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  • John Mayer Trio with Pino Palladino, Live at the Crossroads Festival 2010

    John Mayer Trio with Pino Palladino, Live at the Crossroads Festival 2010

    We’ve featured the John Mayer Trio performing this tune before, but had to share this version, from the 2010 Crossroads Festival. The band plays “Who Did You Think I Was”, ending with Hendrix’s “Power of Soul”. Pino Palladino can do no wrong! Drummer Steve Jordan is really bringing it too. This one has it all,... »

  • Top 10: Isolated Bass Week, New School, David Ellefson Interview and the Top New Basses

    Last week, we celebrated the greatest instrument ever with our Isolated Bass Week series. This was a major hit, with some legendary bass tracks from Paul McCartney, Geddy Lee, John Entwistle, Wilton Felder, John Paul Jones, Chris Squire and James Jamerson, isolated in all their glory. They all made the top ten, so we included... »

  • Pirastro Unveils Flexocor Deluxe Double Bass Strings

    Pirastro Unveils Flexocor Deluxe Double Bass Strings

    String company Pirastro has introduced a new set of double bass strings called the Flexocor Deluxe. Building upon their pre-existing Flexocor range, the Deluxe strings offer wider tonal range, longer sustain, and better overall playability. Pirastro explains that the Flexocor Deluxe’s structure allows the string to possess great resonance and “unsurpassed carrying power.” It’s core... »

  • Rush Announces “Clockwork Angels” Tour; Release of First Video Single

    Rush Announces “Clockwork Angels” Tour; Release of First Video Single

    Man, this has been a long time coming. Rush’s highly anticpated 20th studio album, Clockwork Angels will be released on June 12th (available for pre-order on CD and vinyl). The trio has just announced their tour dates in support of the new album, with stops in 33 cities in the U.S. and Canada, beginning in... »

  • The Four Tops: “Standing In The Shadows Of Love” – James Jamerson’s Isolated Bass (Isolated Bass Week)

    The Four Tops: “Standing In The Shadows Of Love” – James Jamerson’s Isolated Bass (Isolated Bass Week)

    We’re wrapping up our “Isolated Bass Week” with the master, James Jamerson. Here’s the isolated bass track for the 1966 Four Tops hit, “Standing In The Shadows Of Love”. ‘Nuff said. »

  • Eivind Opsvik Releases “Overseas IV”

    Eivind Opsvik Releases “Overseas IV”

    Norwegian bassist Eivind Opsvik has released Overseas IV, the fourth album in a series he started nearly a decade ago. Entirely written by Opsvik, the album brings together styles for an eclectic sound influenced by the 1700s and 1800s. The ensemble includes bass, drums, saxophone, electric guitar, and most notably, harpsichord. “In many ways it... »

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  • Ibanez Releases SR 25th Anniversary Limited Edition Basses

    Ibanez Releases SR 25th Anniversary Limited Edition Basses

    Announced at the 2012 Winter NAMM show, Ibanez is now shipping their 25th anniversary of their SR model basses. The SR 25th Anniversary Limited Edition bass series includes a 4- and 5-string edition, both premium model basses built at Ibanez’s “Premium factory”. The basses sport a Padauk top. The company says the wood’s “subtle reddish... »

  • Jazz Soul Seven Releases “Impressions of Curtis Mayfield”

    Jazz Soul Seven Releases “Impressions of Curtis Mayfield”

    Without a doubt, Curtis Mayfield was one of the most influential soul artists that walked the planet. His remarkable compositions included some of the grooviest bass lines. A new all-star cast of musicians calling themselves Jazz Soul Seven is now honoring the late guitarist/vocalist’s music with Impressions of Curtis Mayfield, a 12-track album of jazz... »

  • The Beatles: “A Day in the Life” – Paul McCartney’s Isolated Bass (Isolated Bass Week)

    The Beatles: “A Day in the Life” – Paul McCartney’s Isolated Bass (Isolated Bass Week)

    We’ve heard from a lot of readers who think that Paul McCartney is one of the most underrated bassists of all time. Well, you can judge for yourself in today’s isolated track, which includes both McCartney’s bass and Ringo Starr’s drums on “A Day in the Life”, the last track on the 1967 album, Sgt.... »

  • Aerosmith Reveals “Global Warming” North American Tour

    Aerosmith Reveals “Global Warming” North American Tour

    Aerosmith will be hitting the road this summer for their first U.S. trek since 2010. The “Global Warming” Tour kicks off in Minneapolis, Minnesota on June 16th and will take the “Sweet Emotion” rockers throughout the States with a single date in Canada. “After touring Japan and South America last year we’re psyched about bringing... »