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  • Jaco Documentary and Soundtrack Get November Release Date

    Jaco Documentary and Soundtrack Get November Release Date

    Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo’s documentary about legendary bassist Jaco Pastorius, “JACO,” has a release date — Nov. 27. The film will be available as video on demand, streaming, as a digital download, and on DVD/Blu-ray. The film’s soundtrack, Jaco: Original Soundtrack will be released on the same day, which is Record Store Day and Black... »

  • Nathan East Helps Define “The New Cool”

    Nathan East Helps Define “The New Cool”

    Fourplay bandmates, keyboardist Bob James and bassist Nathan East, have released an album as a duo: The New Cool. The Nashville-recorded album featuring original tunes and some standards (even a take on “Crazy” featuring Vince Gill) is a whirlwind of delights from the bandmates of more than 20 years. East and James are particularly fond... »

  • New Set Compiles Yearly Grateful Dead Live Performances

    New Set Compiles Yearly Grateful Dead Live Performances

    Even though bandleader Jerry Garcia passed away 20 years ago, The Grateful Dead, in the midst of celebrating its 50th anniversary, still has something special to give — part of its past. The four CD set, 30 Trips Around the Sun: The Definitive Live Story, serves as an introduction to the legendary live performances from... »

  • Christian McBride Trio Releases Live Set from Legendary Club

    Christian McBride Trio Releases Live Set from Legendary Club

    Virtuoso bassist Christian McBride is well known for his residencies at New York City’s The Village Vanguard jazz club, where he has played as a bandleader since 1995. The club is a legendary one, and McBride acknowledges its history. “You feel Coltrane hovering in the vortex. You feel Monk hovering in the vortex. Miles Davis,... »

  • Bassists Converge on Metal Allegiance Album

    Bassists Converge on Metal Allegiance Album

    Metal Allegiance’s self-titled debut album, featuring some prominent metal bassists, has arrived. The core group includes Megadeth bassist David Ellefson and songwriter/bassist Mark Menghi, drummer Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, The Winery Dogs) and guitarist Alex Skolnick (Testament). The metal supergroup pulled in some bass heavyweights for a little extra thunder. Rex Brown (Pantera/Kill Devil Hill)... »

  • Rush’s “Exit… Stage Left” Released in Vinyl Reissue Series

    Rush’s “Exit… Stage Left” Released in Vinyl Reissue Series

    The year of Rush vinyl reissues from the trio’s Mercury Records era continues with the two-LP live album from 1981, Exit… Stage Left. The album, recorded during the Moving Pictures tour, is an impressive live package from bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee, drummer/lyricist Neil Peart, and guitarist Alex Lifeson, featuring “The Spirit of Radio,” “Closer to the... »

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  • John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension Release “Black Light”

    John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension Release “Black Light”

    Guitarist John McLaughlin and his band the 4th Dimension, featuring Etienne Mbappe (solo, Ultramarine, Zawinul Syndicate) on bass. has released Black Light, an album of eight original tunes. According to McLaughlin, the album “has opened a portal that is neither jazz nor rock, nor Indian nor blues, and yet all of these: it’s an open... »

  • David Gilmour Releases Solo Album, Plays Bass on Several Tracks

    David Gilmour Releases Solo Album, Plays Bass on Several Tracks

    David Gilmour, best known as guitarist/vocalist for legendary rock band Pink Floyd, has released his fourth solo album, Rattle That Lock, which he co-produced with Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera. Gilmour handles bass on four tracks, while Guy Pratt (session bassist and son-in-law of late Pink Floyd keyboardist Richard Wright) plays on two and double... »

  • Duran Duran Works with More Collaborators Than Ever on “Paper Gods”

    Duran Duran Works with More Collaborators Than Ever on “Paper Gods”

    Duran Duran, famed for its 80s pop stardom, 90s resurgence, and love of art rock and Chic, has released its 14th studio album, Paper Gods. Bassist John Taylor told San Francisco’s Radio Alice that the album’s title refers to the “temporary obsessions” most people are guilty of indulging. He also said that work on the... »

  • Black Sabbath Announces “The End” Farewell Tour

    Black Sabbath Announces “The End” Farewell Tour

    One of the greatest metal bands of all time will finally come to an end next year. Black Sabbath have announced “The End Tour”, a worldwide farewell tour that they say will be their final performances ever. The band, which reformed with its original members in 2011, is also rumored to release their 20th and... »