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  • Daft Punk Releases “Random Access Memories”

    Daft Punk Releases “Random Access Memories”

    Electronica duo Daft Punk have taken a turn towards humanity with their latest album, Random Access Memories, which almost exclusively uses live instrumentation. The 13-track effort brings together a spectacular cast of guest musicians including Julian Casablancas, Pharrell Williams, Paul Williams, Nile Rodgers, Chilly Gonzalez and others. “Making music with musicians and bringing back a... »

  • Nathan East and David “Fingers” Haynes: NAMM Jam

    Nathan East and David “Fingers” Haynes: NAMM Jam

    Nathan East took the stage at the TC Electronic booth at the 2012 Winter NAMM show, teaming up with the phenomenal David “Fingers” Haynes. The duo proceeded to lay it down. If you look closely, you’ll see a cameo of the No Treble guys behind the stage. We were hanging out with Uriah Duffy and... »

  • Fourplay Releases “Esprit De Four”

    Fourplay Releases “Esprit De Four”

    Contemporary jazz quartet Fourplay have released their thirteenth album, entitled Esprit De Four. Originally formed in 1991, the band currently consists of bassist Nathan East, drummer Harvey Mason, keyboardist Bob James and guitarist Chuck Loeb. This is Loeb’s second recording with Fourplay and the band is taking advantage of the new direction. “In the songwriting... »

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  • Stories Behind the Songs: Nathan East

    Stories Behind the Songs: Nathan East

    Nathan East’s prolific playing has graced so many albums, it would probably be easier to list who he hasn’t work with rather than who he has. The Philadelphia-born, San Diego-raised bassist picked up his first 4-string at 14 after studying cello in school and went on to be one of the world’s most in-demand session... »

  • ArtistWorks Opens Online Bass School with John Patitucci, Nathan East and Missy Raines

    ArtistWorks Opens Online Bass School with John Patitucci, Nathan East and Missy Raines

    ArtistWorks has extended their online music-based learning community with the announcement of a new Bass Campus. The company has recruited three renowned bassists to offer up a wide range of bass education, with John Patitucci (Jazz Bass School), Nathan East (School of Rock & Pop Bass) and Missy Raines (Bluegrass Bass School). Like all of... »

  • The Most Influential Blues Bassists: Part 2

    The Most Influential Blues Bassists: Part 2

    After reading the previous column in this two-part series, I’m hoping you’ve had a chance to check out some music featuring the playing of Willie Dixon and Duck Dunn. Their old school approaches to playing blues compliments the players they accompanied and reflects how novel full-band blues recordings were in the 1950’s and ’60’s. Early... »

  • Jazz For Japan Benefit Album Features Top Name Bassists

    Jazz For Japan Benefit Album Features Top Name Bassists

    A new album, entitled Jazz for Japan, has been released on iTunes, with proceeds going to the International Red Cross in Japan in an effort to benefit Japan’s earthquake and tsunami victims. The project, which was recorded in merely two days last week, features a who’s who of the jazz community, especially jazz bassists. Low-end... »

  • Low Notes For Nashville Founded to Aid Flood Recovery

    The recent flash floods in the Southeast have wreaked havoc on Nashville, Tennessee. Damage from this natural disaster has been dealt to nearly every member of the music community in the city, and even landmarks such as the Grand Ole Opry are underwater. To bring relief to those musicians who lost their instruments, gear, and... »

  • Nathan East: In The Studio

    No doubt, Nathan East is one of the A-list bassists out there, and has been for some time. So it is fitting that in this video clip, Nathan and several others talk about what it takes to become an A-lister, and the difference between those on the A and B lists. Plus, there’s some pretty... »

  • Nathan East / Fourplay: “Live in Capetown” DVD Released

    Fourplay, a jazz supergroup formed by Nathan East on bass, Bob James on keyboards, Larry Carlton on guitar, and Harvey Mason on drums have released a new DVD, Live in Capetown. The DVD showcases a live performance in Cape Town during the band’s 2005 tour. Songs include: Galaxia, Chant, Blues Force, 101 Eastbound, Journey, Tally... »