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  • Me and Maria: Wintertime in My Heart

    Me and Maria: Wintertime in My Heart

    Bassist Johannes Pehrson shared this video by his duo with Maria Rosenberg, known as Me and Maria. This is their new single, “Wintertime in My Heart.” Johannes told me that the chords are played on his 4-string MusicMan bass, and the melodies and solos are played on his 4-string piccolo bass. In other words, outside... »

  • Slave: Slide, Live 1981

    Slave: Slide, Live 1981

    Slave’s “Slide” was one of those songs that created a wave of new bass players, thanks to the down and dirty groove pinned down by the late Mark Adams. Get a dose of some old school funk with this performance from a 1981 episode of Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert. »

  • Olivier Babaz: Minor Swing

    Olivier Babaz: Minor Swing

    Bassist Olivier Babaz sent us this video of himself taking an arco solo over the gypsy jazz standard “Minor Swing”, and I had to watch a few times. Besides playing some great ideas, he gets a huge tone that will make your ears happy. »

  • Guns N’ Roses: Sweet Child O’ Mine, Live 1992

    Guns N’ Roses: Sweet Child O’ Mine, Live 1992

    I’ve been getting pumped up for the Guns N’ Roses reunion this year by checking out older performances, and this one caught me. Shot in Tokyo in 1992, the video starts with Duff McKagan riffing for Axl Rose to intro the band with “Sail Away Sweet Sister” and “Bad Time” before kicking into “Sweet Child... »

  • Vels Trio: Yellow Ochre

    Vels Trio: Yellow Ochre

    There’s been a great wave of instrumental/jazz-rock bands as of late, and Vels Trio is one of them. Anchored by bassist Cameron Dawson, the group explores genre bending grooves and textures. Here’s a great clip of the trio performing “Yellow Ochre,” which has Dawson alternating between a bubbling, filtered bass line and a straight groove. »

  • Brian Wilson and Carol Kaye: Good Vibrations

    Brian Wilson and Carol Kaye: Good Vibrations

    Carol Kaye is a living legend of the bass who played on countless recordings with memorable bass lines. One of those is “Good Vibrations”, and we’re lucky enough to have found this clip of Kaye and Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson playing through the tune as a duet. While the bass could be louder in... »

  • The Gap Band: Shake, Live 1981

    The Gap Band: Shake, Live 1981

    Robert Wilson was the Godfather of the Bass and a pioneer of the funk. Here’s just a taste of what put him in the history books as one of the greatest bassists of all time. This 1981 clip of “Shake” comes from a live concert in Houston, Texas and has Wilson in top form. The... »

  • Fernando Lamadrid: Electriceratops

    Fernando Lamadrid: Electriceratops

    Whenever I see a new video featuring bassist Fernando Lamadrid, I stop whatever I’m doing to watch. And Fernando never disappoints. Recorded live in late December, here’s “Electriceratops”. »

  • Jared Smith: Archspire’s “Lucid Collective Somnambulation” Bass Playthrough

    Jared Smith: Archspire’s “Lucid Collective Somnambulation” Bass Playthrough

    Technical death metal outfit Archspire recently filled out their lineup with the addition of bassist Jared Smith. The Vancouver-based group made the announcement on Facebook. “We are pleased to finally complete our lineup with the addition of Jared Smith on bass,” the band said in a statement. “He’s a monster musician with a killer writing... »

  • Adam Ben Ezra: The Man Who Sold The World

    Adam Ben Ezra: The Man Who Sold The World

    Adam Ben Ezra recorded a tribute to David Bowie, with this solo bass and vocal arrangement of “The Man Who Sold The World”. RIP, Mr. Bowie. »