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  • Flying Colors: Mask Machine

    Flying Colors: Mask Machine

    The supergroup known as Flying Colors has released their second album, Second Nature. One thing we love about it is the second song on the album, because it kicks off with some gnarly bass by Dave LaRue. What else needs to be said? »

  • Previously Unreleased Live Set by Charlie Haden and Jim Hall Available on New Record

    Previously Unreleased Live Set by Charlie Haden and Jim Hall Available on New Record

    We lost legendary jazz double bassist Charlie Haden this summer, but he lives on through his music – that includes music that few people have had a chance to hear, until now. The Impulse! label has issued a previously unreleased performance of Haden and jazz guitarist Jim Hall (Hall died in December 2013, just a... »

  • Bass Players to Know: Bill Wyman

    Bass Players to Know: Bill Wyman

    While the quote “It’s Only Rock and Roll But I Like It” has become a bit trite, there’s no denying the fact that it’s true. It requires a certain amount of raw talent, part-driven playing, and soulful swagger to play in one of the greatest rock and roll bands of all time. As an integral... »

  • Stevie Wonder: Signed, Sealed, Delivered (Live)

    Stevie Wonder: Signed, Sealed, Delivered (Live)

    Last week, we shared the exciting news that Stevie Wonder will be hitting the road next month for his first tour in five years. Bassist Nate Watts will be holding down the low end once again for the R&B legend. The whole thing got my on a Stevie Wonder kick… including this live performance of... »

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  • Rich Brown Releases Solo Bass Album

    Rich Brown Releases Solo Bass Album

    Toronto electric bassist Rich Brown, known for his widely varied studio work as well as his playing in the group Gamak and the modern jazz band he leads, rinsethealgorithm, has released a solo bass record, . The album, which features solo and multi-tracked bass compositions, includes a wide range of textures from his cover of... »

  • 3Leaf Audio Announces Little Black Box EQ Pedal

    3Leaf Audio Announces Little Black Box EQ Pedal

    Seattle-based effects company 3Leaf Audio has unveiled their latest offering called the Little Black Box. The pedal is an EQ/clean boost circuit that builder Spencer Doren says is designed to “add sizzle to your tone”. The Little Black Box’s EQ section has bass and treble boost controls with a mini-switch to toggle the affected treble... »

  • Sting: Demolition Man (Live)

    Sting: Demolition Man (Live)

    Today we celebrate the birthday of Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner (you may know him better as Sting). As many here, I was a big fan of The Police back in the day, so it was cool to hear that Sting was doing a “Back to the Bass” tour in 2011. Here’s Sting on that tour... »

  • Dream Theater Breaks Fourth Wall on New Live DVD

    Dream Theater Breaks Fourth Wall on New Live DVD

    Dream Theater experienced a homecoming when it played the Boston Opera House earlier this year and The Berklee College of Music Orchestra and Choir made a guest appearance. The band has a deep association with Berklee. Guitarist John Petrucci and bassist John Myung are Berklee alumni. Drummer Mike Mangini was a professor at the school... »

  • Bass Gear Roundup: The Top Gear Stories in September 2014

    Bass Gear Roundup: The Top Gear Stories in September 2014

    Bass gear news in September included a lot of pedals. Several of them were reader favorites, making this month’s top 10 list. But it was a bass – the Ibanez/Korg joint venture SR Kaoss Bass – which really made some noise in September with reader views and shares. As always, these lists come with a... »

  • Getting Comfortable with Odd Time Signatures

    Getting Comfortable with Odd Time Signatures

    Q: Lately I’ve been finding myself in situations where tunes with odd time signatures are called up on gigs. I’m finding it a challenge to switch gears on the fly and be able to come up with a grooving bass line and not lose the one. How do you handle – and prepare – for... »