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  • Fodera Introduces Monarch 4 Standard Bass Guitar

    Fodera Introduces Monarch 4 Standard Bass Guitar

    Fodera is finishing out their Standard series of basses with the Monarch 4 Standard. Similar to the Matt Garrison, Emperor 5, and Yin Yang Standard basses, the new model is built in batch and offered in a single configuration with no options in order to keep the price and wait time down. The Monarch 4... »

  • 25 Years Later: The Continued Influence of Jaco Pastorius

    25 Years Later: The Continued Influence of Jaco Pastorius

    Usually when we mark an anniversary, it is cause for celebration. Today isn’t one of those anniversaries. Twenty-five years ago today, the world lost a man many say was the greatest bass player ever. Jaco Pastorius, at the age of 35, died days after a violent altercation at a Florida bar. In the 25 years... »

  • Wood Brothers Release “Live 2: Nail & Tooth”

    Wood Brothers Release “Live 2: Nail & Tooth”

    The Wood Brothers have released the second installment of their live set with the release of Live, Volume 2: Nail & Tooth. The duo recorded the live sets during their 20-date U.S. tour, featuring covers from some of their biggest influences, including songs by Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Allen Toussaint. Bassist Chris Wood, who also... »

  • Bass of the Week: Shuker Singlecut Elite

    Bass of the Week: Shuker Singlecut Elite

    The Shuker Singlecut Elite is one beautiful instrument. Built by luthier Jon Shuker in the UK, the bass is highly customizable with options running from number of strings to top wood to construction type. Standard features include a 7-piece laminated neck made of maple, wenge, and padauk, a walnut body core, and a fingerboard of... »

  • Playing with Words and Music: An Interview with Victor Wooten (Part 1)

    Playing with Words and Music: An Interview with Victor Wooten (Part 1)

    “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” might be a familiar phrase to most of us, but Victor Wooten has evidently never heard of it. Or, if he has, he’s never heeded its advice. With his ground-breaking A Show Of Hands CD, Wooten launched himself into the limelight of the bass community (and the greater... »

  • Peter Kastner: Nardis

    Peter Kastner: Nardis

    Alistair Lasken sent in this video of Peter Kastner playing a funky version of the jazz standard “Nardis.” Peter has a simple drum track to accompany him and his Rob Allen MB-2 fretless bass. (Check out our Bass of the Week feature on the MB-2.) »

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  • Fourplay Releases “Esprit De Four”

    Fourplay Releases “Esprit De Four”

    Contemporary jazz quartet Fourplay have released their thirteenth album, entitled Esprit De Four. Originally formed in 1991, the band currently consists of bassist Nathan East, drummer Harvey Mason, keyboardist Bob James and guitarist Chuck Loeb. This is Loeb’s second recording with Fourplay and the band is taking advantage of the new direction. “In the songwriting... »

  • Led Zeppelin Announce New Live DVD, Celebration Day

    Led Zeppelin Announce New Live DVD, Celebration Day

    Led Zeppelin has confirmed the release of Celebration Day, a film of the one-off reunion concert they performed at London’s O2 Arena in 2007. The film will be shown in theaters worldwide October 17th with CD, DVD, Blu-ray and LP formats and hitting shelves on November 19th. Anchored by bassist John Paul Jones, the band... »

  • Life as a Bassist: Balancing Art and Income

    Life as a Bassist: Balancing Art and Income

    Q: I do regular cover gigs, but I also play with a few original artists and I’m worried about them conflicting. I was wondering how you balance your “work” gigs with your “fun” gigs? A: I have touched on this in previous columns, but this is a topic worthy of its own dedicated discussion. For... »

  • NHØP and Tania Maria: Baião Improvisado

    NHØP and Tania Maria: Baião Improvisado

    Here’s an incredibly energetic duet by Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and pianist Tania Maria. NHØP is in his usual top-notch form with ridiculous speed and agility. Check out his masterful right hand technique at the 2:12 mark, and then be ready to want to practice. »