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  • Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra, Featuring Ray Brown: One Bass Hit

    Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra, Featuring Ray Brown: One Bass Hit

    There are so many players I get inspired by, but whenever someone asks me who my favorite bass player is, I always say “Ray Brown”. His groove, technique, melodicism, and swagger always captivates me, so I was pumped to find this clip of him featured with Dizzy Gillespie’s Orchestra in 1947. At a mere 21... »

  • Coheed and Cambria Welcome Zach Cooper as New Bassist

    Coheed and Cambria Welcome Zach Cooper as New Bassist

    Nearly nine months after parting ways with Michael Todd, Coheed and Cambria have announced Zach Cooper as their new full-time bassist. Cooper, who played with AM to AM, got a cold call to audition from the band’s manager. The group made the announcement with a YouTube video introducing him. Coheed and Cambria is currently in... »

  • Ibanez Releases New Promethean P3115 Bass Combo Amp

    Ibanez Releases New Promethean P3115 Bass Combo Amp

    Ibanez expanded their Promethean combo series this year with the P3115, a 300-watt combo amp with a 15˝ driver and an HF dome tweeter with a passive crossover. Unique to the P3115 is an on/off switch for the tweeter, allowing for more tonal variety by eliminating unnecessary high frequency overtones. It also features a Class-D... »

  • Treat Yourself to Some Inspiration

    Treat Yourself to Some Inspiration

    As artists, we are constantly on the search for one thing: inspiration. Inspiration fuels our art, influences our style, and pushes us to perfect our craft. It’s what keeps us learning bass line after bass line, way into the wee hours of the morning, and it persuades us to call one drummer over another. It... »

  • Sunder Panatella: “The Answer” Solo Bass Performance

    Sunder Panatella: “The Answer” Solo Bass Performance

    Grant Stinnett sent in this great video of Sunder Panatella playing his ethereal and original solo bass composition, “The Answer.” “The inspiration [for] this song came from different emotions that I experienced and I had few questions that I’ve been searching the answers for,” Panatella explained. “I think I found ‘The Answer’ thru music.” For... »

  • Dream Theater Announces Summer Tour with the Crimson Projekct

    Dream Theater Announces Summer Tour with the Crimson Projekct

    Prog fans will have lots to look forward to this summer as Dream Theater is teaming up with Crimson Projekct for a hefty North American tour. The two bands will be kicking it off on June 15th in Rochester, New York before hitting Quebec, then criss-crossing the U.S. This marks the second North American leg... »

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  • Bass of the Week: Lane Poor Minima

    Bass of the Week: Lane Poor Minima

    While looking up videos of Jack Casady on YouTube, I stumbled upon a real head-turner of a bass: the Lane Poor Minima. Poor, who is renowned for his pickups, designed and manufactured the bass in the early ’90s. Besides the obvious headless and stepped-tuner body design, the Minima had a graphite fingerboard with special epoxy... »

  • Stories Behind the Songs: Jerry Jemmott

    Stories Behind the Songs: Jerry Jemmott

    Chances are, if you’re listening to a Soul hit from back in the day, you’re listening to Jerry Jemmott. In his prolific career spanning over 40 years, the bassist’s work helped shape the Atlantic Records and Muscle Shoals sounds. He has left his stamp on some generation-defining hits alongside musicians such as Aretha Franklin, Herbie... »

  • Dirty Loops: “Rolling In The Deep” (Adele Cover)

    Dirty Loops: “Rolling In The Deep” (Adele Cover)

    Dirty Loops is back, with a new cover and more acrobatic bass from Henrik Linder. This is the group’s take on Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep”. The instrumental break is fantastic. Here’s our proposed tagline for Dirty Loops: Making top 40 listenable. »

  • Andrea Veneziani Releases Debut Album, “Oltreoceano”

    Andrea Veneziani Releases Debut Album, “Oltreoceano”

    Italian jazz bassist Andrea Veneziani has made his solo debut with Oltreoceano, a 10-track album featuring drummer Ross Pederson and renowned pianist Kenny Werner. The trio performs a version the Bill Evans classic “Time Remembered”, and their musical dialogue throughout the record is influenced by the late pianist’s work. “It’s really about interplay,” Veneziani says.... »