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  • JoStLe Live: Lee Sklar, Steve Bailey and Jonas Hellborg

    JoStLe Live: Lee Sklar, Steve Bailey and Jonas Hellborg

    During the 2012 Musikmesse show, bassists Lee Sklar, Steve Bailey and Jonas Hellborg took the stage, along with drummer Chester Thompson. Bass awesomeness ensued. The song was written by Sklar and Bailey, who hadn’t named it yet (maybe you can suggest a name in the comments for them). »

  • Steps Ahead with Richard Bona & Mike Stern: Jazz Vitoria Live (2005)

    Steps Ahead with Richard Bona & Mike Stern: Jazz Vitoria Live (2005)

    Steps Ahead took the stage at the 2005 Jazz Vitoria with Richard Bona and Mike Stern, and performed some amazing music, like this. The band also features Bill Evans on sax, Mike Mainieri on vibraphone and Steve Smith on drums. Enjoy. »

  • Geddy Lee Interview: Clockwork Angels, Writing, Touring and Breaking Through

    Geddy Lee Interview: Clockwork Angels, Writing, Touring and Breaking Through

    Rush’s new label, Road Runner Records, recently interviewed bassist Geddy Lee to coincide with the trio’s latest album, Clockwork Angels. Geddy shares the story behind the album, his thoughts on the band’s Time Machine tour, writing music and breaking through as a musician. I was surprised to hear Geddy share that he had some real... »

  • John Scofield with Gary Grainger and Dennis Chambers: “Pick Hits”, Live

    John Scofield with Gary Grainger and Dennis Chambers: “Pick Hits”, Live

    Here’s a winning formula for you: let bassist Gary Grainger and drummer Dennis Chambers back you up. That’s exactly what John Scofield did for this live performance. Holy smokes. »

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  • Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay: Bass & Vocal Arrangement

    Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay: Bass & Vocal Arrangement

    There’s tap, there’s solo bass arrangements, and then there’s this. Bassist Wes Sperry arranged Otis Redding’s classic “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay” for bass and vocals fitting to the original. He even has the whistling part in there! It isn’t how many notes you can play. It is just finding the right ones. »

  • Evan Marien and Dana Hawkins: “Hiii”, Live

    Evan Marien and Dana Hawkins: “Hiii”, Live

    I’ve always enjoyed Evan Marien’s “Hiii”, a track from his Here We Are EP, though I wondered how it could be pulled off live. I can now cross that off the list. Here’s Evan with drummer Dana Hawkins (who is awesome, btw), performing the tune live at Matt Garrison’s Shapeshifter Lab in New York. »

  • Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes: Isolated Bass & Vocals

    Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes: Isolated Bass & Vocals

    Our Facebook friend Leon Wilson shared this alternate track with us, featuring the isolated bass work of Bakithi Kumalo on Paul Simon’s hit, “Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes”. Yep, this is all that’s needed. Bakithi holds down so much at once, yet without sounding like he’s doing too much. Genius at work. »

  • Billy Cobham Group: Red Baron (Live, 2002)

    Billy Cobham Group: Red Baron (Live, 2002)

    As bassists, we love when there’s a great drummer by our side. (And the opposite is among the worst experiences in life.) We should all be so lucky to stand next to one of the all-time greats: drummer Billy Cobham. In this live performance in 2002, Cobham’s group took the stage to perform “Red Baron”.... »

  • Frank Zappa: San Ber’dino and Black Napkins Live (1977)

    Frank Zappa: San Ber’dino and Black Napkins Live (1977)

    Frank Zappa’s 1977 Baby Snakes tour included this Halloween concert at New York City’s Palladium Theater. In typical fashion, the band is made up of a bunch of all-stars. Anchoring the band (when he’s not doubling the guitar riffs) is bassist Patrick O’Hearn. The line-up also includes Terry Bozzio, Adrian Belew, Tommy Mars, Peter Wolf... »

  • Hadrien Feraud: NAMM Jam with David Haynes and Randy Emata

    Hadrien Feraud: NAMM Jam with David Haynes and Randy Emata

    Our friend Sylvain Gros-Desormeaux sent this video to us saying, “this is sick bass!!” Of course, we pretty much knew that as soon as we saw Hadrien Feraud’s name attached to it. Filmed during the 2012 Winter NAMM show, here’s Hadrien performing with David “Fingers” Haynes and Randy Emata. Enjoy. »