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  • Federico Malaman: Doctor Mike

    Federico Malaman: Doctor Mike

    Bassist Federico Malaman sent me his brand new video of him doing a cover of a tune by another terrific Italian bassist, Pippo Matino. The tune is “Doctor Mike”, which Pippo wrote as a dedication to guitarist Mike Stern. The first video below is Federico’s cover. The second one is the original. To both I... »

  • Steve Swallow and Christian Muthspiel Duet on “Simple Songs”

    Steve Swallow and Christian Muthspiel Duet on “Simple Songs”

    Top jazz bassist Steve Swallow and Austrian composer/trombonist and pianist Christian Muthspiel have teamed up for an album of duets. While the pair have played together in the Christian Muthspiel 4, is their first as a duo. The pair eschew electronic effects on the record and let the songs develop in their own simple, yet... »

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  • Andrew Ford Releases “50 R&B Bass Grooves You Must Know”

    Andrew Ford Releases “50 R&B Bass Grooves You Must Know”

    Bassist and educator Andrew Ford wants to help you find your groove with his latest video course, . Ford has taught at the Musician’s Institute and colleges and played with a wealth of R&B artists including Al Jarreau, James Ingram, Whitney Houston, and Chaka Khan. He’s also the man behind the Blues Bass Survival Guide... »

  • Seven7: Free

    Seven7: Free

    British metal outfit Seven7 is gearing up for their upcoming third album, The Follower, which is due in November. Here’s their latest video for “Free,” which features bassist Arran McSporran keeping it heavy on his 6-string fretless. »

  • “Songs From Tsongas” from Yes Reissued in Special Edition

    “Songs From Tsongas” from Yes Reissued in Special Edition

    A performance from the last tour featuring the classic Yes lineup of bassist Chris Squire, singer Jon Anderson, guitarist Steve Howe, keyboardist Rick Wakeman, and drummer Alan White, has been released in a special edition on CD, DVD and Blu-ray. The Songs From Tsongas special edition DVD and Blu-ray packages not only capture a previously... »

  • TWA Now Shipping Little Dipper Mk II Pedal

    TWA Now Shipping Little Dipper Mk II Pedal

    After two years of development, TWA has released the Little Dipper Mk II envelope-controlled vocal formant filter. The new version of the pedal, which is based on the classic Colorsound Dipthonizer circuit, adds new control features as well as a fuller frequency response, lower noise floor, and improved tracking. Among the new features is a... »

  • Victor Wooten Band: 2014 Jazz Series – Live

    Victor Wooten Band: 2014 Jazz Series – Live

    On April 27th, Victor Wooten performed with his band in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia. The lineup included Vic’s brothers Regi (guitar) and Joseph (keys), along with drummer Derico Watson and vocalist Krystal Peterson. The group start things off with Vic’s tune “Brooklyn” from Words and Tones, which they keep as a theme throughout the... »

  • Tribute to The Call’s Michael Been, Featuring his Son, Released in Deluxe CD/DVD Set

    Tribute to The Call’s Michael Been, Featuring his Son, Released in Deluxe CD/DVD Set

    For one night, powerful-yet-underrated ’80s rockers The Call reformed in an astonishingly special way. On April 19, 2013, the band members stepped onstage at The Troubadour in West Hollywood to pay tribute to lead vocalist and bassist Michael Been, who had died in 2010 of a heart attack. Been’s bassist/vocalist son, Robert Levon Been, of... »

  • Nate Watts to Join Stevie Wonder on “Songs in the Key of Life” Tour

    Nate Watts to Join Stevie Wonder on “Songs in the Key of Life” Tour

    Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life is one of the most brilliant albums ever made. Musicians from all walks of life cite it as a heavy influence, and it was ranked at 57 on the Rolling Stone’s 500 greatest albums of all time. Wonder will be presenting the album in its entirety on... »

  • Snow Owl: An Interview with Juan Garcia-Herreros

    Snow Owl: An Interview with Juan Garcia-Herreros

    If you haven’t caught on to the incredible playing of Snow Owl, it’s high time you did. The bassist – real name Juan Garcia-Herreros – has been turning heads with a style that synthesizes all of his musical tastes with flavors of jazz, latin music, pop, rock and more. Part of that special blend comes... »