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  • Alberto Rigoni: Trying To Forget

    Alberto Rigoni: Trying To Forget

    Here’s a cool, spacy, harmonic-filled bass solo from Italian bassist Alberto Rigoni from his latest solo album, Something Different. »

  • Toph-E and the Pussycats with Will Lee Release “No Ordinary Day”

    Toph-E and the Pussycats with Will Lee Release “No Ordinary Day”

    Toph-E and the Pussycats have released a new album, No Ordinary Day, featuring Will Lee on bass and vocals. The band’s sound has been described as “R n’ B-bop,” as they play a mix of originals and R&B classics while paying homage to jazz greats such as Art Blakey, Thelonius Monk and Herbie Hancock. The... »

  • New Film to Feature Duff McKagan’s Loaded

    New Film to Feature Duff McKagan’s Loaded

    Seattle filmmaker Jamie Burton Chamberlain is gearing up to make a movie based on a new album by Duff McKagan’s Loaded, which is soon to be completed. The album is yet to be titled, though a single from it is being played in rotation during the MLB World Series coverage. McKagan, who played bass for... »

  • Owen Biddle Sets Record For Most Wah Pedals Used On a Bass

    Owen Biddle Sets Record For Most Wah Pedals Used On a Bass

    Owen Biddle of the Roots currently holds the record for most Wah pedals used on a bass at one time, according to the open source platformed Universal Record Database. Apparently he tried for six, but a bad cable cut him down to two. Who out there is gonna challenge him? »

  • Charlie Haden Releases “Sophisticated Ladies”

    Charlie Haden Releases “Sophisticated Ladies”

    Charlie Haden has just released latest album with Quartet West, entitled Sophisticated Ladies. The title is a play on the Duke Ellington tune, as the 12 tracks feature jazz standards sung by the genre’s best female vocalists, including Cassandra Wilson, Diana Krall, Melody Gardot, Norah Jones, Renée Fleming, and Haden’s wife, Ruth Cameron. Haden, who... »

  • Yes Signs New Record Deal, Album Due Next Year

    Yes Signs New Record Deal, Album Due Next Year

    Legendary prog-rock band Yes has signed to a new worldwide recording deal with Frontiers Records, based out of Italy. The group will be recording their first new studio album in nearly a decade, following 2001’s Magnification. According to the release, fans can expect a release date in 2011, sometime before summer. The current Yes band... »

  • Todd Smallie and Yonrico Scott Teach Jazz To Kids

    Todd Smallie and Yonrico Scott Teach Jazz To Kids

    Here’s a clip of bassist Todd Smallie and drummer Yonrico Scott laying it down during cultural day at Oakgrove Elementary School. The two, who make up part of the rhythm section for the Derek Trucks band, blow through the jazz standards “Tenor Madness”, “All Blues” and “The Chicken”. Notice the Grammy on the desk… »

  • Michael Formanek Releases First Album in 12 Years

    Michael Formanek Releases First Album in 12 Years

    Twelve years after his last album, jazz bassist Michael Formanek has released his fifth CD as a leader, entitled The Rub and the Spare Change. The project started Formanek recruited a few musicians just to play with, and ended up being a recording of his quartet featuring saxophonist Tim Berne, pianist Craig Taborn and drummer... »

  • Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament Opens Skatepark

    Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament Opens Skatepark

    Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament has opened a skate park in his hometown of Big Sandy, Montana. Ament funded the $40,000 project so he could “give the kids around here something to do,” besides school sports. The park is finished now, and Ament says he plans on buying some skateboards and gear to keep handy... »

  • Gear Watch: EBS Classicline 110 and 112 “Mini Size” Bass Cabinets

    Gear Watch: EBS Classicline 110 and 112 “Mini Size” Bass Cabinets

    EBS has extended their Classicline range of bass cabinets with the new 110 and 112 Vintage Style “Mini size” cabs. The cabs feature a vintage look as well as a vintage sound, with a warmer and rounder character than their Proline series. The smaller size cabs are made to match up with a compact head... »