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  • Mark Lettieri with Wes Stephenson: Montreal

    Mark Lettieri with Wes Stephenson: Montreal

    We’re big fans of bassist Wes Stephenson. Here he is performing with guitarist Mark Lettieri on the tune, “Montreal,” which appears on Lettieri’s 2016 album, . Wes always seems to find the perfect line to serve the song. Plus, he offers up a terrific solo on this one. »

  • Mark Lettieri: Slant

    Mark Lettieri: Slant

    Wes Stephenson is a favorite around here, thanks in part to his work with the Funky Knuckles. Here’s Wes laying down the low end with Mark Lettieri’s band, on the tune “Slant.” The track is from the band’s album, . »

  • The Funky Knuckles: New Birth

    The Funky Knuckles: New Birth

    The Funky Knuckles just dropped a new video, featuring the title track from their album, . Once again, bassist Wes Stephenson and the band blew us away. »

  • The Funky Knuckles: Arise

    The Funky Knuckles: Arise

    I can’t get enough of The Funky Knuckles and bassist Wes Stephenson. Thankfully, they keep putting out some fantastic videos. Here the band grooves on their song “Arise” from their latest album, . »

  • The Funky Knuckles: Moorish

    The Funky Knuckles: Moorish

    Here’s another great video by The Funky Knuckles and bassist Wes Stephenson. This high energy tune brings all the goodness: great bass (and bass faces), horns, and all the rest. »

  • The Funky Knuckles: Me Too

    The Funky Knuckles: Me Too

    The Funky Knuckles are back with a new video. And it starts out just right with a nice groove by Wes Stephenson. The song, “Me Too,” is from their latest album, . »

  • Mark Lettieri Trio, Featuring Wes Stephenson: Slide Rule

    Mark Lettieri Trio, Featuring Wes Stephenson: Slide Rule

    Wes Stephenson has one of the deepest pocket grooves I’ve ever heard. Here’s a clip of the Funky Knuckles bassist holding it down for guitarist Mark Lettieri on “Slide Rule,” live at the RBC in Dallas, Texas. Stephenson forms a tight bond with drummer Mike Mitchell for the song’s main riff as they back Lettieri... »

  • The Funky Knuckles Return With “Meta-Musica”

    The Funky Knuckles Return With “Meta-Musica”

    Jazz fusion band The Funky Knuckles has a true Dallas sound, according to bassist and band leader Wes Stephenson. “It’s the feel for funk, hip-hop and gospel, to which we add the elements of jazz and improvisation,” Stephenson tells The Dallas Morning News. The second album from the group composed of seasoned music industry sidemen... »

  • The Funky Knuckles: Barbosa

    The Funky Knuckles: Barbosa

    Steven Smith sent in this video of The Funky Knuckles playing their tune “Barbosa” while opening for Snarky Puppy at Matt Garrison’s Shapeshifter Lab in New York City. Starting with a bass solo from Wes Stephenson, the group launches into an awesome funk-fusion jam that’ll leave you bobbing your head. Stephenson sets up a bouncy... »