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  • Pablo Elorza: “Havona” Lesson and Analysis

    Pablo Elorza: “Havona” Lesson and Analysis

    Bassist Pablo Elorza has started a new series on YouTube he’s calling “Deep Into Electric Bass Classics” with the infamous Jaco Pastorius tune “Havona.” Elorza rips through the tune, then breaks it all down for everyone trying to learn. He speaks in Spanish, but don’t worry, there are English subtitles for his in-depth analysis. Time... »

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  • Peter Kastner: Nardis

    Peter Kastner: Nardis

    Alistair Lasken sent in this video of Peter Kastner playing a funky version of the jazz standard “Nardis.” Peter has a simple drum track to accompany him and his Rob Allen MB-2 fretless bass. (Check out our Bass of the Week feature on the MB-2.) »

  • NHØP and Tania Maria: Baião Improvisado

    NHØP and Tania Maria: Baião Improvisado

    Here’s an incredibly energetic duet by Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and pianist Tania Maria. NHØP is in his usual top-notch form with ridiculous speed and agility. Check out his masterful right hand technique at the 2:12 mark, and then be ready to want to practice. »

  • Avishai Cohen Trio: Remembering

    Avishai Cohen Trio: Remembering

    It’s a very rainy day here today, and this tune seems to fit perfectly. Of course, any time we feature Avishai Cohen is a good day to us. Here’s Avishai with his trio, performing the tune “Remembering”. Avishai really starts getting down around the 2:25 mark! »

  • Aquarium Rescue Unit with Oteil Burbridge: Search Yourself

    Aquarium Rescue Unit with Oteil Burbridge: Search Yourself

    We’ve been really stoked about interviewing Oteil Burbridge, so I’ve been watching tons of videos of him. Check out this one of him playing “Search Yourself” with the Aquarium Rescue Unit, live at the Jacksonville Jazzfest. Burbridge really brings the band together and gets some time to shine by vocalizing his solo spots. »

  • Ted “Blyss” Gould: “People Make the World Go Round” All Bass & Drums Cover

    Ted “Blyss” Gould: “People Make the World Go Round” All Bass & Drums Cover

    Philadelphia soul groups always hit the spot with me, so when Ted “Blyss” Gould, sent in his all bass cover of “People Make the World Go Round” by the Stylistics, I was sold. Enlisting the help of drummer Dante “Taz” Roberson, Blyss shows up in triplicate in the video playing the bass line, melody, and... »

  • Groove Spoon: Barney Miller Theme Bass Jam

    Groove Spoon: Barney Miller Theme Bass Jam

    I spent some time working out the bass line to Vulpeck’s awesome “It Gets Funkier”, which of course was recorded by the excellent Joe Dart. Which led me to searching for more stuff by Joe. Which brought me to this awesomeness: a bass duet of the Barney Miller theme. Joe is joined by Jack Stratton,... »

  • Serino Gianni: Fuga Occulta

    Serino Gianni: Fuga Occulta

    Here’s another mind-blowing video by Italian bassist Serino Gianni, who takes a stab at Bach’s world of counterpoint with a composition for two basses. Gianni plays each part on separate sides of the screen with incredible precision and musicality. This one takes a few views, because you’ll be looking back and forth at the different... »

  • Tribal Tech: Face First, Live

    Tribal Tech: Face First, Live

    Holy smokes, I never get tired of Gary Willis‘ bass playing, even with the stuff he recorded almost 20 years ago. Here’s Willis laying it down with Tribal Tech, with Scott Henderson on guitar, Scott Kinsey on keyboards and Kirk Covington on drums. The quartet is playing “Face First,” the title track from Tribal Tech’s... »

  • Tom Tom Club: Genius of Love

    Tom Tom Club: Genius of Love

    I’ve been hooked on listening to Tom Tom Club lately, after the news of their new album coming out this month. A splinter group of The Talking Heads, the band was formed by bassist Tina Weymouth and drummer Chris Frantz in 1981. “Genius of Love” is not only a huge hit for them, but its... »