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  • Will Lee’s Family: Georgy Porgy

    Will Lee’s Family: Georgy Porgy

    In 2012, Will Lee performed at the Cotton Club in Tokyo, along with Steve Gadd, Chuck Loeb, Giulio Carmassi, and Oli Rockberger. Here’s a tune from that set, with the band covering Toto’s hit song, “Georgy Porgy.” »

  • Etienne M’Bappe Anchors New John McLaughlin Live Album

    Etienne M’Bappe Anchors New John McLaughlin Live Album

    In March of 2017, John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension played two nights of sold-out shows at the world-renowned London jazz club Ronnie Scott’s. It was a special occasion for McLaughlin, whose history with the club goes as far back as the 1960’s when he was a member of the house band. He and his... »

  • The Lightbulb Moment: Drums and Bass – Complementary Flavors

    The Lightbulb Moment: Drums and Bass – Complementary Flavors

    Every so often, I’m asked about some of my favorite drummers to play with and why that is. Whether it’s for a gig referral or for the sake of conversation with my fellow musicians, it’s a question that doesn’t always have the same answer. The context of a gig, the type of music being played,... »

  • Curtis Mayfield: Freddie’s Dead (Live)

    Curtis Mayfield: Freddie’s Dead (Live)

    Here’s some old school funky goodness from a live, early ’70s performance of Curtis Mayfield and his band performing “Freddie’s Dead.” Joseph “Lucky” Scott puts on a master class of some textbook groove on this one. »

  • Prophets Of Rage, Featuring Tim Commerford, Releases Debut Album

    Prophets Of Rage, Featuring Tim Commerford, Releases Debut Album

    Last year, fans of heavy music that grooves were elated at the formation of Prophets of Rage. The rap-rock supergroup includes three members of Rage Against the Machine (guitarist Tom Morello, drummer Brad Wilks, and bassist Tim Commerford), two members of Public Enemy (DJ Lord and Chuck D), and one member of Cypress Hill (B-Real).... »

  • Old School: 1972 Peavey VTA-800

    Old School: 1972 Peavey VTA-800

    Derrick Cook emailed us with a story about an astonishing piece of gear: “I have a one of a kind Peavey VTA-800 that was handmade by Hartley Peavey as a prototype only in 1972 – 400-watt tube head 8×6550. It’s the only one ever made,” he shared. We asked him for more on this rarest... »

  • Bob Reynolds: Can’t Wait for Perfect

    Bob Reynolds: Can’t Wait for Perfect

    I recently discovered tenor saxophonist Bob Reynolds and his band on a recent Youtube binge, and I was glad I did. Here’s the band performing at the Blue Whale Jazz Club in Los Angeles, California, on January 21, 2016. The tune, “Can’t Wait for Perfect,” is from Reynolds’ album, Guitar Band and features some groovy... »

  • The Foo Fighters Return with “Concrete And Gold”

    The Foo Fighters Return with “Concrete And Gold”

    The Foo Fighters are back with their ninth studio album, Concrete and Gold. The album features an eclectic array of styles that came to leader Dave Grohl in a burst of inspiration, standing in stark contrast to 2014’s Sonic Highways. Bassist Nate Mendel holds it all together, no matter the writing arrangements. “It’s really been... »

  • Rob van den Broek Dives Deep in “The Gibson Bass Book”

    Rob van den Broek Dives Deep in “The Gibson Bass Book”

    Rob van den Broek is a bassist and a luthier. He’s also a huge fan of Gibson’s basses, which led him to publish The Gibson Bass Book. The 180-page book documents over 80 Gibson basses and 70 Epiphone basses with more than 400 pictures. The story begins in the late 1930’s with the company’s first... »

  • Working Through the Hiccups in a Band

    Working Through the Hiccups in a Band

    Q: My band and I have started playing out in bars and clubs, and one thing keeps me on edge: No matter how much we prepare and rehearse, there are always hiccups. How do the pros know how to deal with things going wrong (like someone going to the wrong section of the tune, the... »