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  • The Lightbulb Moment: Support Your Local Economy, Part 3

    The Lightbulb Moment: Support Your Local Economy, Part 3

    The world is a big place. Thankfully, no matter where you go, there’s a good chance that you’ll run into some pretty talented people. Every now and then, these gifted individuals muster up the courage to put their money where their mouth is; they take a leap of faith and invest in their own abilities,... »

  • Adrian Belew Power Trio: Dinosaur

    Adrian Belew Power Trio: Dinosaur

    Our first ever interview (way back in 2009) was with Julie Slick, after seeing a video with her performing in the Adrian Belew Power Trio. Here’s a clip from their 2008 performance of Rockpalast. The tune is “Dinosaur”, and the bass tone is flat out killer. »

  • Ron Carter on Trombonist Turre’s Latest

    Ron Carter on Trombonist Turre’s Latest

    Legendary jazz double bassist Ron Carter remains busy as he approaches 80, playing on trombonist Steve Turre’s latest, Colors for the Masters. The album has already netted a glowing review at All About Jazz, which called it one of Turre’s “best releases in years.” It also acknowledges the iconic bassist, noting “if you can’t pick... »

  • Contest: Win a “Lords of the Low End” Bass Gear Prize Pack from La Bella, Sadowsky, Kala, SimS, Xotic and Hipshot

    Contest: Win a “Lords of the Low End” Bass Gear Prize Pack from La Bella, Sadowsky, Kala, SimS, Xotic and Hipshot

    Update: Thanks to everyone who entered! We’re thrilled to announce the winners: Austin S. (1st prize), Anthony C. (2nd prize) and Jeff D. (third prize). A huge thanks to Sadowsky, Kala, Hipshot, Xotic, SimS Pickups and La Bella. Be sure to check out the Lords of the Low End event. Kala Brand Music, Sadowsky, SimS... »

  • Groove – Episode #21: Tim Lefebvre

    Groove – Episode #21: Tim Lefebvre

    There are bass players who are able to cross musical genres, but few do it as well as Tim Lefebvre. His playing consistently demonstrates an uncanny ability to adapt to a wide range of different styles. It may well be the exact reason why David Bowie chose Tim to play on his final studio album,... »

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  • Michael Manring Playing Two Basses at Once

    Michael Manring Playing Two Basses at Once

    I’m convinced that Michael Manring’s brain works differently than everyone else’s. His ideas are always so unique and his execution of them are jaw-dropping. Back in 1991, Manring was featured on the Spanish television program Musica NA to talk about his playing and compositions. This clip starts out with the bassist explaining his thought process... »

  • Derrick Hodge Releases Second Solo Album

    Derrick Hodge Releases Second Solo Album

    Grammy award-winning bassist Derrick Hodge, who has worked with Terence Blanchard, Robert Glasper, Jill Scott and Maxwell, has released his sophomore solo album, appropriately titled, The Second. Hodge played the majority of the instruments on the album, which he not only composed, but also produced. “I wanted to create something that exposed myself artistically, with... »