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Tommy T: The Prester John Sessions

Gorgo Bordello bassist Tommy T is planning to release his solo album, The Prester John Sessions, on Easy Star Records to iTunes on October 13th 2009 and to stores November 10th. Tommy T, born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, wrote and produced album. The album consists of 11-tracks features other Gogol Bordello members as guest musicians. “In the ‘70s,...

Concerts & Tours

Michael Manring Tour Update (Sept-Oct 2009)

Michael Manring has updated his tour schedule, including dates through October 2009. Michael shares, “I’ll be staying close to home for the next few weeks to work on some new compositions, but I’ve got lots of trips in the works for the rest of the year and 2010.” Friday, September 18 Solo performance/Special Private Concert and Gourmet Vegetarian Dinner in...

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Danny Balis releases “Too Much Living”

Former Sorta bassist Danny Balis has released his new solo album, Too Much Living. Balis has taken a different approach from his time with Sorta, this album is an old school country record. The album written and recorded following the tragic death of his best friend Carter Albrecht in 2007. Balis has taken a darker path with this work. He...

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Linda Oh: Entry

NYC-based jazz bassist Linda Oh has announced that her debut CD, Entry, will be released on October 6, 2009. In addition to Oh, the CD features Ambrose Akinmusire on trumpet and Obed Calvaire on drums. “So many musicians want to do everything with their first album,” Oh says. “Especially bass players who play upright and electric—Here’s me doing a funk...

Events

The Bass Forum: A new bass resource in Fredericksburg, Virginia

Bassists in Fredericksburg, Virginia have a new resource to help them expand their playing; the Bass Forum. This monthly event is designed to help bassists build community and to improve their craft. The Forum is a combination of clinics, performances, and open mic events. The Forum started in May 2009, and it has met three times over the summer. The...

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SMV: Making Thunder Photo Book

Photographer Steven Parke released a behind-the-scenes book, SMV : making THUNDER last year, and we missed it (doh!) The book includes 40 never-before-seen photos of Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller and Victor Wooten in studio, recording their Thunder album. The book is available in both soft and hard cover formats, via Blurb. Preview the book here.

Erik Scott: Other Planets
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Erik Scott: Other Planets

Bassist Erik Scott, best known for his work with Sonia Dada, Alice Cooper, and Flo & Eddie, has released a solo album, . Other Planets was recorded while Sonia Dada was taking a break, after a 16-year run. This is Erik’s first solo release. “I found myself alone in the studio with an active imagination, some basses, and a keyboard,”...

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Victor Wooten offering two new music camps

Victor Wooten is holding two upcoming camps, as part of his music and nature series held at the new Wooten Woods Retreat. “Spirit of Music” will take place from September 3-6, 2009. Victor and his staff plan to explore these questions with campers: Is there a spiritual side to Music? Do you want to find out? Can Music “speak” to...

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THERION: The Miskolc Experience

Swedish progressive metal group THERION has released The Miskolc Experience, a 3-disc set including the live performance on DVD. THERION is Christofer Johnsson on guitar, newcomers Kristian Niemann on guitar and Johan Niemann on bass, and drummer Petter Karlsson. Filmed at the International Opera Festival in Miskolc, Hungary in June 2007, the CD/DVD set includes THERION’s performance with the Miskolc...

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New Release: Klang’s Tea Music

Chicago-based jazz group, Klang, has just released Tea Music on the Allos Documents label. Originally formed as an improvised music series in 2006 that didn’t sustain, the band lived on. Klang was started by clarinetist James Falzone and features vibraphoist Jason Adasiewicz, bassist Jason Roebke and drummer Tim Daisy. If you are not familiar with Roebke, he should be on...

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Free Download: The New RockStar Philosophy Book

The New RockStar Philosophy Book, a new music business book, is now available for free download. The book is the creation of two authors working as The New Rockstar Philosophy, started to “help artists learn more about what’s going on in the ever-changing music industry, to inspire them to embrace entrepreneurship, and give them them the tools for DIY 2.0”....

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RIP: Dean Turner

Dean Turner, bassist and co-founder of the Australian rock band Magic Dirt, has lost his battle with lung cancer. Turner was 37 and is survived by his partner and two daughters. Along with being the bassist for Magic Dirt, Turner was also an in demand producer, recently completing Magic Dirt singer Adalita’s solo album. The Magic Dirt MySpace page has...