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  • Louis Armstrong, Featuring Arvell Shaw: How High The Moon

    Louis Armstrong, Featuring Arvell Shaw: How High The Moon

    Here’s a fantastic video of Louis Armstrong handing the spotlight over to bassist Arvell Shaw for a bass feature on “How High the Moon,” from a 1963 performance in Sydney, Australia. Shaw pulls out all the stops during the nearly 7-minute romp. “Show business,” he says, just before breaking out his bow to play all... »

  • Vulfpeck: 1612

    Vulfpeck: 1612

    Vulfpeck is back with a brand new album, Fugue State – and it is killer. This video features the second track on the album, “1612”. Joe Dart is laying down the killer groove as usual, and singer Antwaun Stanley makes a return appearance. Jack Stratton is on guitar (and composed the tune), Theo Katzman is... »

  • Nik West: Forbidden Fruit, Live

    Nik West: Forbidden Fruit, Live

    Nik West lays it down in this live performance of her song “Forbidden Fruit.” Drawing from R&B and funk, West leads the band on bass and vocals complete with a tasty solo at the three-minute mark. »

  • Thomas Laffont Group: Pop & Slap Blues

    Thomas Laffont Group: Pop & Slap Blues

    Bassist Thomas Laffont sent us this video of his new project. He said he recently finished music school, and that this is his first video project as a band leader, bassist, composer and producer. The tune is “Pop & Slap Blues”, and it sounds like Thomas is off to a fantastic start. The audio for... »

  • Soulive: “Butter Biscuit” with Oteil Burbridge

    Soulive: “Butter Biscuit” with Oteil Burbridge

    In celebration of Oteil Burbridge’s birthday today, here’s a video that shows off his amazing groove and soloing skills. The video was filmed in March, 2010 in Brooklyn. The group described the event this way: “Eric Krasno, Alan Evans and Neal Evans called on a multitude of their closest friends and musical conspirators to join... »

  • Jesús Rico Pérez: The Enormous Room

    Jesús Rico Pérez: The Enormous Room

    Bassist Jesús Rico Pérez is back with another superb Michael Manring cover. This time he takes on “The Enormous Room”, which appeared on Manring’s Thonk. The last time we featured one of Jesús’ Manring covers, we reached out to Michael to get his take. He was impressed. I bet he would be with this one... »

  • Cory Henry and Michael League: “Yesterday” and “Looking Out For Me”

    Cory Henry and Michael League: “Yesterday” and “Looking Out For Me”

    Soul is pouring over in this video of Snarky Puppy members Cory Henry and Michael League playing a workshop at the Escola de Música Luciano Alf in Rio De Janeiro. The duo doesn’t need a drummer to get a fat groove going on the classic Beatles song “Yesterday,” which they later morph into Kirk Franklin’s... »

  • Zander Zon: “Single-Handed” Solo Bass

    Zander Zon: “Single-Handed” Solo Bass

    Last month, Zander Zon sent me a note with some bad news. The talented bassist injured his left hand and could barely move his thumb. At first, he tried to play through it, but decided to stop and take care. He can’t pick up anything with his left hand now, making playing bass impossible. As... »

  • Monty Alexander, John Clayton and Jeff Hamilton: Mojo

    Monty Alexander, John Clayton and Jeff Hamilton: Mojo

    Today is John Clayton’s birthday, and we’re celebrating with one of the bassist’s grooves. Here’s the jazz guru laying it down with Monty Alexander and Jeff Hamilton on the tune “Mojo.” Clayton’s joy for music is infectious. Make sure to check out his solo at the 3:22 mark. Happy birthday, Mr. Clayton! »

  • Jimmi Clarke: Teen Town

    Jimmi Clarke: Teen Town

    Nigel Palmer sent us this video of his musical colleague, bassist Jimmi Clarke performing the Jaco Pastorius tune “Teen Town”. “Jimmi is an established session and live bassist for such luminaries as Gloria Gaynor and Il Divo,” Nigel said. “…and here he makes the Jaco/Weather Report tune ‘Teen Town’ look like a walk in the... »