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  • Vail Johnson Releases “The Seventh Son”

    Vail Johnson Releases “The Seventh Son”

    Session bass ace Vail Johnson has returned with The Seventh Son, a thirteen-song album that brings together several genres to create a style the bassist calls “JazzAmericana.” Johnson, whose has worked with artists from Herbie Hancock to Whitney Houston, fuses country, blues, R&B, folk, and jazz for an eclectic yet cohesive sound. “This mix of... »

  • Bullet For My Valentine Releases Fifth Album, Touring with New Bassist

    Bullet For My Valentine Releases Fifth Album, Touring with New Bassist

    Welsh metal band Bullet For My Valentine has released its fifth studio album, Venom. Frontman Matt Tuck handled bass on the record, which is the group’s first following the departure of longtime bassist Jason “Jay” James. The album deliberately shies away from any melodic or pop sounds, Tuck said. “We wanted to keep this as... »

  • Soulfly Releases Final Album With Tony Campos

    Soulfly Releases Final Album With Tony Campos

    Soulfly has released its last album with bassist Tony Campos (former Static-X), who left the band to join Fear Factory. Archangel, the metal band’s 10th album, is the band’s most mystical one since its 2004 record, Prophecy, says Max Cavalera (ex-Sepultura), the band’s founder, guitarist and vocalist. He says the record reflects diverse influences, from... »

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  • Pennal Johnson Struts With New Album

    Pennal Johnson Struts With New Album

    Chicago bassist Pennal Johnson (PJ) combines jazz, funk, adult contemporary and rock and roll on his album, Cissy Strut. The bassist for The Chicago All-City Jazz Band from 1984-87, Johnson began playing bass at age 8. During his career, he has performed with artists like Andre and Sandra Crouch, Kurt Carr and Abraham Laboriel. Johnson... »

  • Oteil Burbridge to Join Grateful Dead Alumni Band “Dead and Company”

    Oteil Burbridge to Join Grateful Dead Alumni Band “Dead and Company”

    Hundreds of thousands of people witnessed The Grateful Dead’s “Fare Thee Well” concert series, marking the final time the “core four” surviving band members would perform together under the band’s moniker. A month later, three of the four band members – Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, and Mickey Hart – have announced a concert on Halloween... »

  • Vinyl Set Focuses on The Replacements’ Early Years

    Vinyl Set Focuses on The Replacements’ Early Years

    If you love the sound of the early days of The Replacements and feel like a vinyl record is the only way to hear the legendarily unruly rock group, a new four-album set has your name written on it: The Twin/Tone Years. The set includes the band’s first four records: Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take... »

  • Eclectic Bassist Bill Laswell Releases Two Distinct Digital Albums at Once

    Eclectic Bassist Bill Laswell Releases Two Distinct Digital Albums at Once

    Experimental/avant-garde bassist, producer, and composer Bill Laswell has released back-to-back albums as part of his M.O.D. Technologies’ Incunabula Digital Series. One album, On Brion Gysin, features the spoken word work of the late poet, photographer and filmmaker Ira Cohen, incorporated into Laswell’s music, in tribute to the work of the late artist and writer Gysin,... »

  • MonoNeon and Kriswontwo Release Neon The Won

    MonoNeon and Kriswontwo Release Neon The Won

    Nearly two years after their first release, bassist MonoNeon and producer Kriswontwo have teamed up again as Weon to release Neon the Won. The experimental duo fuse stellar bass playing with ear bending soundscapes to create an album that transcends genre. This time around they invited several guest musicians, including David “Fuze” Fiuczynski, Jerome Flood,... »

  • Posthumous Release Captures Charlie Haden Live

    Posthumous Release Captures Charlie Haden Live

    The late, great jazz bassist Charlie Haden and pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba have long been known for the work they did together. Although Haden died in July 2014, there’s still music to be hear from the pair via the album Tokyo Adagio, which captures the best of their 2005 performances at Blue Note Tokyo. The sound... »

  • All-Female Album Project Features Top Bassists

    All-Female Album Project Features Top Bassists

    Terri Lyne Carrington’s 2011 The Mosaic Project was an album with an all-female superstar lineup of musicians. Her latest, The Mosaic Project: Love and Soul, is another all-female affair. This time out, the Grammy-winning jazz drummer and composer (she’s known for her work with a slew of artists, including bassist Esperanza Spalding) the roster includes... »