New music, with an emphasis on the bass player.
In February of last year, HorrorPops made their first return to the stage in nine years, where they tore through their catalog at The Wiltern in Los Angeles. Now, that gig is available as a live album and concert film.
Bass virtuoso Charnett Moffett has returned with his seventeenth album as a leader, entitled “New Love”. The bassist describes the music, recorded in trio and quartet band formats, as a love letter to humanity.
Forty-seven years ago, Charles Mingus performed with his band at Carnegie Hall. A live album, “Mingus At Carnegie Hall”, was issued but excluded much of the 2-hour performance. Now the full concert has been released as a deluxe edition.
At long last, Wolfgang Van Halen’s solo project Mammoth WVH has released its debut album. Van Halen wrote, performed, and recorded all the parts. Although his family name looms large, Wolfgang finds his own sound to live up to that legacy.
Red Fang has released their fifth album, “Arrows”, which they recorded in their hometown of Portland, Oregon with Chris Funk. This marks the third release with Funk, and the result showcases the band doing what they do best plus exploring new sounds.
It’s been 25 years since Squarepusher, aka Tom Jenkinson, released his debut album, “Feed Me Weird Things”. Now the influential bassist and electronica producer has reissued the 14-track collection, which has been long out of print.
Like every other band, Kansas had its tour cut short in 2020. However, they were able to get a year of their Point of Know Return Anniversary shows in before the pandemic. Now they’re sharing a live album, “Point of Know Return Live & Beyond”.
Dave Holland has returned with a new trio record with guitarist Kevin Eubanks and drummer Obed Calvaire. “Another Land” is a studio album, but the songs are derived from themes that developed organically during the concerts before recording.
Composer and bassist Almog Sharvit has marked his debut as a leader with “Get Up Or Cry”, an album that defies genres with shades of jazz, electronica, rock, bluegrass, and even 20th-century classical music.
After being cooped up for a year, bass virtuoso Brian Bromberg is ready to hit the open road. That’s clear from his new album, “A Little Driving Music”, which evokes the feeling of a free-spirited joy ride.
Icelandic composer and bassist Skúli Sverrisson has teamed up with guitar wizard Bill Frisell to release “Strata”. Previously released exclusively on vinyl, the duo album features ten hypnotic original compositions by Sverrisson.
The Tragically Hip is a band that is ever-evolving. Now, four years after lead singer Gord Downie’s passing and the band’s dissolution, we’re getting to hear a crucial part of their growth with a new album called “Saskadelphia”.