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  • Jack Bruce: Rope Ladder to the Moon Documentary Released on DVD

    Jack Bruce: Rope Ladder to the Moon Documentary Released on DVD

    Tony Palmer’s 1969 documentary on Cream bassist Jack Bruce is now available on DVD. Jack Bruce: Rope Ladder to the Moon is a 55 minute documentary on the singer-songwriter, filmed around the same time that he was recording his jazz-oriented solo record, Songs for a Tailor. The film proves to be a snapshot of Bruce... »

  • Practice Routines

    Practice Routines

    Q: How would you describe a good practice session and how would you break it down? A: I think I’ve probably answered this in different ways in past columns, depending on the topic. In short, I’d tailor the practice time and routine based upon your own personal attention span and needs. I have the problem... »

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  • Alex Bershadsky: Butterfly Trap

    Alex Bershadsky: Butterfly Trap

    Here is a cool video from Zon endorser Alex Bershadsky. Alex resides in Israel, where he performs with his band, The Looney Tunes. His composition, “Butterfly Trap”, evolves from a thoughtful solo bass idea into a full band ballad, and then into a funky fusion jam before returning to solo bass. »

  • Tony Kanal Speaks on New No Doubt Album and Tour

    Tony Kanal Speaks on New No Doubt Album and Tour

    No Doubt’s Tony Kanal took the time to speak with press last week during bandmate Gwen Stefani’s fashion show in NYC, saying that the band is revving up for a new album and tour. The ska-rock band is still in the process of writing their sixth studio album, which will be their first new material... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Elias Kesh

    Reader Spotlight: Elias Kesh

    Meet Elias Kesh, a bassist from San Jose, California and our player in the spotlight for September 21, 2010. Bio: Elias began to perform music as a youth in the 70’s, followed by years studying music theory and jazz arranging in college. His primary genres of focus have been jazz/fusion and R&B. Some of Elias’... »

  • Fusebox Funk Releases “The Subterrestrials”

    Fusebox Funk Releases “The Subterrestrials”

    Fusebox Funk has released their fifth EP, The Subterrestrials, via Extra Medium Productions. The four-track EP was produced by two-time Grammy winner Ross Hogarth, who has also worked with Ziggy Marley, Motley Crue, Jewel, and Jimmy Eat World. The band itself has shared venues with the likes of Parliament/Funkadelic, Smash Mouth, Against Me!, and Ozomatli.... »

  • David Pastorius: Live Jazz Jam

    David Pastorius: Live Jazz Jam

    There’s not a lot of detail about this live performance by David Pastorius (other than being called “Jazz Jam”), but there’s plenty of bass. »

  • David Gage’s Shop Hosts Open House

    David Gage’s Shop Hosts Open House

    David Gage String Instruments has announced they will be holding an open house at their shop in New York City to celebrate the new school year. The free event will take place September 25 from 2 to 6 PM, and is set to include informative sessions, titled “Ask the Luthiers,” “Traveling with a String Bass,”... »

  • Metallica Releases “Six Feet Down Under” EP

    Metallica Releases “Six Feet Down Under” EP

    The metal legends in Metallica have been touring for nearly two solid years since the release of their last studio album, Death Magnetic. Now the group is finally wrapping up their time on the road with a fall tour of Australia and New Zealand, they’re commemorating the occasion by releasing Six Feet Down Under, a... »

  • The Lowdown with Dr. D.: Buying Your First Bow

    The Lowdown with Dr. D.: Buying Your First Bow

    Using the bow on an Upright Bass can open up a world of creative possibilities. Most people who get into it never get out! Before you can wow and amaze your friends, however, you will need to own a bow. When you start investigating bass bows you will find that there are two main styles... »