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  • Chris Brubeck’s Triple Play: New Stew, Opus 2

    Chris Brubeck’s Triple Play: New Stew, Opus 2

    A friend sent in this video of bassist Chris Brubeck and his trio Triple Play performing their song “New Stew, Opus 2” live. Brubeck, whose father was jazz legend Dave Brubeck, brings a bubbly funk groove on his modded fretless Rickenbacker. The fun in the group’s playing is infectious. You’ll be bobbing your head to... »

  • Marco Morandi: Integral’s “Realm Of Atlantis” Playthrough

    Marco Morandi: Integral’s “Realm Of Atlantis” Playthrough

    We featured the SiC Instruments Madness 6-string fretless as a bass of the week in December, and it was a fan favorite. Luthier Simon Calabrese followed up by sending us this video of Integral’s Marco Morandi using the bass to play through their song “Realm of Atlantis.” The song is straight tech metal, but takes... »

  • Michael Whittaker and the Bottom 40 Band: Workin’ Day and Night

    Michael Whittaker and the Bottom 40 Band: Workin’ Day and Night

    The recent wave of reharmonized pop tunes has led to some really great music. Here’s keyboardist Michael Whittaker and the Bottom 40 Band – and featuring bassist Adam Nitti – performing an updated version of Michael Jackson’s “Workin Day and Night.” Nitti gets a huge tone to fill out the bottom end while syncing up... »

  • Weather Report with Alphonso Johnson: Badia/Boogie Woogie Waltz and Mysterious Traveller (Live, 1975)

    Weather Report with Alphonso Johnson: Badia/Boogie Woogie Waltz and Mysterious Traveller (Live, 1975)

    One of the major highlights for me at the 2015 NAMM Show was finally getting the chance to meet the great Alphonso Johnson. Alphonso deserves way more credit than I think he gets – in my opinion and many others. Going back through the wealth of music he’s been a part of just offers up... »

  • Scott Varney: Wanting and Waiting

    Scott Varney: Wanting and Waiting

    Scott Varney has a knack of writing and performing tunes with a great, chill vibe. The talented bassist recently decided to submit a performance of one of his recent songs to NPR for their “Tiny Desk” series. “The only rules were you needed to record an original song at a desk (any desk),” Scott told... »

  • Project RnL with Or Lubianiker: Twisted Truth

    Project RnL with Or Lubianiker: Twisted Truth

    I’ve run into bassist Or Lubianiker a few times during the NAMM Show and Bass Bash. He’s always been one of our favorite bass players around here, now he’s one of our favorite humans. Or just shared the latest from Project RnL – an ambitious band with a ton of talent. This is “Twisted Truth”,... »

  • No-Metric: Risk Factor

    No-Metric: Risk Factor

    Brazilian fusion trio No-Metric is back at it with a new video for their song “Risk Factor.” Anchored by bassist Fernando Molinari, the song keeps you on edge with a mix of heavy riffs and ear bending harmonies. Molinari takes a ridiculous solo starting at the 2:04 mark with some insane tapping and lightning fast... »

  • Craig Butterfield and Jesse Jones: Gas Station

    Craig Butterfield and Jesse Jones: Gas Station

    We’ve featured plenty of great videos from Craig Butterfield over the years, so when the double bassist sends an email I get excited. This video is a bit of a different context from his previous ones and showcases Butterfield in a duo with mandolinist Jesse Jones on the tune “Gas Station.” The duo find a... »

  • Akiko Yano with Anthony Jackson: Water Ways Flow Backward Again

    Akiko Yano with Anthony Jackson: Water Ways Flow Backward Again

    Anthony Jackson is an absolute master of the bass. Besides creating some of the most memorable bass lines ever, he has deeply explored harmony and timbre on the instrument. Here’s a jaw-dropping performance of “Water Ways Flow Backward Again” with pianist Akiko Yano and drummer Cliff Almond from 1999 that proves the depth of his... »

  • Alex Webster: Conquering Dystopia’s “Kufra at Dusk” Playthrough

    Alex Webster: Conquering Dystopia’s “Kufra at Dusk” Playthrough

    I love bass playthroughs. So when death metal king Alex Webster posted a new video, I dropped everything to watch it. The clip shows Webster tearing through “Kufra at Dusk” from metal supergroup Conquering Dystopia’s debut album last year. From killer tone to monster riffs, this has it all. Buckle up. »