News: The Latest News from the World of Bass
Former Prince and The Revolution bassist BrownMark has announced he’ll be publishing a memoir this fall. “My Life in the Purple Kingdom” will chronicle the bassist’s musical beginnings and call into stardom.
The next installment of the Zoom webinars hosted by Steve Bailey and Victor Wooten is happening on Thursday. Entitled “Gadd-Shed,” the free session will feature drum legend Steve Gadd along with Ron Carter, Chuck Rainey, Tony Levin, Anthony Jackson, and Will Lee.
Janek Gwizdala has just released a new instructional book. “Bass Player’s Guide to Pentatonics” focuses on the many uses of the pentatonic scale and comes with a complete video masterclass and forty play-along tracks to help you hone your chops.
After being forced to postpone their spring tour, the New Power Generation has announced a U.S. tour for the fall. The band, which formerly backed Prince, recognized that it’s a “crazy time” to be announcing it, but that they’re committed and hopeful.
Peter Hook is remembering Joy Division singer Ian Curtis on the 40th anniversary of his passing with a special stream of the concert film “So This Is Permanent” on May 18th. The three-hour movie features Hook and his band The Light performing the entire Joy Division catalog.
David Gross has returned with a new book called “The Three Tonic System”. The method book, which is applicable to any bass clef instrument, examines chord changes typically referred to as “Coltrane Changes”.
While the current quarantine has forced nearly every event to end, Victor Wooten and his crew have decided to take his camps at Wooten Woods online. Three of the previously announced camps will still take place via Zoom.
Author and Gibson bass fanatic Rob van den Broek has just released the second edition of the “Gibson Bass Book”. The 204-page book builds on the initial release with over eighty-five basses featured with unique photos and descriptions.
Victor Wooten and Steve Bailey are back with another amazing opportunity for bassists. They’ll be hosting a free webinar tomorrow entitled “Woodshed: Viral/Veterans of the Electric Bass”. The event will also include Rhonda Smith, Henrik Linder, Joe Dart, and Darryl Jones.
Lettuce has just released “Resonate”, which follows up on last year’s “Elevate”. Both albums were born out of the same fruitful recording sessions, though bassist Erick “Jesus” Coomes says they have different vibes.
The all-female Brazilian thrash metal band Nervosa has had a major shakeup in their lineup. Bassist/vocalist Fernanda Lira and drummer Luana Dametto left the band last month. Now they've announced bassist Mia Wallace is joining the group.
Ove Bosch has announced a new online bass camp called BassCon Online. Bosch, who was the organizer and host of the Warwick Bass Camp, has confirmed four top-shelf bassists for the event: Leland Sklar, Stuart Hamm, John Patitucci, and Guy Pratt.