Alphonso Johnson is a favorite of ours, and he proves once again how Joe Zawinul really knew how to pick bass players. Alphonso was replaced by Jaco Pastorius, and both appeared on Weather Report’s Black Market. Many people think Jaco held down the bass for the title track, but it was indeed Alphonso Johnson. Jaco performed on two of the...
Today’s featured player is FuryMuso, performing Muse’s “Easily”.
Bassist Walter Barnes is featured along with guitarist Tony Pulizzi, drummer Rob Hubbard, Jr. and saxophonist Keith McKelly at the NAMM Bass Bash 2009 in Anaheim, California. Enjoy “Song For Wayman”:
In a promotional video for his latest album, Paul McCartney shows his playing technique in a brief instructional video covering bass, guitar and drums. This video doesn’t cover more advanced “fiddly bits”, but is fun to watch:
Today’s featured vid showcases the only and only Gary Willis doing his thing in a live performance with Tribal Tech.
Since Miles Mosley hit our radar with his Voodoo Child performance, we’ve been listening and watching to everything we can find. His live performance of “Shine” is really impressive: Now we hope there’s a chance for these video performances to be released as high quality audio. The studio stuff is great too.
As we reported earlier, the new Jaco Pastorius Community Center opened on March 5, 2009. Here’s a video of the event, with some photo slideshow at the end: Kudos to the people of Oakland Park.
Our favorite bass teacher, MarloweDK is at it again, with a fresh batch of bass lessons. Here’s today’s featured video, Lesson #152: Doublethumppppp! in G: Want more MarloweDK? Check out his Youtube channel.
There’s so much going on in this video, we don’t know where to begin. Better if you just watch Les Claypool do his thing: And, just because it is Friday, here’s another one (complete with a “YYZ” intro):
Juan Nelson does it all in this performance, holding down a sweet groove, singing backup and a scat singing/bass playing solo. This video is from a Ben Harper concert at the Hollywood Bowl in 2003.
It is fitting Miles Mosley chose to cover Jimi Hendrix’s “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)”, since he’s doing a Hendrix-like re-invention of his instrument of choice: the upright bass. After all, it isn’t often you get an upright with wah wah, and distortion all at once. Enjoy:
The original slap bassist Larry Graham shows how it is done in today’s featured video. Once you get the slapping part down, you can add the vocals. Woooo. I like that.