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  • The Bassmonsters: Live in Prague

    The Bassmonsters: Live in Prague

    The 2016 BASSEUROPE convention just wrapped up, and it was quite a week of bass goodness. Held in Prague, the event included tons of double bass performances and clinics. Here’s a clip of The Bassmonsters performing during the convention. The song is the group’s theme song, written by the talented bassist and composer Simón Garcia.... »

  • Pickpocket’s “Sojourn” Was a Long Time Coming

    Pickpocket’s “Sojourn” Was a Long Time Coming

    Craig Strain’s band Pickpocket has released its debut album, Sojourn, after a decade’s worth of work. Strain, who is the band’s leader, primary songwriter and bassist, first began playing bass at age 14. He’s worked in a variety of genres throughout his career, including jazz, hip hop, folk, pop, rock, country, rnb, soul and funk.... »

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  • Reader Spotlight: Eamonn Morris

    Reader Spotlight: Eamonn Morris

    There’s a great scene in the movie School of Rock, where Jack Black’s character asked one of the students what she had been playing during music class. The student tells him it was a cello, and he said “here’s a bass… tip it on it’s side, and ‘cello’, you’ve got a bass.” While that’s not... »

  • Creative Bass Lines: Beat Displacement

    Creative Bass Lines: Beat Displacement

    Here we have the second installment of the Creative Bass Lines, and this month, it’s “Bass Gruv”. For this we’re looking at a Headhunters-esque bass groove I wrote. This would fit the harmony of an E dominant 7th chord, or for a crunchier sound, try setting up a vamp with an E7♯9, too. I wanted... »

  • Jonathon Burgess and Sophie Aked: No Love Dying

    Jonathon Burgess and Sophie Aked: No Love Dying

    Bassist Jonathon Burgess sent us this video of his project with vocalist Sophie Aked. In this video, the cover Gregory Porter’s terrific tune, “No Love Dying.” We always dig the bass and vocal duos, and this one is no exception. »

  • Matt Brewer Returns With Quintet Effort

    Matt Brewer Returns With Quintet Effort

    Jazz bassist Matt Brewer (Greg Osby, Steve Coleman, Vijay Iyer) leads a quintet on his latest recording, Unspoken. All the members of the quintet are top-notch players and improvisers younger than 40: tenor saxophonist Ben Wendel, pianist Aaron Parks, guitarist Charles Altura and drummer Tyshawn Sorey. Together, they bring to life seven original Brewer compositions,... »

  • Bass of the Week: J Ferro Basses Escalon

    Bass of the Week: J Ferro Basses Escalon

    This week we’re checking out the J Ferro Escalon bass. The model is part of a new series created by industry veteran Jose Ferro, who spent 17 years as Executive Vice President of ESP Guitars. Available in four- and five-string versions, the Escalon features neck-through construction with a five-piece maple and mahogany neck matched to... »

  • Talking Technique: The Pistol Grip

    Talking Technique: The Pistol Grip

    If you’ve been following this column for a while, you know we place a lot of emphasis on the details of good technique, including the left hand. Sometimes, though, we go to see our favorite bass players and they have the “pistol grip”. So is it really necessary to use one finger per fret and... »

  • Serena Dominguez and Tim Carey: Isn’t She Lovely

    Serena Dominguez and Tim Carey: Isn’t She Lovely

    Tim Carey shared his latest video, and as always, we were quite impressed. “It’s a duo version of ‘Isn’t She Lovely’ featuring 17 year old Serena Dominguez on guitar and vocals,” Tim shared. “We stuck to the same basic arrangement as the original but added an extra solo section so we could both have some... »

  • Robert Glasper Experiment’s Latest Is A Product of Equals

    Robert Glasper Experiment’s Latest Is A Product of Equals

    The Robert Glasper Experiment’s exploration of jazz and hip-hop continues on the group’s latest, ArtScience. The band’s bassist, Derrick Hodge, whose sophomore solo album The Second dropped in August (check out the No Treble interview), not only holds down the low end, but also sings one of the record’s first singles, “Find You,” according to... »