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  • Jerry Garcia Band’s Only New Year’s Eve Gig Released

    Jerry Garcia Band’s Only New Year’s Eve Gig Released

    Even though it would seem impossible, this year you can celebrate on New Year’s Eve with the Jerry Garcia Band. Sort of. At the very least, you can play a recording of the only New Year’s Eve show the band played. The 1975 performance is captured on . The recording, featuring the late John Kahn,... »

  • “Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics” Features Diverse Bassists

    “Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics” Features Diverse Bassists

    On , the Queen of Soul shares more than her huge, legendary voice. The record also gives several bass players a place to shine. Three bassists appear on the 10-song set: Reggie Hamilton (known for work with Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Warren Zevon, David Lynch, and Stanley Clarke, among others), Ethan Farmer (Janet Jackson, Babyface,... »

  • Primus Reimagines Willy Wonka on New Album

    Primus Reimagines Willy Wonka on New Album

    For some reason, it just doesn’t feel surprising that Primus leader/bassist Les Claypool loves the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory so much that he, the rest of the original Primus lineup (that hasn’t played together since 1995) and the 2-member Fungi Ensemble, would create a take on iconic film’s music. is as... »

  • Théo Zipper Quartet Releases “Faith”

    Théo Zipper Quartet Releases “Faith”

    Seeking out some new jazz propelled by a bass player’s sensibilities? Check out Théo Zipper Quartet’s album, . Led by French bassist and composer, Théo Zipper, the quartet also includes tenor/soprano sax player Max Fortin, Yannick Jacquet on piano, Fender Rhodes, and cello, and Lucas Vanderputten on drums. Zipper says his, and the quartet’s, goal,... »

  • The Melvins’ Record Features Tour Bassist Jeff Pinkus

    The Melvins’ Record Features Tour Bassist Jeff Pinkus

    The Melvins have not one, but two members of the Butthole Surfers appearing on the group’s latest album . The Surfers’ Jeff Pinkus, who has also toured with The Melvins, is sitting in for regular bassist Jared Warren, who is on paternity leave from the band. The Sufers’ guitarist Paul Leary is also on the... »

  • Bassists Galore Featured on “Tommy Igoe Groove Conspiracy” Album

    Bassists Galore Featured on “Tommy Igoe Groove Conspiracy” Album

    Don’t call the Tommy Igoe Groove Conspiracy a jazz big band. Instead, the San Francisco-based 15-piece band led by Igoe is something else. “We’re a rock band in a jazz band’s body,” said Igoe, a distinguished drummer. And it’s definitely a group with plenty of low end. Dewayne Pate serves as the band’s primary bassist,... »

  • Dave Holland Teams with Pianist Kenny Barron on Duo Album

    Dave Holland Teams with Pianist Kenny Barron on Duo Album

    Double bassist Dave Holland and pianist Kenny Barron started performing live together as a duo in 2012, and now they’ve committed the sound they’ve been creating on stages to album. isn’t the first time they’ve recorded together — that occurred back in 1985 on Barron’s trio LP Scratch. However, this new record features the pair... »

  • Iron Maiden 80’s Albums, Singles Reissued on Vinyl

    Iron Maiden 80’s Albums, Singles Reissued on Vinyl

    Iron Maiden, the classic heavy metal band founded by bassist Steve Harris (also the group’s chief songwriter), wants you to experience its 1980s music in the way it was first released — on black vinyl. The band has started reissuing its first eight albums on 180-gram black vinyl (it has also previously reissued albums in... »

  • Weezer Reunites with Producer Ric Ocasek for Ninth Album

    Weezer Reunites with Producer Ric Ocasek for Ninth Album

    It’s been 20 years since Weezer released its debut self-titled “Blue” album, recorded with producer Rik Ocasek of The Cars. Now, all these years later, the group returned to working with Ocasek (who also produced Weezer’s third effort, also self-titled and known as the “Green” album) on its ninth record, . For bassist Scott Shriner,... »

  • Flying Lotus Album Heavy on The Thundercat

    Flying Lotus Album Heavy on The Thundercat

    Flying Lotus’ fifth studio album, , started out as a record just for him and bassist Thundercat (Suicidal Tendencies, Erykah Badu). Flying Lotus (real name: Steven Ellison) tells Clash Music that the pair intended to make a double album, but decided to release the Flying Lotus songs first because they were completed earlier. His comments... »