News: The Latest News from the World of Bass
After unveiling the lineup last month, King Crimson and the Zappa Band have revealed the details of their summer tour. The groups, anchored by Tony Levin and Scott Thunes, will be focusing on the East Coast with four Canadian dates to close out the run.
Craig Martini has released his debut album, “Thought of Everything.” The bassist, who has performed with artists ranging from Phil Collen to Colin Hay, recorded the whole album using just his bass, his voice, and drum loops.
With the global pandemic affecting our livelihoods, musicians are figuring out ways to continue their work. Many are looking to teach online lessons, but there’s a learning curve. Ariane Cap is here to help with a free webinar on “How to Teach Music Online.”
Singer/songwriter José James has released “No Beginning No End 2,” which serves as a sequel to his 2013 album on Blue Note Records. His fluid mix of jazz, pop, R&B, and soul remains intact, thanks in part to bassist Ben Williams.
Jazz is PHSH has announced “The Phishermen Tour.” Bandleaders Adam Chase and Matthew Chase have put together another great lineup for the outing with Slavic Soul Party trombonist Adam Dotson, Dynamo saxophonist Kevin Gatzke, and bassist Felix Pastorius.
Circles Around the Sun guitarist Neal Casal tragically took his own life late last year, one week after recording a new album. In a note, he asked that the band continue on and the album be completed. The band has honored his wish with their third studio album.
More of the legendary work of bass hero Jack Bruce has been released to the public with a new Cream box set entitled “Goodbye Tour Live 1968.” The set collects four complete concerts from the power trio’s farewell tour.
Banjo player and eclectic songwriter Danny Barnes has just released a new album called “Man on Fire.” The record features some pretty amazing guests, including John Paul Jones.
Get out your cheap sunglasses, because the ZZ Top documentary “That Little Ol’ Band From Texas” is now available on Blu-Ray, DVD, and streaming.
Bassist Madelief van Vlijmen has just released a new album with her project Madlife entitled “Swans and Foxes.” The bandleader dishes out vocals and catchy bass lines that will make you want to dance.
Bootsy Collins announced last year that he would be retiring from playing live, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t keeping busy. The funk legend has just teamed up with Mascot Label Group to announce a new imprint under the label called The Funk Garage.
A little over twenty years ago, David Gross began writing a “woodshed” column for Downbeat Magazine. Now he’s expanded the concept into a new book entitled “The Bassis for Transformation: Patterns for All Bass Clef Instruments.”