After leaving the Rolling Stones, guitarist Mick Taylor briefly joined up with bassist Jack Bruce. They performed at the Old Grey Whistle Test in 1975, and here is some of the magic: Jack and Mick are joined by Carla Bley on Hammond organ and synthesizers, Ronnie Leahy on piano and synthesizer and Bruce Gary on drums.
Here’s a nice Sunday afternoon video, featuring bassist Jeff Andrews and the Mike Stern Trio in 1995. The tune is “Wing and a Prayer”.
Today’s video features bassist Chris Minh Doky performing “September”, from his album The Nomad Diaries. Chris is performing on his Yamaha Silent bass. Enjoy!
While hunting down the next great bass video, I stumbled upon this three year old video featuring a cardboard bass, aka the “Bogdon Box Bass”. The bass is marketed as “a reduction of technology and the simplification of needs.” And yes, there’s a company who makes them. You can order a fully-assembled one or a do-it-yourself kit at Bogdon Music.
Here’s a 1993 performance of the Yellowjackets performing “Man Facing North” live in Montreux. Bassist Jimmy Haslip takes a solo before the half-way mark, and does some nice doubling with Bob Mintzer.
Our friend Kev Cooke sent this in to us, saying “Another Pino vid to feature… simply beautiful composition & perfect sounds, and amazing video quality too.” We couldn’t agree more, so here it is: The line up is Franck Avitabile on piano, Pino Palladino on bass, and Manu Katché on drums. The song, “Stage Door”, is from Avitabile’s Paris Sketches...
As we previously covered, Mr. Big hit the road for a reunion tour this year. The original four members of Mr. Big joined forces again, including bassist Billy Sheehan, vocalist Eric Martin, guitarist Paul Gilbert and drummer Pat Torpey. A new DVD, Budokan: Reunion Tour 2009 is now out. Here’s a preview:
Our friend and bassist Evan Marien shared this video with us, and we had to pay it forward. This performance of “Blockbuster” by the NDR Big Band features James Genus on bass. This has tons of great low end goodness, including some nice bass trombone work.
Bassist Simone Vignola started with electric and finger style guitar at the age of seven, before switching to the bass at the age of 12. In this video, Simone uses his varied musical background to perform his original composition, “Love Song”. Simone was the winner of the EuroBassDay Contest in 2008. You can download the track for free (donations accepted)...
Our turn to rave about Ray Riendeau… check out this live performance of “Liquid”, at Mojo’s Music Academy in Longmont, Colorado. Ray is joined by drummer Martin Diamond. Hold on to your hat!