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  • Bottoms Up: Another Look at Paul Chambers – “Tale of The Fingers”

    Bottoms Up: Another Look at Paul Chambers – “Tale of The Fingers”

    This is your friendly neighborhood bass columnist bringing you the second half of a look at Mr. Paul Chambers (or for short, “Mr. P.C.”) I hope you got a chance to play through “Mopp Shoe Blues” from last time, and try a bit of Chambers’ solo. As I said last time, this is one of... »

  • Bottoms Up: Breaking Down Paul Chambers’ “Mopp Shoe Blues”

    Bottoms Up: Breaking Down Paul Chambers’ “Mopp Shoe Blues”

    Today I’d like to talk about another historical great who I’m sure is familiar to many, Mr. Paul Chambers (1935-1969). I think I have a treat for some folks who already know about him: a transcription of a tune called “Mopp Shoe Blues” off the record First Bassman. “P.C.”, as he is commonly known in... »

  • A Look at Oscar Pettiford’s “Tricotism”

    I’d like to give a big thanks to everyone for their encouraging words on my first column; John Goldsby shared that he and John Patitucci have recorded “Bohemia After Dark”, and I’d encourage folks to take a listen to their respective versions of the tune. Now, back to the show. In our second installment on... »

  • Bottoms Up: Melodies in Bass

    Bottoms Up: Melodies in Bass

    Hi, nice to meet all of you. I’m here to discuss melodies in the bass: bass lines as part of tunes and great melodies written by bass players, and maybe a few surprises thrown in. In this column I’ll be discussing one of the all time great bass players in history who also penned more... »