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  • Massive Bowie Set Compiles Recordings from 1969-1973

    Massive Bowie Set Compiles Recordings from 1969-1973

    A trove of David Bowie material from the early years of his long, legendary rock career has been assembled in a 12-CD box set, called Five Years (1969-1973). The set includes all of Bowie’s recordings from the era, including those previously unreleased on CD or otherwise digitally, as well as remastered versions. Bassists who contributed... »

  • Bass of the Week: Sadowsky Bass #7210

    Bass of the Week: Sadowsky Bass #7210

    Roger Sadowsky and his crew have been making some of the world’s best basses for decades, and bass #7210 is another fine example. The instrument is one of the company’s 21-fret standard style five-stringers with some gorgeous styling. “It’s what we classify as Standard Style, which means no pickguard or control plate,” Sadowsky Shop Manager... »

  • Memorization: Tips for Bass Players

    Memorization: Tips for Bass Players

    I received the following question this week from a concerned double bassist: “How can I keep from having memory slips on stage?” Even experienced performers may have the occasional memory faux pas on stage. However, there are some things we can do to minimize the risk. Be prepared early. The earlier you can play something... »

  • Harmless Funk: Cissy Strut

    Harmless Funk: Cissy Strut

    It has been a long time since we featured a video with bassist Dave Marks. Time to correct that. Dave just sent me a video with a newer project, Harmless Funk – a jazz/funk quintet he’s been playing with this year. Here they are doing one of the all-time great funk instrumental tunes – the... »

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  • Widespread Panic Releases First Studio Album in Five Years

    Widespread Panic Releases First Studio Album in Five Years

    It’s been five years since the last Widespread Panic album. The jam band has returned with Street Dogs, which was recorded live in the studio — a first for the group. The band’s sound, as always, is eclectic, with founding member Dave Schools playing the “lead bass” he’s known for. Street Dogs, the band’s 12th... »

  • Weekly Top 10: Victor Wooten Podcast, Jaco Documentary, Top Bass Videos, Gear and More

    Weekly Top 10: Victor Wooten Podcast, Jaco Documentary, Top Bass Videos, Gear and More

    This week’s top 10 covers the spectrum: our latest Groove episode with Victor Wooten, news of the Jaco film release, Damian’s latest column on finding your voice, plus the top videos and gear news, bass of the week and more. On a sad note, we shared the passing of Wilton Felder this week. Here are... »

  • Ken Smith Basses Introduces Single Cut Body Option

    Ken Smith Basses Introduces Single Cut Body Option

    Ken Smith is now offering a single cut body shape as an option to their neck thru models. The option is a first for the company, which has only offered double cut designs in the past. The first bass to receive the single cut treatment was a BSR5MS featuring a highly figured tiger maple body,... »

  • Ellen Andrea Wang: Perfect Danger

    Ellen Andrea Wang: Perfect Danger

    One of my favorite musical discoveries in recent memory came from our friend Erlend Øvsttun Amsen, who wrote in suggesting we check out Ellen Andrea Wang. “To make a long story short, she’s a Norwegian double bass player/vocalist who’s done impressive stuff in various genres – often with the band Pixel, but lately with a... »

  • Danielle Nicole Releases Debut Album

    Danielle Nicole Releases Debut Album

    Bassist/vocalist Danielle Nicole, known for her tenure in Trampled Under Foot, which she formed with her brothers, has released her debut album, Wolf Den. Nicole, a 2014 Blues Music Award winner for her instrumental skills, tapped Grammy-winning guitarist Anders Osborne to produce the record and her debut EP, which appeared earlier this year. Both were... »

  • Jeanne Sagan Leaves All That Remains

    Jeanne Sagan Leaves All That Remains

    All That Remains has announced that longtime bassist Jeanne Sagan has left the band after nearly a decade of holding down the low end. The bassist cites wanting to pursue personal interests. “It is with heavy heart that I depart from All That Remains,” she shared. “I’ve decided to follow my heart and pursue other... »