News: The Latest News from the World of Bass
Metallica has returned with a new album and concert film of epic proportions. “S&M2” is their second live release alongside the San Francisco Symphony is taken from a set of concerts last year marking the 20th anniversary of the original.
A year after their triumphant debut, the Allman Betts Band has released their sophomore record, “Bless Your Heart”. The group, formed by the sons of original Allman Brothers Band members, once again tracked their music at Muscle Shoals.
Janek Gwizdala is tackling another common issue for bassists with his latest instructional book, “Bass Player’s Guide to Sight-Reading”. It is accompanied by over 80 videos that provide a deeper understanding of each lesson and example.
R&B superstar Kem has returned with “Love Always Wins”, which marks his first album since 2014. The album features producer and bassist Derek “D.O.A.” Allen, as well Kem’s regular bassist Al “The Burner” Turner.
After spending the last several years paying tribute to the great Nat King Cole, jazz vocalist Gregory Porter is back to focusing on his original music. His new album, “All Rise”, features Jahmal Nichols plays both double bass and bass guitar.
For the first time in fifteen years, the duo of guitarist Leo Kottke and Phish bassist Mike Gordon have released a new album together. “Noon” features eleven new tracks by the duo including originals and covers.
As bassist for Israel Houghton & The New Breed, Justin Raines typically didn’t have time to work on his own music. Of course, that’s changed this year and now he’s released a brand new original song called “Never Letting Go”.
Jazz master Ron Carter has just released a new book for beginners learning to build their own bass lines. “Mix & Match” is a step by step process for writing your own bass lines that lays out all the note choices.
This week on their recurring Zoom bass webinar series, the trio of Steve Bailey, Victor Wooten, and John Patitucci will be exploring the topic of extended-range basses. The webinar will include an impressive line-up of several bassists and luthiers.
Michael Landau and his Liquid Quartet have just released a live album that captures the band during a performance at L.A.’s Baked Potato Jazz Club last year. The guitarist is joined in the band by Abe Laboriel Jr, David Frazee, and Jimmy Johnson.
Bassist Gregg August has released an important new work that’s been a decade in the making. “Dialogues on Race, Vol. 1” is an album of music originally commissioned by The Jazz Gallery in 2009 that combines a wide instrumental palette.
Rap icon Nas has returned with his thirteenth studio album, with guest appearances by The Firm, Don Toliver, Big Sean, A$AP Ferg, Lil Durk, and more. It also features bass phenom MonoNeon alongside Anderson .Paak on the track “All Bad.”