This piece is written by Austrian bass player Georg Breinschmid who after long consideration decided to name it “5/4” as he explains in the beginning of the video. He performs it with Thomas Gansch playing the trumpet.
This video is really more about drummer Bill Bruford than anyone else, but there’s still some exciting bass playing to be heard from Laurence Cottle. It’s clear that Cottle (and the other musicians, for that matter) in Bruford’s Earthworks have a lot of musical freedom to just do their own thing.
When Simone Vignola entered the EuroBassDay solo bass contest in 2008 he won the whole thing. This time he’s entering the Boss Loop Station World Championship with the following video of a piece he calls “FAQ”.
Hugely talented Edicson Ruiz has played the double bass with the Berlin Philharmonic since he was 18. In this video he plays Bottesini’s “Adagio Melancolico Ed Appassionato” along with harpist Marie-Pierre Langlamet. Beautiful, isn’t it?
This is part two of a live video of Big Pump by Now vs. Now featuring Jason Lidner on piano, Mark Guiliana on drums and Panagiotis Andreou on bass. Check out the way Andreou incorporates konnakol into his bass solo (and the drum solo ain’t bad either!)
This video features a nice, melodic solo bass piece by Doug Ross called “What Fortune Awaits”.
Always eclectic, Bill Laswell ventures into a very interesting musical place with the Bill Laswell Axiom Sound System Musical Freezone 06. In this performance, Laswell plays with Zakir Hussein (tablas), Ustad Sultan Khan (vocal, sarangui), DJ Disk, Karsh Kale (drums) and Nils Petter Molvaer (trumpet). This is part 4 of a 15-minute-jam.
Check out some great upright bass walking and soloing by Red Mitchell, playing “It Don’t Mean a Thing” along with trumpeter Clark Terry, live in 1988.
This video features a live performance of Cassandra Wilson with Lonnie Plaxico on bass, Brandon Ross on guitar and Jeffrey Haynes on percussion. They’re playing Astrud Gilberto’s song “Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars (Corcovado)”. Watch for Lonnie’s solo around the 2:20-minute-mark.
Check out Youtuber Allyourbassarebelong doing his bass arrangement of Queen’s classic “Bohemian Rhapsody”.
This is a live performance of Puerto Rican bassist Agustin Barreto‘s tune, Latina, from his album called Between My Walls. He is accompagnied by Abel Pabon on keyboard and Rey Monroig on drums.
Here’s Viaceslav Svedov presenting his slap bass adaptation of the classic Russian criminal song, “Murka”.