News: The Latest News from the World of Bass
The Pretenders have released their 11th studio album, entitled “Hate For Sale”, which serves as a grounding back to the group’s straight-ahead rock. It once again features bassist Nick Wilkinson, who slips between the album’s varying styles with ease.
Jazz legend Ron Carter has been quarantined in his home just like most of us, but this weekend he will be playing a gig with his Golden Striker Trio. The group will perform a special live stream from the Village Vanguard on July 24th and 25th.
The prog-rock juggernauts in Kansas have just released “The Absence of Presence”, which marks the band’s sixteenth studio album. The release features nine all new tracks written the band.
Steve Bailey, Victor Wooten, and John Patitucci are back this Thursday at 1pm Eastern with another special webinar. This week’s topic is “Gospel Rhythm: Bass and Drum Pioneers and Practitioners,” which will feature a who’s who of the Gospel world.
Lee Rocker and The Stray Cats have announced a new live album called “Rocked This Town: From LA to London”, which captures the Rockabilly trio during their 40th-anniversary tour in 2019.
Gone is Gone (featuring Troy Sanders) has released another single, marking their second new song since they released their full-length debut in 2017. “Everything is Wonderfall” was created out of a jam from near the beginning of the pandemic.
Isaias Elpes has returned with a new EP, “Lua”. Elpes weaves a variety of styles and genres that harken back to his musical beginnings, playing bass, guitar, and percussion. His mentor, Abraham Laboriel, also performs on the EP.
The Rock N’ Roll Fantasy Camp has expanded their online masterclasses with three more bass sessions with three amazing bass players: Stuart Hamm, Tony Franklin, and Mike Kroeger. Each of the virtual classes allows you to interact with the players directly.
Session bassist and author Dan Hawkins has just released a new instructional book. “100 Funk Grooves for Electric Bass” is an 88-page book that dives into the style with a focus on techniques, essential scales, and the groove styles of funk players.
Moody Blues vocalist and bassist John Lodge has just released a new single called “In These Crazy Times (Isolation Mix)”, which was recorded during his ninety days in quarantine.
The Berklee Bass Department/Bass Vault weekly bass hang is on again with an incredible lineup. Hosted by Victor Wooten, Steve Bailey, and John Patitucci, “Solo Bass-Shed” will focus on bassists known for their solo work. The lineup includes Stu Hamm, Michael Manring, Janek Gwizdala, Hadrien Feraud, and Damian Erskine.
Last year, we shared a Stories Behind the Songs interview with Harvey Brooks, whose bass lines laid the foundation on albums that changed the face of popular music. Now, fans can get even deeper into his life with his new memoir, “View From The Bottom.”