Casey Abrams has returned with a new album simply entitled “Jazz.” The bassist, who caught the nation’s attention during a 2011 run on American Idol, honors the American tradition with standards and pop songs.
3Leaf Audio has reintroduced their popular octave pedal line with a new run of the Octabvre Mini. The pedal is a modified and miniaturized version of the original created with and for bassist Tim Lefebvre.
Ministry has announced a new bassist among their ranks after Tony Campos has left to pursue the Static-X reunion tour. Al Jourgensen and crew will be anchored by former Tool bassist Paul D’Amour. He will be on the road with Ministry this summer.
Ever since the release “The Gleaners,” I’ve seen Larry Grenadier’s playing in a new light. The jazz bassist spent a year exploring the instrument and its possibilities before recording. I keep coming back to the opening track, “Oceanic,” which creates an indescribable atmosphere.
The Claypool Lennon Delirium have added a new set of dates to their summer tour with a string of August performances. The band, helmed by Les Claypool and Sean Lennon, will bring their live act to U.S. cities between August 9th and the 17th.
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has announced the 2020 class of NEA Jazz Masters, which is described as the “highest honor that our nation bestows on jazz artists.” The 2020 recipients include bassist Reggie Workman.
Tritonlab has expanded their line of effects pedals with the Equinox, a bass preamp/overdrive that emulates a tube preamp with JFET technology. The circuity achieves a “warm tube sound with soft clipping and low noise level,” they write.
Mavis Staples is back with a new album with a little help from a friend. “We Get By” is co-produced and written by Ben Harper, who also appears on the title track. Longtime Staples bassist Jeff Turmes delivers that old school soul groove to tie the album together.
The Melvins have announced a massive 10-week tour across the U.S. for the fall. Joining them on the trip will be Red Kross and Sweden’s ShitKid. The Melvins and Red Kross share a bassist in Steven McDonald, who will be pulling double duty on the tour.
Once again, bassist Panagiotis Andreou has shared a video with us that is absolutely mesmerizing. The Greek-born bassist is known for his abilities in multiple styles from around the world, but he went back to his roots for this arrangement with Now vs Now.