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Pure Ampeg Tone. Rugged Pedal Designs

There’s nothing like playing through your favorite Ampeg amp, be it the thunderous SVT or the rich B-15. But, there may be gigs where an 8×10 isn’t right. You might be touring and can’t get the Ampeg rig you requested. I know, right? Now, with three different Ampeg pedals available, each delivering something unique, you can always trust you will...

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Drummer Donati’s Latest Taps Pair of Bassists

Drummer Virgil Donati’s The Dawn of Time features not one, but two bassists. The recording, which is orchestral, yet drum-centered, includes the work of bassists Jimmy Johnson and Hadrien Feraud. “The bass and drums are the impetus behind this music, with the orchestra arousing emotions, taking the listener on a transcendent journey,” according to Donati’s website. The Dawn of Time...

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Eric Clapton 2007 Live Set Released

A March 2007 show plucked from an Eric Clapton world tour captures the guitarist and his band at their height. Their performance is now available as Live in San Diego (with Special Guest JJ Cale). With Willie Weeks (Donnie Hathaway, George Harrison, David Bowie, Randy Newman) on bass, Derek Trucks and Doyle Bramhall II on guitars, Chris Stainton and Tim...

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Timothy B. Schmit Releases “Leap of Faith”

Eagles and Poco bassist and vocalist Timothy B. Schmit has released the solo album, Leap of Faith. The record, recorded at his Los Angeles studio, mixes rock, country, Americana and R&B, was written as the Eagles toured. It also features a host of guests, including vibraphone from jazz player Gary Burton, and some other famous players, on the song, “Red...

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Giraffe Tongue Orchestra Debut Available

Giraffe Tongue Orchestra, featuring Alice in Chains frontman William DuVall and members of Mastodon and Dillinger Escape Plan, has released its debut album, Broken Lines. The band’s bassist is Grammy Award-winner Pete Griffin (Dethklok, Zappa Plays Zappa), a Los Angeles-based player who studied jazz and classical at Northwestern University, who also teaches bass in person and online. Check out the...

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Opeth Releases “Sorceress”

Swedish progressive metal band Opeth has returned with its 12th full-length studio album, Sorceress. Bassist Martín Méndez is the most stalwart band member, behind the band’s architect, Mikael Åkerfeldt. “I love this album, as does the whole band. I wrote the music during 5-6 months and we spent only 12 days recording it at Rockfield studios in Wales,” Åkerfeldt said....

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The Pixies Return with Paz Lenchantin on Bass

The Pixies have released their first album in two years and their first with bassist Paz Lenchantin as part of the band’s permanent line-up. Lenchantin toured with the group in 2014 and her work can be heard on the deluxe edition of the band’s 2014 album, Indie Cindy, which was the group’s first without bassist Kim Deal. The new album,...

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Solo Career-Spanning Sting Vinyl Set Released

So, you love yourself some Sting. And you love vinyl. Well, then, The Studio Collection is right up your alley. The 11-LP vinyl box set includes all the bassist-singer-songwriter’s A&M Records studio albums in one collection. The set includes Brand New Day and Sacred Love, which were not previously released on vinyl. Along with Sting, the albums feature the work...

Sheet Music & Instruction

“Next Steps In Bass” eBook Focuses on Method

Markus Vieweg, bass player from German electro-pop band Glasperlenspiel has crafted a 300-page method eBook for bass players, particularly self-taught students of the instrument. The book, Next Steps in Bass, features not only detailed pictures but also, all the bass exercises and techniques lessons feature audio examples and videos. Presentations are designed to make music theory easier to understand and...

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Suicidal Tendencies Album with Bassist Ra Diaz Released

California hardcore punk band Suicidal Tendencies has released its first studio album in three years, World Gone Mad. The album, the band’s twelfth studio album, includes Ra Diaz (Drogatones, Tiro de Gracia and Ritmo Machine) on bass. Diaz talked about his career and joining Suicidal Tendencies on No Treble in July. The lineup also includes frontman Mike ‘Cyco Miko’ Muir,...

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Charred Walls of the Damned Releases Third Album

Metal band Charred Walls of the Damned has released it third studio album, Creatures Watching Over the Dead, which bandleader Richard Christy (drums) composed over the past five years. “When I write for Charred Walls I never really plan anything out. I just start playing riffs and if something sounds really cool, I’ll build a song from there. My only...

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Steve Swallow Helps Turn Country Into Jazz on John Scofield’s Latest

Jazz bassist Steve Swallow (Carla Bley, Gary Burton) has once again worked with guitarist John Scofield on the jazz-country album, Country for Old Men. The album sees Scofield, who produced, and his band paying homage to country artists like George Jones, Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard, James Taylor, and Hank Williams, as they transform country tunes into jazz pieces. Here’s a...