Check out this video of Bill Clements, playing with one hand! Clements lost his right arm in an industrial accident in 1989. He released his first CD, Undergroundalienbass in 2005. His bass is also unique, using a “fret-groove” system where the frets are actually concave and carved out of the neck rather than laying on top. You can check out...
This great latin jazz video features bassist Roberto Aymes, performing killer solos over “Besame Mucho”, with his band the Roberto Aymes Art Latin Jazz Quartet. The band features Aymes on bass, Jaime Reyes on piano, Mario Bastarrica on percussion and Salvador Merchand on drums. This tune swings! You can check out more on Aymes at his web site.
Check out Victor Wooten and Steve Bailey performing Joe Zawinul’s “Mercy Mercy Mercy”, along with David “Fingers” Haynes, at the PreSonus booth.
This video shows bassist and singer Debra Killings performing “Love” off her 2003 album Surrender. In addition to her own compositions, Debra has played bass on many OutKast albums and has been a backup singer on most of the albums released by TLC.
Today’s video shows off the incredible line up of pianist Hiromi with bassist Tony Grey, drummer Mauricio Zottarelli and guitarist John Shannon, performing live at Duc des Lombards in Paris.
Bassist Kilian Duarte sent us a note, sharing his version of the Jaco Pastorius tune, “Portrait of Tracy”. Kilian asked us for feedback… post in the comments below.
By far, my favorite John Mayer CD is , thanks to bassist Pino Palladino‘s incredible playing. This is concert footage the way we like it… with the camera operator sticking with the bassist for the whole segment. Be sure to hang around to the 2:40 mark of this video, where the band kicks into Jimi Hendrix’s “Power of Soul”. Pino...
Check out bassist Marcus Miller, jamming with Manu Katche and Mark Robertson on a French TV’s “One Shot Not”. Miller is preparing to tour Japan and Europe this fall (beginning September 9th) with a new show called “Tutu Revisited – The Music of Miles Davis featuring Christian Scott.” The band lineup is Miller on bass and various other instruments, Christian...
This video showcases bassist Dave Holland performing a solo of “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat,” a composition by Charles Mingus as an elegy for jazz saxophone great Lester Young. Holland is currently featuring previously unreleased tracks from his album Pass It On on his web site.
I’ve stumbled upon several German bass players recently. One young guy that has caught my attention is Dani Weber. He has a good melodic sense and good technique, as you’ll see in this video of “Who Cares Anyway?” Be sure to check out his Youtube channel and MySpace page.
Bireli Lagrene, known for his guitar playing, can apparently lay down a mean Jaco Pastorius-style groove on bass too. Bireli obviously picked up a few pointers while touring with Jaco in the 80s. Or as Jaco would say “I know where I stole every note!”
Today’s featured video shows off the skills of bassist Matt Bissonette. In this clip, Matt takes a solo break on his fretless, during the 2002 Joe Satriani Strange Beautiful Music Tour in The Netherlands. You can definitely hear a Jaco influence toward the end of the solo, but with a nice twist.