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New Albums

Manhattan Transfer’s “Songbook” features Christian McBride guest appearance

Jazz vocal group, Manhattan Transfer, is wrapping up their long-awaited new release, The Chick Corea Songbook, with the help of guest bassist Christian McBride. The release features vocal interpretations of popular songs from Corea’s vast library, including “Free Samba”, a new tune written for the album. Other guest musicians include Fred Hersch, Airto, Edsel Gomez, Lou Marini and Alex Acuna....

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Sloan bassist hit by drunk driver

Bassist Chris Murphy, of the well-known Nova Scotia band Sloan, was hospitalized last week after being hit by a drunk driver. Murphy had been riding his bicycle. His injuries include a broken collarbone along with other collision damage. He’s been released from the hospital to rest, and he will require additional surgery later in the week. Sloan issued an optimistic...


Online Music: Jamendo

Are you seeking a new way to get your music to fans or searching for new sources of online music? Jamendo may be exactly what you need. Jamendo is an online platform for free and legal music downloads. It offers the largest collection of music under Creative Commons licenses (a licensing model allowing artists to freely distribute their music and...

Bass Videos

Sean Andrews: Strawberry Fields bass arrangement

Here’s a nice one from the archives: bassist Sean Andrews‘s all-bass arrangement of the Beatles’ Strawberry Fields. Sean dedicated the arrangement to Mike Portnoy, saying “thanks for having us open for you on the Systematic Chaos tour!” Check out Sean’s Myspace page, indica trichome project [bass instrumentals].

Bass Gear

Gear Watch: JamHub

How many times have you had a volume war during practice? Ever wish you could control the levels for each instrument? JamHub, “the silent rehearsal studio,” looks to give you that control. JamHub made it’s first appearance at this year’s Summer NAMM and is getting a lot of attention for good reason. Steve Skillings, JamHub inventor and CEO, says it...

Bass Videos

Superstition: All bass cover

Bassist Sebastiano Mereu (aka monsterbazz on Youtube) sent us this video featuring alekszmusic performing a remote collaboration of Stevie Wonder’s Superstition with him. Sebastiano shares: “After Aleks saw my Higher Ground cover, she told me that she is a huge Steve Wonder fan, and I took the initiative to ask her for a remote collab. Her singing is simply phenomenal,...

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Mike Dirnt footwear

Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt has broken into fashion. He has been working with Macbeth footwear to design a shoe, the 45 RPM. The 45 RPM is completed vegan, all of the materials used in its creation are free of animal products. Dirnt is donating all royalties from sales to shoe charity Soles4Souls, the international shoe charity dedicated to providing...