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  • Groove – Episode #24: Doug Wimbish

    Groove – Episode #24: Doug Wimbish

    Here’s the funny thing about a great bass line. It creeps up on you. You find yourself humming it. The song won’t get out of your head for days. Sometimes, you’re humming it aloud. Often, it becomes an earworm for someone else. They’re either thankful for this or – more often than not – they... »

  • Groove – Episode #23: Rudy Sarzo

    Groove – Episode #23: Rudy Sarzo

    I’m a child of the eighties. Well, the seventies, too, but I cut my musical taste in the early eighties onwards. One of the most pivotal moments in music for me was the 1983 US Festival. The metal day, in particular. I can troll YouTube and watch videos from that day, and it still sends... »

  • Groove – Episode #22: Bryan Beller

    Groove – Episode #22: Bryan Beller

    He could have one of the most fascinating careers as a bass player. It’s not that he’s played in classic bands during the sixties. He hasn’t. It’s not that he was around to see (and played) during the formative years, as the electric bass took hold. He has not. Bryan Beller is a bass player... »

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  • Groove – Episode #21: Tim Lefebvre

    Groove – Episode #21: Tim Lefebvre

    There are bass players who are able to cross musical genres, but few do it as well as Tim Lefebvre. His playing consistently demonstrates an uncanny ability to adapt to a wide range of different styles. It may well be the exact reason why David Bowie chose Tim to play on his final studio album,... »

  • Groove – Episode #20: Miroslav Vitous

    Groove – Episode #20: Miroslav Vitous

    Miroslav Vitous. A legendary musician. A true innovator of the bass. Those are facts. Vitous attended the Prague Conservatory (where he played with Jan Hammer long before either of them were stars), which led him to Berklee College of Music. In the mid sixties Miroslav moved to New York, and found himself in the middle... »

  • Groove – Episode #19: Rhonda Smith

    Groove – Episode #19: Rhonda Smith

    In 1996, bass player Rhonda Smith did something that few musicians can ever lay claim to. She joined Prince’s astounding backing band, The New Power Generation. The years, miles and practice that brought her to this moment cannot be underestimated. Getting on Prince’s radar is tough enough. Getting a place in this ferocious musical tsunami... »

  • Groove – Episode #18: Arthur Barrow

    Groove – Episode #18: Arthur Barrow

    There’s crazy stories and then there’s really crazy stories. The timeline of Arthur Barrow’s success falls into the “really crazy story” category (without question). Barrow – a young musician trying to find his way – decides to teach himself the electric bass in 1974 while attending the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. He... »

  • Groove – Episode #17: Tony Levin

    Groove – Episode #17: Tony Levin

    Tony Levin is a bass specialist. Pure, simple and rhythmic. Bass players know how hard it is to find one’s voice. Levin has not only found his voice, but a very distinct sound, playing style and groove, whether he’s playing electric, upright or the Chapman Stick. It would be easy to lump him into the... »

  • Groove – Episode #16: Jack Casady

    Groove – Episode #16: Jack Casady

    Take one second, head over to Google Images and do a search for Jack Casady. A life in images. That’s not Photoshop. That’s him. A lifetime of electric bass history and evolution all rolled up into this individual who played for Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna and more. He’s – rightfully – in the Rock n’... »

  • Groove – Episode #15: Divinity Roxx

    Groove – Episode #15: Divinity Roxx

    Who is Divinity Roxx? Musician? Bassist? Rapper? Singer? Producer? Performer? Composer? Musical director? Much more. Divinity Roxx is a true artist. The electric bass is her tool to get her message out. She mixes and crosses genres (from rock to rap to funk to jazz). She was both the bassist and Musical Director for Beyonce... »