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Spector Releases Alex Webster Signature Bass
Bass Gear

Spector Releases Alex Webster Signature Bass

Spector has just released a new Alex Webster Signature Model bass, designed around their Euro5LX. One of the instrument’s key features is a faster neck, which is slimmer front to back, to facilitate playing the fast and technical riffs, as the Cannibal Corpse bassist is known to play. The fingerboard is ebony with blood red Spector Crown inlays. The Webster...

Future Perfekt: Purple Haze (Live)
Bass Videos

Future Perfekt: Purple Haze (Live)

Through the magic of “related videos”, I stumbled on this one by a band named Future Perfekt, performing “Purple Haze” live at the New Parish in Oakland, CA. And I’m glad I did. This is one tight version, with some nice bass work by Scott Thompson.

Oteil Burbridge to Tour with Tedeschi Trucks Band
Concerts & Tours

Oteil Burbridge to Tour with Tedeschi Trucks Band

Bassist Oteil Burbridge will be hitting the road with the newly formed Tedeschi Trucks Band, formed by husband and wife team Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks. The 11 piece group’s sound is described as coming from “Delta blues and Memphis soul, Sixties rock and Seventies funk” – traditions that Burbridge is well versed in, considering his time with the Allman...

New Steve Harris Book Released
News

New Steve Harris Book Released

A new book, entitled Steve Harris – The Clairvoyant, has been released in part by MaidenCroatia.com, one of the largest Iron Maiden fan sites. Written by Stipe Juras, the book tells the bassist’s story through interviews with his friends and acquaintances, but it’s not a traditional biography. “This is the story of Steve Harris, bass player and founder of Iron...

Listen: Lessons Learned from Scott LaFaro
Columns

Listen: Lessons Learned from Scott LaFaro

In the past four years or so, I’ve been asked to write or speak about Scott LaFaro many times. Each time I delve back into the experience, I find another side of the story to tell. That’s because my brain is constantly processing all of the information that I put into my head by transcribing all of LaFaro’s solos from...

Tedeschi Trucks Band: Midnight In Harlem, Live with Oteil Burbridge
Bass Videos

Tedeschi Trucks Band: Midnight In Harlem, Live with Oteil Burbridge

Oteil Burbridge lays down one tasty groove behind Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi in this live performance of “Midnight in Harlem”, recorded at the 2010 Crossroads Guitar Festival at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL. This tune was written by Tedeschi Trucks Band vocalist Mike Matteson. Kevin sent this to me, and I’ve lost count on how many times I’ve watched...

Mark Clarke Releases “Moving To The Moon”
New Albums

Mark Clarke Releases “Moving To The Moon”

For 40 years, Mark Clarke has been asked to make his own solo album by friends and fans. The veteran bassist, who performed with Colosseum, Uriah Heep, Natural Gas and others has finally listened. Moving To The Moon is 10 tracks of “new classic rock”, blended together by a bassist able to draw from decades of experience. Clarke was born...

Gerald Veasley Releases Electric Mingus Project
New Albums

Gerald Veasley Releases Electric Mingus Project

Gerald Veasley has a new album out, one he calls a “re-imagination” of well-known tunes written by acclaimed jazz composer and bassist Charles Mingus. Electric Mingus Project features songs ranging from “Haitian Fight Song” to “Boogie Stop Shuffle”, and performed using instruments such as the EVI (Electronic Valve Instrument) and EWI (Electronic Wind Instrument). Veasley says the album isn’t just...

Wanna Be Great?
Ask Damian Erskine

Wanna Be Great?

Q: In your opinion, what is it that separates the “greats” from the rest of us mortals? A: In short, thousands of hours spent working hard at their craft. Great work really is 99% perspiration, and 1% inspiration. I see this constantly in my students and my peers. The one thing that every great musician I know or have read...

Zander Zon: “Yesterday” for Solo Piccolo Bass
Bass Videos

Zander Zon: “Yesterday” for Solo Piccolo Bass

Zander Zon has posted his latest video, and his first arrangement of a Beatles tune. Awesome, as usual!