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 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.
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 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.
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.
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 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 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!”
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 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.
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 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.