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Bass Videos

Fingersmoran: Bass In Yo Face

Shawn Moran, aka Fingersmoran, titled this tune “Bass In Yo Face”, and appropriately so because that’s exactly what it is!

Herbie Hancock: The Imagine Project
New Albums

Herbie Hancock: The Imagine Project

Herbie Hancock’s latest album, The Imagine Project, is a project that in many ways mirrors Hancock’s 2005 mega-hit, Possibilities. The album blends pop and jazz together with the help of a large and all-star cast of musicians such as Dave Matthews, Pink, John Legend, Seal, Jeff Beck and many others. Several bassists contributed to the project, including Marcus Miller (tracks...

Gear Watch: EMG X Series Pickup Sets for Jazz Bass
Bass Gear, Summer NAMM

Gear Watch: EMG X Series Pickup Sets for Jazz Bass

EMG has released Jazz bass versions of their X series pickups: the JX, JAX, and JVX sets. The brand’s X-Series is made to provide increased headroom, giving the voicing an organic and open tone while keeping great clarity and response. EMG describes them as “bridging the gap between passive and active tone.” The JX retains the jazz bass tone while...

Columns

Seeing Through Hearing

I’m an ear player… By that I mean I’m good at hearing something and responding intuitively to it on my bass, without necessarily knowing exactly what I’m doing. This has been both advantageous AND a disability to me. Below I’ve listed some of the pros and cons of being this kind of a player. See if you identify with any...

The Temptations & the Funk Brothers Rare Studio Rehearsal Video
Bass Videos

The Temptations & the Funk Brothers Rare Studio Rehearsal Video

Here’s some super rare footage of the Motown Studio known as the Snakepit, with James Jamerson on bass. Given the fact that Motown had not been conducting Live sessions with the vocalists and instrumentalists recording at the same time since at least 1963, this session was clearly staged for the CBS News cameras that were doing a brief piece called...

Weekly Top 10

Rewind: The Top 10 Bass Gear, Videos, Player News and Columns of the Week

1. Player News: Tal Wilkenfeld Breaks from New Album to Tour with Herbie Hancock After announcing her work on several upcoming albums, Tal Wilkenfeld revealed that she will be joining Herbie Hancock on the road as he tours in support of his newest effort, The Imagine Project. 2. Video: Keith Horne: Bass Solo on Miles Davis’ “All Blues” This is...

Gear Watch: Digitech BP90 Multi-Effects Processor
Bass Gear, Summer NAMM

Gear Watch: Digitech BP90 Multi-Effects Processor

Digitech released the new BP90 Bass Multi-Effects Processor as part of their appearance at the 2010 Summer NAMM Show. Powered by the AudioDNA 2 processor, the BP90 is built to digitally represent equipment including stompboxes, amplifiers, cabinets, and tons of effects. In all, it features 27 effects, 11 amps, five cabinets, and five stompboxes to choose from. Along with 50...

Jaco Pastorius Solo (Reading, 1978)
Bass Videos

Jaco Pastorius Solo (Reading, 1978)

Here’s some newly posted footage of Jaco Pastorius taking a solo during a Weather Report concert in Reading, PA in October 1978. Two parts:

Player News

Whitesnake Seeking New Bassist

According to a report on Gibson.com, the legendary hair-metal group Whitesnake is currently seeking a new bassist after parting ways with their rhythm section. A press release by David Coverdale indicated that both bassist Uriah Duffy and drummer Chris Frazier will no longer be with the band. “Whitesnake wish Uriah and Chris every success in pursuing their individual musical careers...

Summer NAMM Gear Watch: Fleabass Street Bass
Bass Gear, Summer NAMM

Summer NAMM Gear Watch: Fleabass Street Bass

The Fleabass line will be expanding with the coming of the Street Bass model, due to ship in late July. The Street Bass is an even more affordable version of the already available Touring Bass, which Flea himself is using to tour and write the new Red Hot Chili Peppers album with. The Street model varies from the Touring Bass...