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Player News

Nikki Sixx reaction to Wall Street Journal

Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx has posted a reactionary post to the Wall Street Journal’s alleged misrepresentation of his views. The opening line in the article is “Nikki Sixx thinks the Internet is ruining rock and roll.” Sixx’s Myspace Blog reaction: “It’s always a struggle to get what YOU have to say and not what THEY want you to say...


First Annual Nashville Amp Expo

Creation labs has announced the dates for the First Annual Nashville Amp Expo. It will take place August 22-23, 2009, at the Hyatt Place hotel in Brentwood, Tennessee (Brentwood is a few miles south of Nashville). From the press-release: “The first annual Nashville Amp Expo will offer musicians of all levels, as well as engineers, producers, and, of course, weekend...

Bass Gear

NAMM Watch: the Ibanez 30th Anniversary Musician Bass

The Ibanez Musician Bass series debuted 30 years ago this year, and Ibanez is celebrating with an extremely limited special anniversary edition, the MC30TH. Ibanez shares some background on the bass in a recent release: “While the Musician wasn’t the first bass to feature active electronics, it was the first with that technology that most working musicians could afford. Ibanez’s...

Bass Videos

Kevin Wyatt: Giant Steps

I think most of the jazz-guys out there know John Coltrane’s classic Giant Steps. A challenging tune, as I’m sure many would agree. This is Kevin Wyatt shirtlessly doubling the bass part on his bass and Coltrane’s solo on his keyboard. [Editor’s note: when the walking bass part started, I almost fell out of my chair. Wow!]

New Albums

New Release: Brian Bromberg: It Is What It Is

August 25th 2009 will mark the release of a new album by Brian Bromberg: It Is What It Is. The album is sure to be another gem in Bromberg’s thematic collection using both bass guitar and upright bass to give cool jazz melodies and solid grooves. The album will also feature George Duke, Patrice Rushen, Jeff Lorber, Randy Brecker, Eric...


Review: Iris Ornig’s New Ground

At the end of June we posted a player-watch notice for Iris Ornig and her CD New Ground. Now we want to give you an in-depth review of why we originally recommended her. Ornig is “a gifted instrumentalist, a talented composer, and a charismatic performer.” New Ground was released March 3rd, 2009 and features original compositions as well as original...

Bass Gear

Gear Watch: Epifani PS1000 and PS400

Epifani has released new additions to their performance series amplifiers, the PS1000 and PS400. It will be available for shipping on July 29th 2009. Epifani started as a creator of custom bass cabinets. It was not long before they moved into amplifier production and were pioneers in digital amps, working on them as early as 1999 with the first production...

Concerts & Tours

Mike Gordon solo project tour

Bassist Mike Gordon of Phish has announced that he will be starting a 20-plus date Fall Tour beginning just after Labor Day in Brooklyn, NY that will continue through the beginning of October in Burlington, VT with his solo band. From Gordon’s homepage: “After two highly acclaimed runs last year touring on the release of his album The Green Sparrow,...

Player News

Kyle Eastwood interview: composing, music and Metropolitain

Bassist Kyle Eastwood, in a recent interview with All About Jazz, talks about his life as a musician and his latest album Metropolitain. Eastwood has a varied career working as both jazz player and in film score production. “It’s like I have two musical beasts in me,” he admits. “One is the musician, the other the composer. One plays live...

Bass Gear


Bob Moog has designed yet another unique effect pedal shown at this years NAMM, the MF-105 MIDI MuRF. The MF-105 is the latest addition to the Moogerfooger family. If you’re not familiar with them, MuRF is short for Multiple Resonance Filter Array and “provides sequenced filter effects that have not been heard before!” The MF-105M is the synthesis of the...


SMV controversy on tour

Bassist Victor Wooten published two videos entitled “SMV gets robbed by Spanish Border police” on Youtube. The video comes in two parts: Part 1: Part 2: The event was recorded and posted by Wooten from his iPhone. A response to this posted video was published by In Bass We Trust saying that Wooten has misrepresented Spain. There is a Talk...

Jason Matthews: Wizards in Winter
Bass Videos

Jason Matthews: Wizards in Winter

In 2006, Trans-Siberian Orchestra launched a Youtube contest for the best/most original covers of their song “Wizards In Winter”. One one winner from each of the following categories was chosen: drums, keyboards, guitar and bass. The winner in the bass category was Jason Matthews, who took an interesting approach: basically playing both the bass part and the keyboard part simultaneously....