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  • 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... »

  • Davie504: 100 Bass Line Medley

    Davie504: 100 Bass Line Medley

    This video has been making the rounds, and for good reason. Bassist Davie504 made this incredible medley of 100 of the most popular bass lines of all time. “I chose and played 100 Great and Famous Bass Lines which, in my opinion, every bass player should know!” the bassist writes. “These bass lines helped me... »

  • Adrian Belew Power Trio: Three Of A Perfect Pair

    Adrian Belew Power Trio: Three Of A Perfect Pair

    We’ve heard Julie Slick has a new album out (more on that very soon). That reminded us of our first experience hearing Julie, with the Adrian Belew Power Trio back in 2008. The trio at that time also included Julie’s brother Eric Slick. Here they are performing the King Crimson tune “Three of a Perfect... »

  • Funk Brothers with Bob Babbitt: “Mercy Mercy Me”, Live 2004

    Funk Brothers with Bob Babbitt: “Mercy Mercy Me”, Live 2004

    Today we’re remembering the legendary bassist Bob Babbitt, who passed away two years ago on July 16, 2012. After playing on over 200 Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 hits, it’s safe to say that he will never be forgotten. Here’s a video of Babbitt performing “Mercy Mercy Me” at the 2004 Montreal Jazz Festival with... »

  • Oceakyl: Visions?

    Oceakyl: Visions?

    Emeline Fougeray is one of two bassists in Oceakyl, a band started by the group’s other bassist, Olivier Carole. Emeline sent me this video of their tune “Visions?”, which offers up a ton of bass goodness. Emeline holds down the low end while Olivier plays the melody. The trio also includes drummer Mogan Cornebert. »

  • Scott Varney: Slow Down

    Scott Varney: Slow Down

    Here’s an example of a singer/songwriter doing it right. The very talented Scott Varney builds his song “Slow Down” all by himself with a bass, a djembe, his voice and a looper. After getting a serious groove and sweet backup vocals going, Varney adds his lyrics overtop while comping chords on his bass. Make sure... »

  • Ben Harper with Jesse Ingalls & Relentless7: By My Side

    Ben Harper with Jesse Ingalls & Relentless7: By My Side

    I’ve been spinning Ben Harper’s latest album – and his first collaboration with his mother Ellen – a lot lately. That album features Jesse Ingalls on double bass, who is part of Harper’s Relentless7 band. Here’s Ben with Ingalls and Relentless7 performing “By My Side” live the Machine Shop. Dig Ingalls’ Ric, and that sweet... »

  • Andrew Workman: Playthrough of Taken By The Tide’s “Long Pig”

    Andrew Workman: Playthrough of Taken By The Tide’s “Long Pig”

    Here’s another great metal bass play-through from Taken by the Tide’s Andrew Workman, who demonstrates how to play their song “Long Pig.” The track comes from their latest EP, Hands of Spite. Workman uses a healthy mix of fingerstyle, slapping, and tapping to get lots of textures out of his 7-string AC Guitars bass. »

  • Rufus Reid’s Out Front Trio: Come Rain or Come Shine

    Rufus Reid’s Out Front Trio: Come Rain or Come Shine

    Rufus Reid has a vibe on bass that will fill an entire room. Check out this video of his Out Front trio performing the jazz standard “Come Rain or Come Shine” live at Dizzy’s and you’ll see what I mean. Reid’s distinct tone and cooler-than-cool phrasing sets the tone as he plays the melody and... »

  • Carol Kaye Gives Gene Simmons a Bass Lesson

    Carol Kaye Gives Gene Simmons a Bass Lesson

    Here’s something I never thought I’d see. Studio legend Carol Kaye gave KISS bassist Gene Simmons an impromptu bass lesson at Sunset Sound studios in Hollywood, and luckily cameras were rolling to catch it. The clip is an outtake from the 2012 documentary . After showing off a few licks, Simmons points out a particular... »