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  • Yellowjackets: Spirit of the West

    Yellowjackets: Spirit of the West

    It is always great to see a Yellowjackets video hit the radar. In this clip from 2011, the band plays “Spirit of the West” live, with some beautiful unison lines by Jimmy Haslip and Bob Mintzer. Dig Jimmy’s solo! »

  • Allan Holdsworth: Devil Takes The Hindmost

    Allan Holdsworth: Devil Takes The Hindmost

    In 1985, my best friend shared Allan Holdsworth’s Metal Fatigue album with me. We both nearly wore out the vinyl, and I became an instant fan of his work – picking up his subsequent albums over the following years. I was devastated to learn of his passing yesterday and went back to many of those... »

  • Jimmy Haslip and Jeff Lorber Reveal Great Musical Fusion on “Step It Up”

    Jimmy Haslip and Jeff Lorber Reveal Great Musical Fusion on “Step It Up”

    Former Yellowjackets bassist Jimmy Haslip holds down the low end on Jeff Lorber Fusion’s latest album, Step It Up. It’s the fourth Jeff Lorber Fusion album since the group’s 2010 reboot to feature Haslip. Haslip co-produced the album with keyboardist Lorber, a longtime collaborator, and co-wrote some songs on the album as well. “We were... »

  • Bass of the Week: Jimmy Haslip’s “Gabriella Rose” Bass by Wyn Guitars

    Bass of the Week: Jimmy Haslip’s “Gabriella Rose” Bass by Wyn Guitars

    The best basses come with great stories. Jimmy Haslip’s six-string bass from Wyn Guitars, called “Gabriela Rose,” is a great example. Wyn Guitars luthier Randy Fullmer recounts the whole process on his website. “It’s a luthier’s dream to make an instrument for an artist with the stature and playing chops of Jimmy Haslip,” Fullmer humbly... »

  • Jimmy Haslip: Modern Improvisation for Bass

    Jimmy Haslip: Modern Improvisation for Bass

    Jimmy Haslip has authored an instructional method book for bassists, focusing on the art of improvisation and expanding creative expression in jazz. Modern Improvisation for Bass, published by Alfred Music Publishing, covers a range of topics, including broadening music vocabulary with modes, altered harmony, and chord substitutions, creating walking bass lines, using pedal tones and... »

  • The Fusion Syndicate: Billy Sherwood Releases New Album Featuring an All-Star Cast of Bass Players

    The Fusion Syndicate: Billy Sherwood Releases New Album Featuring an All-Star Cast of Bass Players

    Following the release of The Prog Collective, former Yes guitarist Billy Sherwood’s companion album, The Fusion Syndicate is now out and features the same sort of dream team line-up Sherwood assembled for the first one. Sherwood composed, produced and recorded the tracks with help from bassists Jimmy Haslip, Billy Sheehan, Colin Edwin, Percy Jones and... »

  • Jimmy Haslip Joining Alan Holdsworth Band and Tour

    Jimmy Haslip Joining Alan Holdsworth Band and Tour

    Last week, we broke the story that Jimmy Haslip was taking a year off from the Yellowjackets and would be replaced by Felix Pastorius. We just found out why. Haslip will be joining guitarist Allan Holdsworth on the guitarist’s new tour, with Virgil Donati on drums and forming Holdsworth’s “new power jazz-rock trio”. The initial... »

  • Felix Pastorius Joining the Yellowjackets

    Felix Pastorius Joining the Yellowjackets

    About an hour ago, bassist Felix Pastorius posted an announcement on Facebook that he’s going to join The Yellowjackets, replacing bassist Jimmy Haslip. “I guess its official, I’m a yellowjacket!,” Pastorius said. “Thnx to jimmy for his blessing and the rest of the guys for this great opportunity. Time to practice.” Updated: 5:45pm EST The... »

  • Yellowjackets: My Old School, Live in 1994

    Yellowjackets: My Old School, Live in 1994

    Filmed live at Ohne Filter in Baden-Baden, Germany, here’s the Yellowjackets performing “My Old School”, with some great bass solo breaks by Jimmy Haslip. This concert was later released on DVD. »

  • Yellowjackets Celebrate 30 Years with New Material: “Timeline”

    Yellowjackets Celebrate 30 Years with New Material: “Timeline”

    The Yellowjackets, formed 30 years ago by bassist Jimmy Haslip and keyboardist Russell Ferrante, is celebrating their anniversary with the release of Timeline. The album is the band’s 21st release, and features the return of drummer Will Kennedy after a dozen years away from the band. The 11-track album includes music penned mostly by Ferrante... »