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Gov’t Mule names new bass player

Bassist Jorgen Carlsson is joining the band in a permanent role. Carlsson replaces Andy Hess, who played with the band since bassist Allen Woody died in 2000. “We were faced with the daunting task of replacing a one-of-a-kind musician, which I’m sure was intimidating for Andy, who did a wonderful job and brought his own personality into the music,” Gov’t...

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New Dave Holland: Pass It On

Bassist, composer and band leader Dave Holland is releasing his latest CD, Pass It On on September 23. The release features Holland’s sextet, who formed in 2006, consisting of Robin Eubanks (trombone), Antonio Hart (alto saxophone), Alex “Sasha” Sipiagin (trumpet), Mulgrew Miller (piano) and Eric Harland (drums). The CD features several new arrangements of past Holland originals over the past...

Concerts & Tours

Phil Lesh & Friends tour update

Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh and his band, Phil Lesh and Friends, are on tour, co-headlining with the Allman Bros. Band. Phil Lesh and Friends perform updated versions of songs from the Dead’s vast library. Complete tour details are available on the band’s web site.

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New release round-up (featuring Felix Pastorius, John Patitucci and Rhonda Smith)

Jeff Coffin’s latest album, Mutopia, features Felix Pastorius (son of the late Jaco Pastorius), along with Roy “Futureman” Wooten and Kofi Burbridge. Guest appearances include Chris Walters, Bela Fleck, Victor Wooten, Doug Belote, Alana Rocklin, Pat Bergeson, R. Scott Bryan, Roy Agree, Rod McGaha, Barry Green and Black Cat Sylvester. Sample tracks: Amazon.com Widgets Other recent releases… Carlos Cuevas has...

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Basslines for August 7, 2008

Jack Bruce is performing at Hippiefest this weekend, in Clearwater, FL. Return to Forever and bassist Stanley Clarke continue to get rave reviews, as their tour winds down. Dave Holland is helping families in New Haven, CT, performing a benefit concert on September 21. The Levine Report has a nice feature on Gerald Veasley, who is enjoying one of his...

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Metallica announces tenth studio album, “Death Magnetic”

Metallica has announced their next album, Death Magnetic, due out on September 12th. This is the first album since 2003, and get this… the first album featuring current bassist Robert Trujillo. Wow, we just assumed he’d be on one by now. More from the Metallica web site.

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Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller and Victor Wooten bring the Thunder

Another multi-bass album is coming. This time from Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller & Victor Wooten, joining together as S.M.V. The new album, Thunder, is out on August 12th. Sample tracks here: Amazon.com Widgets

Project M: One Band, Four Bass Players
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Project M: One Band, Four Bass Players

Michael Manring has announced “Project M”, a new release by a quartet of bassists including Manring, Grant Stinnett, Rob Gourlay and Jim Stinnett. The release includes a bonus DVD full of interviews and rehearsal footage. Here’s the debut performance of Project M at the New Hampshire Bass Festival earlier this year:

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Basslines for July 31, 2008

Jazz bassist Charlie Haden will be (temporarily) switching to bluegrass, at the Roots of American Music Festival on August 24 at the Lincoln Center in New York. Jack Bruce is once again fueling speculation that Cream may reunite, and possibly even tour. All About Jazz wasn’t crazy about Victor Wooten‘s band’s performance at North Sea Jazz Festival, but liked his...

New album for former Phish bassist
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New album for former Phish bassist

Mike Gordon, the bassist formerly with Phish, has a new album coming out August 5th. “The Green Sparrow” is a 9-track release recorded in Mike’s home studio in Vermont and mixed at The Barn, Phish’s studio. Phish band mates Trey Anastasio and Page McConnell make guest appearances, along with Bill Kreutzmann (Grateful Dead), Chuck Leavell (Rolling Stones), Ivan Neville and...