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  • The Bassmonsters: Sweet Child O’ Mine

    The Bassmonsters: Sweet Child O’ Mine

    I recently returned from the International Society of Bassists convention where there was a week’s worth of double bass performances, clinics, and masterclasses from the world’s foremost players. One of the performances that stuck out was by the Bassmonsters, a double bass quartet that plays arrangements of rock, pop, and metal songs. The group takes... »

  • Adam Nitti: Not Of This World

    Adam Nitti: Not Of This World

    Adam Nitti sent me this incredible video of him playing on the title track from his latest album, Not Of This World. “Not of this world” is as good a description as any for this. Be sure to check out the solo! »

  • Stu Hamm Band: The Book Of Lies, Live

    Stu Hamm Band: The Book Of Lies, Live

    Prior to the release of his latest release, The Book of Lies, Stu Hamm previewed the album during a performance at the Baked Potato. Here’s an awesome clip of the title track with Hamm laying it down like only he can. The bassist’s trio includes guitarist Carl Verheyen and drummer John Mader. »

  • Marcus Miller and the Metropole Orkest: Revelation

    Marcus Miller and the Metropole Orkest: Revelation

    We’re celebrating Marcus Miller’s birthday today with music from the musical master himself. Here’s Marcus with the Metropole Orkest performing “Revelation”. The song appeared on Marcus’ album Renaissance. As he explains in the video, they open the tune with an intro from a Puccini opera. What a wonderful combo this is. Happy birthday, Mr. Miller,... »

  • Pablo Elorza: Bass Solo Chord Melody

    Pablo Elorza: Bass Solo Chord Melody

    Bassist and educator Pablo Elorza recently posted a new blog on exercises for musicians. Part of the lesson is a video with stretches to warm up before or after a playing session. The bassist composed this beautiful bass solo to accompany the video, and it’s just as inspiring as the information. Elorza crafts a lyrical... »

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  • Ornette Coleman & Prime Time Band: “Story Tellers” and “Latin Genetics”, live 1987

    Ornette Coleman & Prime Time Band: “Story Tellers” and “Latin Genetics”, live 1987

    The world lost a pioneer in the music world yesterday as Ornette Coleman passed away at the age of 85. An innovator of the free jazz movement, the saxophonist was a major influence for a generation of musicians. We’re remembering Coleman with a 1987 clip from the Stadtgarten in Cologne, Germany. Coleman’s band includes two... »

  • Jason Everett: The Return

    Jason Everett: The Return

    Jason Everett, aka Mister E, sent us this clip of his song “The Return,” which features the bassist playing on his fretless seven string. “‘The Return’ is a recent composition and is the fourth and final movement of my epic composition ‘Moksha: The Elimination of All Duality,'” Everett writes. “[Moksha] is the sonic story of... »

  • Spyro Gyra: De La Luz (Live)

    Spyro Gyra: De La Luz (Live)

    Back in March, Spyro Gyra took the stage at Blue Note Milano. Anchored by bassist Scott Ambush, the band performed this tune, “De La Luz”. Terrific performance! »

  • Fernando Molinari: Destrambelhado

    Fernando Molinari: Destrambelhado

    Fernando Molinari sent us this smoking playalong clip of the song “Destrambelhado” from his first CD. The bassist mixes fingerstyle, slap, and strumming to drive the fusion track. »

  • Isaias Elpes: Sexual Healing (Reimagined)

    Isaias Elpes: Sexual Healing (Reimagined)

    Isaias Elpes sent me this video of an interesting and reimagined take on Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing.” Playing to the vocal track, Isaias adds bass, guitar and keys to his version through his “Meetings Project”. “Music is more than an artistic expression is the possibility of the improbable and timeless meeting,” he shared. This is... »