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Archive for November 2009 - Page 4

In Memoriam

RIP Jeff Clyne

Jeff Clyne, one of the best jazz bassists to come out of the UK, passed away on November 16th of a heart attack. Clyne, who was 72, broke onto the scene in the 1950’s, and in 1958 joined Tubby Hayes’ band, the Jazz Couriers. In 1965, Clyne played on Stan Tracey’s classic album “Under Milk Wood,” and later became a...

Concerts & Tours

Michael Manring Tour Update (Nov 2009 – June 2010)

Michael Manring has updated his tour schedule through next year. Here’s the latest… Friday, November 20, 2009 With guitarist Adam Werner The Grieb Theater: 5440 Valley Circle Blvd. Woodland Hills, CA 91367 Doors @ 7pm, Show @ 7:30pm Saturday, November 21, 2009 Solo clinic for Zon Guitars Bass San Diego, 6255 Ferris Square Ste. E, San Diego, CA 92121 Presentation...


A review of “Palabras Malas” by Many Arms

Wild, loud and at times verging on chaos, this is not music for everyone; but I loved this record. No one else sounds like Many Arms, who follow their own path and clearly make this music because they love it – it is certainly not designed for radio formats. The band names the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Ornette Coleman, Black Flag, Bernard...

Yellowjackets: Man Facing North
Bass Videos

Yellowjackets: Man Facing North

Here’s a 1993 performance of the Yellowjackets performing “Man Facing North” live in Montreux. Bassist Jimmy Haslip takes a solo before the half-way mark, and does some nice doubling with Bob Mintzer.

Player News

Geddy Lee to judge Canada’s finest food

Rush bassist and lead singer Geddy Lee will be judging at the “Gold Medal Plates,” a Canadian chef cook-off, today in Toronto. Gold Medal Plates is self-described as the “ultimate celebration of Canadian Excellence in cuisine, wine, entertainment, and athletic achievement.” Founded in 2003, the organization’s goal is to raise money for Canada’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes. So far, the...

New Albums

Ike Sturm: Jazz Mass

Bassist Ike Sturm has released his new album, Jazz Mass. Sturm composed and arranged Jazz Mass for voices, strings, and jazz septet, resulting in a unique blend of textures. “I have always loved the emotional heights and depths that can be revealed through voices and strings,” Sturm says. “To hear these sounds combine with some of my favorite improvisers is...

Setting Up Your Bass
Ask Damian Erskine

Setting Up Your Bass

Q: Do you set up your instruments? If so, What do you strive for? A: (This article will also appear in a future issue of Bass Guitar Magazine UK in the midst of many more on the topic from other players) The overall playability of my instrument is everything to me. If I have to fight the feel of my...

Franck Avitabile with Pino Palladino: Stage Door
Bass Videos

Franck Avitabile with Pino Palladino: Stage Door

Our friend Kev Cooke sent this in to us, saying “Another Pino vid to feature… simply beautiful composition & perfect sounds, and amazing video quality too.” We couldn’t agree more, so here it is: The line up is Franck Avitabile on piano, Pino Palladino on bass, and Manu Katché on drums. The song, “Stage Door”, is from Avitabile’s Paris Sketches...


Sublime bassist Eric Wilson loses courtroom battle

Sublime’s bass player, Eric Wilson, has lost a legal battle with the estate of Brad Nowell, the band’s singer, over the rights to use the band’s name. For the years after Brad’s untimely passing in 1996, the surviving members performed in a group they formed called the Long Beach Dub All Stars, but recently they decided to return to the...

Reader Spotlight: Stuart Clayton
Reader Spotlight

Reader Spotlight: Stuart Clayton

Meet Stuart Clayton, our player in the spotlight for November 17, 2009. Bio: I have been a pro bassist for about eight years. During that time I have had six instructional books published with Sanctuary Publishing and worked for Bass Guitar Magazine (UK) since its first issue. I am currently the bassist with Carl Palmer’s Band (of Emerson Lake and...

Columns, The Lowdown with Dr. D

The Lowdown with Dr. D.: Making the Switch from Electric to Upright (part 3 of 3)

The Left Hand Contrary to what many of us expect when we hop on over from Electric, effective and reliable left hand technique can be one of our more formidable challenges as a switcher. We will be learning a new way to use our left hand on an instrument that seems so similar to one we already know, but is...

Bass Videos

Mr. Big: Addicted To That Rush Live in Budokan 2009

As we previously covered, Mr. Big hit the road for a reunion tour this year. The original four members of Mr. Big joined forces again, including bassist Billy Sheehan, vocalist Eric Martin, guitarist Paul Gilbert and drummer Pat Torpey. A new DVD, Budokan: Reunion Tour 2009 is now out. Here’s a preview: