When Leland Sklar kicked off his new Youtube series late last month, we shared the first one. At the time, I hoped he would eventually get to “Stratus.” Good news: Two days ago, Lee did just that, with a great playalong and great story.
Olivier Pinard and Akurion just released a new album called “Come Forth To Me,” which the bassist told us about earlier this year. Now he’s released a special playthrough of the track “Wallow In Magnificent Pity”, which features some monstrous bass work.
Tedeschi Trucks Band recently shared this never-before-seen bonus video from the “Live From The Fox Oakland” concert. Filmed while Tim Lefebvre was still in the group, here’s an excellent clip of the band performing John Prine’s “Angel From Montgomery.”
If you ever played Dr. Mario, you know the music can get stuck in your head. Papadosio’s Rob McConnell has spent part of his downtime this month making this cool playalong with the “Chill” theme from the classic Nintendo game.
Episode 4 of the Sanborn Sessions dropped this week, with a new line up. This clip offers a great mix of conversation between David Sanborn and Terrace Martin on their musical influences, and a performance by the group (with Luques Curtis on bass).
I’ve always loved the videos many artists have shared with the Metropole Orkest. Here’s another great one, with Cory Wong performing a cool take on the tune, “Gumshü,” with the orchestra (including 3 bassists.)
During this year’s NAMM Show, I had a great chat with Gabriel Severn and his dad. His dad said that at a very early age, Gabriel was super interested in the music of Jaco Pastorius. So it wasn’t a surprise when his mom sent me this video of Gabriel performing “Donna Lee.”
Adam Ben Ezra is offering a bit of cheer in this new video, with his take on Bobby McFerrin’s tune, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” Or as Adam said, “Don’t worry, be healthy.”
Berklee shared this video yesterday, and it is so smoooooth. Check out Dee Dee Bridgewater Billie Holiday’s “Fine and Mellow” with students studying in the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice - including Devon Gates on bass.
My friend Steve Lawson is doing some very cool things right now with video lessons he’s posting to Instagram. The series looks at the 6 string bass and what it has to offer, and this track is a demo showcasing some beautiful music.
Donovan Stokes shared this video on Facebook, and we’re glad he did. The Richard Davis Foundation for Young Bassists made the most of this time of social distancing by coming together virtually to record an all-bass arrangement of Duke Ellington’s “Azure.”
Stuart Clayton always provides amazing lessons and transcriptions. In this clip, he walks through the bass line on “Teen Town,” written by Jaco Pastorius and released on the Weather Report album, “Heavy Weather.”