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  • Groove – Episode #17: Tony Levin

    Groove – Episode #17: Tony Levin

    Tony Levin is a bass specialist. Pure, simple and rhythmic. Bass players know how hard it is to find one’s voice. Levin has not only found his voice, but a very distinct sound, playing style and groove, whether he’s playing electric, upright or the Chapman Stick. It would be easy to lump him into the... »

  • Groove – Episode #15: Divinity Roxx

    Groove – Episode #15: Divinity Roxx

    Who is Divinity Roxx? Musician? Bassist? Rapper? Singer? Producer? Performer? Composer? Musical director? Much more. Divinity Roxx is a true artist. The electric bass is her tool to get her message out. She mixes and crosses genres (from rock to rap to funk to jazz). She was both the bassist and Musical Director for Beyonce... »

  • Groove – Episode #14: Jeff Berlin

    Groove – Episode #14: Jeff Berlin

    Jeff Berlin had a moment that he describes as “the dark night of the soul” at the age of sixty. Now, he’s 63 and he’s reflecting. He’s reflecting on his career as one of the most influential electric bass players who has ever lived, and he’s being critical of just how critical he has been... »

  • Groove – Episode #13: Felix Pastorius

    Groove – Episode #13: Felix Pastorius

    Imagine playing the bass when your last name is Pastorius. Many of us might think that this is a blessing. There is no question that Jaco Pastorius is one of (if not THE) founding fathers of the modern electric bass. His son, Felix Pastorius, has no desire to carry-on the legacy, other than to find... »

  • Groove – Episode #11: Alain Caron

    Groove – Episode #11: Alain Caron

    When I was growing up – and was a young and impressionable musician – every bass player wanted to be Jaco Pastorius (that’s not true, the rockers wanted to be Billy Sheehan). These virtuosos seemed unreachable. There was no Internet. There was no Twitter. No Skype. All we knew about these icons was what we... »

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  • Groove – Episode #10: Victor Wooten

    Groove – Episode #10: Victor Wooten

    The Music Lesson is a book that will forever change you. Not because it was written by one of the world’s greatest bass players, but because the message is core to living a life worth celebrating. Music is all over Victor Wooten. He was bathed in it from the womb (that’s not a clever play... »

  • Groove – Episode #9: John Campbell

    Groove – Episode #9: John Campbell

    Lamb of God was one of the headliners at this year’s three-day hard music festival known as Heavy Montreal. Bassist John Campbell was willing and able to sit down in the blazing sun to talk about everything from why he used to play with only three strings on his bass, to the sad situation that... »

  • Groove – Episode #5: Juan Alderete

    Groove – Episode #5: Juan Alderete

    Juan Alderete doesn’t remember me. Fair ball. The last time I saw him, he had long hair, tight jeans and was playing bass for a hard rock band called The Scream back in the early nineties. That band is most notable because frontman, John Corabi, later went on to replace Vince Neil in Motley Crue.... »

  • Groove – Episode #4: Gary Willis

    Groove – Episode #4: Gary Willis

    From a commercial standpoint, Gary Willis is mostly known as the co-founder of Tribal Tech (the jazz fusion band that includes Scott Henderson). The life of a jazz musician is never easy… no matter how much hype and excitement there is surrounding your band (and, Gary had plenty of that with Tribal Tech). Like most... »

  • Groove – Episode #3: Leland Sklar

    Groove – Episode #3: Leland Sklar

    “Who is that bass player with the long beard?” That was my initial reaction when I first saw the video for Phil Collins’ smash hit, “Sussudio”, in 1985. I did not know Leland Sklar’s pedigree as a bass player before that (and, what happened after is a journey of impressive artists and songs that continues... »