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  • New William Parker Quartet CD released

    Bassist/composer William Parker has released “Petit Oiseau”, the latest CD by his quartet. The release features eight tracks, all written by Parker, featuring Hamid Drake on drums and percussion, Rob Brown on sax and clarinet, Lewis Barnes on trumpet, and Parker. The CD is released by AUM Fidelity and now available on Amazon.com. »

  • Gov’t Mule names new bass player

    Bassist Jorgen Carlsson is joining the band in a permanent role. Carlsson replaces Andy Hess, who played with the band since bassist Allen Woody died in 2000. “We were faced with the daunting task of replacing a one-of-a-kind musician, which I’m sure was intimidating for Andy, who did a wonderful job and brought his own... »

  • New Dave Holland: Pass It On

    Bassist, composer and band leader Dave Holland is releasing his latest CD, Pass It On on September 23. The release features Holland’s sextet, who formed in 2006, consisting of Robin Eubanks (trombone), Antonio Hart (alto saxophone), Alex “Sasha” Sipiagin (trumpet), Mulgrew Miller (piano) and Eric Harland (drums). The CD features several new arrangements of past... »

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  • New release round-up (featuring Felix Pastorius, John Patitucci and Rhonda Smith)

    Jeff Coffin’s latest album, Mutopia, features Felix Pastorius (son of the late Jaco Pastorius), along with Roy “Futureman” Wooten and Kofi Burbridge. Guest appearances include Chris Walters, Bela Fleck, Victor Wooten, Doug Belote, Alana Rocklin, Pat Bergeson, R. Scott Bryan, Roy Agree, Rod McGaha, Barry Green and Black Cat Sylvester. Sample tracks: Amazon.com Widgets Other... »

  • Metallica announces tenth studio album, “Death Magnetic”

    Metallica has announced their next album, Death Magnetic, due out on September 12th. This is the first album since 2003, and get this… the first album featuring current bassist Robert Trujillo. Wow, we just assumed he’d be on one by now. More from the Metallica web site. »

  • Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller and Victor Wooten bring the Thunder

    Another multi-bass album is coming. This time from Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller & Victor Wooten, joining together as S.M.V. The new album, Thunder, is out on August 12th. Sample tracks here: Amazon.com Widgets »

  • Project M: One Band, Four Bass Players

    Project M: One Band, Four Bass Players

    Michael Manring has announced “Project M”, a new release by a quartet of bassists including Manring, Grant Stinnett, Rob Gourlay and Jim Stinnett. The release includes a bonus DVD full of interviews and rehearsal footage. Here’s the debut performance of Project M at the New Hampshire Bass Festival earlier this year: »

  • New album for former Phish bassist

    New album for former Phish bassist

    Mike Gordon, the bassist formerly with Phish, has a new album coming out August 5th. “The Green Sparrow” is a 9-track release recorded in Mike’s home studio in Vermont and mixed at The Barn, Phish’s studio. Phish band mates Trey Anastasio and Page McConnell make guest appearances, along with Bill Kreutzmann (Grateful Dead), Chuck Leavell... »

  • Stanley Clarke’s “The Toys of Men”

    Stanley Clarke’s latest album, The Toys of Men, is being released October 16, 2007. Sample the release and pre-order it at Heads Up’s web site. Full release: For centuries, the artist has served as the great counterbalance to the warrior. When statesmen in opposing camps rattle their swords and draw lines in the sand, it’s... »

  • Gary Willis – Actual Fiction

    Don’t know how we missed this one… maybe you did too. Gary Willis released his latest solo album in August, featuring Kirk Covington & David Gómez on drums and Gary on “everything else”. Gary has been one of our favorites since early Tribal Tech with Scott Henderson. More (incredibly detailed) info here, as well as... »