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Archive for April 2010 - Page 3

Bass Videos

Ow!: Ray Brown with Dizzy Gillespie, James Moody, Gene Harris and Grady Tate

Check out this live all-star performance, from Jazzfestival Bern, Switzerland in 1985. Bassist Ray Brown performs with Dizzy Gillespie on trumpet, James Moody on tenor sax, Gene Harris on piano and Grady Tate on drums.

Gear Watch: Epiphone Zenith Bass
Bass Gear

Gear Watch: Epiphone Zenith Bass

Epiphone has released the new Zenith bass, an instrument that pays homage to the jazz guitar tradition. Available as fretted or “lined” fretless, the key to this bass is its unique NanoFlex and NanoMag pickup combination. Designed by Shadow Germany, the NanoFlex is fit underneath the saddle to sense the vibrations of the strings as well as the body. It...

Bass Videos

Stefano Forcella: I am the Sun (The Flower Kings playalong)

Italian bassist Stefano Forcella, also known as “Ste”, lists his biggest influences to be founding member of Jamiroquai, Stuart Zender, and Jonas Reingold of the Swedish band The Flower Kings. This is Ste’s playalong of The Flower Kings’ song “I am the Sun”, nailing it as always:

Concerts & Tours

Railroad Earth Announces Tour Dates

After recruiting Andrew Altman on bass earlier this year, Railroad Earth has announced their extensive tour dates for the spring and summer. The group will be based mostly on the east coast, with several festival dates, including Summer Camp, All Good, and FloydFest. Railroad Earth Tour Dates 2010: April 23 Asheville, NC— The Orange Peel April 24 Atlanta, GA—Variety Playhouse...

Bass Gear

Gear Watch: Gruv Gear V-Cart Solo

Tired of hauling your rig over several trips from your car? Gruv Gear has introduced their new V-Cart Solo, a versatile cart designed for transporting heavy gear and equipment while staying ergonomic and maneuverable. Featuring a multi-position handle and sliding support arm, the V-Cart solo morphs into 3 configurations to fit your transportation needs. The modes include a 4-wheeled tilted...

New Albums

The Innkeeper’s Gun: John Goldsby with Jacob Duncan and Jason Tiemann

Bassist John Goldsby has announced his latest album, The Innkeeper’s Gun, will be releasing June 1, 2010. The album was recorded in the middle of Goldsby’s 2009 European tour with drummer Jason Tiemann and alto saxophonist Jacob Duncan and features jazz originals by Goldsby and Duncan, plus a cover of the hit pop tune “Paparazzi” from Lady Gaga. “We were...

Bass Videos

Tom Desmond: Yardbush (AKA Ridiculous Bass Melody / Solo)

Tom Desmond first caught my attention with a series of wonderfully weird videos (including this one) which both made me giggle and demonstrated his playing abilities. Here’s his tune Yardbush accompanied by NYC scenes: Check out his Myspace page.

Player News

Paul McCartney Breaks Ties With EMI

Former Fab-Four member Paul McCartney has broken his ties with EMI, the record company with which he has been associated for 50 years. Though the Beatles catalog is still in EMI’s control, McCartney has made a licensing deal with Concord Music Group to reissue his solo works, including his albums with Wings and various other projects. McCartney’s no stranger to...

Bass Gear

Gear Watch: Kala uBass 2 and Solid Acacia Models

Kala Brand Music has increased it’s uBass line by adding the uBass 2 and Solid Acacia models. The uBass is an instrument that fuses the strings and sound of a bass with the shape and size of a ukulele. Both new models feature proprietary Polyurethane strings, a passive pickup system, a mahogany neck, and a Rosewood fingerboard with a matching...

Bottoms Up

A Look at Oscar Pettiford’s “Tricotism”

I’d like to give a big thanks to everyone for their encouraging words on my first column; John Goldsby shared that he and John Patitucci have recorded “Bohemia After Dark”, and I’d encourage folks to take a listen to their respective versions of the tune. Now, back to the show. In our second installment on Oscar Pettiford, we are going...