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  • Jason Newsted: Bass Solo with Kirk Hammett

    Jason Newsted: Bass Solo with Kirk Hammett

    Here’s a clip of Jason Newsted during his time with Metallica from the Cunning Stunts DVD. Jason starts with a little bass solo doodle before he is joined by guitarist Kirk Hammett on duet renditions of the songs “My Friend of Misery,” “Sanitarium,” and finally “Nothing Else Matters.” »

  • Divinity Roxx Bass Solo

    Divinity Roxx Bass Solo

    Divinity Roxx, who got her big break touring with Victor Wooten, shows off her bass skills on The Beyoncé Experience – Live! DVD by playing through a medley of classic hip-hop and R&B tunes, wrapping up with some solo bass and stage antics. Divinity is the musical director for Beyonce’s band, Suga Mama. »

  • Bobby Vega Bass Solo

    Bobby Vega Bass Solo

    Here’s a clip featuring some beautiful and funky playing by San Francisco native Bobby Vega (with one sweet bass). Bobby has played with top names on the West Coast, including Tower of Power, Jerry Garcia, and Booker T. »

  • Stu Hamm: “Going to California” Live Solo Bass Performance

    Stu Hamm: “Going to California” Live Solo Bass Performance

    Stu Hamm’s take on the Led Zeppelin classic, “Going to California.” [Editor's note: check out our transcription of this performance.] »

  • James Genus with the Brecker Brothers: “Harpoon” Solo

    James Genus with the Brecker Brothers: “Harpoon” Solo

    Here’s a clip of James Genus’ bass solo to open up the Randy Brecker tune, “Harpoon”. The performance comes from a date with the Brecker Brothers in Madrid, Spain in 1994. »

  • Dave Holland Quintet: Metamorphos Live (2002)

    Dave Holland Quintet: Metamorphos Live (2002)

    On the tune “Metamorphos”, Dave Holland and his quintet show an unstoppable stream of ideas that eventually change styles by the end of the song. The clip is from the 2002 Newport Jazz Festival, and includes some commentary by Dave himself about midway through the piece. »

  • Primus: Tommy The Cat on Jimmy Kimmel Live

    Primus: Tommy The Cat on Jimmy Kimmel Live

    Primus made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel live last week. Here’s Les Claypool and company performing “Tommy the Cat” on the show. »

  • Mike Flynn: Wah Bass Funk Loop

    Mike Flynn: Wah Bass Funk Loop

    Here’s a funky jam by bassist Mike Flynn, with a little help from his EBS Wah One Pedal and Boss RC2 looper. If you dig this, check out Mike’s album, Homespun. »

  • Larry Graham: Live Bass Solo (Graham Central Station – 1996)

    Larry Graham: Live Bass Solo (Graham Central Station – 1996)

    Larry Graham gets down and dirty in this performance with Graham Central Station in Germany from 1996, flipping between a nasty distorted solo style and a clean funky slap with some singing mixed in. Don’t let Armageddon catch y’all sleepin’. »

  • Flashback: Metallica Bass Auditions with Robert Trujillo

    Flashback: Metallica Bass Auditions with Robert Trujillo

    This is a cool documentary clip showing the process Metallica went through to replace Jason Newsted, who left the band. In the clip, bassists making appearances include Scott Reeder (Kyuss), Jeordie White, aka Twiggy Ramirez (A Perfect Circle, Marilyn Manson), Pepper Keenan (Corrosion of Conformity), Chris Wyse (The Cult) Eric Avery (Alanis Morissette, Jane’s Addiction)... »