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  • Basslines for October 16

    Paul McCartney thinks the bass player is “usually the fat guy who stands at the back“. Somehow, he’s happy with it too. Eat up. Rufus Reid has penned an interesting piece on “being a jazz bassist (and more). Stanley Clarke‘s The Toys of Men released today. SixNationState’s bassist, John Maskell, might want to reconsider his... »

  • 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... »

  • Undiscovered Mingus

    A previously unknown 1964 recording of the Charles Mingus Sextet with Eric Dolphy was recently discovered by Mingus’ widow and released by Blue Note. This is a double CD live recording, featuring a near identical lineup to the group who recorded “Great Concert of Charles Mingus” about a month later. »

  • Basslines for July 3rd

    Must be the year for bass players to go on tour with their famous fathers. The latest buzz is about a Van Halen tour happening in September, with 16-year-old Wolfgang Van Halen “laying down the law”. An all-new, all-bass internet radio show has just hit the virtual airwaves. Bass Talk with Abe & Lane, a... »

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  • Jaco Pastorius honored at Syracuse Jazz Fest

    Jaco Pastorius was this year’s Syracuse Jazz Festival dedicatee, and the focus of a panel moderated by noted biographer and jazz author/journalist Bill Milkowski. The Jaco Pastorius Big Band, conducted by Peter Graves and featuring Jeff Carswell and Will Lee on bass, and Hiram Bullock on guitar, performed at the event. »

  • Michael Manring, Percy Jones on new release

    Drummer Vic Stevens has released his latest CD, “If People Could Talk“, featuring Michael Manring and Percy Jones on bass. Stevens and Manring perform together in the fusion trio McGill/Manring/Stevens. »

  • String Bass / Electric Bass Vacancy: U.S. Army Field Band

    The United States Army Field Band is holding auditions through August 22, 2007 for a string/electric bassist. To apply, submit a recent resume and high-quality recording, CD preferred, by August 22, 2007. The recording should contain solos or excerpts of various styles that demonstrate the depth and breadth of your playing ability, with an emphasis... »

  • Trio of Doom Reissue

    The legendary recording of the “Trio of Doom”, featuring Jaco Pastorius, John McLaughlin and Tony Williams is being re-released on June 26th, by Columbia/Legacy. The release features the group’s live performance on March 3rd, 1979, and includes five tracks recorded the following week at Columbia Studios in New York. Three of the five studio recordings... »

  • Basslines for June 1st

    Editor’s note: we’re tinkering with an old format we used to run, covering lots of bass news and articles from around the web… A benefit concert for Iron Butterfly bass player Lee Dorman will be held Sunday June 24th in Anaheim, California, to raise money for a heart transplant for Dorman. Bassist Mike Levine of... »