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Archive for November 2009 - Page 9

Concerts & Tours

Freddie Washington tour update and free download

You may remember when we posted about bassist Freddie Washington releasing In the Moment. You can now download the track “When You Get Right Down To It” for free. Washington is currently on tour with Steely Dan, you can catch him with the band at the following venues: Nov 7 – Merrillville, IN – Star Plaza Nov 8 – Minneapolis,...

Reader Spotlight: Derrick Lee Murdock
Reader Spotlight

Reader Spotlight: Derrick Lee Murdock

Meet Derrick Lee Murdock, our player in the spotlight for November 3, 2009. Bio: Derrick Lee Murdock (aka DOCK) A Native of Philadelphia began playing the Bass at the age of seventeen. While most musicians consider this a late start, Derrick was able to overcome this by intensive practice and study of his favorite bassist. Among his early influences were...


A review Donovan Stokes’s “Gadaha”

Many things come to mind with the upright bass. I guarantee that Donovan Stokes will prove to you that this instrument is more than what you think it is. Gadaha is an acoustic solo bass album – and it’s awesome. That’s right young travelers, there is an acoustic no-overdub upright bass album that that will drop your jaw both for...

Bass Videos

Trip Wamsley: Huevos Con Dios

Check out Trip Wamsley and his extended range bass, in this live performance of “Huevos Con Dios”. The tune is also on Trip’s CD, Curve.

New Albums, Player News

Nikolai Fraiture meets charity goal and releases new album

In October we reported on Strokes bassist Nikolai Fraiture training to run the New York Marathon and simultaneously doing a fundraiser for New York Road Runners Foundation’s Team For Kids charity. The great news is that Fraiture met is $5,000 goal and completed the marathon in 4 hours 23 minutes and 35 seconds. He had trained for two and half...

Concerts & Tours

Stanley Clarke Tour Update (with Corea, Clarke, White)

Stanley Clarke is continuing with the Corea, Clarke and White reunion tour through December. If you have not gotten the chance to see them live yet they are well worth checking out. From first hand experience the show is unbelievable. The upcoming dates for November and December include: 11/02/2009 Wiener Konzerthaus-Vienna AUSTRIA 11/03/2009 Fabrik – Hamburg GERMANY 11/04/2009 Tonhalle-Dusseldorf GERMANY...

Bass Lessons

Melodic Construction: Extensions on Dominant Chords, Part 2

This is the second part of the Melodic Construction: Extensions on Dominant Chords series. Click here for Part 1 A fundamental problem with the “chordal scale” approach to improvising is that it tends to produce mechanical-sounding performance; all scale tones tend to be given equal weight as to whether or not they “work.” Frequently we hear players running out patterns...

Bass Videos

Todd Johnson Trio: Don’t Shoot the Messenger

Today’s video features bassist Todd Johnson and his Trio, performing “Don’t Shoot the Messenger” live in November, 2008. Nice!


Rewind: the most popular features, lessons and videos of the week

In case you missed them, here are the most popular features from last week. Lessons Jon Burr: Melodic Construction: Extensions on Dominant Chords, Part 1 Evan Kepner: The Zen of Ear Training – Part 2 Columns and Features Phil Wain reviews Wayne Krantz – Krantz Carlock Lefebvre Damian Erskine covers Shortcuts in his latest Ask Damian column. Ray Riendeau is...

Gov’t Mule Releases Album Featuring New Bassist
New Albums

Gov’t Mule Releases Album Featuring New Bassist

Southern rock jam band Gov’t Mule has released their first new studio album in three years, , which features the latest addition to the group: bassist Jorgen Carlsson. Jorgen, who grew up in Sweden, lives in Los Angeles where he has been a studio owner and musician. He has also formerly played in the band “Low Millions.” Jorgen replaced Andy...

Bass Videos

Wies de Boevé: Czardas on double bass

Check out bassist Wies de Boevé, then 19 years old, performing “Czardas” in his first concert as a soloist.

Player News

Player Watch: Michael Janisch

Bassist Michael Janisch is a relative newcomer to the international jazz scene, but definitely worth checking out. The London Times described him as “always hip, melodic, and bouncey” while JazzWise said he’s “a muscular, fluent player with an irresistible pulse and virtuosic soloing technique.” Janisch is releasing his debut solo album Purpose Built on October 26th 2009. Purpose Built features...