Bassist Rich Brown submitted this video to us, featuring his original composition for solo bass, “Lua”. As Rich describes it: “This new tune was written after spending many an evening gazing at the moon in it’s luminous splendor. A bit Metheny, a bit Gismonti, a bit Garrison.”
Last summer, Esperanza Spalding made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, performing “I Know You Know”, from her Esperanza CD. Esperanza is playing a Doolin Custom Acoustic bass. Enjoy!
Bassist Steven Guerrero sent us this video of his live solo bass performance at The Ground Level Coffee House in Toledo, Ohio. Steven’s extended range bass and looping techniques make him a terrific one-man band. Steven’s solo CD, Deployment of Ten Wails is available at CDBaby. Check out more about Steven on Twitter and Reverb Nation.
Gov’t Mule, Victor Wooten, bass solo. Do we need to say any more?
This incredible video showcases upright bassist Catalin Rotaru playing Paganini Caprice 24 solo on the upright bass. Rotaru is a professor at Arizona State University. He has performed both solo classical and jazz bass throughout Europe, the United States, South America and Japan. He served as associate principal bass in the Romanian National Radio Orchestra, principal bass in the Sibiu...
I think most of the jazz-guys out there know John Coltrane’s classic Giant Steps. A challenging tune, as I’m sure many would agree. This is Kevin Wyatt shirtlessly doubling the bass part on his bass and Coltrane’s solo on his keyboard. [Editor’s note: when the walking bass part started, I almost fell out of my chair. Wow!]
In 2006, Trans-Siberian Orchestra launched a Youtube contest for the best/most original covers of their song “Wizards In Winter”. One one winner from each of the following categories was chosen: drums, keyboards, guitar and bass. The winner in the bass category was Jason Matthews, who took an interesting approach: basically playing both the bass part and the keyboard part simultaneously....
Bassist Ian Enderson submitted this video to our Youtube group, and we were glad he did. Check it Ian’s tone on this excercise, and we think you’ll agree: Do you have a video you’d like to share? Send it our way.
We admit it… if you post a video of multi-bass bands, we’re likely to feature it here. This video was filmed at Fender Mexico’s theater in 2008, featuring Motown bass legend Bob Babbitt, Bobby Vega, Christopher Maloney and Ivan Barrera on bass, Jeff Kollman on guitar and Nick DVirgilio on drums. This one starts slow, but starts cooking once the...
Check out Alain Caron with “Le Band”, Alain’s project from the mid-90’s. This tune, “Slam The Clown” is from the album Rhythm ‘N Jazz. If you’re interested, Alain also has a Rhythm ‘n Jazz Ultimate Play-Along for Bass instruction book and CD to help you figure it all out.