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  • Tetsuo Sakurai: Is This Bass?

    Here is a video of bassist Tetsuo Sakurai performing a solo piece that sounds like it just landed from outer-space. His Moog-like effects and high chord progressions give a very ambient alien feel, especially since all of that is coming from his bass! Sakurai has 37 albums from working with Casiopea, Jimsaku and as a... »

  • Djordje Stijepovic: Atomic Boogie

    Since our own Dr. D mentioned slapping the upright in his column, it is only appropriate that we break out some Rock-a-billy videos and introduce you to a killer player at the same time. This is Djordje Stijepovic performing an intense upright slap-bass piece “Atomic Boogie” (wait until get to 1:05). You can check out... »

  • Mike Gordon: Get Bassed Tour

    Phish bassist Mike Gordon will begin a 10-show solo tour, the “Get Bassed Tour,” along the east coast this week to promote his latest solo CD, The Green Sparrow. After the solo tour, he’ll be preparing for the Phish festival in late October at the Coachella site in California. In a recent Boston Herald interview,... »

  • Autographed bass auctioned for Chi Cheng

    A 2001 Fender Precision Bass is being auctioned to help raise money for the medical needs of Deftone bassist Chi Cheng. The bass is autographed by Green Day’s Mike Dirnt, Rush’s Geddy Lee and notable session players Reggie Hamilton, Stu Hamm, Victor Bailey, Marcus Miller and others. The bass was also autographed by Cheng before... »

  • DavidSinRocks: Sir Duke bass playalong

    Swiss bassist DavidSinRocks posted several playalong videos within the last couple of years, not long after he first picked up the bass. This one, Stevie Wonder’s “Sir Duke”, was performed just 14 months after David started playing. When you’re done with that, check out David’s Jackson Five “I Want You Back” playalong. David’s band, Deep... »

  • Bill Evans Trio with Chuck Israels: Waltz For Debby

    Here’s a nice performance by the Bill Evans Trio, including a great solo by bassist Chuck Israels. The trio also includes Larry Bunker on drums. Israels joined the trio after the passing of Scott LaFaro. The performance was recorded in 1965, we think. »

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  • Jean-Bertrand Carbou: Bass Solo Song

    Bassist Jean-Bertrand Carbou shares his “Bass Solo Song”, performed on a Warwick 6-string Stage Streamer I. »

  • Eddie Gomez, Bill Evans & Alex Riel: Autumn Leaves 1966

    This video shows bassist Eddie Gomez playing with Bill Evans and Alex Riel. Gomez played with the Bill Evans trio from 1966 to 1977. After the Bill Evans trio Gomez continued to work in a countless number of settings including filling in for Charles Mingus, playing with the fusion band Steps Ahead and working with... »

  • Arcellus Sykes: “Trane’s Slo Blues” solo playalong

    Arcellus Sykes, a bassist from Portland, Oregon, just knocked me out with his playalong of John Coltrane’s solo on “Trane’s Slo Blues”. Acellus claims “it isn’t as clean as I’d like it, but hey – it’s Coltrane.” Hey, we’ll take it. If you like this transcription, you can find many more posted on Arcellus’s blog.... »

  • John Entwistle: live solo at Royal Albert Hall

    This is a great bass solo by John Entwistle, recorded during a concert with The Who at the Royal Albert Hall in 2000. Entwistle released nine solo albums in his career, in addition to his legendary work with The Who, including Left for Live, which featured guitarist Godfrey Townsend and keyboardist Gordon Cotton and Music... »