New music, with an emphasis on the bass player.
Drummer Dave Pope has released his debut album, “You and the Night and the Music.” The trio record includes John Patitucci on bass and Pope's brother (and bassist/preamp designer) Mike on piano!
Incubus bassist Ben Kenney has released his sixth solo album, “Must Be Nice.” The record features seven original compositions with Kenney performing all of the instruments and vocals.
Hawktail has released their second album, called “Formations.” The all-instrumental acoustic band includes bassist Paul Kowert, who also plays for The Punch Brothers.
Focus bassist Udo Pannekeet has released a new solo album called “Electric Regions.” The 43-minute album is comprised of five original compositions including the epic 24-minute title track.
MonoNeon kicked the new year off right by releasing a fresh album called “Toxic Wasteland 2 The Hills.” The eight-song collection continues the bassist’s unreal sense of groove and melody. It also has a loose theme of self-care.
The Free Nationals have gained notoriety as Anderson .Paak’s live band, but now they’ve struck out with an album of their own. Anchored by Kelsey Gonzalez, the album includes .Paak, the late Mac Miller, Daniel Caeser, Kali Uchis, and more.
Deep Purple has released “Live in Rome 2013,” which captures the group during their “Now What?!” tour. The recording captures the band performing songs from their then-new record as well as their catalog of hits.
Sam Smith and his band Decently Dangerous have released their debut album, “Falling With Style.” The quartet, which includes Andrew Jordan, Joe Spinelli, and Bryan Ponton, is bass-heavy with Smith taking melodies and using a vocoder to perform vocals.
Bassist Max Gerl has been playing along some of the most exciting band leaders in jazz today, and now he’s stepping out front. He’s just released his debut album, “Tbilisi,” which features his work on both electric and double bass.
The Cro-Mags have returned with their second EP of the year. “From the Grave” is a three-song followup to “Don’t Give In,” which was the first time in two decades that the group released new music.
It’s been twenty years since Steve Lawson’s first solo bass gig. Since then, he’s recorded over forty albums. Now he’s released the first volume of a “best of” compilation that picks out his favorite tracks from 2000 through 2013.
The Who may have started their recording career 55 years ago, but Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend are still going. Their latest album, “Who,” marks their 12th studio album, and features Pino Palladino and Gus Seyffert.