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Karl Clews & Maciek Zaworonek: “Isn’t She Lovely” (Duet for Bass & Harmonica)
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Karl Clews & Maciek Zaworonek: “Isn’t She Lovely” (Duet for Bass & Harmonica)

Usually when we share a video by Karl Clews, it is one of his excellent all-bass covers. Karl is changing things up with this collaboration with Maciek Zaworonek on harmonica. The duo takes on Steve Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely.”

Karl Clews: “Lopsy Lu” Headless Bass Shootout
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Karl Clews: “Lopsy Lu” Headless Bass Shootout

Karl Clews sent me this very cool video of him performing Stanley Clarke’s “Lopsy Lu”, but with a twist. Karl switches between all four of the headless, carbon-fiber neck basses in his collection, to compare and contrast the tones of these instruments.

Karl Clews: A Dream Of Endless Longing
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Karl Clews: A Dream Of Endless Longing

We’ve featured many videos by Karl Clews over the years, with some killer covers. This time around, he shared an original composition with us – and one that comes with some added news.

Karl Clews and Troy Jackson: Something Beautiful
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Karl Clews and Troy Jackson: Something Beautiful

We’re used to seeing (and sharing) excellent bass covers by Karl Clews. But this time, he’s doing his own thing with help from vocalist Troy Jackson. “Here’s something that Troy Jackson and I collaborated on a few weeks ago: I set myself the task of writing and recording an original song using just basses (in this case, a Palatino EUB...

Karl Clews: School Days
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Karl Clews: School Days

Karl Clews just sent us his latest, and it is killer. Karl took Stanley Clarke’s classic “School Days” and turned it into an all-bass arrangement.

Karl Clews: Run For Cover
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Karl Clews: Run For Cover

Karl Clews recently sent us this video of his ambitious all-bass arrangement of Marcus Miller’s “Run for Cover.” Karl shared: “I imagine a lot of folks have a go at Marcus Miller’s iconic bass part for ‘Run For Cover’, but there probably aren’t many foolish enough to try playing the melody at the same time! Hope you like it!”

Karl Clews: Josie
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Karl Clews: Josie

We were all devastated by the news of the passing of Walter Becker earlier this month. Karl Clews decided to pay tribute to Mr. Becker, with a bass arrangement of Steely Dan’s “Josie.”

Karl Clews: Wichita Lineman
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Karl Clews: Wichita Lineman

Karl Clews wanted to pay tribute to Glen Campbell, who passed away on August 8th. He sent us this video of his solo bass arrangement of the 1968 country classic, “Wichita Lineman,” as performed by Campbell. Beautiful song.

Karl Clews: Chameleon
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Karl Clews: Chameleon

We’ve seen a few bassists take Herbie Hancock’s class tune, “Chameleon” and turn it into a solo bass performance. Karl Clews took it up a notch with a three-bass arrangement, using his 2003 Status Graphite Kingbass Artist. Funky!

Karl Clews: Careless Whisper
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Karl Clews: Careless Whisper

Karl Clews sent us this tribute video and solo bass arrangement he made following the passing of George Michael. Karl takes on Michael’s 80’s pop classic, “Careless Whisper,” performed on his 2003 Status Graphite Kingbass Artist.