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  • Snarky Puppy Explores the Forest Musically with European Orchestra

    Snarky Puppy Explores the Forest Musically with European Orchestra

    Snarky Puppy’s latest album, Sylva, is unlike anything it has produced before — this time out, the groundbreaking band has created music with The Netherlands’ Metropole Orkest, which the band and orchestra then recorded live. “The last thing I wanted to do with this opportunity was turn it into a Snarky Puppy With Strings situation,”... »

  • Faith No More is Back with “Sol Invictus” After an Almost 20-year Recording Break

    Faith No More is Back with “Sol Invictus” After an Almost 20-year Recording Break

    Faith No More’s first studio album since 1997’s Album of the Year was recorded with the band’s bassist, Bill Gould, at the helm. Gould, one of the founders of the group known for hits like “Epic” and “We Care A Lot,” produced the new record, Sol Invictus. “We’ve always shared a chemistry between ourselves that’s... »

  • John Patitucci Goes to Brooklyn on Latest Album

    John Patitucci Goes to Brooklyn on Latest Album

    John Patitucci isn’t just a famed jazz double bassist and jazz bass teacher. He’s also an electric bassist, and his latest album, Brooklyn, features him playing electric exclusively. Credited to the John Patitucci Electric Guitar Quartet, the album also features Brian Blade (drums) and electric guitarists Adam Rogers and Steve Cardenas. By the way, a... »

  • Sammy Hagar & Michael Anthony are At Your Service

    Sammy Hagar & Michael Anthony are At Your Service

    Not many bands can release a live greatest hits record as its debut. But not many bands have a personnel roster like Sammy Hagar and The Circle. At Your Service features Hagar’s onetime Van Halen bandmate Michael Anthony on bass, and late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham’s son Jason on drums, as well as Vic... »

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  • Stuart Hamm Releases “The Book of Lies”

    Stuart Hamm Releases “The Book of Lies”

    Stuart Hamm, a bassist known for his bass instruction, as well as his work with virtuoso guitarists like Joe Satriani and Steve Vai, has released an instrumental record, The Book of Lies. The album features not only a seven-piece suite for solo bass, but also four songs featuring a full band. Other players on the... »

  • Coal Chamber’s “Rivals” Lineup Features Nadja Peulen

    Coal Chamber’s “Rivals” Lineup Features Nadja Peulen

    Coal Chamber’s first album since 2002 has arrived. Rivals is the first album to feature the band’s onetime touring bassist Nadja Peulen. She said for the record, she and several other band members started putting tracks together by working together by jamming on and fine-tuning riffs before heading into pre-production. This is what the ultimately... »

  • Chris Squire Diagnosed with Leukemia

    Chris Squire Diagnosed with Leukemia

    Bass legend Chris Squire has been diagnosed with an uncommon form of leukemia called Acute Erythroid Leukemia, according to a post on the Yes website. The bassist, who co-founded the influential prog-rock band, will be receiving treatment in his hometown of Phoenix, Arizona during the next few months. Squire’s treatment will force him to sit... »

  • Veil of Maya Offers Up “Matriarch”

    Veil of Maya Offers Up “Matriarch”

    Deathcore band Veil of Maya has released its fourth studio effort, Matriarch. The band, featuring bassist Danny Hauser, has a new vocalist for the album, Lukas Magyar (Arms of Empire) has replaced Brandon Butler, the band’s singer of seven years. Single “Mikasa” provides a good example the band’s current sound: Matriarch is available on and... »

  • Jazz Sideman Michael Oien Steps Out With Debut Album

    Jazz Sideman Michael Oien Steps Out With Debut Album

    Post-bop jazzman Michael Oien has released his debut album, And Now. “This is my most important artistic statement so far, writing my own music and recording it with my own band,” says Oien, a double bassist who has made a name for himself in the New York City jazz scene. The band is a quintet... »

  • New Paperback Edition of Mike Visceglia’s “A View From the Side” Released

    New Paperback Edition of Mike Visceglia’s “A View From the Side” Released

    Top session bassist Mike Visceglia committed the experience of being a pro bassist to print with his book A View From the Side, which is now available in a new paperback edition. Visceglia, well-known for his work with John Cale and Suzanne Vega, has also played/performed with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Phoebe... »