New music, with an emphasis on the bass player.
The Neal Morse Band has just released a new live album as a followup to last year’s “The Great Adventure.” “The Great Adventour – Live in BRNO” captures the group tearing through the album’s tracks and more during their tour stop in the Czech Republic.
Bass phenom Thundercat has returned with his fourth studio album, entitled “It Is What It Is.” The release is a reflection on existence filled out by his unreal bass playing and sense of humor.
Alex Dixon and his band Vintage Dixon have just released their new album, “The Real McCoy.” The grandson of Willie Dixon, Alex called on a host of musicians to create an authentic Chicago blues album.
Rose Tattoo has released “Outlaws,” which features the band revisiting the songs of their debut album plus some new material. The band’s current lineup includes bassist Mark Evans, who is also a former member of AC/DC.
Attention Rush fans: The band’s seventh studio album, “Permanent Waves,” will be getting a 40th-anniversary release in four configurations.
Pearl Jam has returned with their eleventh studio album, entitled “Gigaton,” which also marks their first new album in seven years.
Wolfgang Muthspiel has released “Angular Blues,” which marks his fourth album on ECM. The record is a return to the trio format, which the guitarist fills out with longtime drummer Brian Blade and bassist Scott Colley.
Hunstmen have released a new album called “Mandala of Fear,” which is described as “storytelling through metal dynamically melded with elements of folk and country.” The Chicago-based quintet features the bass work of bassist Marc Stranger-Najjar.
Bob Geldof and The Boomtown Rats have released “Citizens of Boomtown,” which marks their first album in 36 years. Bassist Pete Briquette, who dishes out some dirty tone on the album, also produced the record.
Jazz icons Kenny Barron and Dave Holland have teamed up with Johnathan Blake for a debut trio recording called “Without Deception.” Barron and Holland have worked together for nearly three decades but released their first duo album five years ago.
Tower of Power celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2018 with “Soul Side of Town.” Though it was a partial victory lap for the band, they’re clearly not done as they’ve just released a new album called “Step Up,” recorded during the same session.
After being released as part of Record Store Day in November, a remastered vinyl version of Colonel Les Claypool’s Fearless Flying Frog Brigade’s “Live Frogs” is now widely available. The package includes both sets one and two on green splatter vinyl.