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  • Stanley Clarke’s “The Toys of Men”

    Stanley Clarke’s latest album, The Toys of Men, is being released October 16, 2007. Sample the release and pre-order it at Heads Up’s web site. Full release: For centuries, the artist has served as the great counterbalance to the warrior. When statesmen in opposing camps rattle their swords and draw lines in the sand, it’s... »

  • Gary Willis – Actual Fiction

    Don’t know how we missed this one… maybe you did too. Gary Willis released his latest solo album in August, featuring Kirk Covington & David Gómez on drums and Gary on “everything else”. Gary has been one of our favorites since early Tribal Tech with Scott Henderson. More (incredibly detailed) info here, as well as... »

  • 20 Years

    Today marks the 20th anniversary of the passing of Jaco Pastorius. Jaco’s family has posted a couple of tributes: Musicians remember Jaco Gregory Pastorius’ tribute to his brother And worth a look: Jaco’s daughter Mary, and her Daddy, just daddy to me piece. »

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  • Bootsy Collins: The Bengals Rock

    Cincinnati legend Bootsy Collins recorded a new song for his home NFL football team, the Bengals, for the third straight year. This year, he uses the a local group called the Ben-Gals and an Elvis impersonator. Bootsy says this is his best so far. Check it out for yourself at BootsyCollins.com. »

  • Undiscovered Mingus

    A previously unknown 1964 recording of the Charles Mingus Sextet with Eric Dolphy was recently discovered by Mingus’ widow and released by Blue Note. This is a double CD live recording, featuring a near identical lineup to the group who recorded “Great Concert of Charles Mingus” about a month later. »

  • Bass Player Appreciation Week

    Ignacio at IG blog has deemed this week Bass Player Appreciation Week. Big surprise, we’re all for it. Stop by and comment on your favorite(s). »

  • RIP, Art Davis

    Double bass legend Art Davis has died after a suffering heart attack. He was 73. Davis performed with many jazz greats, including John Coltrane, Thelonius Monk, Louis Armstrong, and Max Roach, all while holding down a psychology practice. BBC offers a look back on his remarkable career. »

  • Michael Manring, Percy Jones on new release

    Drummer Vic Stevens has released his latest CD, “If People Could Talk“, featuring Michael Manring and Percy Jones on bass. Stevens and Manring perform together in the fusion trio McGill/Manring/Stevens. »

  • Sting’s Son Joins The Police Tour

    Sting’s Son Joins The Police Tour

    How lucky can a guy get? Sting’s son Joe Sumner, and his band “Fiction Plane” have joined The Police’s 2007 tour. The announcement follows the release of Fiction Plane’s second CD, Left Side of the Brain. Like his father, Joe is the bassist and lead vocalist for the trio. Check out Fiction Plane in a... »

  • Ron Carter Interview

    Ethan Iverson has posted a terrific interview with bass legend Ron Carter. Carter has an an upcoming Carnegie Hall concert, in celebration of his 70th birthday. »