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Herbie Hancock & The Headhunters: Spank-A-Lee, Live with Paul Jackson (1974)
Bass Videos

Herbie Hancock & The Headhunters: Spank-A-Lee, Live with Paul Jackson (1974)

Of all the rhythm sections in the history of the world, the combo of bassist Paul Jackson and drummer Mike Clark has to rank near the top. Here’s the duo laying it down behind Herbie Hancock & the Headhunters in a performance of “Spank-A-Lee”. This was originally broadcast on the German television show Musikladen in November 1974. So funky. So...

Top 10: Michael Pedulla Interview, More New Bass Gear from NAMM, Bass of the Week, Plus the Week’s Top Bass Videos
Weekly Top 10

Top 10: Michael Pedulla Interview, More New Bass Gear from NAMM, Bass of the Week, Plus the Week’s Top Bass Videos

If you can believe it, we’re still posting articles about gear announced at NAMM. And it is obviously worth doing (and we’re not complaining, either). Half of last week’s Top 10 focused on new bass gear announced during the show, from Boulder Creek’s entry into the solid body electric space, to new signature basses from Jackson (Dave Ellefson), Ibanez (Gerald...

Epifani Introduces AL Series Aluminum Combos and Cabinets at NAMM
Amps

Epifani Introduces AL Series Aluminum Combos and Cabinets at NAMM

Epifani has announced the AL combo and speaker line, utilizing hybrid aluminum enclosures. The new models have a pure aluminum shell paired with wood front and rear baffles, with the combos containing the company’s Piccolo 600 amplifier and DIST speaker technology. DIST allows for the combos to run at 4 ohms on their own and switch to 8 ohms when...

Percy Jones and BangTower Announce Plans for 2012 Tour
News

Percy Jones and BangTower Announce Plans for 2012 Tour

Progressive rock/fusion group BangTower is gearing up for a tour with the release of several new music videos over the coming weeks. Bassist Percy Jones anchors the trio, which also features guitarist Neil Citron and drummer Walter Garces for the coming tour. The video releases will include tracks from the band’s most recent release, Casting Shadows, as well as footage...

Marcus Miller: “Was It Ever Really Love”, Live from the Japan Tsunami Relief Concert
Bass Videos

Marcus Miller: “Was It Ever Really Love”, Live from the Japan Tsunami Relief Concert

Marcus Miller recently shared this video from last year’s concert to raise money for the Japanese tsunami relief fund. “That’s Raul Midon doing a still unreleased song called ‘Was It Ever Really Love’, with Robert Glasper (keys), Spaceman Patterson (guitar), Louis Cato (drums), Gregoire Maret (harmonica), and me,” Marcus said. “It’s always great to work with Raul. Let’s not forget…...

AC/DC: Bass Play-Along Volume 40
Sheet Music & Instruction

AC/DC: Bass Play-Along Volume 40

Hal Leonard’s Bass Play-Along series reaches number 40 with the release of AC/DC: Bass Play-Along. The new book features bass transcriptions for eight AC/DC hits from over the years, as originally recorded with bassists Cliff Williams and Mark Evans. The 64 page book includes TAB as well as the melody and lyrics for each tune. Like all the other releases...

Dean Introduces Updated Ashley Purdy Signature Basses
Basses

Dean Introduces Updated Ashley Purdy Signature Basses

Black Veil Brides bassist Ashley Purdy had a new pair of Dean Signature basses debut at the NAMM show this year, with the Spire “War Paint” and Cadi “Outlaw” models. Co-designed by the bassist and the company, the basses are revamps of the existing models, with special graphics added to suit Purdy’s style. When Purdy first joined up with Dean,...

Chickenfoot Announces “Different Devil” North American Tour
Concerts & Tours

Chickenfoot Announces “Different Devil” North American Tour

Since the release of their second studio album ironically entitled III, Chickenfoot has only given a handful of performances in the U.S. and Europe. That’s about to change as the group has announced the “Different Devil Tour”, with 20 dates spanning the U.S. and a single date in Canada. Originally formed in 2008, the band consists of former Van Halen...

Spock’s Beard: Crack the Big Sky
Bass Videos

Spock’s Beard: Crack the Big Sky

Here’s one for the prog-rock fans. This clip features Spock’s Beard playing their tune “Crack the Big Sky,” off their 2008 DVD Live. Bassist Dave Meros underpins the tune with an awesome snarly tone, though he knows how to sweeten it up during the bass melodies.

Red Hot Chili Peppers “I’m with You Bass” Transcription Book Released
Sheet Music & Instruction

Red Hot Chili Peppers “I’m with You Bass” Transcription Book Released

Last year, the Red Hot Chili Peppers returned with their latest album, I’m With You. The album was the band’s first in five years, tenth overall, and first to feature guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, who replaced longtime guitarist John Frusciante. The album was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Album and was well received by fans. Hal Leonard has just...