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  • Royal Blood: Little Monster

    Royal Blood: Little Monster

    Our friend Ian Pettersson sent me this note: “Royal Blood. A two piece band. Bass & drums. Sure what more do you need?” That should do it, Ian! Royal Blood might be a two man band, but they have a huge sound thanks to Mike Kerr, who handles the vocals and plays bass while simultaneously... »

  • Łukasz Adamczyk: Disco of Thoughts

    Łukasz Adamczyk: Disco of Thoughts

    This is only the second time we’ve featured Łukasz Adamczyk, and we can already tell his music is quite diverse. Łukasz sent me this video of his band performing his original tune, “Disco of Thoughts”. The song grabbed me right away with that gnarly growl of his bass. Łukasz also plays keys on the tune... »

  • Mike Frost Band: Come Together/Kashmir

    Mike Frost Band: Come Together/Kashmir

    Mike Frost sent in this awesome video of his band mixing two great classic rock songs with a funky attitude. Frost kicks off “Come Together” with a modified slap version of Paul McCartney’s iconic bass line before the band comes in. The jam evolves into a wild bass solo that Frost then uses to segue... »

  • Amanda Ruzza and Mauricio Zottarelli: No Glasses, Part 2

    Amanda Ruzza and Mauricio Zottarelli: No Glasses, Part 2

    Amanda Ruzza has teamed up with drummer Mauricio Zottarelli for a cool new project aptly called Ruzza/Zottarelli. The duo is releasing Glasses, No Glasses in September. The album also features keyboardist Leo Genovese, who has worked with Esperanza Spalding. All of the tracks were improvised on the spot. “Everything was live, with no overdubs. Only... »

  • Jansen Barbieri Karn: Sleepers Awake

    Jansen Barbieri Karn: Sleepers Awake

    Today we remember the great bassist Mick Karn, on what would have been his 56th birthday. The fretless bass legend passed away on January 4th, 2011. Following the break up of Japan, Karn continued working with keyboardist Richard Barbieri and drummer Steve Jansen on new music. Here they are performing the Barbieri tune, “Sleepers Awake”.... »

  • Jimmy Blanton: Bass Solo on “Sepia Panorama”

    Jimmy Blanton: Bass Solo on “Sepia Panorama”

    Even in the few years he was able to make a name for himself, Jimmy Blanton helped change the face of jazz bass. Blanton, who was cited as an influence by the likes of Ray Brown and Charles Mingus, drove the bass into the spotlight as a viable solo instrument by playing horn-like melodies, but... »

  • Meddy Gerville with Michel Alibo: Té kout anou don

    Meddy Gerville with Michel Alibo: Té kout anou don

    Our good friend Sylvain Gros-Desormeaux keeps us in the loop on some excellent videos I’m afraid we would have otherwise missed. This time around, Sylvain shared this performance by keyboardist Meddy Gerville at ShapeShifter Lab in Brooklyn, along with bassist Michel Alibo and drummer Emmanuel Félicité. Sylvain said Gerville’s group plays “some traditional music from... »

  • That 1 Guy: Live in Kalamazoo

    That 1 Guy: Live in Kalamazoo

    Our friend Cory O’Brien shared this terrific video, setting it up perfectly by saying it “exemplifies the fact that we are limited only by our imagination”. The artist in this video goes by the name That 1 Guy, who averages “150-200 shows a year all over North America and Canada.” The instrument is something That... »

  • Meshell Ndegeocello: Pink Moon

    Meshell Ndegeocello: Pink Moon

    Earlier this year, Meshell Ndegeocello went into The Boombox’s studio for Off the Record. One of the performances of that session was her cover of Nick Drake’s “Pink Moon” – the title track from Drake’s last album. In 1974, Drake committed suicide at the age of 26. During his short career, he wasn’t able to... »

  • John Patitucci, Victor Wooten, Victor Bailey, and Steve Bailey: Double Bass Jam

    John Patitucci, Victor Wooten, Victor Bailey, and Steve Bailey: Double Bass Jam

    We know you love bass like we do, so this one is going to be especially great – at least four times as great. In September, 2013, John Patitucci, Victor Bailey, Steve Bailey and Victor Wooten took the stage at the Berklee Performance Center for this “Double Bass Jam”, along with drummer Derico Watson. The... »