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  • Charred Walls of the Damned Releases Third Album

    Charred Walls of the Damned Releases Third Album

    Metal band Charred Walls of the Damned has released it third studio album, Creatures Watching Over the Dead, which bandleader Richard Christy (drums) composed over the past five years. “When I write for Charred Walls I never really plan anything out. I just start playing riffs and if something sounds really cool, I’ll build a... »

  • Steve Swallow Helps Turn Country Into Jazz on John Scofield’s Latest

    Steve Swallow Helps Turn Country Into Jazz on John Scofield’s Latest

    Jazz bassist Steve Swallow (Carla Bley, Gary Burton) has once again worked with guitarist John Scofield on the jazz-country album, Country for Old Men. The album sees Scofield, who produced, and his band paying homage to country artists like George Jones, Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard, James Taylor, and Hank Williams, as they transform country tunes... »

  • Ron Carter Records Trio Album With Bad Plus Pianist

    Ron Carter Records Trio Album With Bad Plus Pianist

    Ethan Iverson, pianist for The Bad Plus, always wanted to make an album with the prolific bassist/cellist/composer Ron Carter. And so now he has on The Purity of the Turf, which sees Iverson working in a trio with Carter and drummer drummer Nasheet Waits. The record is on Criss Cross records, which releases jazz recordings... »

  • Aidan Hampson Releases Diva Bass Line Transcriptions

    Aidan Hampson Releases Diva Bass Line Transcriptions

    Top bass transcriber Aidan Hampson has turned his attention to the divas, releasing a book, “The Best Diva Basslines,” devoted to the bass lines the have supported the work of some of popular music’s most celebrated female singers. The track list spans more than 50 years and range from Etta James’ jazz classic “At Last”... »

  • 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.... »

  • 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,... »

  • 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... »

  • Nenad Vasilic’s Latest Is a Trio Effort

    Nenad Vasilic’s Latest Is a Trio Effort

    Serbian bassist Nenad Vasilic, known for his blend of jazz and Balkan styles, has released his first trio recording, Wet Paint. Vasilic, who previously recorded in slightly larger groups, focused on walking the line between vintage and modern sounds with his trio and even reached into his own past in the attempt. The album includes... »

  • Etienne Mbappe Releases Fourth Solo Album

    Etienne Mbappe Releases Fourth Solo Album

    Etienne Mbappe handles both bass and lead vocals on his fourth solo effort, How Near How Far, released under the name, Etienne Mbappe & the Prophets. Mbappe (John McLaughlin’s 4th Dimension, Joe Zawinul, Robben Ford, Slif Keita, Ray Charles, Steps Ahead, Bill Evans) has focused more on instrumentation than vocals on this record. “The concept... »

  • Berklee Bass Professors Craft Bass Instruction Book

    Berklee Bass Professors Craft Bass Instruction Book

    Three Berklee College of Music bass professors have written a new book about playing jazz bass, simply called Berklee Jazz Bass: Acoustic & Electric. The writers – bass chair emeritus Rich Appleman and bass professors Whit Browne and Bruce Gertz – are longtime faculty members at the Boston college, and between them have mentored artists... »