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“JACO” Documentary and Soundtrack Available
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“JACO” Documentary and Soundtrack Available

JACO: The Film, has finally arrived. The Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo-produced film about groundbreaking electric bassist Jaco Pastorius is now available on DVD and Blu-ray. The film can be downloaded on iTunes on Dec. 1. The soundtrack is available, too. Jaco’s influence on bass playing cannot be overstated. His work with Weather Report, solo, and as a sideman — most...

Documentary Offers Intimate Look at The Police
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Documentary Offers Intimate Look at The Police

A new documentary film offers an inside perspective on The Police, from the stellar rock band’s formation, through its rise to fame, breakup and reunion. No — the up-close perspective doesn’t come from Sting, the band’s famed bassist and primary songwriter who went on to forge a highly successful solo career – but from guitarist Andy Summers. The movie, Can’t...

New Paperback Edition of Mike Visceglia’s “A View From the Side” Released
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New Paperback Edition of Mike Visceglia’s “A View From the Side” Released

Top session bassist Mike Visceglia committed the experience of being a pro bassist to print with his book A View From the Side, which is now available in a new paperback edition. Visceglia, well-known for his work with John Cale and Suzanne Vega, has also played/performed with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Phoebe Snow and Bette Midler. The...

Sting: Demolition Man (Live)
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Sting: Demolition Man (Live)

Today we celebrate the birthday of Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner (you may know him better as Sting). As many here, I was a big fan of The Police back in the day, so it was cool to hear that Sting was doing a “Back to the Bass” tour in 2011. Here’s Sting on that tour performing “Demolition Man,” a song...

The Police: Live at The Old Grey Whistle Test
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The Police: Live at The Old Grey Whistle Test

Here’s some old school Police for you. Recorded in 1978, Sting and the boys bring their raw energy (and awesome sunglasses) to “Can’t Stand Losing You” and “Next To You” on this taped performance for The Old Grey Whistle Test. The show was The Police’s first ever TV appearance in the UK.

Sting with Christian McBride: Englishman in New York
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Sting with Christian McBride: Englishman in New York

Last week we celebrated Sting’s birthday, and our Facebook friend Andrew Bennett reminded us of this great version of his hit “Englishman in New York” from the DVD …All This Time. Sting’s eclectic band is joined by double bassist Christian McBride, who kicks the group into a burning jazz trio at the 2:10 mark.

Sting Announces Back to Bass Tour Coming to Europe This Fall
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Sting Announces Back to Bass Tour Coming to Europe This Fall

Sting just wrapped up his Back to Bass Summer Tour last week and has already announced the return of the tour, with dates across Europe this fall. Sting will be joining up with longtime collaborator Dominic Miller on guitar, Vinnie Colaiuta on drums, David Sancious on keys, Peter Tickell on electric fiddle and Jo Lawry on vocals. The tour kicks...

The Police: Sting’s Isolated Bass on “Next To You”
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The Police: Sting’s Isolated Bass on “Next To You”

In 1978, the Police debuted with the release of Outlandos d’Amour, an album dominated by punk influences. The opening track, “Next To You,” is a perfect example of this, especially when you hear the isolated bass line from Sting. The muted notes really act like a train engine, and gives greater impact to the end of the song where he...

Sting Adds to “Back to Bass” Tour with European Dates
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Sting Adds to “Back to Bass” Tour with European Dates

Following the success of his North American concerts, Sting has announced a European leg to his “Back to Bass” tour. As the title implies, Sting gets back to his roots and lays down the low-end on his vintage Fender while celebrating the 25th anniversary of his solo career. As such, the tour is also in support of his latest “25...

Sting Releases “25 Years” Box Set
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Sting Releases “25 Years” Box Set

Fresh on the heels of the announcement Sting’s “Back to Bass” tour comes the definitive Sting box set collection, released this week. Sting: 25 Years is a 4-disc set, featuring 45 remastered tracks spanning Sting’s solo career on 3 discs, plus a DVD containing previously unreleased live concert footage. The audio portion begins with Sting’s 1985 solo debut Dream of...

Sting Announces “Back to Bass” Tour
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Sting Announces “Back to Bass” Tour

In celebration of a 25 year solo career, former Police frontman and bassist Sting has announced the “Back to Bass” tour, where he will will take a “stripped down” 5-piece band across North America. The shows will highlight many songs that haven’t been played in years, ranging from 1985’s The Dream of Blue Turtles to last year’s Live in Berlin,...

The Police: Bass Play-Along Volume 20
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The Police: Bass Play-Along Volume 20

Hal Leonard’s fast growing Play Along series now has a new entry with songs by the Police. The Police: Bass Play-Along Volume 20 features eight popular Police tunes and includes bass tab notation, lyrics and vocal melody. The CD included offers an enhanced version for Windows and Mac computers so you can adjust the tempo of the songs without changing...