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Pablo Aslan Quintet: Ventarron
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Pablo Aslan Quintet: Ventarron

Here is the tango master Pablo Aslan at work on the tune “Ventarron.” This performance comes from the 2009 Buenos Aires International Tango Festival.

Mike Mills Talks On Upcoming R.E.M. Album
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Mike Mills Talks On Upcoming R.E.M. Album

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Mike Mills revealed new details about R.E.M.’s upcoming album, Collapse Into Now. The bassist explains the new project sounds reminiscent of the group’s 1992 release, Automatic for the People. ”The songs go from one type into another really easily and it all seems to fit as a piece,” he says. “It makes sense...

Tommy Stinson Thanks Fans For Haiti Fundraiser with Free MP3
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Tommy Stinson Thanks Fans For Haiti Fundraiser with Free MP3

Guns N’ Roses bassist Tommy Stinson is thanking his fans for contributing to his recent auction, which helped to raise money for the Timkatec schools in Haiti. To show his appreciation, Stinson is giving away a free MP3 and video of a new song, which he recorded in the restaurant of the Conrad Hotel in Brussels, Belgium. ”Thanks to you,...

Pablo Aslan Releases “Tango Jazz” With Paquito D’Rivera
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Pablo Aslan Releases “Tango Jazz” With Paquito D’Rivera

Tango bass master Pablo Aslan has just released a new collaborative album with Paquito D’Rivera. Tango Jazz: Live at Jazz at Lincoln Center features Aslan as both bassist and musical director during the March 2010 concerts in New York City from which the album is compiled. D’Rivera, who is one of the most esteemed Latin Jazz alto sax/clarinetists in the...

Gear Watch: Tech 21 VT Bass 300 Amp
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Gear Watch: Tech 21 VT Bass 300 Amp

Tech 21 has unveiled their new VT Bass 300 amp, based on their SansAmp Character Series VT Bass pedal. The box, which is rated at 300 analog watts, features two channels that can be dialed in from clean to completely overdriven. You can choose between the two or combine them using the included footswitch. The footswitch also allows for silent...

Black Dub Releases Debut Album, Announces Tour Dates
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Black Dub Releases Debut Album, Announces Tour Dates

Producer/guitarist Daniel Lanois’ band Black Dub has released its debut self-titled album. The 11-track outing features the slick grooves of bassist Daryl Johnson, who seamlessly follows the band as they subtly mix rock, funk, soul, and reggae styles into their own unique sound. The group’s quartet setting allows Johnson to really stretch out with some tasty fills without losing their...

Elvis Bassist Bill Black’s 1960 Fender Precision Up For Auction
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Elvis Bassist Bill Black’s 1960 Fender Precision Up For Auction

A 1960 Fender Precision bass belonging to the late Bill Black is being sold at the Heritage Auctions Beverly Hills Signature Music & Entertainment Auction, to be held November 13th and 14th. Black, who passed away in 1965, is best known as Elvis Presley’s original bassist, playing with the icon through the 1950s. Black was also a pioneer of Rockabilly,...

Flea Joins Gorillaz Mastermind Damon Albarn For New Project
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Flea Joins Gorillaz Mastermind Damon Albarn For New Project

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea has teamed up with Gorillaz mastermind Damon Albarn on yet another supergroup. Albarn reports that the band also includes Afrobeat drumming master Tony Allen and some of his “favorite African musicians will be involved also.” They are mostly done recording an album, though they still don’t have a name. “Flea of course is an...

New Music Monday: Dangered Ace, Dante Pascuzzo, Suresh Singaratnam and Ed Bennett
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New Music Monday: Dangered Ace, Dante Pascuzzo, Suresh Singaratnam and Ed Bennett

Sometimes really great bass playing flies under the radar and doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. Here is a round up of some indie albums that you may have missed. Artist: Dangered Ace Album: GoTenGo Genre: Hard Rock Bassist: Paul Ranieri The Scoop: Describing themselves as playing the “essence of big band through the power of heavy rock,” Dangered Ace...

Gear Watch: Gadotti Guitars King Bass
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Gear Watch: Gadotti Guitars King Bass

Gadotti Guitars has introduced their newest model, the King Bass, available with 4, 5 and 6-string configurations, and fretted or fretless. Manufactured in Brazil, the bass is a neck thru body design featuring Honduras Mahogany and Maple for sustain and brightness, with a Cocobolo fretboard. The electronics include Kent Armstrong H4BE active pickups as well as Kent Armstrong active circuitry....