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  • Gary Willis “Self Defense” solo

    We came across this great video of bassist Gary Willis playing an incredible bass solo: Willis founded the jazz-fusion group Tribal Tech with Scott Henderson in 1984. He has also worked with other notable musicians including Wayne Shorter, Dennis Chambers, and Allan Holdsworth. »

  • Rewind: top bass lessons and videos, Ray Riendeau’s Rave, Ask Damian Erskine, new releases and more

    In case you missed them, here are some of the most popular features from last week (September 21st through 26th). Jon Burr shows us how to make transposition much easier in his latest lesson: “By the Numbers“. Meet Phil Wain, our player in the spotlight. Damian Erskine discusses the topic of learning new styles. in... »

  • Jade Visions: The Life and Music of Scott LaFaro

    Jazz bassist Scott LaFaro is being honored with the first biography on his brief but influential life, Jade Visions: The Life and Music of Scott LaFaro. The biography has been written by LaFaro’s sister Helene LaFaro-Fernandez and includes contributions by notable jazz writers highlighting LaFaro’s contributions to the bass community. LaFaro made his mark on... »

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  • New Release from Ben Allison: Think Free

    Bassist and composer Ben Allison will be releasing his ninth album, Think Free, on October 13th 2009, with Palmetto Records. Think Free features Allison on bass with Steve Cardenas on guitar, Shane Endsley on trumpet, Rudy Royston on drums and Jenny Scheinman on violin. The album consists of eight originals by Allison, and continues his... »

  • Greg Bagley: How Insensitive

    Greg Bagley is a Seattle-based freelance bassist who currently endorses Kinal basses. By the looks of his videos on Youtube, it seems that he can play just about any style well. He also shows off several of those Kinals and other basses. This is his solo bass version of How Insensitive by Antonio Carlos Jobim... »

  • Gear Watch: CruzTOOLS GrooveTech

    CruzTOOLS has introduced the GrooveTech, a new tool in their line of musician tools for bass and guitar. GrooveTech’s hex key set is matched to virtually all bass makes. The complete feature list for the GrooveTech includes: 6-in-1 screwdriver which includes two Phillips tips (#1 and #2), two slotted tips (1/4” and 3mm tip for... »

  • Scott Ford Benefit Show

    Bassist Scott Ford (Twilight Singers, the Gutter Twins, Camp Freddy), has been suffering from an advanced bone loss disease making him susceptible to severe blood infections. To help with the rising medical bills guitarist and former The Cult member Billy Morrison decided to host a benefit show. The Scott Ford Benefit Show is today, at... »

  • Robert Trujillo’s HardTimes interview

    Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo recently shared his personal views on the environment and taking care of yourself, in a 12 minute interview with The interview took place while Metallica was in Montreal, and also covers topics from Metallica’s band dynamics, veganism, surfing and pre-show rituals. Metallica donated $21,462 to Sun Youth in Montreal from... »

  • The Obamas to chair Thelonious Monk International Bass Competition

    President Barack Obama and First-Lady Michelle Obama will be serving as honorary chairs at the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Bass Competition and Gala Concert this October. The Gala co-chairs include Madeleine Albright, Herb and Lani Alpert, Quincy Jones, Debra Lee, Bill and Carolyn Powers, and Joseph E. Robert Jr. The Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition... »

  • Ray’s raving about… Eldar Djangirov and his newest CD

    Eldar Djangirov’s CD, Virtue, has been spinning in my car for weeks now. I unfortunately had never heard of Eldar until reading a review about this new CD and when I checked it out I was instantly a fan. At first I was drawn by his amazing technique and angular lines but the deeper I... »