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  • Metropole Orchestra with Victor Bailey & Peter Erskine: Nubian Sundance

    Metropole Orchestra with Victor Bailey & Peter Erskine: Nubian Sundance

    Here’s the Metropole Orchestra performing “Nubian Sundance”, in a tribute concert to Joe Zawinul. Joining the orchestra are former Weather Report members, Victor Bailey on bass, Peter Erskine on drums and Alex Acuna on percussion. This isn’t our typical bass showcase video, but I couldn’t pass it up. Bailey does play some pretty sweet stuff... »

  • Steve Lawson and Michael Manring: Improvised Duet

    There’s been a lot of buzz lately about solo bassist Steve Lawson playing a gig with bassist Michael Manring. For those of you who did not get the chance to see it, Lawson has uploaded multiple videos of the October 6th gig at the Round Midnight Jazz & Blues Bar. We’re featuring one of those... »

  • Josy John: Bass solo

    This great video is Josy John playing from Antaragni, a fusion band from Bangalore which disbanded in 2004. Antaragni is a combination of two Sanskrit words, Antar which is “fire” and Angi meaning “within.” John appears to be playing a 5 string Warwick. »

  • Ron Carter: Willow Weep for Me

    This is a video from a 1984 performance by bassist Ron Carter playing “Willow Weep for Me.” Carter is one of the most recorded bassists in jazz history, heard on more than 2,500 albums. Carter is probably best known for his jazz work, playing in the Miles Davis quintet with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and... »

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  • Bela Fleck & the Flecktones: Spain

    Josh, a bass trombonist (we’ll call that close enough) sent us this video of the Flecktones performing Chick Corea’s “Spain”. I’m sure he sent it because of the awesome bass playing by Victor Wooten, who takes over around the 2:30 mark. »

  • John Mayer with Pino Palladino & David Labruyere: I Don’t Trust Myself (With Loving You)

    John Mayer with Pino Palladino & David Labruyere: I Don’t Trust Myself (With Loving You)

    Our Twitter friend @kevcooke shared this video recommendation with us, saying “You MUST feature this video… Pino Palladino AND David Labruyere playing on this tune = DESPICABLE groove!!!” We agree, Kevin! »

  • Christian McBride: Live Electric Bass Solo

    We frequently see bassist Christian McBride playing the upright, but can he ever play on the bass guitar. Check out this video of McBride taking a solo during a live performance of the Jaco Pastorius tune “Havona”, with the Christan McBride Band. McBride has three bass guitars that he currently uses: first a Pensa 4-string... »

  • Richard Bona with Ferenc Snétberger and Paolo Vinaccia: Tavaszi Utazás

    Bassist Richard Bona joined guitarist Ferenc Snétberger and drummer/percussionist Paolo Vinaccia in May 2009 for a performance at the Palace of Arts, in Budapest, Hungary. This song, “Tavaszi Utazás”, was written by Snétberger. »

  • Tony Levin: “Sleepless” video and tour update

    We received this great video of bassist Tony Levin performing with King Crimson in Japan. Check out that thumb! The performers included Levin on bass and vocals, Adrian Belew on guitar and vocals, Robert Fripp on guitar and Bill Bruford on drums. Levin has a few different projects cooking this fall, he just finished a... »

  • Adam Ben Ezra: Seinfeld theme song

    I think I can safely say that, through time, the song I (and many others I’m sure) have received the most request to play is the theme from Seinfeld. Even though the famous slap bass-line was originally played on a keyboard, it remains in high demand. This may be the best version I have heard... »