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  • Christine Smit and Eli Mboho: Down

    Christine Smit and Eli Mboho: Down

    Vocalist Christine Smit and bassist Eli Mboho got together at Berklee’s Red Room @ Cafe 939 and performed this live cover of Emily King’s “Down”. We’ve not seen Eli before, but we’re going to keep our eye out for more from him now. »

  • New Set Compiles Yearly Grateful Dead Live Performances

    New Set Compiles Yearly Grateful Dead Live Performances

    Even though bandleader Jerry Garcia passed away 20 years ago, The Grateful Dead, in the midst of celebrating its 50th anniversary, still has something special to give — part of its past. The four CD set, 30 Trips Around the Sun: The Definitive Live Story, serves as an introduction to the legendary live performances from... »

  • Weekly Top 10: Change Your Practice Routine, New Gear, Preferred Bass Scale Books, Top Bass Videos and More

    Weekly Top 10: Change Your Practice Routine, New Gear, Preferred Bass Scale Books, Top Bass Videos and More

    Looking back at last week, there’s at least one theme that stands out: practice. Dr. D’s column on his preferred scale books, Damian’s column on changing up your practice routine, and even a new book of transcriptions make the list. Add to that a handful of great videos, some new gear and the bass of... »

  • Ampeg Introduces All-Tube Portaflex Bass Amps, 1×12 Cabinet

    Ampeg Introduces All-Tube Portaflex Bass Amps, 1×12 Cabinet

    In 2011, Ampeg launched the Portaflex Amp Series featuring solid-state preamps inspired by their iconic B-15 amp. Now the company has expanded the line with the PF-20T and PF-50T, a pair of all-tube bass amps they describe as “modern interpretations of Ampeg’s legendary low-wattage, all-tube designs.” Rated at 20 and 50 watts respectively, the PF-20T... »

  • Cody Wright: Bass Loop Jam

    Cody Wright: Bass Loop Jam

    We’re all big fans of Cody Wright, thanks in part to his work with Jonathan Scales Fourchestra. So, Cody recently picked up a looper. In what he says was his “first time putting together a loop from scratch on video,” he created a funky groove with plenty of tasty soloing – all while clearly having... »

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  • Christian McBride Trio Releases Live Set from Legendary Club

    Christian McBride Trio Releases Live Set from Legendary Club

    Virtuoso bassist Christian McBride is well known for his residencies at New York City’s The Village Vanguard jazz club, where he has played as a bandleader since 1995. The club is a legendary one, and McBride acknowledges its history. “You feel Coltrane hovering in the vortex. You feel Monk hovering in the vortex. Miles Davis,... »

  • Jeff Genzler Launches New Company, New Bass Cabinets

    Jeff Genzler Launches New Company, New Bass Cabinets

    Jeff Genzler, founder and former head of Genz-Benz, has launched a new company called Genzler Amplification. The bass industry veteran first offerings from the venture include a trio of bass cabinets: The Bass Array 12-3, the Magellan 112T, and the Magellan 212T. “My wife Catherine and I, and our dedicated team, built [Genz-Benz] and delivered... »

  • Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals: Don’t Take That Attitude To Your Grave

    Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals: Don’t Take That Attitude To Your Grave

    Ben Harper has reunited with The Innocent Criminals. Yours truly was thrilled when that news broke, because I’m a huge fan of bassist Juan Nelson (and Harper too). Here’s the group performing “Don’t Take That Attitude To Your Grave”. The footage comes from four different shows. Juan always makes things groove. »

  • Bassists Converge on Metal Allegiance Album

    Bassists Converge on Metal Allegiance Album

    Metal Allegiance’s self-titled debut album, featuring some prominent metal bassists, has arrived. The core group includes Megadeth bassist David Ellefson and songwriter/bassist Mark Menghi, drummer Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, The Winery Dogs) and guitarist Alex Skolnick (Testament). The metal supergroup pulled in some bass heavyweights for a little extra thunder. Rex Brown (Pantera/Kill Devil Hill)... »

  • Willcox Introduces Saber SL HexFX Edition Basses

    Willcox Introduces Saber SL HexFX Edition Basses

    Willcox is now shipping a new version of their Saber SL bass called the HexFX Edition. The new model has a 13-pin DIN connector that allows for individual string outputs in addition to the Lightwave Optical Pickup System. “The HexFX Editions bring the individual string outputs, along with a summed mono output, to a 13-pin... »