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  • Steve Vai: Where the Wild Things Are, with Bryan Beller

    Steve Vai’s latest release, Where the Wild Things Are, is a live performance recorded and filmed at the State Theatre in Minneapolis, MN. The concert was part of Vai’s Sound Theories world tour and is available on CD, DVD and now Blu-ray. Bassist Bryan Beller joins Vai on this performance, along with violinists Alex DePue... »

  • Dynamics and accents: Walking

    Yes, accents are good. Dynamics are good. Good pitch, dynamics, note choice and use of register are the icing on the musical cake; they separate the artist from the journeyman. Today we’re going to look at accents in walking bass. Accents are the bones of propulsion. How do we use them to best effect? What... »

  • Zawinul Syndicate with Richard Bona: Carnavalito

    Zawinul Syndicate with Richard Bona: Carnavalito

    The Zawinul Syndicate’s performance at the North Sea Jazz festival in 1997 included Richard Bona on bass, and all of the videos I’ve seen from that performance have been stellar. This live performance of “Carnavalito”, originally recorded on the album, features Zawinul’s Weather Report bandmate Manolo Badrena on percussion and vocals, with newcomers Paco Sery... »

  • Rewind: Our most popular features of the week

    In case you missed them, here are our most popular features from last week. Columns and Features Jon Burr shares his latest lesson, on Accents, Dynamics and Balance Evan Kepner‘s lesson focuses on Pattern Recognition in Jazz Standards Damian Erskine‘s latest column is on Learning How to Fish. Our player spotlight is on Dylan Sundstrom... »

  • Phil Brown’s Jazztet releases “Bright Side”

    Bassist Phil Brown has recently released his new album with the New Art Jazztet. The new album, Bright Side features ten songs, with six composed by Brown and four by the other members of the group. Pianist and composer Jean-Michel Pilc spoke on Brown’s compositions and playing, saying “Phil’s music is as much fun to... »

  • Charles Mingus: Flowers For A Lady

    I’ve been on a Charles Mingus kick lately, watching a ton of great videos like this one. This performance of “Flowers for a Lady” was filmed on July 28, 1974 at the Umbria Jazz Festival in Todi, Italy. Mingus is joined by Dannie Richmond on drums, Don Pullen on piano, George Adams on tenor sax... »

  • Gear Watch: Eleph speaker cables

    Solid Cables has introduced Eleph speaker cables, a new line that uses ultra pure copper conductors of different diameters to deliver the full frequency spectrum of sound an amp can generate. “We are the world’s first to make the innovation of using not only an ultra pure copper 10 gauge conductor, but one made up... »

  • Ringo and Paul back together for “Y Not”

    Ringo Starr recently recorded his latest album, Y Not, and was joined in the studio by his old friend, bassist Paul McCartney. “I played him this other track and Paul said, ‘Give me the headphones. Give me a pair of cans.’ And he went to the mike and he just invented that part where he... »

  • Avishai Cohen Trio: Eleven Wives

    Here’s bassist Avishai Cohen and his trio, including pianist Shai Maestro and drummer Mark Guiliana, performing an original composition “Eleven Wives”. The tune appears on the trio’s Gently Disturbed album. »

  • Player Watch: Missy Raines pushes bluegrass forward

    Multi-award winning upright bassist Missy Raines recently spoke about her love for bluegrass, and recent work with her group “New Hip”. Raines is originally from West Virginia and that her love for bluegrass grew from her parents passion for live music. “My parents didn’t really play music, but they enjoyed listening to music and made... »