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  • Cannibal Corpse Releases “A Skeletal Domain”

    Cannibal Corpse Releases “A Skeletal Domain”

    Cannibal Corpse has released its 13th album, . Bassist Alex Webster penned four songs on the death-metal outfit’s album, which sees the group pushing the envelope a bit and working outside comfort areas. “Anyone who really listens to this album with an open mind will hear that it’s not same-old same-old,” says Webster, who is... »

  • First Transcriptions of Sly & the Family Stone Bass Lines Released

    First Transcriptions of Sly & the Family Stone Bass Lines Released

    Larry Graham, as you know, is one of those bass players who can easily take the title of THE MAN. And a new book can teach you how to play the bass lines he created with Sly and the Family Stone. , from Hal Leonard, is the first book to transcribe Graham’s iconic lines on... »

  • Edgar Meyer Re-teams with Chris Thile for “Bass & Mandolin”

    Edgar Meyer Re-teams with Chris Thile for “Bass & Mandolin”

    Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer have recorded as a duo for the first time since 2008, and the results are breathtaking. The simple album title, describes what you’ll hear on the record from two virtuoso players. Thile handles mandolin (and guitar) and Meyer, of course, is on double bass (and piano). Meyer is MacArthur Foundation... »

  • The Beatles Reissue Vinyl Albums in Painstakingly Created Mono Set

    The Beatles Reissue Vinyl Albums in Painstakingly Created Mono Set

    Finding Beatles albums in mono on vinyl is kind of like getting a copy of the original version of Star Wars on VHS — it’s something that allows you to relive a great experience, just the way you remember it. But, finding both has been extremely difficult for years. Although a CD set of mono... »

  • Chick Corea Trio Releases “Trilogy”, a 3-CD Set Featuring Christian McBride

    Chick Corea Trio Releases “Trilogy”, a 3-CD Set Featuring Christian McBride

    The live sound of keyboardist Chick Corea’s trio with bassist Christian McBride and drummer Brian Blade is what the group’s 3 CD set, , is all about. Recorded around the world as the trio toured, the live triple set features the group in performances recorded in Washington, D.C., and Oakland, CA; in Spain, Switzerland and... »

  • Robert Plant Explores, Experiments on “Lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar”

    Robert Plant Explores, Experiments on “Lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar”

    Robert Plant reevaluates his British roots on . With the band, the Sensational Shape Shifters, featuring longtime Bristol, England-based electric and upright bassist Billy Fuller, Plant has created music somewhat inspired by the landscape in which he called home during childhood and the beginnings of a long and storied career. The former Led Zeppelin frontman’s... »

  • In Flames, Featuring Peter Iwers, Is Back with “Siren Charms”

    In Flames, Featuring Peter Iwers, Is Back with “Siren Charms”

    Swedish metal band In Flames has released its 11th studio album, . The group, which features Peter Iwers on bass, is known for its evolution from its melodic death metal beginnings to a sound that in recent years, has incorporated more alternative and metalcore elements. Siren Charms is available on , and as a digital... »

  • Tony Levin and His Brother Pete Release Their Take on Old-School Cool Jazz

    Tony Levin and His Brother Pete Release Their Take on Old-School Cool Jazz

    Love 1950s’-style “cool” jazz? You’re in good company. Renowned bassist Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel, King Crimson) and his famed keyboardist brother Pete (Miles Davis, Gil Evans, Jaco Pastorius, Wayne Shorter) have always adored it, too, and now the pair have recorded their first album together as a duo, because of their affection for it. As... »

  • Grammy Nominee Shares Pro Advice in Book on Playing Upright Bass

    Grammy Nominee Shares Pro Advice in Book on Playing Upright Bass

    Andy McKee, a jazz bassist nominated for two Grammys for his work with the Mingus Big Band, has authored a book to help others improve their playing. is designed for bassists of all skill levels, offering insight on a wide swath of topics, from improvising, soloing and practicing to instrument care, performance, and right-and-left-hand technique.... »

  • Big Star’s “#1 Record” and “Radio City” Reissued in Individual Remastered Versions

    Big Star’s “#1 Record” and “Radio City” Reissued in Individual Remastered Versions

    Let a bassist break down why Big Star was so important. The bassist, by the way, is R.E.M.’s Mike Mills, who penned liner notes for the reissues of two of the power pop trailblazers/originators’ albums — its 1972 debut, and its 1974 followup . Big Star was a band “who made records that sounded like... »