue to get rave reviews, as their tour winds down. Dave Holland is helping families in New Haven, CT, performing a benefit concert on September 21. The Levine Report has a nice feature on Gerald Veasley, who... »

  • Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller and Victor Wooten bring the Thunder

    Another multi-bass album is coming. This time from Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller & Victor Wooten, joining together as S.M.V. The new album, Thunder, is out on August 12th. Sample tracks here: Amazon.com Widgets »

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  • Returning to Forever

    Return To Forever, featuring Stanley Clarke on bass, Chick Corea on piano, Al Di Meola on guitar and Lenny White on drums, has just announced dates for their upcoming tour. Every RTF fan I know is going nuts with the news (including me). The tour is is scheduled through August 2008… here are the dates... »

  • Michael Manring 2008 concert schedule

    Michael had to cancel a recent show due to a bout with pneumonia. We wish him a speedy recovery! Michael is doing a live online masterclass, in conjunction with Bass Player Magazine, on Wednesday March 12 us at 9 pm Eastern/6 pm Pacific. See Bass Player Magazines’s site for more details. Here’s the rest of... »

  • Brian Bromberg nominated for Grammy

    Brian Bromberg‘s Downright Upright has been nominated for a Grammy. The album is a collection of funky, upbeat covers and originals recorded with jazz greats including Rick Braun, Boney James, Jeff Lorber and Lee Ritenour. You can sample tracks from Downright on Bromberg’s web site. »

  • Marcus Miller on The Many Moods of Miles Davis

    Marcus Miller is featured on The Many Moods of Miles Davis, Part II: The Later Years, currently running on NPR and available online. Miller and Wallace Roney “funk-out to Miles’ fusion” in a segment, while Nicholas Payton and Sophie Fraught cover Davis’ second great quintet on Wayne Shorter’s “Agitation”. Check the Jazz at Lincoln Center... »