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Karl Clews: Detroit
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Karl Clews: Detroit

Karl Clews is back with another fantastic video, and on this one, he doubles up. Here’s his two-bass arrangement of Marcus Miller’s “Detroit”, from Miller’s 2012 album, “Renaissance”.

Karl Clews Returns With “Navigator”
New Albums

Karl Clews Returns With “Navigator”

Karl Clews has always had a fascination for the electric bass and its possibilities. Now he’s exploring the bass even further on a new record called “Navigator”, which features our beloved instrument creating nearly all the sounds on the album.

Karl Clews: Kayoss Endjinn
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Karl Clews: Kayoss Endjinn

Karl Clews reached out to us to share his latest. In this clip, Karl performs an original tune, with the goal of showing how slap bass can be used in a “more lyrical and melodic way”.

Karl Clews Releases “Dissident”
New Albums

Karl Clews Releases “Dissident”

Karl Clews has released “Dissident,” a new album of original music created almost entirely on his four-string bass. Clews has made several solo bass covers over the years, but his use of the style for his own music is a recent development.

Karl Clews: Juggernaut
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Karl Clews: Juggernaut

Karl Clews is known for his impressive bass cover videos. Now we get to check out one of his compositions. He shared this video with us of his tune, “Juggernaut,” arranged for three basses.

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.”