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  • Steps Ahead with Richard Bona & Mike Stern: Jazz Vitoria Live (2005)

    Steps Ahead with Richard Bona & Mike Stern: Jazz Vitoria Live (2005)

    Steps Ahead took the stage at the 2005 Jazz Vitoria with Richard Bona and Mike Stern, and performed some amazing music, like this. The band also features Bill Evans on sax, Mike Mainieri on vibraphone and Steve Smith on drums. Enjoy. »

  • A Review of Mike Stern’s “All Over the Place”

    A Review of Mike Stern’s “All Over the Place”

    Guitarist Mike Stern’s new record All Over the Place features a veritable smorgasbord of bass talent: Esperanza Spalding, Richard Bona, Victor Wooten, Anthony Jackson, Dave Holland, Tom Kennedy, Will Lee and Victor Bailey. Like a kid in the rhythm section candy shop, Stern audibly delights in playing with these guys. Further, the quality of Stern’s... »

  • Mike Stern Announces New Album with an All-Star Cast on Bass

    Mike Stern Announces New Album with an All-Star Cast on Bass

    Jazz guitar vet Mike Stern has a new album coming out on June 19, 2012, and bass fans have a lot to look forward to with this release. All Over the Place features eight different bassists on the 11-song release, including Esperanza Spalding, Richard Bona, Victor Wooten, Anthony Jackson, Dave Holland, Tom Kennedy, Will Lee... »

  • Richard Bona: “Solo de Slap”, Live (2004)

    Richard Bona: “Solo de Slap”, Live (2004)

    Richard Bona is not only a phenomenal bassist, he’s the complete musician. Here’s Richard and his band performing in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain in 2004. Of course, there’s plenty of amazing bass and singing, plus a nifty slap solo in between. »

  • Richard Bona: “Teen Town”, Live

    Richard Bona: “Teen Town”, Live

    Jaco Pastorius wrote it and performed it. Many bassists have re-imagined it. Richard Bona may have turned in my favorite remake version of “Teen Town” yet with this live performance. I love what he does with the fretless. What do you think? Drop a note in the comments below. »

  • Richard Bona: Liberty City / Black Market – Live

    Richard Bona: Liberty City / Black Market – Live

    Here’s an incredible fan shot performance by Richard Bona, paying tribute to Jaco Pastorius and Joe Zawinul in this medley of tunes by the legends. It starts with Jaco’s “Liberty City” and moves on to the Weather Report, Zawinul-penned “Black Market” with a little “Birdland” used to bridge the two tunes. Bona’s solo in the... »

  • Pat Metheny: Bright Size Life, Live with Richard Bona

    Pat Metheny: Bright Size Life, Live with Richard Bona

    Here’s some incredible fretless playing by Richard Bona with the Pat Metheny Group in the mid-2000’s. Bona pays his respects to Jaco, who played on the original take, while adding his own flair and chops to the tune. »

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  • Richard Bona and Chris Minh Doky Jam Session

    Richard Bona and Chris Minh Doky Jam Session

    Here’s an awesome video of Richard Bona and Chris Minh Doky playing jazz duets on electric and upright, respectively. The two powerhouses blow over a blues before tearing into the standard, “There is No Greater Love.” »

  • 2011 Montreux Jazz Festival Lineup Announced

    2011 Montreux Jazz Festival Lineup Announced

    The lineup for the 2011 Montreux Jazz Festival has been announced, and it will be a solid year for bass lovers. A few of the bassists set to perform include Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding, Larry Graham, Bootsy Collins, Christian McBride, Richard Bona and Marcus Miller, who will be performing as part of a tribute to... »

  • Richard Bona: Invocation/Te Misea, Live

    Richard Bona: Invocation/Te Misea, Live

    Recorded live at the Jazz Voyeur Festival in 2009, Richard Bona performs his tune “Invocation” before the band kicks in on “Te Misea”. »