I’ve always loved the videos many artists have shared with the Metropole Orkest. Here’s another great one, with Cory Wong performing a cool take on the tune, “Gumshü,” with the orchestra (including 3 bassists.)
During this year’s NAMM Show, I had a great chat with Gabriel Severn and his dad. His dad said that at a very early age, Gabriel was super interested in the music of Jaco Pastorius. So it wasn’t a surprise when his mom sent me this video of Gabriel performing “Donna Lee.”
Adam Ben Ezra is offering a bit of cheer in this new video, with his take on Bobby McFerrin’s tune, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” Or as Adam said, “Don’t worry, be healthy.”
Berklee shared this video yesterday, and it is so smoooooth. Check out Dee Dee Bridgewater Billie Holiday’s “Fine and Mellow” with students studying in the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice - including Devon Gates on bass.
My friend Steve Lawson is doing some very cool things right now with video lessons he’s posting to Instagram. The series looks at the 6 string bass and what it has to offer, and this track is a demo showcasing some beautiful music.
Donovan Stokes shared this video on Facebook, and we’re glad he did. The Richard Davis Foundation for Young Bassists made the most of this time of social distancing by coming together virtually to record an all-bass arrangement of Duke Ellington’s “Azure.”
Stuart Clayton always provides amazing lessons and transcriptions. In this clip, he walks through the bass line on “Teen Town,” written by Jaco Pastorius and released on the Weather Report album, “Heavy Weather.”
René Flächsenhaar shared this video recently on Facebook, and it was just what I needed. Heavytones hit the studio back in February and recorded this video for “Hockepocke.” So old school cool!
Viaceslav Svedov is back! He said this he hasn’t posted a video since 2015, and we’ve missed him. In this new video, he broke out his Music Man StingRay 40th Anniversary “Old Smoothie” bass to perform what he calls “Nasty Funk.”
A few days ago, Vulfpeck shared the exciting news that they have a new album coming out. Here’s a preview of “Vulf Vault 001: Antwaun Stanley,” with the tune “3 on E.”
The bass gear news we shared last month generated a ton of views. Here are your top 10 favorite stories for March 2020.
I love it when bassists share their inspiration – the players and lines that stick out to them over their lives. Pitchfork posted this incredible video with Thundercat, who breaks down some of his favorite lines and players (and more).