New music, with an emphasis on the bass player.
Main Steam Stop Valve, aka mssv, has returned with a new album called “Human Reaction.” The trio of Mike Baggetta, Stephen Hodges, and punk bass icon Mike Watt explore a “noir-tinged” sonic atmosphere with more vocals than their previous record.
With just three months until their official 30th anniversary, the String Cheese Incident has released their 11th studio album. “Lend Me A Hand” is an “acknowledgment of [the fact] that, coming out of the pandemic, we all could use help.”
Carlos Henriquez has been studying the history of Latin Jazz for most of his life. Now he’s released a new solo album called “A Nuyorican Tale,” which expands the scope from his own experiences into the history of Puerto Ricans in New York.
Bass great Viktor Krauss has graced many albums with his otherworldly tone, and now we bassists have another one to cherish. He’s just teamed up with Dave Matthews Band saxophonist and drummer Jordan Perlson to release “Coffin/Perlson/Krauss.”
At long last, Oteil Burbridge’s new solo album “Lovely View of Heaven” has been released. The record pays tribute to the music of Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter, especially their ballads.
The musical collective Scary Pockets has teamed up with keyboardist Larry Goldings again for another Scary Goldings album. This time, it’s a live album featuring guitar wizard John Scofield, MonoNeon, and Will Lee.
It’s a big year for bassist Moto Fukushima. After releasing a solo album in August, his band House of Waters has returned with “On Becoming.” The album features drummer Antonio Sanchez, guitarist Mike Stern, and vocalist Priya Darshini.
Bass and drum duo Royal Blood have just dropped their fourth album, “Back to the Water Below.” The rock revivalists hunkered down in their home studio in Brighton, where they opted to produce the record themselves.
Christian Fabian has returned with a new trio album called “Hip to the Skip.” Fabian plays a variety of styles (he swings hard in the Lionel Hampton Big Band), but for this outing he opted to explore funk and fusion jazz.
Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On” turns 50 this year. Now, a new deluxe edition of the album has been packaged with an additional 33 bonus tracks, including 18 previously unreleased.
Mark Lettieri led a solo tour earlier this year to share his music and his killer band, which includes Jason “JT Thomas on drums, Daniel Porter on keyboards, and Wes Stephenson on bass. Now he’s released an album from the trek.
Jonathan Scales Fourchestra has just released their eighth album, entitled “Re-Potted,” which the steel pan virtuoso wrote shortly after moving to New York City from North Carolina. The album includes bassist E’Lon JD.