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  • Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and Joe Pass: Oleo

    Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and Joe Pass: Oleo

    Today we’re celebrating the birthday of one of the greats – Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen – who was born on this day in 1946. Here’s the bass great performing “Oleo” with guitarist Joe Pass on October 24, 1992 at the Jazz Baltica festival in Germany. Happy birthday, NHØP. You are missed! »

  • Alex Bershadsky & Rostik Lerman Project: Tango Traumatico

    Alex Bershadsky & Rostik Lerman Project: Tango Traumatico

    If you’re addicted to that fretless “mwah”, then you’re going to want to sit down for this one. Alex Bershadsky teamed up with pianist Rostik Lerman and drummer Shay Sasson to record Lerman’s composition “Tango Traumatico” and it’s got tons of creamy bass tone. The trio gets into a great tango groove with solid foundation... »

  • Mike Frost Band and FSO: Astral Dance

    Mike Frost Band and FSO: Astral Dance

    Mike Frost stepped things up this year with a stellar collaboration with the Florence Symphony Orchestra. The bassist performed his work “Astral Dance” with his band plus the entire orchestra to create a huge and engrossing musical experience. Starting with the strings, the tune starts almost as a lullaby that Frost puts a melody on.... »

  • Coffee Break Grooves: Marcelo Yakko Jam

    Coffee Break Grooves: Marcelo Yakko Jam

    The music of bassist Marcelo Yakko is on heavy rotation in my library. I just spotted this great video of him jamming along to one of the Coffee Break Grooves backing tracks, and it knocked me out like so much of his music. Marcelo is jamming to the track “Chill 1-2”, which you can get... »

  • Carlos Santana/Wayne Shorter Group: Deeper Dig Deeper (Live, 1988)

    Carlos Santana/Wayne Shorter Group: Deeper Dig Deeper (Live, 1988)

    Here’s a great old clip of the Carlos Santana/Wayne Shorter Group performing the Santana tune “Deeper, Dig Deeper” at Pori Jazz in 1988. Laying down the groove is the one and only Alphonso Johnson. Such great footage. »

  • Rush: Working Man (Live, 1974)

    Rush: Working Man (Live, 1974)

    In April 1974, Rush took the stage at the Laura Secord Secondary School in St. Catharines. Here’s a clip of the band performing “Working Man”, which includes John Rutsey on drums (who was replaced by Neil Peart just a few months later) and Geddy Lee rocking a P-bass. The tape of this concert was found... »

  • Motörhead: Overkill, Live 2015

    Motörhead: Overkill, Live 2015

    We may have lost Lemmy, but his music will live on. The remaining members of Motörhead are gearing up to release a live album called Clean Your Clock, featuring one of the band’s final performances together at the Zenith in Munich, Germany. This concert, which took place just over a month before Lemmy’s passing, is... »

  • King Crimson: Thela Hun Ginjeet (Live, 1984)

    King Crimson: Thela Hun Ginjeet (Live, 1984)

    I’ve been on a King Crimson – and Tony Levin – kick lately, which brought me to binge watching a ton of videos of the band. Here’s a 1984 performance of “Thela Hun Ginjeet”, with Levin’s tremendous bass line for you to enjoy. »

  • Dennis Chambers: Fall Out

    Dennis Chambers: Fall Out

    Dennis Chambers recorded his album in 2013 with an impressive line up of musicians. Among the tunes on that album is “Fall Out”, which features a nice groove thanks to Chambers and bassist Rossana Nicolosi. »

  • Alasdair McLachlan: Vulfpeck’s “Conscious Club” Bass Playthrough and Transcription

    Alasdair McLachlan: Vulfpeck’s “Conscious Club” Bass Playthrough and Transcription

    Alasdair McLachlan shared this video and transcription with us of Vulfpeck’s tune “Conscious Club”, which appeared on the band’s 2015 release, Thill of the Arts. “I’m sure we all have a mutual love of Vulfpeck and Joe Dart,” he shared. “This one was a challenge to learn. Joe Dart is groovy and lightning fast, this... »