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  • Brad Cheeseman Group Releases Self-Titled Debut Album

    Brad Cheeseman Group Releases Self-Titled Debut Album

    Toronto-based contemporary jazz ensemble, The Brad Cheeseman Group, has released its self-titled debut album to acclaim from no less than bassist (and No Treble columnist) Damian Erskine. Erskine says the band, featuring Cheeseman on electric bass, offers “Fantastic music, expertly played and 100 percent devoid of ego-driven writing and playing.” The band, active since 2012,... »

  • Performance by Jazz Legend Oscar Pettiford Released 57 Years After the Show

    Performance by Jazz Legend Oscar Pettiford Released 57 Years After the Show

    Newly unearthed modern jazz recordings from a Nov. 14, 1958 Hamburg, Germany performance by Oscar Pettiford Quartet have been released on the collection, We Get the Message. Pettiford, a highly influential double bassist/cellist, was known for saying that the center of his work was “to pass on the message.” Sadly, he was able to do... »

  • Bryan Beller Creates Shockwave on Record as Part of Satriani’s Band

    Bryan Beller Creates Shockwave on Record as Part of Satriani’s Band

    Joe Satriani’s 15th album, Shockwave Supernova, sees the guitar great not only try on an outlandish alter ego, but also features a world-class band — bassist Bryan Beller (Dethklok, Steve Vai, Dweezil Zappa, The Aristocrats), keyboardist/guitarist Mike Keneally, and drummer Marco Minnemann. “I couldn’t have asked for a better band to help bring these songs... »

  • Symphony X Takes Cues from Literature and Myth on “Underworld”

    Symphony X Takes Cues from Literature and Myth on “Underworld”

    Progressive metal band Symphony X has released its ninth studio album, Underworld. With bassist Michael LePond (Affector, Rattlebone, Mike Bino Project) holding down the low end, the album takes its inspiration from the classic Dante poem the “Divine Comedy,” particularly its “Inferno,” as well as the ancient Orpheus myth, said Symphony X guitarist and songwriter... »

  • Roger Waters Reissue Arrives; Concert Film Due in Theaters in September

    Roger Waters Reissue Arrives; Concert Film Due in Theaters in September

    Although Roger Waters released Amused to Death in 1992, its look at an entertainment-obsessed society still rings true, which helps make the remastered version of the album even more powerful. The record, featuring a slew of bassists (Waters, John Patitucci, Guo Yi, Tim Pierce, John Pierce, Randy Jackson, and Jimmy Johnson) has been given a... »

  • Darren Michaels Releases “Seasons”

    Darren Michaels Releases “Seasons”

    Darren Michaels has released Seasons, a 10-song collection that delves into the bassist’s singer/songwriter style. The album, which is his first full-length solo project in seven years, showcases his lyrics and creative bass playing with thought-provoking lyrics, altered tunings, and a chordal approach to the the bass. Michaels utilized an arsenal of three basses to... »

  • Sly & the Family Stone 1968 Fillmore East Performance Released for First Time

    Sly & the Family Stone 1968 Fillmore East Performance Released for First Time

    Legendary funk/soul/R&B/rock band Sly & the Family Stone was energetic and on the rise in 1968, with two albums — Dance to the Music and Life — already behind them. Live At The Fillmore East October 4th & 5th, 1968, captures the sound of a great band with an incomparable electric bassist — Larry Graham,... »

  • Sublime With Rome Releases Second Album

    Sublime With Rome Releases Second Album

    The sound of reggae/rock band Sublime remains alive via its bassist, Eric Wilson, through the band Sublime With Rome. Wilson is the only Sublime member currently in the group, which has released its second album, Sirens. The album is being billed as a return to the band’s roots, with a rawer sound like that of... »

  • Miles Davis Box Set Features Newly Released Live Music with Jazz Bass Greats

    Miles Davis Box Set Features Newly Released Live Music with Jazz Bass Greats

    Almost four hours of previously unreleased live music by legendary jazz trumpeter/composer Miles Davis and the musicians he chose to play with over the course of 20 years are featured on Miles Davis at Newport 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series Vol. 4. The four-CD collection includes performances by Davis and his bands from 1955, 1958, 1966,... »

  • Documentary Offers Intimate Look at The Police

    Documentary Offers Intimate Look at The Police

    A new documentary film offers an inside perspective on The Police, from the stellar rock band’s formation, through its rise to fame, breakup and reunion. No — the up-close perspective doesn’t come from Sting, the band’s famed bassist and primary songwriter who went on to forge a highly successful solo career – but from guitarist... »