Here’s bassist Jason Matthews, performing Adam Nitti‘s “Fritter Boy”. Matthews studied with Nitti for a short time, and had this to say about the performance: “Obviously I don’t have a six string bass, so adjustments had to be made in certain parts, notably the sweeps. Beyond that, I don’t play Adam’s exact walking line at the end. Rather than transcribe...
Here’s a crazy clip shared by Will Marks. This video features Johnny Winter performing a cover of the Stones’ “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”. But that’s not why we’re posting it. Wait for the guitar solo, where bassist Jon Paris and Winter trade instruments, while each is still strapped in. Even more impressive, Paris plays the guitar solo behind his back!
In today’s video, Marcus Miller shares his experience working with Miles Davis and Miles’ impact on music, and ends with a solo tribute.
Listening to a lot of Pat Metheny’s music inspired Greg Fairweather (aka Shipbassguy) to do the following bass solo version of the jazz standard “There Will Never Be Another You”.
Here’s Andrea De Donato playing around with the his Eminence portable bass and the Electro Harmonix micro POG. The results are really cool.
Here’s another great video of Gary Willis performing during a 2006 clinic in Rotterdam. This time, he’s playing the Pee Wee Ellis tune, “The Chicken”, popularized of course by Jaco Pastorius.
Check out this live all-star performance, from Jazzfestival Bern, Switzerland in 1985. Bassist Ray Brown performs with Dizzy Gillespie on trumpet, James Moody on tenor sax, Gene Harris on piano and Grady Tate on drums.
Italian bassist Stefano Forcella, also known as “Ste”, lists his biggest influences to be founding member of Jamiroquai, Stuart Zender, and Jonas Reingold of the Swedish band The Flower Kings. This is Ste’s playalong of The Flower Kings’ song “I am the Sun”, nailing it as always:
Tom Desmond first caught my attention with a series of wonderfully weird videos (including this one) which both made me giggle and demonstrated his playing abilities. Here’s his tune Yardbush accompanied by NYC scenes: Check out his Myspace page.
Here’s Brazilian bass player Junior Ribeiro (also known as Braguinha) laying down a mean groove and soloing over it. The only bad thing about this video is that it’s way too short!
Michel Petrucciani unfortunately only lived to be 36, but composed a lot of great music before he passed. Petrucciani played with many great bass players including Ron Carter, Stanley Clarke, NHØP, Eddie Gomez, Dave Holland, Charlie Haden, Anthony Jackson, Marcus Miller and many others. Here’s his tune “September Second” with Anthony Jackson on the bass and Steve Gadd on the...
Check out this 20 year old (!) video of the Mike Stern Group performing live in New York City in 1990. The line up includes Lincoln Goines on bass, Dennis Chambers on drums, Bob Berg on sax and Stern on guitar. Part 1: And Part 2: