New music, with an emphasis on the bass player.
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.
Olivier Babaz has just released a new album, which is the first record on his new label, Midnight Caffeine Music. “Fragments” marks the bassist’s fifth album and is filled out by percussionists Patrick Graham and Noam Guerrier Freud.
Extreme metal band Cattle Decapitation has returned after a four-year gap in albums with “Death Atlas.” The record, which marks their longest to date, is the first to feature new guitarist Belisario Dimuzio and bassist Olivier Pinard.
Prong has released a new EP, “Age of Defiance,” featuring two new tracks and three live cuts. Prong’s current lineup includes drummer Aaron Rossi and bassist Jason Christopher, who has been working with the group for most of the decade.
Bassist Tim Lefebvre has released a new album, “End of Daze,” with his latest group, Ego Mondo. The band is a trio project with drummer Gary Novak and keyboardist Scott Kinsey that channels rock, hip hop, and jazz vibes.
Jimi Hendrix debuted The Band of Gypsys with four shows over New Year’s Eve 1969 and New Year’s Day 1970. All of the performances were recorded, and all of them are now available in a new box set, “Songs For Groovy Children: The Fillmore East Concerts.”
The Grateful Dead began working on a new studio album in 1992 that never came to fruition. They broke up after the death of Jerry Garcia in 1995, ending any new studio albums from the group. Now a live album, “Ready or Not,” imagines what could have been.
The works of Bottesini, Dragonetti, and Koussevitsky have dominated the solo repertoire for double bass for over a hundred years. Leon Bosch is pushing the instrument’s rep forward with a new album called “21st Century Bass.”