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  • The Crimson Projekct Releases “Live in Tokyo”

    The Crimson Projekct Releases “Live in Tokyo”

    So, anything associated with King Crimson isn’t going to be simple — that’s just a given. So, it should follow that the Crimson offshoot band, Crimson ProjeKCt isn’t one band, it’s two. One is Stick Men, featuring Crimson bassist/Chapman Stick player Tony Levin and drummer Pat Mastelotto (another Crimson alum) with multi-instrumentalist/Chapman Stick player Markus... »

  • Marco Machera Releases “Dime Novels”, Featuring Tony Levin

    Marco Machera Releases “Dime Novels”, Featuring Tony Levin

    Italian bassist and songwriter Marco Machera has released his sophomore album, . The effort includes a host of special guests, including fellow bassist Tony Levin on “Out of Blue,” drummer Pat Mastelotto, guitarist Markus Reuter and more. With an interesting cast of characters, Machera offers up a quirky take on pop music. “Dime Novels is... »

  • Mumpbeak Releases Debut Featuring Tony Levin, Bill Laswell, Lorenzo Feliciati and Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz

    Mumpbeak Releases Debut Featuring Tony Levin, Bill Laswell, Lorenzo Feliciati and Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz

    When keyboardist Ray Powell set out to fill out his project band Mumpbeak, he went straight to the top of prog rock royalty. Mumpbeak’s features drummer Pat Mastelotto and a host of talented bassists: Bill Laswell, Tony Levin, Lorenzo Feliciati, and Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz. Described as “art by committee,” the project takes on shades of... »

  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Announces 2014 Nominees

    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Announces 2014 Nominees

    The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced the list of nominees for the 2014 induction, and the bass world is well represented. Half of the artists have been nominated before, with several returning from last year’s picks, while the other half are all first-time nominees. This includes Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel, Hall and... »

  • Tony Levin, Marco Minneman and Jordan Rudess Release New Album

    Tony Levin, Marco Minneman and Jordan Rudess Release New Album

    King Crimson’s Tony Levin, the Aristocrats’ Marco Minneman and Dream Theater’s Jordan Rudess teamed up to make a prog rock album of epic proportions, appropriately entitled Levin Minnemann Rudess. The project started with producer Scott Schorr and Levin, who provides bass, Chapman Stick, and cello to the effort. “The producer of the album, Scott Schorr,... »

  • King Crimson Returns With New Lineup

    King Crimson Returns With New Lineup

    Progressive rock fans rejoice! Guitarist Robert Fripp has announced that King Crimson is back with a new lineup. Originally formed in 1968, the iconic band has gone through several incarnations, the last of which disbanded in 2009 after a cancelled tour. The eighth incarnation of King Crimson will be anchored by bassist Tony Levin. “King... »

  • Expanding Hands Music Now Offering Funk Fingers

    Expanding Hands Music Now Offering Funk Fingers

    Funk Fingers are available once again thanks to a licensing agreement between Tony Levin and Expanding Hands Music. Levin invented the Funk Fingers after mimicking his intro to Peter Gabriel’s “Big Time,” in which drummer Jerry Marotta played Levin’s bass strings with his drumsticks while the bassist fingered the notes with his left hand. Though... »

  • David Bowie Releases “The Next Day”, Featuring Gail Ann Dorsey and Tony Levin

    David Bowie Releases “The Next Day”, Featuring Gail Ann Dorsey and Tony Levin

    David Bowie’s twenty-fourth studio album, The Next Day, was first announced on his 66th birthday back in January. But the album was in the works – in secret – for some time before then. For his first release of new material in 10 year, Bowie teamed up with some of his long-time collaborators, including producer... »

  • 2012 Readers’ Favorite Bassists – #9: Tony Levin

    2012 Readers’ Favorite Bassists – #9: Tony Levin

    Tony Levin is a busy bassist, and 2012 found him more releasing albums, a photo book, and gearing up for more touring. That, plus our popular interview with him and Julie Slick helped propel this bassist to #9 on the readers’ favorite list for the year. Like Jack Bruce, this is Levin’s first appearance on... »

  • Ernie Ball/Music Man Unveils Sledge Basses, Including Sabre Reissue

    Ernie Ball/Music Man Unveils Sledge Basses, Including Sabre Reissue

    Ernie Ball/Music Man has unveiled the Sledge basses, a new special offering available through their Premier Dealer Network. Designed in conjunction with Tony Levin, the Music Man Sledge has a custom metallic flake finish that shifts colors depending on your viewing angle. Offered on Classic Stingray 4 and 5s, the Sledge is also available on... »