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  • Stu Hamm: Live Bass Solo at the Montreux Jazz Festival (1988)

    Stu Hamm: Live Bass Solo at the Montreux Jazz Festival (1988)

    I sometimes forget how long bassist Stu Hamm has wowing audiences. This is a good reminder: Stu taking a solo during the Montreux Jazz Festival with Joe Satriani, on July 15th, 1988. Fans of Stu will recognize many of his now classic solo pieces here. Stuuuuuuuuuuu! »

  • Flying Colors Release Debut Album

    Flying Colors Release Debut Album

    Drummer Michael Portnoy is making the most of his time since leaving Dream Theater in late 2010. Portnoy, who recently released an album and announced a tour with Adrenaline Mob has another album out, the solo debut by rock supergroup Flying Colors. Flying Colors is the combo of Portnoy teaming up with bassist Dave LaRue,... »

  • Iron Maiden Releases “En Vivo!”

    Iron Maiden Releases “En Vivo!”

    Iconic metal band Iron Maiden has released En Vivo!, a new live performance on Blu-Ray, 2-DVD Set, and a double soundtrack album. Filmed on April 10, 2011 in Santiago, Chile, the performance was part of their Final Frontier World Tour. “For The Final Frontier Tour, it was really important to me that we filmed in... »

  • Amp Stands: How to Raise Your Amp without Losing the Bottom?

    Amp Stands: How to Raise Your Amp without Losing the Bottom?

    Q: I recently down-sized my amp from a classic SVT setup 8×10 with a head to a combo amp. Obviously much smaller. I want to raise it off the floor without losing the bottom end because I have used my Ampeg rig exclusively for 20+ years, and I am used to having that stage sound... »

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  • The Burbridge Brothers: An Inside Look Into the Tedeschi Trucks Band

    The Burbridge Brothers: An Inside Look Into the Tedeschi Trucks Band

    During the making Revelator, of the debut album from the Tedeschi Trucks Band, the band let cameras into the studio for a behind the scenes look at the group and the making of the album. One of the coolest interviews (for us, at least), was the one with the Burbridge brothers: bassist Oteil and keyboardist... »

  • Snarky Puppy Releases “groundUP”

    Snarky Puppy Releases “groundUP”

    Brooklyn-based instrumental group Snarky Puppy has released their sixth album, groundUP, on Ropeadope Records. Led by bassist Michael League, the collection of musicians recorded the album live in fellow bassist Matt Garrison’s Shapeshifter Lab in front of a 40-person studio audience. As with 2010’s Tell Your Friends, the release is a CD/DVD combo that includes... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Trey Anderson

    Reader Spotlight: Trey Anderson

    Meet bassist Trey Anderson, a young bassist who already has an impressive past and an even brighter looking future in music. We were impressed by Trey’s love for classical and jazz, and his “normal life on the side” comment. This is one serious musician. Trey is our player in the spotlight for the week of... »

  • A Review of Esperanza Spalding’s “Radio Music Society”

    A Review of Esperanza Spalding’s “Radio Music Society”

    Esperanza Spalding shocked many in the music world when she beat out Justin Bieber for the Grammy Award for Best New Artist, about thirteen months ago. Bassists everywhere, likely less shocked, celebrated the win by one of our own. This exciting bassist/vocalist has just released her latest record, Radio Music Society, and one which shows... »

  • John Paul Jones: “What Is And What Should Never Be” Isolated Bass Track

    John Paul Jones: “What Is And What Should Never Be” Isolated Bass Track

    If you’re looking for vintage tone and a melodic groove, look no further. Zach McFatridge shared this clip of John Paul Jones’s isolated bass from the Led Zeppelin classic “What Is And What Should Never Be” from their second album. With some bleed from the drums, it’s easy to hear Jones and drummer John Bonham... »

  • Tribal Tech Returns with the Release of “X”

    Tribal Tech Returns with the Release of “X”

    It has been over a decade since Tribal Tech released a new album, but thankfully, the quartet is making their return with the release of , out today. Anchored by bassist Gary Willis, Tribal Tech returns with their line up of guitarist Scott Henderson, keyboardist Scott Kinsey and drummer Kirk Covington, X marks the tenth... »