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Tom Barger and Leland Sklar: Jamaica Rendezvous
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Tom Barger and Leland Sklar: Jamaica Rendezvous

Today is Leland Sklar‘s birthday, and we’re celebrating with another great video. If ever you’re looking for a lesson in tone, taste, and time, just look up a video of Lee. (Even better, you should follow him on Facebook.) Here’s a duet he shared of “Jamaica Rendezvous” with the late singer/songwriter Tom Barger. Sklar lays down a tasty groove with...

James Taylor with Leland Sklar: Your Smiling Face, Live 1988
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James Taylor with Leland Sklar: Your Smiling Face, Live 1988

I was going through my records this weekend and realized just how many of them feature the tasteful bass lines of Leland Sklar. Of course, that sent me into a Sklar phase on YouTube, which led me to this great version of James Taylor’s “Your Smiling Face” from 1988. His playing on this track is the perfect mix of anchoring...

2015 Reader Favorites – #5: Leland Sklar
2015 Reader Favorites

2015 Reader Favorites – #5: Leland Sklar

Leland Sklar is known to many in the bass world – and not just for his impressive career. He’s a terrific human being. Leland was our third guest on Groove – The No Treble Podcast, and was featured here in videos and news stories – with his work with Judith Owen and rejoining Toto. Groove – Episode #3: Leland Sklar...

Steve Bailey and Friends: Jingle Bells
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Steve Bailey and Friends: Jingle Bells

Steve Bailey has sent out his annual audio Christmas greeting, and this year’s is the biggest yet. As head of the Berklee Bass Department, Bailey brings in featured artists during their visits to the college to make special bass arrangements of holiday carols. This year has Bailey, Sandro Scoccia, Leland Sklar, John Patitucci, Victor Wooten, David Ellefson, Gary Willis, and...

David Hungate Leaves Toto, Leland Sklar Steps In
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David Hungate Leaves Toto, Leland Sklar Steps In

David Hungate’s time in Toto has once again come to an end. The co-founding bassist returned to the fold in 2014 to help record and tour behind Toto XIV after 30 years away from the band, but a new statement explains road life took its toll. “There’s no place like home, particularly after four months on the road,” Hungate wrote....

Judith Owen Announces After Party Tour with Leland Sklar
Concerts & Tours

Judith Owen Announces After Party Tour with Leland Sklar

Welsh singer/songwriter Judith Owen is teaming up again with bass legend Leland Sklar for a handful of U.S. tour dates. Dubbed the “After Party” Tour, the trek will see the duo performing at theaters in Portland, Seattle, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Boston, and New York during mid-September. Sklar has been playing with Owen since recording her album Ebb & Flow last...

Phil Collins, with Leland Sklar: Sussudio, Live 1990
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Phil Collins, with Leland Sklar: Sussudio, Live 1990

We’re celebrating Leland Sklar‘s birthday today with a throwback to his 1990 tour with Phil Collins. This clip from Knebworth has the band digging in on “Sussudio” in front of close to 120,000 fans, and you can tell Sklar is getting into it. The session ace gave us the scoop on this bass line during our Stories Behind the Songs...

Groove – Episode #3: Leland Sklar
Groove Podcast

Groove – Episode #3: Leland Sklar

“Who is that bass player with the long beard?” That was my initial reaction when I first saw the video for Phil Collins’ smash hit, “Sussudio”, in 1985. I did not know Leland Sklar’s pedigree as a bass player before that (and, what happened after is a journey of impressive artists and songs that continues to expand to this day...

Judith Owen Releases “Ebb & Flow” with Leland Sklar
New Albums

Judith Owen Releases “Ebb & Flow” with Leland Sklar

Judith Owen’s latest album, , evokes the sounds of 1970’s singer-songwriter troubadours, so it’s just fitting that bass legend Leland Sklar, who played on James Taylor’s “You’ve Got a Friend,” Jackson Browne’s “The Pretender” and countless other hits, is providing the low end on the record. Owen, a jazz-rock singer and her band, which also includes superstar sidemen Russ Kunkel...

Judith Owen and Leland Sklar Announce Free Tour
Concerts & Tours

Judith Owen and Leland Sklar Announce Free Tour

What’s better than seeing legendary bassist Leland Sklar perform with a super talented songwriter? How about seeing them for free? Sklar will be joining singer/songwriter Judith Owen on her upcoming “Ebb & Flow” tour across the United States. Each show on the duo’s tour will be free, with a suggestion that if you’d like to support the tour, you do...

Studio Jams with Leland Sklar: Cissy Strut
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Studio Jams with Leland Sklar: Cissy Strut

Leland Sklar recently took part in an episode of Studio Jams, an online series that brings together different legendary musicians to jam on songs and see what happens. The rest of the band includes saxophonist Najee, guitarist Joe Jewell, drummer Rayford Griffin and David Garfield on keyboards. The group decided to jam out the classic Meters song, “Cissy Strut.” “These...

Stories Behind the Songs: Leland Sklar
Stories Behind the Songs

Stories Behind the Songs: Leland Sklar

With over 2,500 albums under his belt, Leland Sklar is more than a seasoned pro. He’s a legend. A staple of L.A. studio scene, Sklar put his stamp on music of all genres for over four decades with artists like James Taylor, Reba McEntire, Billy Cobham, Phil Collins, and more. The bassist is lovingly referred to as the “King of...