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  • 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... »

  • 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... »

  • Charles Mingus: Goodbye Pork Pie Hat live in ’75

    Charles Mingus: Goodbye Pork Pie Hat live in ’75

    Here’s Charles Mingus, playing one of his greatest tunes, “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat”. This performance took place live at Montreux 1975, with Don Pullen on piano, George Adams on tenor sax, Gerry Mulligan on baritone sax, Benny Bailey on trumpet, and Danny Richmond on drums. »

  • New Release: Klang’s Tea Music

    Chicago-based jazz group, Klang, has just released Tea Music on the Allos Documents label. Originally formed as an improvised music series in 2006 that didn’t sustain, the band lived on. Klang was started by clarinetist James Falzone and features vibraphoist Jason Adasiewicz, bassist Jason Roebke and drummer Tim Daisy. If you are not familiar with... »

  • A Tribute to Charlie Haden

    Bassist Charlie Haden celebrates his 72nd birthday this month. After a lifetime of music (he’s been recording over 50 years!) KPLU’s Nick Morrison has compiled a top 5 list of songs which best describe Haden. Morrison describes Haden as building his own musical highway rather than running a set path: “To follow him down that... »

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  • Interview with Catalin Rotaru

    Interview with Catalin Rotaru

    We posted a player-watch piece on bassist Catalin Rotaru in July. Catalin has been gracious enough to share his insight into the double bass and his career as a professional classical performer and educator. In case you missed our last post, he served as associate principal bass in the Romanian National Radio Orchestra, principal bass... »

  • Les Claypool: One Better, live at Bonnaroo 2008

    It’s been a while since we featured a Les Claypool video… too long in fact. So, here’s one of Les and Master of Puppets at Bonnaroo in 2008. His bandmates include MIRV, Sam Bass, and Paulo Baldi. »

  • RIP Larry Knechtel

    Bassist Larry Knechtel has passed away. Knechtel died August 20th at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital in Yakima, Washington, at the age of 69. There is no official report for the cause of death, but it is believed he suffered a heart attack. Knechtel had a long music career as a player and studio musician. He... »

  • Bassist Cash Colligan leaves The Cab

    After their latest national tour “What Happens in Vegas” as a headliner, bassist and original member Cash Colligan has decided to leave The Cab. The Cab have been doing well, they were signed to Decaydence Records in May 2007 and released their debut full-length Whisper War in April 2008. The Cab has released the following... »

  • Ask Damian Erskine: Melodic approach to soloing

    Q: How do you approach the line between creating an interesting melody while soloing as opposed to playing chord tones and notes that harmonize better. I suppose the two blur into one really but is there a point where you worry less about the changes and more about finding an interesting melody to fit over... »