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  • Colin Trusedell’s Quartet of Jazz Death: The Escape

    Colin Trusedell’s Quartet of Jazz Death: The Escape

    Colin Trusedell is an active duty Air Force bass player and Colorado State University bass professor. He shared this new video of a tune from his new funk/fusion electronic jazz album, Quartet of Jazz Death. The tune “The Escape” features some seriously beefy bass tone, lots of grooves and solos. Skip ahead to the 1:13... »

  • Karl Clews: Bass Cover of Stanley Clarke’s “Pop Virgil”

    Karl Clews: Bass Cover of Stanley Clarke’s “Pop Virgil”

    Back in 2012, bassist Karl Clews knocked us out with his solo bass performance of “Come Together”. We’re featuring him once again thanks to his impressive cover of the Stanley Clarke tune, “Pop Virgil”, which appeared on Clarke’s latest album, Up. Karl says he’s playing “a 2003 Status Kingbass Artist, direct into a Presonus Audiobox... »

  • Rich Brown: “Lua” Live (2012)

    Rich Brown: “Lua” Live (2012)

    Back in 2009, Rich Brown shared a video with us of him playing his original composition, “Lua”. He told us the song was “written after spending many an evening gazing at the moon in it’s luminous splendor. A bit Metheny, a bit Gismonti, a bit Garrison.” Here’s a newer video of Rich playing that tune... »

  • Eduardo Machado and Robertinho Silva: Choro Azedo

    Eduardo Machado and Robertinho Silva: Choro Azedo

    There has to be something in the water in Brazil that contributes to great bass playing. Maybe I should plan a trip. Bassist Eduardo Machado shared his videos with us, and this one is so much fun I had to pay it forward. Eduardo plays two bass tracks on this and is joined by percussionist... »

  • Derek Trucks Band: Voices Inside (Everything is Everything)/Fat Mama

    Derek Trucks Band: Voices Inside (Everything is Everything)/Fat Mama

    Kevin sent me a list of videos he thought I might like to share while he’s enjoying his honeymoon this week. He guessed this one would be my favorite. He was right. This is the Derek Trucks Band, anchored by the great Todd Smallie on bass. The band plays “Voices Inside (Everything is Everything)” and... »

  • La Banda de Arturex: Bebe

    La Banda de Arturex: Bebe

    Bassist Didier Parra can lay down a serious groove, as you’ll see in this video he shared with us. The band is La Banda de Arturex. “We make some kind of experimental music starting on funk,” Didier shared. The band was created by Paraguayan guitarist and composer Arturo Estigarribia, and Didier said this song is... »

  • Giorgi Mikadze: “Love Never Felt So Good” Michael Jackson Cover, Featuring Chuks Okpu

    Giorgi Mikadze: “Love Never Felt So Good” Michael Jackson Cover, Featuring Chuks Okpu

    Berklee student and pianist Giorgi Mikadze arranged Michael Jackson’s “Love Never Felt So Good” for this live performance at the school’s Performance Center. And what an arrangement it is. Bassist Chuks Okpu lays down the funky lines on this tune, which also features the rapper Ryan Easter, to bring together one unique and refreshing take.... »

  • Rob Kohler: At The Top

    Rob Kohler: At The Top

    Kevin shared this video with me a few days ago, and it blew me away. Bassist Rob Kohler performs “At The Top,” a tune the bassist says is “an old bass song.” I’m not familiar with the tune, but whatever the origin, it is a great tune matched with this terrific performance. If you know... »

  • Cheikh Ndoye Project: “Linguere” Live at the Blue Room

    Cheikh Ndoye Project: “Linguere” Live at the Blue Room

    Bassist Cheikh Ndoye has caught our attention – and our ears – more than once here. We think you’ll dig this one too: the Cheikh Ndoye Project in the studio, performing “Linguere”. Throughout the song, Cheikh switches effortlessly between laying down a funky line to playing melodies, and then switching yet again to some light... »

  • Abraham Laboriel Sr.: Listen to Your Brother

    Abraham Laboriel Sr.: Listen to Your Brother

    A couple of months ago, we featured a video from Berklee’s 2014 Alumni Reunion Concert featuring Abraham Laboriel Sr. performing with his sons. Here’s another song from that performance, with an additional family connection. Laboriel Sr. is once again joined by his sons – Abraham Laboriel Jr. on drums and Mateo Laboriel on guitar –... »