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  • Cort Guitars Announces the Return of the Curbow Series Basses

    Cort Guitars Announces the Return of the Curbow Series Basses

    Cort has a new Curbow Series of basses for 2012, including the four new models. The Curbow 41, Curbow 42, Curbow 51 and Curbow 52 each feature bolt-on necks, soft maple bodies and Bartolini electronics with slap-switch system. The 41 and 42 are 4-string models, and the 51 and 52 are 5-string. Cort developed the... »

  • Lemmy Kilmister Working on Solo Album

    Lemmy Kilmister Working on Solo Album

    Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister revealed that he’s working on a solo album in a recent interview with SF Weekly’s Dave Pehling. The veteran metal bassist says he’s most of the way through the effort, which will be chock full of guest artists. “I’m three-quarters of the way though a solo album right now. I’ve got... »

  • Jeff Schmidt Solo Bass: Still Silhouette

    Jeff Schmidt Solo Bass: Still Silhouette

    I was trading emails with bassist Jeff Schmidt the other day, and realized it has been a long time since we featured him. Way too long. This one goes way back to 2007, with Jeff performing his original tune, “Still Silhouette”. Jeff shared the tech behind his fretless’ synth-like sound, saying “it’s a long tail... »

  • Napalm Death Releases “Utilitarian”

    Napalm Death Releases “Utilitarian”

    Grindcore band Napalm Death have released Utilitarian, their 14th studio album of original material. Anchored by bassist Shane Embury, the 16-track collection continues their tradition of extreme music with in-your-face riffs and aggressive vocals. “After some deliberation, we decided on ‘Utilitarian’ as the album title,” vocalist Mark “Barney” Greenway said. “We generally try to avoid... »

  • Traynor Introduces DynaBlock Series at NAMM

    Traynor Introduces DynaBlock Series at NAMM

    Traynor introduced their DynaBlock series of bass amplifiers at NAMM this year. Central to the line is the DNB 400 head, which is then implemented into 1×12, 1×15, and 2×10 combos. Rated at 400 watts, the head has active and passive instrument inputs to accommodate all basses. Tone controls on the amp include a 4-band... »

  • Guiding Your Own Practice: A Checklist for Improving Your Practice Routine

    Guiding Your Own Practice: A Checklist for Improving Your Practice Routine

    Confession: I played bass for years without ever practicing. I didn’t know what to focus on and certainly didn’t have enough discipline for it… I just wanted to play. I played along with records, I fooled around and discovered certain licks, and I hung out with musical buddies who would give me tips now and... »

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  • Elvin Jones Trio, Featuring Jimmy Garrison: Sweet Little Maia (1968)

    Elvin Jones Trio, Featuring Jimmy Garrison: Sweet Little Maia (1968)

    I don’t watch much TV, but I would if it was more like this 1968 clip from the Danish show Jazz Omkring Midnat. The Elvin Jones Trio, consisting of drummer Elvin Jones, bassist Jimmy Garrison and saxophonist Joe Farrel plays the tune “Sweet Little Maia.” The trio gets to really stretch out since there isn’t... »

  • Glenn Hughes and Black Country Communion Release Live CD, Prepare Next Studio Album

    Glenn Hughes and Black Country Communion Release Live CD, Prepare Next Studio Album

    Black Country Communion have released a CD version of Live Over Europe as a follow-up to the DVD of the same name. Taken from their 2011 European tour, the 2-CD set features 17 tracks of the band’s original songs as well as two tunes from the band members’ previous work. Comprised of bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes,... »

  • Bass of the Week: Rob Allen MB-2

    Bass of the Week: Rob Allen MB-2

    The Rob Allen MB-2 is a unique semi-hollow bass designed to combine the warmth of an upright with the punch of a solid body electric bass. Though it’s available in a fretted version, the MB-2 comes standard as fretless to keep with the organic feel. The bass is offered in three variations depending on the... »

  • Rocking Steady: An Interview with Jack Casady (Part 1)

    Rocking Steady: An Interview with Jack Casady (Part 1)

    As a member of the generation-defining bands Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, the impact Jack Casady’s bass playing cannot be overstated. His unmistakable tone and melodic bass lines have been the foundation for countless songs, not to mention the inspiration for countless bassists. While his previous accomplishments are nothing short of incredible, Casady isn’t one... »