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  • Mingus Dynasty: Better Get It In Your Soul

    One year after the passing of Charles Mingus, the Mingus Dynasty band took the stage at Montreux. This performance of “Better Get It In Your Soul” features too bassists, starting with Mike Richmond and his opening solo, and also featuring bassist Aladár Pege. The rest of the band includes Randy Brecker on trumpet, Joe Farrell... »

  • Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen: Samba Petit

    Here’s a terrific recording of the Oscar Peterson Quartet, performing “Samba Petit” at the Münchner klaviersommer, in 1994. Even better, it includes a solo by Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen. »

  • Jaco Pastorius Birthday 2009: Invitation

    Jaco Pastorius Birthday 2009: Invitation

    Family and friends of Jaco Pastorius held their annual birthday party for him at the A1A Dive Bar in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, on December 5th. The band included Jaco’s twin sons, bassist Felix Pastorius and drummer, Julius Pastorius. Here’s a couple of videos from the performance. What starts out as warming up quickly turns into... »

  • Esperanza Spalding performs “Tell Him” at The White House Unplugged Poetry Jam

    On May 12, 2009, the White House held the “Unplugged Poetry Jam”, and bassist Esperanza Spalding was one of the featured performers. Esperanza is obviously becoming a White House favorite. She took the stage at the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony this morning, and will perform a concert at the ceremony tomorrow. Here’s Esperanza performing “Tell... »

  • Roberto Badoglio: “Oceania” Electric Bass Solo

    Roberto Badoglio: “Oceania” Electric Bass Solo

    Our good friend Sigurdór Guðmundsson shares this video with us, saying “How about featuring this talented player?” One listen, and we are happy to feature this beautiful solo bass performance by Roberto Badoglio. The piece, “Oceania” is a bass improvisation on a D major pedal. »

  • Maurizio Rolli’s Tones Big Band: Little Wing, a tribute to Hiram Bullock

    Maurizio Rolli’s Tones Big Band: Little Wing, a tribute to Hiram Bullock

    Maurizio Rolli and his Rolli’s Tone Big Band performed a tribute to the late, great guitarist Hiram Bullock earlier this year. Check out the 21-piece big band performing a very unique take on Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing”, live at Pescara Jazz 2009. »

  • SMV: Live at Vitoria Gasteiz Jazz Fest

    SMV: Live at Vitoria Gasteiz Jazz Fest

    Here’s a great video of SMV (Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller and Victor Wooten) live at the Vitoria Gasteiz Jazz Festival, earlier this year. Or in the words of Marcus Miller: “We have a lot of bass for you. We hope you like bass.” »

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  • The Bazantar

    The Bazantar

    What do you get when you mix an upright bass with a sitar? The Bazantar, of course. Here, Mark Deutsch plays his instrument and explains the creation of it. »

  • Cobham/Duke Band: Red Baron

    Here we go… a little Alphonso Johnson to start off the weekend. This performance, filmed on July 6, 1976 in Montreux, Switzerland, is the Bill Cobham / George Duke Band playing “Red Baron”. The band includes Billy Cobham on drums, George Duke on keyboards, John Scofield on guitar and Johnson on bass. Holy smokes! »

  • Charlie Moreno: You Did It Again

    We had another great video discovery, thanks to our friends on the Facebook page (keep ’em coming). Today’s video features Charlie Moreno in his solo concert in Madrid in December, 2008. »