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  • Marcus Miller, George Duke and David Sanborn: “Blast”, Live

    Marcus Miller, George Duke and David Sanborn: “Blast”, Live

    What a treat this one is… Marcus Miller performs “Blast” – a tune from his A Night in Monte Carlo album – along with George Duke and David Sanborn. This performance took place at the 2011 Tokyo Jazz Festival. This is what happens when musical giants get together. [Check out our review of A Night... »

  • Muse Releases “The 2nd Law”

    Muse Releases “The 2nd Law”

    English alternative rock trio Muse have returned with their sixth studio album entitled The 2nd Law. With its title referring to the second law of thermodynamics, the new effort shows the band stretching their sound with obvious influences from Queen, Stevie Wonder and even some dubstep from Skrillex. It’s also the first to feature bassist... »

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  • Fender Unveils Nate Mendel Signature P-Bass

    Fender Unveils Nate Mendel Signature P-Bass

    Foo Fighters bassist Nate Mendel now has a signature bass from Fender. Modeled after the ’71 Precision that carried him through over half of his career, the Nate Mendel Fender P Bass features special body contours, extra-slim neck and nut width, and a lightly worn Candy Apple Red finish. The bass is built with an... »

  • No Bass Amp? A Guide to Hearing Yourself Practice

    No Bass Amp? A Guide to Hearing Yourself Practice

    Q: My amp and most of my gear got confiscated when I got to college because they said it was a fire hazard. What do you recommend for some amp-less ways for me to get my sound amplified? I really have no idea. A: My first question is: what kind of amp did you have... »

  • Derrick Murdock / David “Fingers” Haynes Jam

    Derrick Murdock / David “Fingers” Haynes Jam

    Bassist Derrick “Dock” Murdock shared this video with us, after seeing our recent videos with Victor Wooten and Nathan East, each performing with David “Fingers” Haynes. Dock recorded this video with Haynes, along with Matthew Pittman on keys. A humble bassist, Dock said, “Although I’m nowhere near as great as these 2 icons [Victor and... »

  • Iris Ornig Releases “No Restrictions”

    Iris Ornig Releases “No Restrictions”

    Bassist/composer Iris Ornig has followed up her 2009 debut with the release of her second album, No Restrictions. The album, performed by Ornig’s own quintet, features eight straight-ahead, contemporary jazz originals and two covers, exploring “Brazilian music mixed with the more straightforward American-European jazz traditions”. Ornig is a veteran of the New York music scene... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Alfredo Guerrieri

    Reader Spotlight: Alfredo Guerrieri

    Meet Alfredo Guerrieri (Fredo), a bassist from Ohio in a place he calls “Amurica”. Alfredo is a very busy bassist, teacher and sometimes Italian deli dude who could easily work as a comedian if any of the three things falls through. But we’re betting this bassist will continue to do just fine. Fredo is our... »

  • Mission Engineering Introduces Expressionator Pedal

    Mission Engineering Introduces Expressionator Pedal

    Mission Engineering has announced the availability of the Expressionator, a multi-expression controller originally designed in part by extended range bassist Jean Baudin. The new pedal allows for users to connect one expression pedal to control three expression enabled effects, each of which can be controlled individually or simultaneously. Its three outputs are toggled via the... »

  • Victor Wooten: “Secret” Harmonic Technique

    Victor Wooten: “Secret” Harmonic Technique

    As part of our three part interview with Victor Wooten, we’ve shared several exclusive videos for the series. So many, we’re afraid some might get lost in the mix. And so, we decided to pull one out to share today. Here, Victor shares his technique for the solo on “Sword and Stone”, from his new... »

  • Larry Graham and Graham Central Station Release “Raise Up”

    Larry Graham and Graham Central Station Release “Raise Up”

    Bass legend Larry Graham has released Raise Up, his latest effort with Graham Central Station, following a 13 year recording hiatus. The iconic bassist of Sly and the Family Stone and his own group enlisted the help of Prince – a long time collaborator of Graham’s, as well as songwriter/guitarist/producer Rafael Saadiq. And while it... »