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  • Bassists Alliance Teams Up For “Crush”

    Bassists Alliance Teams Up For “Crush”

    If you’ve felt the ground rumbling late, it’s probably because bassists from all over the world have teamed up for the Bassists Alliance. The project, which features thirteen bassists and one drummer, has released their debut album, Crush. Formed by Alberto Rigoni and Six Feet Under bassist Jeff Hughell, the group’s new album is as... »

  • Dmitry Lisenko Releases “minimalist”

    Dmitry Lisenko Releases “minimalist”

    Bassist Dmitry Lisenko has released a new solo album entitled minimalist. The aptly titled record was made only with his acoustic bass guitar. “Minimalism is the practice of making space for the things you value most in life, by removing the excess that distracts you from happiness. In other words: Less is More,” Lisenko writes.... »

  • Standard Fusion Company: Yesterdays

    Standard Fusion Company: Yesterdays

    Jason Raso shared this video of his second track from his “Session One” series. As a bonus, Michael Manring appears on the track. Jason lays down a sweet groove behind the band, which offers some beautiful, lyrical playing by Manring over top. »

  • Making Music: Pro Bassist Insights on Composing

    Making Music: Pro Bassist Insights on Composing

    Gigs tend to dry up for bassists during the winter months (besides holiday work), making it the perfect time to start composing new music for the spring. Whether you’re a seasoned composer or just starting out on the bass, writing music will help you grow as a player and musician. We compiled some advice from... »

  • 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... »

  • Video Premiere: Abnormal Thought Patterns, featuring Michael Manring and John Onder: Synesthesia

    Video Premiere: Abnormal Thought Patterns, featuring Michael Manring and John Onder: Synesthesia

    Abnormal Thought Patterns recently released Altered States of Consciousness, a 7-track collection of instrumental prog-metal that will blow your hair back. The group, anchored by bassist Troy Tipton, also employed a host of guest artists to bolster the release. Today we’re premiering the video for “Synesthesia,” featuring bass wizards Michael Manring and John Onder. Tipton,... »

  • Michael Manring’s First Solo Album Remastered, Reissued

    Michael Manring’s First Solo Album Remastered, Reissued

    Jazz fusion/experimental bass virtuoso Michael Manring’s first solo album, Unusual Weather, is now available in a remastered and repackaged CD edition. Adventure Music is behind the reissue of Manring’s 1986 solo debut, which first appeared on Windham Hill Records, where he acted as house bassist. A student of the late, great Jaco Pastorius, Manring is... »

  • Michael Manring: “The Enormous Room” (Sligo Jazz 2011)

    Michael Manring: “The Enormous Room” (Sligo Jazz 2011)

    We recently reshared Jesús Rico Pérez’s incredible cover of the Michael Manring tune, “The Enormous Room”. Listening to Jesús’ version took my down a path to listen to more of Manring’s music once again, and I stumbled upon this video of the man himself performing the tune live at the Sligo Jazz Project’s All Star... »

  • Classic Michael Hedges Album, Featuring Michael Manring, Gets Vinyl Reissue

    Classic Michael Hedges Album, Featuring Michael Manring, Gets Vinyl Reissue

    The late Michael Hedges’ landmark 1984 acoustic guitar album, Aerial Boundaries, has been reissued on 180-gram vinyl. The album, considered groundbreaking for acoustic guitar, also featured a bass heavyweight — bassist/composer Michael Manring, who was not only Hedges’ regular bassist, but also house bassist for Windham Hill Records, for which Hedges recorded. Manring, who has... »

  • Groove – Episode #6: Michael Manring

    Groove – Episode #6: Michael Manring

    How is it that someone can be this in touch with their musicianship and instrument? Michael Manring is one of the most talented musicians that our world has ever seen. He’s not just a bass player of the highest order, he is someone who approaches music with all of his senses and sensibilities. Manring is... »