Here’s a great live solo by Eberhard Weber, filmed during a tour with the Jan Garbarek Group in 2006.
Here is a fan-shot video from a Blue Oyster Cult performance where they let veteran rocker Rudy Sarzo really shine. Rudy hits pretty much every era of his career, jamming with the band to tunes from Quiet Riot, White Snake and Ozzy, before taking a little Stanley Clarke-inspired solo.
Here’s a great video from bassists Stan Sargeant and Juan Nelson. The bass duo is jamming at the Ernie Ball Music Man booth during Bass Player Live in 2009. Stan is playing a Bongo 6, upside down and left-handed. Juan is on a Sterling 5.
Here’s some vintage Michael Manring for you! This is a clip from the early ’80’s featuring long-time Manring collaborator and friend, the late Michael Hedges on acoustic guitar. The performance took place at the New Varsity Theater in Palo Alto, California.
Bass Extremes, consisting of bassists Steve Bailey and Victor Wooten, put out a couple of CD’s in the late 90’s and early 00’s. Before that there was this video featuring live performances and instructional material, from Bass Extremes Live: Steve Bailey & Victor Wooten. One of my favorite tunes from the video is this tribute to Stanley Clarke called “Stan...
Will shared this video with me, and I had to pay it forward. Here’s the Les McCann Trio with Leroy Vinnegar on bass and Ron Jefferson on drums, performing the tune “Vakushna”. That’s some walk!
Here’s a pretty good video of Herbie Hancock’s newest line-up, shot from a member of the audience at the Montreux Jazz Festival last month. The band is performing a classic from Herbie’s extensive library, “Chameleon”, with Tal Wilkenfeld holding down the low end and even helping Herbie with some equipment issues.
Here’s Italian bassist, Felice Del Gaudio, playing his tune Dido Dado which features some tasty fretless bass playing.
Esperanza Spalding has a released a video performance of “Little Fly”, from her upcoming album , to be released on August 17th. “Little Fly” is the first track on the album. Be sure to check out our review of Chamber Music Society.
Here’s another video gem featuring Jaco Pastorius. This solo was performed during a Weather Report concert in 1978 in Washington, DC and includes a cool version of Jaco’s famous “Slang” solo and Hendrix’s Band of Gypsy references.
Vincenzo “Viz” Maurogiovanni does some pretty cool chordal bass adaptations of classic American songs, such as Burt Bacharach’s “Magic Moments”:
Animosity bassist Evan Brewer recently uploaded this slap bass video as a preview of a solo bass CD he’s working on.