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  • Tower of Power: Soul With Capital S (Java Jazz Festival – 2006)

    Tower of Power: Soul With Capital S (Java Jazz Festival – 2006)

    Here’s a great clip of Tower of Power performing “Soul With Capital S” – with some trademark funky bass by the one and only Rocco Prestia. And how about that honkin’ bari sax? This performance was recorded at the Java Jazz Festival in 2006. »

  • Adam Stevens: Sweet Lullaby

    Adam Stevens: Sweet Lullaby

    Adam Stevens has shared a new solo bass video he calls “Sweet Lullaby”. Adam said the tune is “inspired by a traditional lullaby from the Solomon Islands and Toronto bassist, Rich Brown.” Sweet indeed. »

  • The Kinky Wizzards: Live

    The Kinky Wizzards: Live

    The last time we featured The Kinky Wizzards, it generated some buzz. They’re back with a new video featuring a live performance of three of their tunes. Originally a duo formed by two brothers (bassist Mathew ‘Miffy’ Griffiths and drummer Jonathan ‘Jiffy’ Griffiths), the group has now added guitarist Ryan Elliott to the mix. Here’s... »

  • Bootsy’s Rubber Band: Another Point of View, Live 1976

    Bootsy’s Rubber Band: Another Point of View, Live 1976

    We’re going old school today with a clip of Bootsy Collins and his Rubber Band in concert from 1976. Taken from their concert at the Summit in Houston, Texas, the video has Bootsy and the gang getting down on “Another Point of View.” The performance came just two months after the release of the bassist’s... »

  • Jansen, Barbieri, Karn & Wilson: Bestial Cluster

    Jansen, Barbieri, Karn & Wilson: Bestial Cluster

    Mick Karn was the master of creating bass lines that were somehow simple, angular, and melodic all at the same time. Check out this clip of Karn with Steve Jansen, Richard Barbieri, and Steve Wilson performing “Bestial Cluster” for 2 Meter Session on Dutch television. Karn gets a gnarly distortion to lay down a fat... »

  • Dominic “Forest” Lapointe: Teramobil’s “Temporaly Recompressed Pulse” Playthrough

    Dominic “Forest” Lapointe: Teramobil’s “Temporaly Recompressed Pulse” Playthrough

    Here’s another jaw-dropping playthrough by Dominic “Forest” Lapointe. The bassist burns it up on Teramobil’s “Temporaly Recompressed Pulse” with lightning fast riffs and creative two-handed tapping. The track comes from the band’s Multispectral Supercontinuum EP, but Lapointe tells us Teramobil is working on a full album. »

  • Christian McBride: Used ’Ta Could

    Christian McBride: Used ’Ta Could

    We’re celebrating Christian McBride’s birthday today with another amazing performance. This one was recorded in 2012, live at KPLU with pianist Peter Martin. Doesn’t get any sweeter than this. Happy birthday, Christian! (After this one, be sure to check out a more recent clip from KPLU, where Christian’s trio performed “Fried Pies“.) »

  • Snarky Puppy & Metropole Orkest: The Curtain

    Snarky Puppy & Metropole Orkest: The Curtain

    I’m not sure there’s a more exciting band out there today than Snarky Puppy. The band has just released their new album, Sylva, along with Metropole Orkest. Here they are performing “The Curtain” from that album, with bassist and band leader Michael League playing both electric bass and Moog keybass on the tune. And does... »

  • Portnoy Sheehan MacAlpine Sherinian: Apocalypse 1470 B.C.

    Portnoy Sheehan MacAlpine Sherinian: Apocalypse 1470 B.C.

    Holy smokes, this one is impressive. Billy Sheehan along with guitarist Tony MacAlpine, keyboardist Derek Sherinian and drummer Mike Portnoy took the stage in 2012 at Zepp Tokyo, as the supergroup known as PSMS. Here they are performing “Apocalypse 1470 B.C.”, which has some of the most impressive unison parts you’ll ever hear. »

  • Phil Collins, with Leland Sklar: Sussudio, Live 1990

    Phil Collins, with Leland Sklar: Sussudio, Live 1990

    We’re celebrating Leland Sklar‘s birthday today with a throwback to his 1990 tour with Phil Collins. This clip from Knebworth has the band digging in on “Sussudio” in front of close to 120,000 fans, and you can tell Sklar is getting into it. The session ace gave us the scoop on this bass line during... »