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Groove – Episode #28: Liam Wilson
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Groove – Episode #28: Liam Wilson

It cannot be argued that The Dillinger Escape Plan is one of the heaviest bands our world has seen. From their early days in the late nineties, I would frequent their mathcore shows, and marvel at just how much the heavy music genre had progressed. When I was a young metalhead, I could never imagine music much heavier than Slayer’s...

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Groove – Episode #27: Richard Bona
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Groove – Episode #27: Richard Bona

He’s known as “The African Sting,” and people compare his style, approach and flair of the electric bass to Jaco Pastorius. If there’s one word that best describes Richard Bona it is: artist. The Cameroon native blends elements of African rhythms with jazz, rock, and pop. He has played with guitarist Mike Stern and Japanese guitarist Kazumi Watanabe. That’s not...

Groove – Episode #26: Nathan East
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Groove – Episode #26: Nathan East

It’s hard to not hear the music of Nathan East. His discography is – literally – a who’s who of popular music, and it runs across many genres. Whether you have grooved to the sounds of Daft Punk’s massive hit, “Get Lucky” or enjoyed the hit song “Easy Lover” by Phil Collins in the mid-eighties, that’s Nathan. East has been...

Groove – Episode #25: Zander Zon
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Groove – Episode #25: Zander Zon

Zander Zon has close to 60,000 subscribers on YouTube. That’s impressive for any solo bass player. What’s even more impressive is that Zander’s videos have generated close to 8 million views. The U.S. born (but London-based) artist has become known for both his original bass compositions, as well as his solo bass covers of film soundtracks, video game themes, rock...

Groove – Episode #24: Doug Wimbish
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Groove – Episode #24: Doug Wimbish

Here’s the funny thing about a great bass line. It creeps up on you. You find yourself humming it. The song won’t get out of your head for days. Sometimes, you’re humming it aloud. Often, it becomes an earworm for someone else. They’re either thankful for this or – more often than not – they want to kill you for...

Groove – Episode #23: Rudy Sarzo
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Groove – Episode #23: Rudy Sarzo

I’m a child of the eighties. Well, the seventies, too, but I cut my musical taste in the early eighties onwards. One of the most pivotal moments in music for me was the 1983 US Festival. The metal day, in particular. I can troll YouTube and watch videos from that day, and it still sends shivers up my spine. It’s...

Groove – Episode #22: Bryan Beller
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Groove – Episode #22: Bryan Beller

He could have one of the most fascinating careers as a bass player. It’s not that he’s played in classic bands during the sixties. He hasn’t. It’s not that he was around to see (and played) during the formative years, as the electric bass took hold. He has not. Bryan Beller is a bass player who happens to find himself...

Groove – Episode #21: Tim Lefebvre
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Groove – Episode #21: Tim Lefebvre

There are bass players who are able to cross musical genres, but few do it as well as Tim Lefebvre. His playing consistently demonstrates an uncanny ability to adapt to a wide range of different styles. It may well be the exact reason why David Bowie chose Tim to play on his final studio album, Blackstar, which was released two...

Groove – Episode #20: Miroslav Vitous
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Groove – Episode #20: Miroslav Vitous

Miroslav Vitous. A legendary musician. A true innovator of the bass. Those are facts. Vitous attended the Prague Conservatory (where he played with Jan Hammer long before either of them were stars), which led him to Berklee College of Music. In the mid sixties Miroslav moved to New York, and found himself in the middle of one of the most...

Groove – Episode #19: Rhonda Smith
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Groove – Episode #19: Rhonda Smith

In 1996, bass player Rhonda Smith did something that few musicians can ever lay claim to. She joined Prince’s astounding backing band, The New Power Generation. The years, miles and practice that brought her to this moment cannot be underestimated. Getting on Prince’s radar is tough enough. Getting a place in this ferocious musical tsunami of funk is a whole...