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  • Bakithi Kumalo to Tour with Paul Simon

    Bakithi Kumalo to Tour with Paul Simon

    Bassist Bakithi Kumalo will be joining Paul Simon once again for a global tour in support of the new album So Beautiful or So What. The trek will take them from coast to coast in the U.S. before heading to Europe in June. Kumalo and Simon first worked together when the singer recruited a band... »

  • Lessons Learned from Scott LaFaro: Playing the 1825 Abraham Prescott Bass

    Lessons Learned from Scott LaFaro: Playing the 1825 Abraham Prescott Bass

    Recently, I had an experience that changed the way I think about instruments. Years ago, I used to get nervous sitting in on other people’s gigs for fear of not being able get “my sound” out of their bass. You know what I’m taking about, right? You grab someone else’s bass, play a few notes,... »

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  • Average White Band: Cut The Cake Live

    Average White Band: Cut The Cake Live

    Here’s Average White Band, getting funky and getting the crowd going during Sinbad’s Summer Jam. Eliot Lewis is the bassist holding down the groove (and taking a quick solo break). »

  • RIP: Gerard Smith

    RIP: Gerard Smith

    TV On The Radio bassist Gerard Smith passed away yesterday, following his battle with lung cancer. He was 34. The news came via an announcement from the band. “We are very sad to announce the death of our beloved friend and bandmate, Gerard Smith, following a courageous fight against lung cancer,” the band said in... »

  • Phil Jones Pure Sound Releases D-600 Dual Channel Digital Bass Amp

    Phil Jones Pure Sound Releases D-600 Dual Channel Digital Bass Amp

    Phil Jones Pure Sound has a new bass amp on the market, the D-600 Digital Amplifier. Taking after their D-200, the new model is rated at 600 watts while weighing in at merely 7 pounds. The dual channel setup give each path it’s own 5-band EQ and mute switch. Other features include an optical limiter... »

  • Playing Pain Free

    Playing Pain Free

    Q: As someone who wants to practice for hours each day, what advice would you give to prevent injury? Do you have any warm up routines or other advice? A: You know, I’ve been lucky. I’ve never consciously warmed up when practicing, and I’ve never had any pain issues. However, I’ve noticed more recently that... »

  • Jaco Pastorius: Unreleased “Teen Town” Live Video 1978

    Jaco Pastorius: Unreleased “Teen Town” Live Video 1978

    Here’s some amazing and really rare footage of Weather Report performing Jaco Pastorius’s “Teen Town”, filmed live in Reading, PA in 1978 by Dr. Fred Erskine (drummer Peter Erskine’s father). While the video isn’t very good quality, the performance is top notch, with the quartet of Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, Peter Erskine and Jaco. »

  • Legoland Empire Releases EP Featuring Trip Wamsley

    Legoland Empire Releases EP Featuring Trip Wamsley

    Bassist Trip Wamsley shared on his Facebook page that Legoland Empire has released Guard the Point, a new 4-track EP on Bandcamp. Wamsley, whose playing on the album ranges from funky grooves to gnarly distorted riffs, describes the album as masterminded by former Wild Cherry bassist Allen Wentz. The group also includes Neil Alexander on... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Jeanette Jones

    Reader Spotlight: Jeanette Jones

    Meet Jeanette Jones, a busy person and busy bassist from Staten Island, NY, and our player in the spotlight for April 19, 2011. Bio: I am an overextended mother of four who fits playing with multiple bands into my life because of how important it is for me to be connected to music. I stopped... »

  • Berthold Basten: Streets of Montreal

    Berthold Basten: Streets of Montreal

    Berthold Basten‘s love for his Godin fretless bass inspired him to write a tune. We thought you’d enjoy it too. »