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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...

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Groove – Episode #18: Arthur Barrow
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Groove – Episode #18: Arthur Barrow

There’s crazy stories and then there’s really crazy stories. The timeline of Arthur Barrow’s success falls into the “really crazy story” category (without question). Barrow – a young musician trying to find his way – decides to teach himself the electric bass in 1974 while attending the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. He was studying composition and organ,...

Groove – Episode #17: Tony Levin
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Groove – Episode #17: Tony Levin

Tony Levin is a bass specialist. Pure, simple and rhythmic. Bass players know how hard it is to find one’s voice. Levin has not only found his voice, but a very distinct sound, playing style and groove, whether he’s playing electric, upright or the Chapman Stick. It would be easy to lump him into the progressive rock genre (consider his...

Groove – Episode #16: Jack Casady
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Groove – Episode #16: Jack Casady

Take one second, head over to Google Images and do a search for Jack Casady. A life in images. That’s not Photoshop. That’s him. A lifetime of electric bass history and evolution all rolled up into this individual who played for Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna and more. He’s – rightfully – in the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame and...

Groove – Episode #15: Divinity Roxx
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Groove – Episode #15: Divinity Roxx

Who is Divinity Roxx? Musician? Bassist? Rapper? Singer? Producer? Performer? Composer? Musical director? Much more. Divinity Roxx is a true artist. The electric bass is her tool to get her message out. She mixes and crosses genres (from rock to rap to funk to jazz). She was both the bassist and Musical Director for Beyonce from 2006 – 2011. She’s...

Groove – Episode #14: Jeff Berlin
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Groove – Episode #14: Jeff Berlin

Jeff Berlin had a moment that he describes as “the dark night of the soul” at the age of sixty. Now, he’s 63 and he’s reflecting. He’s reflecting on his career as one of the most influential electric bass players who has ever lived, and he’s being critical of just how critical he has been about the state of the...

Groove – Episode #13: Felix Pastorius
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Groove – Episode #13: Felix Pastorius

Imagine playing the bass when your last name is Pastorius. Many of us might think that this is a blessing. There is no question that Jaco Pastorius is one of (if not THE) founding fathers of the modern electric bass. His son, Felix Pastorius, has no desire to carry-on the legacy, other than to find his own path with the...