News: The Latest News from the World of Bass
Evanescence’s lineup has gotten quite a shakeup this week. Longtime guitarist Jen Majura will no longer be in the group. To fill the role, bassist Tim McCord has switched to guitar and Emma Anzaiwould be filling the bass spot.
Spiritbox has announced the departure of bassist Bill Crook from the band. Crook had been with the band since 2018 and is featured on the 2021 release, “Eternal Blue”.
Jazz bassist and educator Danny Ziemann has announced a free workshop series. The “First Call Bassist Roadmap” event takes place June 4th and 5th via Zoom and is designed for both electric and double bassists of all experience levels.
Guitar guru Oz Noy has announced a summer tour, and it will be just as exciting for rhythm section players as guitarists. Noy will be joined by drummer Dennis Chambers and bassist Jimmy Haslip on the outing.
Nate Marsh graduated from Berklee in 2012 and just finished his Masters of Music at the University of Colorado. He’s published his thesis, “The Influence of Jazz on R&B Electric Bassists of the 1960s and 1970s”, which is publicly available.
Josh Gilbert has left the ranks of the California metalcore band As I Lay Dying. He made the announcement via Instagram. Ryan Neff of Miss May I will join the band for their tour.
The world lost a visionary and pioneer of the bass world when Rick Turner passed away on April 17, 2022. Steve Lawson had a special relationship with Turner, and he’s just released a tribute album, simply called “Rick”.
Each year, the NAMM TEC Committee honors legendary musicians with the Les Paul Innovation Award. The recipient for 2022 is one of the most influential bassists of all time: Carol Kaye.
Primus has been paying homage to the classic Rush album A Farewell to Kings by playing it in its entirety during their “A Tribute To Kings” tour. Geddy Lee finally got to witness the show and weighed in on the performance.
The Smashing Pumpkins and Jane’s Addiction have teamed up for the Spirits on Fire tour, which will see the bands covering North America over October and November. For each group, it will be their first outing in some years.
It’s time to crank it back up to 11 because a sequel to 1984’s “This Is Spinal Tap” is in the works. Director Rob Reiner as well as actors Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, and Harry Shearer (Derek Smalls) will be returning.
Shane Cooper & MABUTA have returned with their second full-length album, entitled “Finish the Sun”. The South African jazz group continues to expand their diverse sound by digging into genres from across the continent.