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  • Sharay Reed: What’s Going On Bass Solo

    Sharay Reed: What’s Going On Bass Solo

    We often feature solo bass tunes, but this one is a little different. Sharay Reed channels the spirit of James Jamerson by playing a solo bass line to the Marvin Gaye hit “What’s Going On” in this clip from the One Mic show. Reed weaves his own bass line for the song while keeping the... »

  • Eberhard Weber Revitalizes Solos on “Encore”

    Eberhard Weber Revitalizes Solos on “Encore”

    Double bassist Eberhard Weber has released his latest album, Encore. For it, the jazz player (known for his work on electric double bass) pulls from his live work with Jan Garbarek Group, turning solos into new pieces. “I became what you might call a composer of New Music,” Weber said, “with the proviso that I... »

  • Dealing with Different Environments and Bass Tone

    Dealing with Different Environments and Bass Tone

    Q: In 25+ years playing, one problem has plagued and perplexed me the entire time… from one band practice to the next I swear the tone of my bass changes. One day my bass tone sounds like it’s dialed in right where it needs to be the next my strings sound dull or my amp... »

  • FF KING: 4’33”

    FF KING: 4’33”

    Skill. Courage. Raw talent. This is only half of what it takes to attempt John Cage’s masterpiece “4’33” on the bass guitar. Here’s a great performance of the piece by YouTube bassist FF KING, who bravely tackles the song in the wild. The anticipation that builds as he prepares to play will leave you on... »

  • Bill Laswell’s Latest Record Inspired by Hawaii

    Bill Laswell’s Latest Record Inspired by Hawaii

    Eclectic, multi-genre bassist and producer Bill Laswell has turned his ever-prolific talents to the island of Hawaii with Kauai – The Arch Of Heaven. The album not only combines natural, environmental ambient sounds and traditional, tribal music of Kauai, but also incorporates Jamaican dancehall, dub and reggae. The five-song Kauai – The Arch of Heaven... »