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  • Saltman Knowles: Return of the Composer

    In February of 2009 Saltman Knowles released Return of the Composer on Pacific Coast Jazz records. Bassist Mark Saltman leads the group with pianist William Knowles to create unique jazz album featuring the voice as an additional instrument (using vocalese). The result is an album with interesting melodic lines, spirited rhythms and excellent musicianship building... »

  • Remembering Bobby Sheehan

    August 20th, 2009 marked the tenth anniversary of the untimely passing of bassist Bobby Sheehan. In the late 1980’s Sheehan co-founded the band Blues Traveler and helped set the foundation for the modern jam-band scene. Since his passing, Blues Traveler has continued to honor his memory, both in their studio work and onstage. “The song... »

  • Russ Sargeant: Loop Improv #1

    This video was put together by one of our own contributors, Russ Sargeant! As Russ explains, “Very rough around the edges, too long, sound glitches and loop too quiet … BUT… battling against sound routing gremlins, this is my first video of an improvisation using my looping gear: Mobius, Boss FC-50 Midi Foot Controller and... »

  • Creedence Clearwater Revisited

    In a recent interview with The Tribune, Creedence Clearwater Revisited bassist Stu Cook talks about his perspective on the band’s music and his musical career. The Creedence Clearwater Revisited band was formed a few years ago by Cook and original CCR drummer Doug “Cosmo” Clifford. The “Revisited” band includes John Tristao on guitar and vocals,... »

  • Bragi Olafsson: The Pets

    Bragi Olafsson, former bassist for the Sugarcubes (who were responsible for making Bjork a star), turned to another art form after leaving the band: literature. Olafsson is the author of several books of poetry and short stories, and four novels. His novels include Time Off, The Pets, Party Games and The Ambassador, which was a... »

  • Bill Clements: Fret-grooving

    Bill Clements: Fret-grooving

    Check out this video of Bill Clements, playing with one hand! Clements lost his right arm in an industrial accident in 1989. He released his first CD, Undergroundalienbass in 2005. His bass is also unique, using a “fret-groove” system where the frets are actually concave and carved out of the neck rather than laying on... »

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  • The Best of Jack Bruce transcription book

    Alfred Music Publishing has released The Best of Jack Bruce: 13 Classics from Cream and Beyond, a new transcription book featuring 13 songs from bass legend Jack Bruce. The book includes both full notation and TAB. Eleven songs are from Bruce’s recordings from Cream’s Fresh Cream, Disraeli Gears, and Wheels of Fire albums, and two... »

  • Ray’s raving about… Janek Gwizdala Podcasts

    Janek Gwizdala is a very accomplished bass player who’s skills have him wearing many hats as a musician. He has played with some of the most respected players in the business and rightfully so. Janek is one of my personal favorites because he has a way of playing what feels right for whatever musical situation... »

  • Roberto Aymes Quartet: Besame Mucho live performance

    This great latin jazz video features bassist Roberto Aymes, performing killer solos over “Besame Mucho”, with his band the Roberto Aymes Art Latin Jazz Quartet. The band features Aymes on bass, Jaime Reyes on piano, Mario Bastarrica on percussion and Salvador Merchand on drums. This tune swings! You can check out more on Aymes at... »

  • Bassist John Illsley sparks hearing awareness

    My Bloody Valentine has partnered with Earplugshop to combat hearing loss at rock concerts. EarPlugShop is an organization dedicated to protecting hearing. Spokesperson Shaun Thornburgh said he respects the “ear-splittingly loud” rockers for tackling this very serious issue: “The band is highlighting how important it is to protect ears from damage which, once set in,... »