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Richard Bona: Songs from The Ten Shades of Blues
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Richard Bona: Songs from The Ten Shades of Blues

Richard Bona is far and away one of the greatest living bassists… and more than that, he’s the epitome of the total musician. Here’s Richard with his band performing songs from his album, The Ten Shades of Blues in October, 2009. Enjoy.

Richard Bona Group: Live in San Sebastian
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Richard Bona Group: Live in San Sebastian

It has been a while since we’ve featured a video by Richard Bona. Time to fix that. Here’s Bona and his group performing at the San Sebastián International Jazz Festival in 2006. I think my favorite part comes just past the 10 minute mark. This one is fun. Enjoy.

Richard Bona: Continuum
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Richard Bona: Continuum

Tomorrow is Jaco’s birthday, so we’re thinking a lot about the world’s greatest bass player around here. And so here’s an audio track of Richard Bona playing one of Jaco’s compositions, “Continuum”. (He throws in some extra Jaco stuff too). So much bass greatness, all in one spot.

Bass of the Week: De Gier BeBop
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Bass of the Week: De Gier BeBop

There are lots of interpretations of the old J-bass, but one that strikes me most is the BeBop made by Dutch boutique shop De Gier. It offers a little more in the curves department with subtle tweaks to set itself apart from the classic design. Available in 4- or 5-string versions, the De Gier BeBop comes standard with an alder...

Steps Ahead with Richard Bona & Mike Stern: Jazz Vitoria Live (2005)
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Steps Ahead with Richard Bona & Mike Stern: Jazz Vitoria Live (2005)

Steps Ahead took the stage at the 2005 Jazz Vitoria with Richard Bona and Mike Stern, and performed some amazing music, like this. The band also features Bill Evans on sax, Mike Mainieri on vibraphone and Steve Smith on drums. Enjoy.

A Review of Mike Stern’s “All Over the Place”
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A Review of Mike Stern’s “All Over the Place”

Guitarist Mike Stern’s new record All Over the Place features a veritable smorgasbord of bass talent: Esperanza Spalding, Richard Bona, Victor Wooten, Anthony Jackson, Dave Holland, Tom Kennedy, Will Lee and Victor Bailey. Like a kid in the rhythm section candy shop, Stern audibly delights in playing with these guys. Further, the quality of Stern’s writing, the variety of grooves...

Mike Stern Announces New Album with an All-Star Cast on Bass
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Mike Stern Announces New Album with an All-Star Cast on Bass

Jazz guitar vet Mike Stern has a new album coming out on June 19, 2012, and bass fans have a lot to look forward to with this release. All Over the Place features eight different bassists on the 11-song release, including Esperanza Spalding, Richard Bona, Victor Wooten, Anthony Jackson, Dave Holland, Tom Kennedy, Will Lee and Victor Bailey. Stern recruited...

Richard Bona: “Solo de Slap”, Live (2004)
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Richard Bona: “Solo de Slap”, Live (2004)

Richard Bona is not only a phenomenal bassist, he’s the complete musician. Here’s Richard and his band performing in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain in 2004. Of course, there’s plenty of amazing bass and singing, plus a nifty slap solo in between.

Richard Bona: “Teen Town”, Live
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Richard Bona: “Teen Town”, Live

Jaco Pastorius wrote it and performed it. Many bassists have re-imagined it. Richard Bona may have turned in my favorite remake version of “Teen Town” yet with this live performance. I love what he does with the fretless. What do you think? Drop a note in the comments below.

Richard Bona: Liberty City / Black Market – Live
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Richard Bona: Liberty City / Black Market – Live

Here’s an incredible fan-shot performance by Richard Bona, paying tribute to Jaco Pastorius and Joe Zawinul in this medley of tunes by the legends. It starts with Jaco’s “Liberty City” and moves on to the Weather Report, Zawinul-penned “Black Market” with a little “Birdland” used to bridge the two tunes. Bona’s solo in the middle is pretty incredible as well,...

Pat Metheny: Bright Size Life, Live with Richard Bona
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Pat Metheny: Bright Size Life, Live with Richard Bona

Here’s some incredible fretless playing by Richard Bona with the Pat Metheny Group in the mid-2000’s. Bona pays his respects to Jaco, who played on the original take, while adding his own flair and chops to the tune.

Richard Bona and Chris Minh Doky Jam Session
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Richard Bona and Chris Minh Doky Jam Session

Here’s an awesome video of Richard Bona and Chris Minh Doky playing jazz duets on electric and upright, respectively. The two powerhouses blow over a blues before tearing into the standard, “There is No Greater Love.”