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  • Rex Brown Announces Solo Album

    Rex Brown Announces Solo Album

    After years of holding down the low end for the world’s biggest metal bands, Rex Brown has announced that he’s working on his debut solo album. The former Pantera and Down bassist revealed the news to Metal Hammer, saying it has inspired him to play again after burning out from touring. “I went to Nashville... »

  • MONK’estra Big Band Releases Vol. 1

    MONK’estra Big Band Releases Vol. 1

    Pianist John Beasley’s MONK’estra contemporary big band, which interprets the work of legendary jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk, has released MONK’estra Vol. 1. Beasley is a Monk aficionado and serves as music director for the Monk Institute’s gala concerts, like International Jazz Day and the Monk Institute’s annual competition galas. Since 2013, the MONK’estra... »

  • 1976 Jerry Garcia Band Live Recording Released

    1976 Jerry Garcia Band Live Recording Released

    The latest entry in the GarciaLive archival series presents the Jerry Garcia Band, in one of its most durable iterations, in a newly rediscovered recording from 1976. GarciaLive Volume Seven: November 8th, 1976, Sophie’s, Palo Alto, features Garcia’s longtime collaborator John Kahn (who also worked with Garcia in Old and in the Way and died... »

  • Soilwork Releases Rarities

    Soilwork Releases Rarities

    Swedish death metal band Soilwork has released a collection of rarities on the album, Death Resonance. The album includes rarely released and unreleased material dating back to 2005, as well as two new songs, and features the work of bassists Ola Flink and Markus Wibom. The band, with current bassist Wilbom, is also still supporting... »

  • Paul Simon Bass Transcriptions Published

    Paul Simon Bass Transcriptions Published

    Transcriptionist Aidan Hampson has turned his talents to to the work of prolific singer/songwriter Paul Simon. His latest book, The Best of Paul Simon for Bass, features bass lines created by some of the greatest: Anthony Jackson, Tony Levin and Bakithi Kumalo on fretless bass. The book includes 12 songs: Mother and Child Reunion Me... »

  • Christian McBride Appears on Tribute to Jazz Great Elvin Jones

    Christian McBride Appears on Tribute to Jazz Great Elvin Jones

    Living Colour drummer Will Calhoun has assembled a group of top jazz musicians for his tribute to jazz drumming great, the late Elvin Jones. Celebrating Elvin Jones features virtuoso bassist Christian McBride, saxophonist Antoine Roney, keyboardist Carlos McKinney, trumpeter Keyon Harrold, and other players, like Jan Hammer, who played as part of Jones’ trio. Jones... »

  • Carlos Santana Announces Jazz/Rock Supergroup Featuring Marcus Miller

    Carlos Santana Announces Jazz/Rock Supergroup Featuring Marcus Miller

    Carlos Santana has formed a new jazz-rock supergroup called Mega Nova, and it promises to be incredible. The legendary guitarist has recruited an equally legendary band including keyboardist Herbie Hancock, saxophonist Wayne Shorter, drummer Cindy Blackman Santana, and bassist Marcus Miller. Mega Nova will make their debut during a one-off concert at the Hollywood Bowl... »

  • Blind Pilot Releases Third Album

    Blind Pilot Releases Third Album

    Indie folk band Blind Pilot has released its third studio album, And Then Like Lions. Luke Ydstie handles bass on the album, which the Wall Street Journal praised. “And Then Like Lions has a lyrical sweep reminiscent of esteemed heartbreak-and-recovery albums like Lou Reed’s Magic and Loss and Arcade Fire’s Funeral, which are excellent company... »

  • Hot Tuna Gearing Up for Fall 2016 Tour

    Hot Tuna Gearing Up for Fall 2016 Tour

    While their summer tour may be winding down and the Fur Peace Ranch workshops are wrapping up, Hot Tuna is still in full gear. The dynamic duo of Jack Casady and Jorma Kaukonen have announced a Fall run of acoustic and electric performances that will focus on the East and West Coasts. Electric Hot Tuna... »

  • Of Montreal Releases “Innocence Reaches”

    Of Montreal Releases “Innocence Reaches”

    The Kevin Barnes-fronted rock band Of Montreal has released its 14th studio album, Innocence Reaches. Davey Pierce (Yip Deceiver) handles bass, as he has for most of the past nine years (he didn’t play with the band in 2014). Long influenced by legendary rock bands like The Beatles and The Beach Boys, Of Montreal decided... »