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  • Andrea Lombardini: Brian Eno’s “By This River” for Solo Bass

    Andrea Lombardini: Brian Eno’s “By This River” for Solo Bass

    I’m on a bit of a solo bass kick lately, in case you didn’t notice. And in a mellow mood today. This video served up the perfect combo. Andrea Lombardini took Brian Eno’s “By This River” and arranged it for solo bass, with the help of some “bottle neck” styling, thanks to a glass he... »

  • Huw Foster: Coldplay’s “Trouble” Bass and Vocals Cover

    Huw Foster: Coldplay’s “Trouble” Bass and Vocals Cover

    I love Huw Foster’s approach to solo bass arrangements. Here’s another great example of his playing and musicianship on this bass-focused version of Coldplay’s “Trouble”. Huw is joined by Joe Jacquest on vocals. »

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  • Crash Kings: Hey Bulldog

    Crash Kings: Hey Bulldog

    It has been nearly two years since we first featured the band known as the Crash Kings. We were immediately drawn in by their story first, and then the music made us big time fans. Bassist Mike Beliveau and his brother Tony (keyboards and vocals), formed this band to create a big rock sound without... »

  • Fabienne Gilbert: “Come On Come Over” Bass Play-Along

    Fabienne Gilbert: “Come On Come Over” Bass Play-Along

    We don’t feature a ton of bass play-alongs here, but when Francis Allen shared this one, it was too darn funky to ignore. Here’s Fabienne Gilbert laying it down on Jaco Pastorius’ fun and funky tune, “Come On Come Over”. »

  • Cream: I’m So Glad (1968)

    Cream: I’m So Glad (1968)

    Today is Jack Bruce‘s 70th birthday, so we’re celebrating with some old school Cream. This footage of the tune “I’m So Glad” is from Cream’s “final farewell” tour in November, 1968. The extended solo break features some great bass by Jack, and lots of focus on his playing. Happy birthday, Jack! »

  • Adam Ben Ezra: “Dear Prudence” Bass Cover

    Adam Ben Ezra: “Dear Prudence” Bass Cover

    Adam Ben Ezra doesn’t need a lot to produce his music. But he does an awful lot, in a most impressive way. Here’s Adam taking on the Beatles’ “Dear Prudence” with his upright bass, a loop recorder and his voice… live. »

  • Cheikh Ndoye Project: Below Level

    Cheikh Ndoye Project: Below Level

    Having more than one bass in a band has been done many times before but when it happens, it’s often with the purpose of highlighting one of the basses as a solo instrument. In this video it’s more about the groove as bassist and leading man Cheikh Ndoye shares the bass role with David Segal. »

  • Jesús Rico Pérez: “Reproches” for Solo Bass

    Jesús Rico Pérez: “Reproches” for Solo Bass

    Bassist Jesús Rico Pérez shared this solo bass performance of this tune, “Reproches”. He asked us: “what do you think, is it good?” We thought it was fantastic, and we’re happy to share it with you. Jesús performs it on his 5-string bass with piccolo strings and alternate tuning (from low to high: G, Bb,... »

  • James Brown with Bootsy Collins: Brother Rapp (Paris, 1971)

    James Brown with Bootsy Collins: Brother Rapp (Paris, 1971)

    Here’s some terrific old school music for you, with an 18 year old Bootsy Collins laying it down for James Brown. This performance of “Brother Rapp” was filmed in 1971, like another video we featured of The Godfather of Soul with Bootsy from the same year. »

  • Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen: Autumn Leaves

    Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen: Autumn Leaves

    Every time I watch or listen to NHØP, I have to stop everything else I’m doing. His jaw-dropping virtuosity and sheer technicality is unmatched. Here’s an awesome clip of the Great Dane ripping up the jazz standard “Autumn Leaves”. He starts the song off with a tip of the hat to Jaco Pastorius by playing... »