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  • Jeff Beck & Tal Wilkenfeld: Big Block

    There have been many videos circulating of bassist Tal Wilkenfeld with Jeff Beck, and we’ve covered a few. This one, a live performance of “Big Block” during the 2007 Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago might just be our favorite: »

  • Happy Fourth

    Happy Fourth

    As we celebrate Independence Day today in the U.S., we decided to look around for videos of Jaco Pastorius performing his landmark arrangement of “America The Beautiful”, aka “Amerika”. Along the way, we discovered this gem by bassist Neftali L√≥pez: Have a safe and happy Fourth! »

  • Tom Kennedy & the Dave Weckl Band: The Chicken

    Check out Tom Kennedy taking care of business on “The Chicken”, a song most people think was written by Jaco Pastorius. (It was written by Pee Wee Ellis, a member of James Brown’s band, though Jaco made it famous). Holy smokes! »

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  • Damian Erskine & Ray Riendeau: Bright Sized Life

    After a day of teaching at Mile High Bass Camp, Damian Erskine and Ray Riendeau took a break to play together. In this segment, Damian solos over Pat Metheny’s “Bright Sized Life”. The only problem with this video is that it isn’t long enough. I wonder if Damian picked up something from the bassist on... »

  • Jeff Schmidt: “From Under the Weight of Knowing” Live Solo Bass

    Jeff Schmidt: “From Under the Weight of Knowing” Live Solo Bass

    Someone said “Michael Hedges’ devil’s advocate plays electric bass, and his name is Jeff Schmidt.” We can’t think of a better way to describe it, so here goes… Jeff Schmidt, performing “From Under the Weight of Knowing” live at Solo Bass Night in Berkeley, California in 2006. »

  • Paul Gray interview and Slipknot tour details

    Slipknot bassist Paul Gray was recently interviewed when the band played at Hovefestivalen outside the city of Arendal, Norway. A two week summer tour is in the works for Slipknot starting August 22 in Seattle, Washington. Tickets are on sale now! Check out the Slipknot HQ for more details. »

  • SMV: Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller and Victor Wooten in Studio Interview and Performance

    SMV: Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller and Victor Wooten in Studio Interview and Performance

    SMV, the bass supergroup formed by Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller and Victor Wooten recorded a video before their tour, including live performances and interviews. In this segment, the bassists give their insight into bass playing, SMV and the direction of bass exposure. It also includes a special live studio performance on the opening track “Los... »

  • A bass trio tribute to Michael Jackson

    The Michael Jackson inspired playalongs have been pouring into Youtube over the past two days. This one caught our eye and ears: a tribute to MJ from the GospelChops bassists Janek Gwizdala, Hadrien Feraud and Robert “Bubby” Lewis, playing Jackson’s hit, Beat It. Thoughts and prayers to the Jackson family. »

  • Zawinul Syndicate with Linley Marthe: Fast City

    Right up until the end of his life, Joe Zawinul could still bring it (and pick bass players). Check out the Zawinul Syndicate’s version of Weather Report’s “Fast City”, a tune originally recorded for the Jaco Pastorius-era Night Passage album. Bassist Linley Marthe is a monster on this one. This clip comes from the Syndicate’s... »

  • Whiteface for double bass

    Freelance bassist Jason Sypher, aka dervishmusic, is the double bassist for Holland-based, “yiddish, gypsy, jazz hybrid” band Nikitov. But in today’s featured video, he goes solo, performing Joe Thrift’s old-time fiddle tune, “Whiteface” on a double bass. In case you’re wondering, he’s not left handed, the video is reversed. Check out more videos from Jason... »