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Island Jazz, Featuring Linley Marthe, Released Debut Album
New Albums

Island Jazz, Featuring Linley Marthe, Released Debut Album

Linley Marthe, the bass virtuoso from Mauritius, has teamed up with vocalist Monika Njava in the new world music/jazz hybrid group, Island Jazz, which has released its . Njava sings in English and several dialects of Malagasy, the language of her home country, Madagascar, which lies west of the island of Maruitius — the birthplace of the now Paris-based Marthe,...

Grouping Multiple Notes Into a Single Action/Thought
The Lowdown with Dr. D

Grouping Multiple Notes Into a Single Action/Thought

When playing at slow speeds we can concentrate on our physical movements for every single note we play. However, this becomes impractical at high rates of speed. When playing at high speed it helps to group notes, and motions, together into a single action. The number of notes we can combine will depend on the requirements of the specific passage,...

Dominic “Forest” Lapointe: Death’s “Nothing is Everything” Bass Playthrough
Bass Videos

Dominic “Forest” Lapointe: Death’s “Nothing is Everything” Bass Playthrough

Every time I watch a video by Dominic “Forest” Lapointe, it’s sure to blow me away. This one is no exception. Here’s the fretless 6-stringer playing through “Nothing is Everything” by Death. The track comes from their 1993 album Individual Though Patterns, which was originally played by fellow fretless metal player Steve DiGiorgio.

R.E.M. Releases MTV Unplugged Complete Sessions
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R.E.M. Releases MTV Unplugged Complete Sessions

R.E.M. was the only band to ever headline MTV’s acoustic “Unplugged” series twice, and now both those performances — from 1991 and 2001 – are available in a . The 1991 performances features the entire original band — vocalist Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist Mike Mills and drummer Bill Berry, while the 2001 performance occurred after Berry left the...

Weekly Top 10: The Best in Bass for the Week of May 11th
Weekly Top 10

Weekly Top 10: The Best in Bass for the Week of May 11th

There’s enough bass for this to go to 11, but it is called “Top 10” for a reason. Here are the most read bass-focused stories and how-to’s and the most watched bass videos for the week of May 11-17, 2014. Thanks as always for reading, commenting and sharing. 1. Ben Rouse: Bach Cello Suite No.1 – Prelude on Kala U-Bass...

Jeff Beck Group and Stanley Clarke: “Lopsy Lu” Live
Bass Videos

Jeff Beck Group and Stanley Clarke: “Lopsy Lu” Live

In 2006, Jeff Beck’s group took the stage at the North Sea Jazz Festival, with Randy Hope Taylor on bass, Jason Rebello on keys and Vincent Colaiuta on drums. During the performance, Stanley Clarke joined the band to perform Clarke’s tune “Lopsy Lu” (with Taylor continuing to hold it down, and a little Hendrix thrown in). Enjoy!

Down Releases “IV Part II”
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Down Releases “IV Part II”

Down has followed up the 2012 EP Down IV, Part One, fittingly enough with the 6-song set, . The group, which includes pedigrees from Pantera and Corrosion of Conformity, features a new guitarist, Bobby Landgraf. And the new EP, recorded at bandleader Philip Anselmo’s New Orleans home studio, also known as “Nodferatu’s Lair,” is full of the heavy riff the...

TC Electronic Announce Four New Mini Pedals
Pedals & Effects

TC Electronic Announce Four New Mini Pedals

TC Electronic has released a new line of Mini Pedals, which takes their existing TonePrint stompboxes and retools them to fit into smaller enclosures. The lineup includes the Flashback Mini Delay, Shaker Mini Vibrato, Corona Mini Chorus and Vortex Mini Flanger. Each of the pedals has been reduced to a three-knob interface for adjusting on the fly, but they’re also...

Jonathan Scales Fourchestra: Pink Brigade
Bass Videos

Jonathan Scales Fourchestra: Pink Brigade

The Jonathan Scales Fourchestra has released a second video from their latest album, Mixtape Symphony, and it’s a killer. Bassist Cody Wright locks in with drummer Phill Bronson to set the tune up with a great groove and ear-bending melodic content. Hold on to your hat.

Incognito Returns with “Amplified Soul”
New Albums

Incognito Returns with “Amplified Soul”

Legendary jazz funk band Incognito is back with its 16th studio album, , and as the records have since 2005, the lineup features phenomenal bassist Francis Hylton (Chaka Khan, Lulu, Miki Imai.) Although Incognito is 16 albums into their long career, the band’s sound remains as vibrant as ever, as the single “Hats (Make Me Wanna Holler)” – featuring Tony...