Bassists: News, Spotlights, Interviews
Barre Phillips has been playing bass for nearly all of his 84 years, and his 1968 album “Journal Violone” is credited as the first ever solo bass record. 51 years later he’s released what he says is his final solo album, “End to End.”
Last year, we shared what turned out to be a very popular video of ZYkR performing “Only Human,” with Pedro Zappa on bass. Now we get to learn more about him in this edition of Reader Spotlight.
Meet Pete Szaszfai, a bass player from Phoenix who got his musical start on clarinet before switching to bass. Like many of the readers in the spotlight here, Pete said: “Guitar and drums were already taken in the neighborhood band when I started, so I picked up the bass.” Here’s his story...
STORIES BEHIND THE SONGS: The ’60s and ’70s were full of pivotal moments in music with albums that helped spawn new genres and reflect the quickly changing culture. Harvey Brooks played on many of them. Here are 11 of his favorite tracks, in his own words.
Meet bassist Vince Pileggi, who got his start early on thanks to his grandfather and a baritone guitar. He was drawn to the lower strings, which set him on the path to bass. Here’s his story.
Meet Federico Pecoraro, a busy bassist living in Brussels who once played drums in support of his bass playing dad before switching to bass himself.
READER SPOTLIGHT: Meet Noemi Sarah Costanzino, a bassist and vocalist from Italy who says, “I just want to play and sing my songs and everyone sings them with me!” Here’s her story...
Lamb of God’s Mark Morton has released his solo album, “Anesthetic.” Mark has performed with a number of impressive bassists in his career, including on this record. We caught up with him to get the scoop on the album, what he looks for in a bass player, and more.
Suzi Quatro has been rocking for over five decades. Hailed as the first female bassist to become a major rock star, she scored hits in the 1970s. This year she’s here to let you know she’s not slowing down. We caught up with Quatro to get the scoop on the new album, her love of touring, and more.
Viraemia bassist Scott Plummer has died from suicide. The news was shared by bandmate Josh Hernandez on the group’s Facebook page.
Jazz bassist Jeff Andrews has passed away. A cause of death has not been announced, although he was battling double pneumonia earlier this year. He was 59 years old.
Meet Juan R Leon, a multi-instrumentalist from Orlando, Florida, who got his start on the bass thanks to John Entwistle and “The Kids Are Alright.” Here’s his story…