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  • Josh Cohen: Solo Bass Arrangement of “Chameleon”

    Josh Cohen: Solo Bass Arrangement of “Chameleon”

    Here is a video that will freak you out musically and visually. Josh Cohen created a beautiful, funky arrangement of Herbie Hancock’s “Chameleon,” and decided to do something a little different for the video. The bassist is clad in an all white suit and moves erratically to emphasize parts of the song. While the visual... »

  • Rinat Ibragimov: Bach Cello Suite No. 3, 5. Bourrée

    Rinat Ibragimov: Bach Cello Suite No. 3, 5. Bourrée

    Bach may have written suites for cello, but they sound just as fantastic on the bass. In fact, this third suite is often used as solo material for classical bassists. Here’s the London Symphony Orchestra’s principal bassist Rinat Ibragimov performing the fifth movement of Bach’s Cello Suite No. 3. His mastery of the instrument is... »

  • Spare Parts: D to B

    Spare Parts: D to B

    At this year’s NAMM show, I ran into Spare Parts bassist Colin Scott. Colin said they were working on new videos, which got all of us excited here at NT HQ. Here’s one of those videos by the band, with Rajiv Halim joining in on tenor sax. These guys are as funky and old school... »

  • Umphrey’s McGee: I Want You (She’s So Heavy)

    Umphrey’s McGee: I Want You (She’s So Heavy)

    Umphrey’s McGee has a new album coming out in April. The London Session was recorded in one day in Studio 2 at Abbey Road. So it was fitting that they covered “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)”, which appeared on the Beatles’ album Abbey Road. Ryan Stasik lays down some nice bass on the track... »

  • The Ubass Ambassadors: Mr Z

    The Ubass Ambassadors: Mr Z

    Magnus Sjöquist sent me a note announcing a new Ubass video as well as the “world premiere of The Ubass Ambassadors aka UBASSadors…” Joining Magnus on this tune is fellow bassist Armin Alic. The two met at Musikmesse in 2013 and quickly became friends. They were playing around with a chord progression over a drum... »

  • Esperanza Spalding: Smile Like That (Live)

    Esperanza Spalding: Smile Like That (Live)

    Esperanza Spalding always seems to deliver as close to perfection as it gets in her live performances. Here she is performing “Smile Like That” at Jazz à Vienne in 2012. So so good. »

  • Jojo Mayer & Nerve, Featuring John Davis: Live in Europe

    Jojo Mayer & Nerve, Featuring John Davis: Live in Europe

    We don’t often feature full sets of music, but when John Davis sent us this video of Nerve performing live in Europe, I couldn’t stop watching. The band – which also features drummer Jojo Mayer, keyboardist Jacob Bergson, and effects specialist Aaron Nevezie – mixes the formats of programmed electronic music styles with live instruments... »

  • Mike Frost Band: Armando’s Rhumba

    Mike Frost Band: Armando’s Rhumba

    Mike Frost sent us this great clip of his band performing the classic Chick Corea tune, “Armando’s Rhumba.” Taken from a performance at the Shapeshifer Lab in Brooklyn, the band is cooking with some Latin flavor. Frost gets a warm sound from his fretless to pin the band together. “The video is showing my new... »

  • Katie Thiroux: “Oh, What A Beautiful Morning” & “Ray’s Kicks”

    Katie Thiroux: “Oh, What A Beautiful Morning” & “Ray’s Kicks”

    There’s a new name in the world of double bass we think you’ll be hearing a lot: Katie Thiroux. A student of John Clayton and Jeff Hamilton, Thiroux has an essence on the double bass that recalls the bluesy, soulful, straight-ahead style of Ray Brown while expressing her own voice. Here’s a great clip from... »

  • Harry Connick, Jr. and Ben Wolfe: Fly Me to the Moon

    Harry Connick, Jr. and Ben Wolfe: Fly Me to the Moon

    Here’s a great clip of bassist Ben Wolfe swinging hard with Harry Connick, Jr. on the jazz standard “Fly Me to the Moon” from a 1989 appearance on Night Music. Connick and Wolfe keep things light by drawing out the melody and playing off of each other. The duo start with just bass and vocals... »