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Donny McCaslin Releases Perpetual Motion, Featuring Tim LeFebvre
New Albums

Donny McCaslin Releases Perpetual Motion, Featuring Tim LeFebvre

Jazz saxophonist Donny McCaslin has released his ninth solo album, Perpetual Motion, featuring the electric bass talents of Tim LeFebvre. The 10-track album is full of odd meter grooves and rich harmonies, creating a very hip and modern vibe. LeFebvre’s bass really shines on “Firefly,” a tune that begins with an eerie bass solo that builds into the sax’s theme,...

Ibanez Announces TS9B Bass Tube Screamer Pedal
Bass Gear

Ibanez Announces TS9B Bass Tube Screamer Pedal

Ibanez expanded their 9 Series effects pedals this year with the introduction of the TS9B Bass Tube Screamer. Based on Ibanez’s already popular guitar version, the company says the Bass Tube Screamer retains the former’s mid-range character while keeping the low-end intact. The pedal is also built for simplicity, with controls including Level, Drive, Bass, Treble, and Mix. The mix...

Willie Dixon: Preserving the Legacy
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Willie Dixon: Preserving the Legacy

In today’s fast paced world it’s not uncommon for us to overlook the legacies of those who paved the way for so many bassists who came later. Thankfully, a new website dedicated to the life and legacy of Willie Dixon will help ensure the legendary bluesman’s landmark contributions to bass playing, the blues, and helping his fellow musicians will get...

Dunlop Announces MXR M87 Bass Compressor Pedal
Bass Gear, NAMM 2011

Dunlop Announces MXR M87 Bass Compressor Pedal

NAMM 2011 saw the release of the newest addition to MXR’s Bass Innovations pedal line, the M87 Bass Compressor. Featuring a an 10-LED meter to indicate Gain Reduction, the stompbox has all the standard compressor controls, including Attack, Release, Ratio, Input, and Output. The new pedal also utilizes the company’s Constant Headroom Technology, which is a circuit that provides extra...

Mike Lull Unveils Tom Petersson Signature Bass
Bass Gear, NAMM 2011

Mike Lull Unveils Tom Petersson Signature Bass

Mike Lull introduced a new Tom Petersson signature bass, the TPT4, at NAMM this year. The TPT4 is based on Lull’s T4, with some tweaking specified by the Cheap Trick bassist. One of the key differences is the pickup placement. The pickups, made by Lull, are both pushed up closer to the neck: a position that Petersson worked meticulously at...

Hal Leonard Releases KISS Bass Play-Along
Sheet Music & Instruction

Hal Leonard Releases KISS Bass Play-Along

Hal Leonard has released a KISS Bass Play-Along book, featuring bass lines played by Gene Simmons written out in TAB format. The accompanying CD has tracks with and without the bass line to help you hear what it should sound like, then play it on your own. The disc plays in any CD player, but it’s also enhanced to allow...

Esperanza Spalding to Perform At Grammys, Co-Host Pre-Telecast Ceremony
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Esperanza Spalding to Perform At Grammys, Co-Host Pre-Telecast Ceremony

Bassist and Grammy nominee Esperanza Spalding will be co-hosting the Grammy Pre-Telecast Ceremony, as well as performing at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards. Spalding will be sharing hosting duties with singer Bobby McFerrin on the show, which will be streamed on the Grammy website and YouTube channel starting at 1 p.m. PT on February 13. The ceremony is set to...

Hartke Announces Kilo Bass Amplifier
Bass Gear, NAMM 2011

Hartke Announces Kilo Bass Amplifier

Hartke has released the Kilo Bass Amplifier, a new head unit that delivers 1,000 watts via bridged mono or 500 watts per side in stereo or dual mono. Housed in a 3U rackspace chassis, the amp features a tube preamp and variable Hartke Bass Attack Overdrive and Shape Control in addition to an onboard compressor. It also has a slew...

Kira Small and Bryan Beller: I Ain’t Never
Bass Videos

Kira Small and Bryan Beller: I Ain’t Never

Talk about diversity! Bryan Beller plays bass for the cartoon band Dethklok, but when he’s not melting faces he hits the road with wife Kira Small to play house shows. This particular performance was recorded for the program “The Smoking Lounge” at the Magnolia Avenue KDHX studio in St. Louis, MO.

Tech 21 Releases Boost Chorus Bass Pedal
Bass Gear, NAMM 2011

Tech 21 Releases Boost Chorus Bass Pedal

Tech 21 has unveiled a new two new Boost Chorus pedals, including a bass specific version. The new Boost Chorus Bass, which can be used to obtain slapback, echo, flanging, and doubling effects, was designed after ‘70s vintage choruses, to mimic their richness. To get a chorus sound without making “seasick tones,” Tech 21 added a Detune knob that adds...