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Archive for August 2009

Erik Scott: Other Planets
New Albums

Erik Scott: Other Planets

Bassist Erik Scott, best known for his work with Sonia Dada, Alice Cooper, and Flo & Eddie, has released a solo album, . Other Planets was recorded while Sonia Dada was taking a break, after a 16-year run. This is Erik’s first solo release. “I found myself alone in the studio with an active imagination, some basses, and a keyboard,”...

Bass Lessons

Lesson: Practicing and the Mind

Today’s lesson is a preview from Jon Burr’s forthcoming “Physical and Mental Programming for the Improvising Bassist”… In order to gain an understanding of how to practice effectively and efficiently, it is useful to have some understanding of the structure of the brain, mind and nervous system. It is possible to “practice” and not get better-or, even, to get worse,...

Bass Videos

Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen & Ray Brown, live in 1977

Two amazing bassists playing the jazz classic “There Is No Greater Love.” Both bassists show some serious chops in their solos, NHØP plays close to light-speed on his upright and and Ray Brown is his usual incredible self.

Weekly Top 10

No Treble Rewind: New lesson series, spotlight on Adam Tanner, new releases, videos & gear

In case you missed it, here are some of the most popular features from last week (August 23rd through 28th). Features & Columns Lesson: Melodic Construction Jon Burr introduced a new lesson series, on melodic construction in improvisation. Player Spotlight: Adam Tanner Our player spotlight showcased the work of Adam Tanner (aka ZenBeer), a solo bassist from Ottawa, Ontario. Ask...


Victor Wooten offering two new music camps

Victor Wooten is holding two upcoming camps, as part of his music and nature series held at the new Wooten Woods Retreat. “Spirit of Music” will take place from September 3-6, 2009. Victor and his staff plan to explore these questions with campers: Is there a spiritual side to Music? Do you want to find out? Can Music “speak” to...

New Albums

THERION: The Miskolc Experience

Swedish progressive metal group THERION has released The Miskolc Experience, a 3-disc set including the live performance on DVD. THERION is Christofer Johnsson on guitar, newcomers Kristian Niemann on guitar and Johan Niemann on bass, and drummer Petter Karlsson. Filmed at the International Opera Festival in Miskolc, Hungary in June 2007, the CD/DVD set includes THERION’s performance with the Miskolc...

Bass Videos

3 Bass on the Mountain: Summertime

We have no idea who these guys are, but they’re rocking out to “Summertime” on top of a mountain, so we had to show them! That must have been a serious hike.

Player News

Harvey Brooks: 40 years of playing with the greats

In a recent interview with Ynetnews, bassist Harvey Brooks tells pieces of his life story, which for the past four decades includes playing beside Bob Dylan, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Miles Davis, Mama Cass and B.B. King, to name a few. In the interview Brooks recalls playing with some of the greats (an excerpt): “Jim Morrison, like Jimi,...

Bass Gear

Gear Watch: Kasha 4 Channel Overdrive

Kasha has developed a 4 Channel Overdrive pedal built to the standards of their boutique amplifiers. Kasha applied their extensive amplifier knowledge to this pedal, the first thing you will notice is that there is no tone control! This is on purpose, Kasha explains that “A big problem that most pedals have is the addition of a tone control or...

Bass Day Jam: Mr. P.C.
Bass Videos

Bass Day Jam: Mr. P.C.

Twelve years ago, bassists John Patitucci, Tony Levin, Oteil Burbridge, Billy Sheehan, Reggie Washington and Dave Pomeroy got together to perform John Coltrane’s “Mr. P.C.” Of course, Mr. P.C. is Mr. Paul Chambers, the bassist who performed and recorded with Coltrane and Miles Davis.

Player News

Mark Hoppus confirms working with Panic! at the Disco

Blink 182 bassist Mark Hoppus has confirmed that he is working with Panic! at the Disco to produce at least one “gigantic” song on their upcoming LP. In a recent interview with MTV news Hoppus said: “I’ve heard a few of Panic! at the Disco’s demos for the new album, and they’re really strong… There’s one track in particular that...

Columns, Ray's Raving About...

Ray’s raving about: Nat Janoff’s “Looking Through”, with Matthew Garrison

Matt Garrison is one of my favorite bass players… EVER. I was fortunate enough to share the bill with him at a 2001 NYC Bass Day and was blown away with his playing and became a fan for life. Matt is one of those players that has created his own unique voice on the instrument and has changed the way...