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Jojo Mayer & Nerve, Featuring John Davis: Live in Europe
Bass Videos

Jojo Mayer & Nerve, Featuring John Davis: Live in Europe

We don’t often feature full sets of music, but when John Davis sent us this video of Nerve performing live in Europe, I couldn’t stop watching. The band – which also features drummer Jojo Mayer, keyboardist Jacob Bergson, and effects specialist Aaron Nevezie – mixes the formats of programmed electronic music styles with live instruments and improvisation. Davis is described...

Groove – Episode #3: Leland Sklar
Groove Podcast

Groove – Episode #3: Leland Sklar

“Who is that bass player with the long beard?” That was my initial reaction when I first saw the video for Phil Collins’ smash hit, “Sussudio”, in 1985. I did not know Leland Sklar’s pedigree as a bass player before that (and, what happened after is a journey of impressive artists and songs that continues to expand to this day...

Mike Frost Band: Armando’s Rhumba
Bass Videos

Mike Frost Band: Armando’s Rhumba

Mike Frost sent us this great clip of his band performing the classic Chick Corea tune, “Armando’s Rhumba.” Taken from a performance at the Shapeshifer Lab in Brooklyn, the band is cooking with some Latin flavor. Frost gets a warm sound from his fretless to pin the band together. “The video is showing my new Fretless Clifford Roi 4 string...

Bassists Join Forces for “Live in Finland”
New Albums

Bassists Join Forces for “Live in Finland”

Bassists Armand Sabal-Lecco and Jan-Olof Strandberg have joined together to create a unique live album, Live in Finland, as the Jan-Olof Strandberg & Armand Sabal-Lecco Project. A Cameroonian, Sabal-Leco is known for his work with Paul Simon, Stanley Clarke, Peter Gabriel and Stewart Copeland. He’s currently part of Robert Trujillo’s group Mass Mental. As for the Finnish Strandberg, for quite...

DOD Announces The Boneshaker Distortion Pedal
Pedals & Effects

DOD Announces The Boneshaker Distortion Pedal

DOD is getting heavy with the new Boneshaker, a distortion pedal aimed at bass, baritone, and extended-range guitars. The circuit was designed by Black Arts Toneworks to focus on anything “heavy, loud and low.” The Boneshaker has Distortion, Depth and Level controls for dialing in the type of distortion. Its twist is a 3-band parametric EQ section that includes Low,...

Exploring Practice with Non-Standard Bass Tunings
Ask Damian Erskine

Exploring Practice with Non-Standard Bass Tunings

Q: I know some pros play using non-standard tuning (drop D, DADG, D standard DGCF, semitone E?A?D?G?, etc.), and I read somewhere that practice with other tunings can be good to help think in terms of the notes rather than finger patterns. What is your take? Is it a good idea to practice using non-standard tunings? A: Non-standard tunings are...

Katie Thiroux: “Oh, What A Beautiful Morning” & “Ray’s Kicks”
Bass Videos

Katie Thiroux: “Oh, What A Beautiful Morning” & “Ray’s Kicks”

There’s a new name in the world of double bass we think you’ll be hearing a lot: Katie Thiroux. A student of John Clayton and Jeff Hamilton, Thiroux has an essence on the double bass that recalls the bluesy, soulful, straight-ahead style of Ray Brown while expressing her own voice. Here’s a great clip from the Berklee College of Music...

Omnibook Offers Transcriptions of Miles Davis Solos for the Low End
Sheet Music & Instruction

Omnibook Offers Transcriptions of Miles Davis Solos for the Low End

Are you a jazz player and/or a huge Miles Davis fan? Have you always wanted to play his solos on your bass? Your book has arrived. The Miles Davis Omnibook for Bass Clef Instruments, from Hal Leonard Corp., offers transcriptions of 50 of Davis’ recorded solos. Songs featured in the 272-page paperback include: Airegin All Blues All of You Au...

Reader Spotlight: Iain Hodges
Reader Spotlight

Reader Spotlight: Iain Hodges

We’ve featured many versatile musicians as part of the Reader Spotlight series. Iain Hodges matches up well with all of them. Starting on violin at the age of 3, he eventually migrated to the electric bass, playing everything from metal to funk to jazz – and more. Iain has at least two claims to fame that I can tell: his...

G&L Guitars Introduces Detroit Muscle Series R/T Collection LB-100 Bass
Basses

G&L Guitars Introduces Detroit Muscle Series R/T Collection LB-100 Bass

Continuing on last year’s Detroit Muscle Series, G&L Guitars has unveiled the R/T Collection, including an LB-100 model. The new instruments pay homage to classic muscle cars with four historic Mopar colors: Sublime Green, Go Mango, Plum Crazy, and Panther Pink. Each of the colors, which were honed for the instruments by Mitch Lanzini of Lanzini Body Works, is available...