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Archive for July 2009

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Nick Lowe joins Ry Cooder tour

Nick Lowe joined guitarist Ry Cooder as a bassist for his latest tour, which kicked off in June. The duo is planning to head to Australia. Lowe is best known for his songwriting efforts including (What’s so Funny Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding, Cruel to be Kind, and I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass. “I was very pleased [to...

Rich Brown: Lua
Bass Videos

Rich Brown: Lua

Bassist Rich Brown submitted this video to us, featuring his original composition for solo bass, “Lua”. As Rich describes it: “This new tune 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.”

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Ben Kenney of Incubus interviewed by Cleveland Scene

Bassist Ben Kenney of Incubus was recently interviewed by the Cleveland Scene. He talks about what everyone was up to during Incubus’s long hiatus and how they have matured as a band. Kenney joined Incubus in 2003 after playing with The Roots. From the interview: “It was the band’s choice to put out Monuments,” says Kenney. “We wanted to put...


Panic! At The Disco Announces Bassist

You may remember earlier in the summer when Panic at the Disco split losing Ryan Ross and bassist Jon Walker. They have announced that bassist Dallon Weekes of The Brombecks will be joining them along with guitarist Ian Crawford. In a recent interview with MTV, Panic at the Disco said they were excited about the direction: ”… there was never...

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Chris Morrissey: Q&A with CityPages

Bassist Chris Morrissey has done an interview with CityPages, where he talks about his move to New York City and his latest album, The Morning World with the Chris Morrissey Quartet. You may know Morrissey from his work with Mason Jennings, Haley Bonar, Bill Mike Band, Tarlton, Ben Kweller on his “The Trio on the Train Track Tour” and Andrew...

New Albums

One Spirit & Frans Vollink: Go For It

We recently got our hands on Go For It, the latest release by bassist Frans Vollink and his trio, One Spirit. One Spirit is a high powered jazz/fusion trio and brain-child of Vollink and drummer Sebastiaan Cornelissen, with Flying Dutchman guitarist Richard Hallenbeek joining as a new permanent member. Go For It released in April, 2009, and features guest appearances...

New Albums

Bunny Brunel reissue: For You To Play

Bunny Brunel‘s 1994 release, For You To Play, featuring eight original compositions. The album’s line up includes Mike Stern on guitar, Billy Childs on keyboards, Terri Lyne Carrington and Cliff Almond on drums, and a guest appearance by bassist Kyle Eastwood (on “One for Clint”). For You To Play track list: 1. New Blues 2. Champagne & You 3. For...

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Jack Bruce receiving death threats

Cream bassist Jack Bruce has revealed that he has been receiving death threats after insulting Led Zeppelin. Bruce described the Led Zeppelin reunion gig at the 02 Arena as “lame” and chided them: “You’re crap and you’ll never be anything else. Cream is 10 times the band Led Zeppelin is,” during an awards ceremony. Bruce was shocked by the responses...

Bass Videos

Esperanza Spalding Live: “I Know You Know”

Last summer, Esperanza Spalding made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, performing “I Know You Know”, from her Esperanza CD. Esperanza is playing a Doolin Custom Acoustic bass. Enjoy!

New Albums

GospelChops: Bass Sessionz Volume 1 now available

GospelChops is now shipping the Bass Sessionz, Vol. 1 DVD. Bass Sessionz includes over three hours of instructional videos, performances and interviews with gospel and jazz bassists Andrew Gouche, Janek Gwizdala, Damian Erskine, Robert “Bubby” Lewis, Justin Raines, Jon Reshard, Dywane Thomas, Anthony Nembhard, and Hadrien Feraud, with special appearances by John Beasley, Michael Tobias of MTD, and legendary drummer,...

Sheet Music & Instruction

Green Day’s 21st Century Breakdown for bass released

Alfred Music Publishing has released 21st Century Breakdown: Authentic Bass Tab, a songbook for Green Day’s latest album, 21st Century Breakdown. 21st Century Breakdown reached number one on the album charts in more than a dozen countries, eventually achieving number one on Billboard 200, European Top 100 Albums and UK Albums Charts. Titles in this song book include Song of...

In Memoriam

RIP George Russell

Jazz composer George Russell has passed away. His publicist has released that he died due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease on Monday at the age of 86. Russell, a MacArthur fellow who is credited with the first theoretical contribution to music from jazz with The Lydian Theory, published in 1953 and responsible for first introducing modal improvisation, taught at the...