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  • James LoMenzo to Replace Paul Gray on HAIL! Tour

    Last month, we reported that Slipknot bassist Paul Gray would join metal supergroup HAIL! for their upcoming European and Asian tour dates. After Gray’s untimely death on May 24th, HAIL! announced that James LoMenzo would fill in on bass. The group released a statement on the situation: “On Monday we were dealt a devastating blow... »

  • Ask Damian Erskine: Your Own Voice

    Q: I’m trying to grow, but its like I’ve hit the wall. I’m trying to play like a bass player is slipping away from me. I try to play for everyone, but it’s hard to find my own “voice” in the song. I find myself trying to play stuff where it doesn’t fit. How do... »

  • Stanley Clarke: Wild Dog, Live

    This video features Stanley Clarke playing one of my favorite tunes of his, “Wild Dog”. Armand Sabal-Lecco backs Stanley up in this video, which was filmed at the North Sea Jazz Festival in 2004. »

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  • Larry Warrilow, Long-Time Jaco Pastorius Collaborator, Passes

    Lawrence “Larry” David Warrilow, a prominent member of the South Florida music scene and long-time collaborator of Jaco Pastorius, died peacefully at home on Tuesday, May 18. He was 64 years old. After his family moved to Miami in 1959, Larry became friends with Peter Graves, and his music career started in the 60’s, while... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Sean Scales

    Reader Spotlight: Sean Scales

    Meet Sean Scales, our bassist in the spotlight for May 25, 2010. Bio: Professional gigs include orchestra bassist for Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruise lines, Bassist for the Osmond Brothers, professional summer stock theatre at Arrow Rock Lyceum theatre. Gig experience includes jazz combo, big band, blues, rock, latin american, country and original music. Play... »

  • A Review of John Goldsby’s “The Innkeeper’s Gun”

    The Innkeeper’s Gun is a wonderful jazz trio record: both within the tradition and extending it at the same time. It features three musicians playing for the music, improvising freely on some excellent compositions. The trio have a wonderful sense of musical empathy and have previously released the hugely enjoyable Live at the Nachbar in... »

  • Chris Tiger Ellis: Teen Town

    Chris Tiger Ellis: Teen Town

    Our Facebook friend and bassist Chris Tiger Ellis posted a video over the weekend of his take on the Jaco Pastorius/Weather Report tune “Teen Town”. “I just wanted to play Teen Town,” Ellis said. “I used my bridge pickup with my trebles all the way down. I put my little twist on it too but... »

  • Bad Religion Releases Free Album, Plans for Another

    To celebrate 30 years of their music, punk legends Bad Religion have recently released a new live album, 30 Years Live, and are giving it away for free on their website. The Southern California based group, which formed in 1980, took recordings compiled from their spring 2010 tour to build the track list. In an... »

  • Furthur Festival: Phil Lesh’s Throwback to Grateful Dead

    After pondering which festivals they would play, bassist Phil Lesh and guitarist Bob Weir of Furthur decided to just make their own. The Furthur Festival will take place at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds in Angels Camp, California on May 29th and 30th, with an “Open Aire Soundcheck” scheduled for the 28th. In a throwback to... »

  • Report: Slipknot Bassist Paul Gray Found Dead

    The Des Moines Register is reporting that Slipknot bassist Paul Gray was found dead this morning at an Urbandale, Iowa hotel. He was 38. Police said there was no evidence of foul play, though the investigation continues. An autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow. Our thoughts go out to Gray’s family, friends and bandmates. »