News: The Latest News from the World of Bass
South African bassist and composer Carlo Mombelli has released a new album called “Lullaby For Planet Earth,” which evokes beautiful and complex emotions over ten original songs.
Hurricane Ian left a wide path of destruction across Florida and the Southeast United States. Many homes were destroyed, including the home of Berry Duane Oakley. A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help him and his family.
Bassists Alberto Rigoni and Michael Manring have teamed up release an instrumental album called “Grains of Sand” that ranges from prog to fusion and ambient sounds. The duo has worked together before, most recently on Rigoni’s “Song for Souls.”
Marek Bero used to be in the camp that “real bassists play with fingers.” However, he came to accept and appreciate playing with a pick. Now he is spreading the love with his ninth book, “Bass Gym 101 - Essential Plectrum Grooves.”
Karina Rykman is hitting the road in December with a handful of winter tour dates. The bassist, who will be joined by guitarist Adam November and drummer Chris Corsico, says the run will be one to remember.
Railroad Earth has announced that longtime bassist Andrew Altman will be departing the band after their Horn O’Plenty concerts in late November. Altman has been with the group since 2010.
Motörhead’s 1982 release “Iron Fist” has gotten a deluxe 40th anniversary reissue that the band says will correct the record on its importance. The release features a remaster of the album, previously unreleased demos, and a full concert.
A year after they announced open bass auditions, Steel Panther has named their full-time low ender. Spyder is the glam rock group’s new full-time member and has been crowned the R.O.L.E. – Ruler of Low End.
Bassist Jakob Dreyer has released a new album. “Songs, Hymns, & Ballads Volume 1” marks his debut as a leader and showcases his talents as a composer. Dreyer recruited saxophonist Jason Rigby, pianist Jon Cowherd, and drummer Jimmy Macbride.
Blackbird Presents has unveiled another round of The Last Waltz Tour, which pays homage to The Band’s epic farewell concert from 1976. Filling the shoes of the late Rick Danko will be the inimitable Don Was.
Ron Carter teased a new documentary back in August, and now we have more details. “Ron Carter: Finding The Right Notes” will be airing on PBS in October. Carter has also launched the Ron Carter Universe, an interactive online discography.
Starr has released his third EP, simply called “EP3.” The tracks are anchored by session aces, including Billy Mohler and Nathan East.