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  • Bob Gingery Releases Debut Album

    Bob Gingery Releases Debut Album

    Bassist/composer Bob Gingery has released his debut record, Traveler, with his longtime band. Jazz anchors Gingery’s work, but elements of rock, blues, and folk and modern harmonies can be heard on the record featuring his band: Jon Irabagon on saxophones (winner of 2008 Thelonious Monk competition), Mike Baggetta on guitar and Mark Ferber on drums.... »

  • Ben Williams Comes of Age on Second Album

    Ben Williams Comes of Age on Second Album

    Jazz bassist Ben Williams’ second album, Coming of Age, explores the musical and emotional growth of Williams, who won the 2009 Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Competition. The album not only includes his own work, but also a cover of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” Here’s the album’s opening track, “Black Villain Music”: Coming of... »

  • Enrico Galetta Debuts as Bass Instruction Author with “Grooving with Hybrid Techniques”

    Enrico Galetta Debuts as Bass Instruction Author with “Grooving with Hybrid Techniques”

    Bass player, composer and educator Enrico Galetta (known for his jazz work and the album 48 Hour Odyssey) is imparting his bass wisdom in his first book, Grooving with Hybrid Techniques for Bass. Featuring 100 exercises and 72 audio samples (available with the paper copy and the e-book), the book aims to teach a variety... »

  • Points North Offers Self-Titled Second Album

    Points North Offers Self-Titled Second Album

    Progressive rock power trio Points North, featuring bassist Uriah Duffy (former Whitesnake) has released its second album. The self-titled record from the band, which includes guitarist Eric Barnett and drummer Kevin Aiello features one track with vocals this time out: “Colorblind.” The opening track, “Ignition” impresses: Points North is available on and as a digital... »

  • Pino Palladino Transcription Book Released

    Pino Palladino Transcription Book Released

    It’s hard to find someone who doesn’t know or love superstar sideman Pino Palladino’s bass lines, knowingly or unknowingly. Pino Palladino – Bass Transcriptions (w/ bass Tabs) – Classic Fretless Tracks, from playbasslines.com, covers a handful of the songs for which Palladino — who has worked with Tears for Fears, Paul Young, Paul McCartney, Don... »

  • They Might Be Giants Dial Up “Glean”

    They Might Be Giants Dial Up “Glean”

    They Might Be Giants has released its 17th album, Glean. It’s a rock record for the duo, which has also recorded several children’s albums (TMBG reportedly has another children’s record in the offing for 2015 as well). TMBG is fronted by songwriters and musicians John Linnell and John Flansburgh. Bassist Danny Weinkauf has been part... »

  • The Alabama Shakes’ Sophomore Offering Both Far-Out and Soulful

    The Alabama Shakes’ Sophomore Offering Both Far-Out and Soulful

    The Alabama Shakes’ second album, Sound & Color, is being deemed kind of far out by the band itself. Founding member and bassist Zac Cockrell described in Rolling Stone the reaction he’d get when playing the moody, long piece “Gemini” for his friends. ”They’re like, ‘Uhhh… OK.’ I don’t think they liked it. I finally quit... »

  • Jason Raso is the “Man of 40 Faces”

    Jason Raso is the “Man of 40 Faces”

    Bassist/composer Jason Raso has explored the groove where funk and jazz meet for more than two decades. He continues in that vein on Man of 40 Faces, the Canadian’s latest album of 11 new compositions. Bassist Alain Caron joins him to duet, and trombonist Wycliffe Gordon and vibraphone player Francesco Pinetti also appear on the... »

  • Variety of Bassists Appear on Tony MacAlpine’s Latest Instrumental Effort

    Variety of Bassists Appear on Tony MacAlpine’s Latest Instrumental Effort

    Progressive metal multi-instrumentalist Tony MacAlpine has released his twelfth solo album, Concrete Gardens. The instrumental record features not only MacAlpine’s virtuosic guitar work and bass stylings, but also bass contributions from Pete Griffin (Dethklok, Gryphon Labs, and ex-Zappa Plays Zappa) on five tracks, Lucky Islam on one track and Sean Delson (Agent Cooper, Stuck Mojo,... »

  • Little-Heard Music from Short-Lived, But Legendary Bluesbreakers Lineup Released

    Little-Heard Music from Short-Lived, But Legendary Bluesbreakers Lineup Released

    John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers is a rightly storied band, producing stars like the late bass legend Jack Bruce and guitar great Eric Clapton. It also, through a lineup that was together for a mere three months, the genesis of the first version of Fleetwood Mac. Live music from that short-lived lineup, featuring John McVie on bass... »