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  • Ron Carter Trio: Samba de Orpheus

    Ron Carter Trio: Samba de Orpheus

    Ron Carter is a genius. This video is just more proof. Taken from a trio performance at France’s Jazz Soul Le Pommiers Festival in 2011, the clip only features Carter and guitarist Bobby Broom on the Luiz Bonfá tune “Samba de Orpheus,” while pianist Mulgrew Miller looks on. The entire song is a bass feature... »

  • Steve Lawson: Solo Bass Performance of REM’s “Orange Crush”

    Steve Lawson: Solo Bass Performance of REM’s “Orange Crush”

    Steve Lawson brought his solo bass talents to this fantastic rendition of REM’s “Orange Crush,” which features the bassist navigating the tune with a host of loops and fantastic effects. The result is six minutes of soaring ear candy that takes you for a ride. »

  • Bob Marley & The Wailers: “Stir It Up”, Live (1979)

    Bob Marley & The Wailers: “Stir It Up”, Live (1979)

    During my radio interview on WPR’s Central Time yesterday, we discussed a lot of legendary bass lines (not enough, but the segment was only about 20 minutes long.) One of the bass lines discussed was the one on Bob Marley’s “Stir It Up”. I couldn’t get it out of my head after the segment. So... »

  • Wojtek Pilichowski: Open Bass Solo

    Wojtek Pilichowski: Open Bass Solo

    Every time I see there’s a new Wojtek Pilichowski video, I have to check it out. This one in particular made my jaw drop. In this video, the bassist whips up one of the most insane slap solos I’ve heard. Not only does he dazzle with his technique and musicality, Pilichowski gets the whole crowd... »

  • Rush: “Working Man” Live, 2002

    Rush: “Working Man” Live, 2002

    Today is Geddy Lee’s birthday, which means we’re celebrating all day with plenty of Rush tunes in rotation. Since we pick one video to spotlight each day, we decided on a tune that brings the band full circle, in a way – the classic Rush tune, “Working Man.” The tune of course was part of... »

  • Royal Blood: Little Monster

    Royal Blood: Little Monster

    Our friend Ian Pettersson sent me this note: “Royal Blood. A two piece band. Bass & drums. Sure what more do you need?” That should do it, Ian! Royal Blood might be a two man band, but they have a huge sound thanks to Mike Kerr, who handles the vocals and plays bass while simultaneously... »

  • Łukasz Adamczyk: Disco of Thoughts

    Łukasz Adamczyk: Disco of Thoughts

    This is only the second time we’ve featured Łukasz Adamczyk, and we can already tell his music is quite diverse. Łukasz sent me this video of his band performing his original tune, “Disco of Thoughts”. The song grabbed me right away with that gnarly growl of his bass. Łukasz also plays keys on the tune... »

  • Mike Frost Band: Come Together/Kashmir

    Mike Frost Band: Come Together/Kashmir

    Mike Frost sent in this awesome video of his band mixing two great classic rock songs with a funky attitude. Frost kicks off “Come Together” with a modified slap version of Paul McCartney’s iconic bass line before the band comes in. The jam evolves into a wild bass solo that Frost then uses to segue... »

  • Amanda Ruzza and Mauricio Zottarelli: No Glasses, Part 2

    Amanda Ruzza and Mauricio Zottarelli: No Glasses, Part 2

    Amanda Ruzza has teamed up with drummer Mauricio Zottarelli for a cool new project aptly called Ruzza/Zottarelli. The duo is releasing Glasses, No Glasses in September. The album also features keyboardist Leo Genovese, who has worked with Esperanza Spalding. All of the tracks were improvised on the spot. “Everything was live, with no overdubs. Only... »

  • Jansen Barbieri Karn: Sleepers Awake

    Jansen Barbieri Karn: Sleepers Awake

    Today we remember the great bassist Mick Karn, on what would have been his 56th birthday. The fretless bass legend passed away on January 4th, 2011. Following the break up of Japan, Karn continued working with keyboardist Richard Barbieri and drummer Steve Jansen on new music. Here they are performing the Barbieri tune, “Sleepers Awake”.... »