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  • Drew De Four with Miki Santamaria: Allied

    Drew De Four with Miki Santamaria: Allied

    Miki Santamaria joined the band Drew De Four in studio to record their album, . “Pretty excited about this one, you guys,” Miki shared. “I was in Michigan for a week in March 2015 recording bass for my friend’s Drew De Four newest album… This was such a fun project to be a part of... »

  • Evan Brewer: “Cause For Concern” Bass Playthrough

    Evan Brewer: “Cause For Concern” Bass Playthrough

    Evan Brewer has released a bass playthrough for his song “Cause for Concern”, and it’s something you should be sitting down for. The track, which is featured on his album Your Itinerary, utilizes extended techniques to create a swirling sonic atmosphere. “This song has some of the harsher, heavier elements that are on the record,”... »

  • Rush: Red Barchetta (Live)

    Rush: Red Barchetta (Live)

    Thirty-five years ago yesterday, Rush released Moving Pictures. Today, I feel old. The band shared this milestone yesterday: “In the fall of 1980, the band recorded in Le Studio in Morin Heights, Quebec. On February 12, 1981, the band’s highest selling album was released – MOVING PICTURES. The iconic album included perennial radio favourites –... »

  • Christian McBride: The Movement Revisited

    Christian McBride: The Movement Revisited

    Christian McBride may be the host of NPR’s Jazz Night In America, but he won’t let the show feature him unless it’s for something special. That time came this month with a special episode on McBride’s monumental work, The Movement Revisited. Inspired by the written words and speeches of Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali,... »

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  • Davie504: Google Translate Meets Bass

    Davie504: Google Translate Meets Bass

    Davie504 always scores major points for creativity, but this one might take the prize. In this video, Davie built a beat box track using Google Translate, and then laid down some funky bass. Thanks to James Smith, who shared this video with us on the Videos forum. »

  • Rich Brown: _our Hero

    Rich Brown: _our Hero

    Rich Brown sent me his latest video, with his performance of “_our Hero”. Rich gets such a sweet, synth-like tone on this one. »

  • The Funky Meters: Hey Pocky A-Way, Live

    The Funky Meters: Hey Pocky A-Way, Live

    Happy Mardi Gras! We’re celebrating with the grooves of the one and only George Porter, Jr. Here’s a great clip of Porter with the Funky Meters, including fellow original Meters member Art Neville, guitarist Brian Stoltz, and drummer David Russell Batiste, Jr. The quartet sets a slow burn on the Meters classic “Hey Pocky A-Way”,... »

  • Esperanza Spalding: On The Sunny Side of the Street

    Esperanza Spalding: On The Sunny Side of the Street

    Esperanza Spalding may be leaning towards jazz-rock fusion for her upcoming album, but she can still perform jazz standards with the best of them. Get an earful as Spalding performs “On the Sunny Side of the Street” for President Obama and guests at the White House during the “Celebration of American Creativity 2016”. »

  • Maurice Ellis: Disclosure’s “Latch” All Bass Cover

    Maurice Ellis: Disclosure’s “Latch” All Bass Cover

    Maurice Ellis is back with another killer all bass cover tune. The time the bassist brings his touch to “Latch” by Disclosure, featuring Sam Smith. Ellis, who has laid the low end down for artists from Meghan Trainor to Cee Lo Green, utilized his a pair of fretted basses and a fretless to add character... »

  • James Taylor with Leland Sklar: Your Smiling Face, Live 1988

    James Taylor with Leland Sklar: Your Smiling Face, Live 1988

    I was going through my records this weekend and realized just how many of them feature the tasteful bass lines of Leland Sklar. Of course, that sent me into a Sklar phase on YouTube, which led me to this great version of James Taylor’s “Your Smiling Face” from 1988. His playing on this track is... »