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  • Willy González Trio: La Saladita

    Willy González Trio: La Saladita

    I love hearing music from around the world, especially when it features the bass. Here’s a fantastic clip of Argentinian bassist Willy González and his Trio performing “La Saladita” from their latest album, Tamocomoqueremo. González, who started as a jazz musician, has been reimagining traditional Latin American styles on his six-string bass. “La Saladita” is... »

  • Rami Lakkis & Gene Lake: Insomnia

    Rami Lakkis & Gene Lake: Insomnia

    Shapeshifter Lab is a great venue in Brooklyn that hosts innovative artists to explore musical boundaries, and since it’s co-owned by Matt Garrison, you can bet that it’s very bass-friendly. Here’s a great clip of bassist Rami Lakkis with drummer Gene Lake performing “Insomnia” at Shapeshifter last year. The song is an original composition by... »

  • Nik West, Featuring Orianthi: My Relationship

    Nik West, Featuring Orianthi: My Relationship

    Anyone that has jammed with Prince, John Mayer, and Bootsy Collins must have something good to say, and Nik West is one of those people. The bassist’s recently released Say Somethin’ EP blends rock, funk, and R&B for an engaging musical journey pinned together by her solid bass playing. West gives a taste of the... »

  • Robert Glasper Experiment, Featuring Derrick Hodge: Say Yes

    Robert Glasper Experiment, Featuring Derrick Hodge: Say Yes

    Derrick Hodge is a monster bassist. Adept at both electric and upright bass, his style brings together the best elements of jazz, R&B, and gospel. Here’s a clip of Hodge laying it down with the Robert Glasper Experiment during a performance at The Exchange LA in Los Angeles, California. The bassist pours his soul into... »

  • Viaceslav Svedov: “Rock and Roll” on ContraBass Balalaika

    Viaceslav Svedov: “Rock and Roll” on ContraBass Balalaika

    Viaceslav Svedov amazes me and cracks me up whenever he gets the ContraBass Balalaika out and plays. Here’s a video where he’s decided to add distortion to the mix and rock out to Led Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll”. Oh yeah. »

  • Mark Michell: Scale The Summit’s “The Dark Horse” Playthrough

    Mark Michell: Scale The Summit’s “The Dark Horse” Playthrough

    Here’s another great metal playthrough by Scale the Summit’s Mark Michell. The bassist tears through “The Dark Horse” from the band’s album The Migration at EMG Pickups TV studios. The song’s creative rhythmic variations tied with Michell’s tone make for a great bass part. Be sure to check out the bass break at the 3:48... »

  • Monster Truck: Sweet Mountain River & Old Train, Live

    Monster Truck: Sweet Mountain River & Old Train, Live

    I’m not sure how I got onto this band, but I’m glad I did. Monster Truck is a gritty rock band informed by classic ’70s metal riffage. While the group is based out of Ontario, there’s a certain southern rock groove to it, too. The band is fronted by bassist Jon Harvey, who unleashes some... »

  • Josh Cohen: Solo Bass Arrangement of “Chameleon”

    Josh Cohen: Solo Bass Arrangement of “Chameleon”

    Here is a video that will freak you out musically and visually. Josh Cohen created a beautiful, funky arrangement of Herbie Hancock’s “Chameleon,” and decided to do something a little different for the video. The bassist is clad in an all white suit and moves erratically to emphasize parts of the song. While the visual... »

  • Rinat Ibragimov: Bach Cello Suite No. 3, 5. Bourrée

    Rinat Ibragimov: Bach Cello Suite No. 3, 5. Bourrée

    Bach may have written suites for cello, but they sound just as fantastic on the bass. In fact, this third suite is often used as solo material for classical bassists. Here’s the London Symphony Orchestra’s principal bassist Rinat Ibragimov performing the fifth movement of Bach’s Cello Suite No. 3. His mastery of the instrument is... »

  • Spare Parts: D to B

    Spare Parts: D to B

    At this year’s NAMM show, I ran into Spare Parts bassist Colin Scott. Colin said they were working on new videos, which got all of us excited here at NT HQ. Here’s one of those videos by the band, with Rajiv Halim joining in on tenor sax. These guys are as funky and old school... »