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  • The Stanley Clarke Band Releases “The Message”

    The Stanley Clarke Band Releases “The Message”

    The Stanley Clarke Band has returned with a new album entitled The Message, which follows up their 2010 self-titled album. It also marks 45 years since the bass master’s debut solo album. The band lineup has changed since the previous album, but Clarke has kept the stable of Cameron Graves, Beka Gochiashvili, and Mike Mitchell... »

  • Dominic “Forest” Lapointe: Augury’s “Message Sonore” Playthrough

    Dominic “Forest” Lapointe: Augury’s “Message Sonore” Playthrough

    Heavy metal monster Dominic “Forest” Lapointe is back with a new playthrough video. This time he demonstrates how to perform the bass line to “Message Sonore” by Augury. Lapointe is known for his fretless mastery but opts for a fretted six-string for the two-handed tapping heavy song. His lines provide countermelodies to the guitar riffs... »

  • In Memoriam: Richard Swift

    In Memoriam: Richard Swift

    More sad news today: Richard Swift, who toured with The Black Keys as their bassist, has passed away. He was 41 years old. Born in California to a musical family, Swift was a multi-instrumentalist and self-starter who began by experimenting with four-track cassette recorders. He launched a solo career in the early 2000s and quickly... »

  • Squier Expands Contemporary Series with New Jazz Basses

    Squier Expands Contemporary Series with New Jazz Basses

    Squier’s Contemporary Series got a little bigger at the Summer NAMM Show this year with the introduction of three new Jazz Basses: the Contemporary Active Jazz Bass HH, the Contemporary Active Jazz Bass HH V, and the Contemporary Jazz Bass. Notably, the four and five-string active models offer a more modern take on the Jazz... »

  • Andres Rotmistrovsky and Vero Perez: Don’t Know Why

    Andres Rotmistrovsky and Vero Perez: Don’t Know Why

    Andres Rotmistrovsky has made a good handful of incredible videos featuring bass and vocal duets, and this is no different. The bassist creates a dazzling cover of “Don’t Know Why” by Norah Jones with singer Vero Perez. He adapts his awesome chordal approach to an old school vibe by using a 1967 Fender Coronado Bass... »

  • In Memoriam: Alan Longmuir

    In Memoriam: Alan Longmuir

    More sad news this week: Bay City Rollers founding bassist Alan Longmuir has passed away after a short illness. He was 70 years old. The news was announced by his family on Twitter. “We are devastated to share the news that Alan has passed away peacefully surrounded by family. He was an extraordinary man with... »

  • Bass of the Week: Frederiek de Vette P-Style Bass

    Bass of the Week: Frederiek de Vette P-Style Bass

    We featured two basses by Frederiek de Vette last year, and now she’s shared her third ever build with us. This time she took a bit more straight ahead approach, although it’s no less beautiful. “This build is loosely inspired on the Precision bass,” she explains. “I aimed to capture the simplicity, tonal and aesthetical... »

  • The Gorillaz Return with “The Now Now”

    The Gorillaz Return with “The Now Now”

    The Gorillaz have always had great bass lines for their songs, and that doesn’t change on their new album The Now Now. The album, which leans more on dance and electronica, features James Ford laying down much of the instrumentals including bass. Jamaican roots/reggae bassist Junior Dan returned to the fold to play on the... »

  • Massive Unity Unveils the Dirty Boy Preamp Pedal

    Massive Unity Unveils the Dirty Boy Preamp Pedal

    Massive Unity attended the Summer NAMM Show this year and introduced the Dirty Boy preamp. Designed for guitar and bass, the unit is powered by T.A.E. technology, which is a proprietary tube amp emulation developed by engineer Danny Gomez. “Based on the classic amplifier, the Dirty Boy is a full analog amplifier simulator for line... »

  • Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy Releases Live CD/DVD

    Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy Releases Live CD/DVD

    Emerson, Lake, and Palmer helped to push the boundaries of what rock musicians could do. Sadly, Emerson and Lake have passed away, but drummer Carl Palmer is still carrying the torch of their musical legacy. His latest release, Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy – Live, is a 2-CD and DVD package dedicated to his fallen friends.... »