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  • Aretha Franklin: “Rolling in the Deep/Ain’t No Mountain” Late Show Performance

    Aretha Franklin: “Rolling in the Deep/Ain’t No Mountain” Late Show Performance

    Last night, Aretha Franklin took the stage as musical guest on the Late Show with David Letterman. The Queen of Soul, now 72, sang her version of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” before she and the band segued into “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” The legendary singer was once again backed by Jerry Jemmott, who... »

  • Primus: To Defy the Laws of Tradition, Live 1989

    Primus: To Defy the Laws of Tradition, Live 1989

    Les Claypool has always marched to the beat of his own drum. That’s why we’re celebrating his birthday today with a clip of the trio playing “To Defy the Laws of Tradition” from their 1989 radio performance on Stanford’s KZSU. The video captures the band’s eclectic energy as they start with a spacey atmosphere before... »

  • Federico Malaman: Doctor Mike

    Federico Malaman: Doctor Mike

    Bassist Federico Malaman sent me his brand new video of him doing a cover of a tune by another terrific Italian bassist, Pippo Matino. The tune is “Doctor Mike”, which Pippo wrote as a dedication to guitarist Mike Stern. The first video below is Federico’s cover. The second one is the original. To both I... »

  • Seven7: Free

    Seven7: Free

    British metal outfit Seven7 is gearing up for their upcoming third album, The Follower, which is due in November. Here’s their latest video for “Free,” which features bassist Arran McSporran keeping it heavy on his 6-string fretless. »

  • Victor Wooten Band: 2014 Jazz Series – Live

    Victor Wooten Band: 2014 Jazz Series – Live

    On April 27th, Victor Wooten performed with his band in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia. The lineup included Vic’s brothers Regi (guitar) and Joseph (keys), along with drummer Derico Watson and vocalist Krystal Peterson. The group start things off with Vic’s tune “Brooklyn” from Words and Tones, which they keep as a theme throughout the... »

  • Umphrey’s McGee: Puppet String

    Umphrey’s McGee: Puppet String

    Here’s a great clip of Umphrey’s McGee in the studio performing “Puppet String” from their latest release, Similar Skin. The band builds an atmosphere before bassist Ryan Stasik comes in at the 1:14 mark with a cool slap line that becomes the centerpiece of the song. The band goes on to groove hard on unison... »

  • Postmodern Jukebox with Kate Davis: All About That [Upright] Bass

    Postmodern Jukebox with Kate Davis: All About That [Upright] Bass

    Ever since Meghan Trainor released her single “All About That Bass,” we’ve been getting tons of email and Facebook messages about it. We can certainly appreciate the song’s chorus, “You know I’m all about that bass, no treble.” It has a nice ring to it. Postmodern Jukebox took things a step further with this swing... »

  • Miles Mosley Trio: The Comeback

    Miles Mosley Trio: The Comeback

    Mojave Audio brought Miles Mosley and his trio into the studio to demo their mics, and magic happened. The trio, which also includes drummer Tony Austin and pianist Cameron Graves performed “The Comeback”. Miles is the man. »

  • Hipster Slayer: In Space

    Hipster Slayer: In Space

    The last time we featured bassist Mats Ödahl, he knocked us out with the video of him playing along to a Charlie Parker solo. Mats just shared a new video with us, which is quite different and shows the bassist’s diversity. “I wanted to share a new live-performance video from my Finnish band Hipster Slayer... »

  • Jaco Pastorius: 1976 Montreux Solo

    Jaco Pastorius: 1976 Montreux Solo

    Shortly after Jaco Pastorius joined Weather Report, the band performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival. The date was July 8, 1976. During that performance, Jaco performed a solo piece which included “Portrait of Tracy”. He was just 24 years old at the time of this performance. In honor of the bass legend on the anniversary... »