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  • The Lao Tizer Band: Pride (In The Name of Love)

    The Lao Tizer Band: Pride (In The Name of Love)

    The last time we featured The Lao Tizer Band, it was for their take on Led Zeppelin’s “Ramble On” (with Ric Fierabracci on bass). It was a huge hit. Here’s another video they’ve shared from the band’s album, . This time around, they take U2’s “Pride (In The Name of Love),” and make it their... »

  • Cheikh Ndoye: “Giant Steps” on Bass Xalam

    Cheikh Ndoye: “Giant Steps” on Bass Xalam

    We’ve featured Cheikh Ndoye on traditional African bass instruments before, but his latest video is amazing. He performs the infamous John Coltrane song “Giant Steps” on the Bass Xalam. He plays through the melody and walks two choruses of the song that would be difficult on an electric bass. »

  • Bass Bash Returns for 15th Anniversary Shows

    Bass Bash Returns for 15th Anniversary Shows

    The Bass Bash is returning to Anaheim, California for its 15th anniversary, and this time they’re pulling out all the stops. The two-night event, which coincides with the Winter NAMM Show, features some of the most talented bassists in the world performing on one stage. The lineup for Thursday, January 25th will include Mohini Dey,... »

  • Cheikh Ndoye, Featuring Woz Kaly: Jolie

    Cheikh Ndoye, Featuring Woz Kaly: Jolie

    Cheikh Ndoye is back with another incredible performance on the bass ngoni, a traditional West African instrument that has similarities to a three-string fretless bass. This time he plays through the song “Jolie” from his recent album . Ndoye’s rhythmic and melodic bass lines support a melody sung by Woz Kaly to create an incredible... »

  • Sons of Africa: An Interview with Cheikh Ndoye

    Sons of Africa: An Interview with Cheikh Ndoye

    Cheikh Ndoye has just released his latest album as a leader, entitled . The eight-song collection is an incredible blend of the Senegal-born bassist’s African roots and his love of jazz. Deep grooves and soulful melodies abound in seven original songs along with a fresh take on the Jaco Pastorius classic “Continuum.” We caught up... »

  • Arshak “Quartet Nuance”: Don’t Try This at Home

    Arshak “Quartet Nuance”: Don’t Try This at Home

    Be careful: Pianist Arshak Sirunyan and his Quartet Nuance get dangerous on the song “Don’t Try This at Home”, recorded live in Silver Spring, Maryland earlier this year. Bassist Cheikh NDoye kicks the song off with an insane groove that sets the mood for the song. The rest of the band includes drummer Raul Pineda... »

  • Cheikh Ndoye: Ngoni Bass

    Cheikh Ndoye: Ngoni Bass

    Bassist Cheikh Ndoye shared this awesome video of his work on the African Contrabass, also known as the bass ngoni. The West-African traditional instrument is fretless with three strings. Ndoye, who was born in Senegal, did some of his own modifications to get it to fit his style. “The traditional instruments are very hard to... »

  • Cheikh Ndoye Project: “Linguere” Live at the Blue Room

    Cheikh Ndoye Project: “Linguere” Live at the Blue Room

    Bassist Cheikh Ndoye has caught our attention – and our ears – more than once here. We think you’ll dig this one too: the Cheikh Ndoye Project in the studio, performing “Linguere”. Throughout the song, Cheikh switches effortlessly between laying down a funky line to playing melodies, and then switching yet again to some light... »

  • Cheikh Ndoye Group: “Alchemy”, Live at the Kennedy Center

    Cheikh Ndoye Group: “Alchemy”, Live at the Kennedy Center

    Check out this video of Cheikh Ndoye’s electrifying performance on his tune “Alchemy.” Taken from a performance at the prestigious Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, the song brings together world music and classic jazz fusion with an unstoppable groove. Ndoye takes the first solo, utilizing a pitch shifter to get add a cool texture to... »

  • Cheikh Ndoye Project: Below Level

    Cheikh Ndoye Project: Below Level

    Having more than one bass in a band has been done many times before but when it happens, it’s often with the purpose of highlighting one of the basses as a solo instrument. In this video it’s more about the groove as bassist and leading man Cheikh Ndoye shares the bass role with David Segal. »