We think this has to be pretty rare: Marcus Miller on a fretless bass, from his .
Michael and Randy Brecker’s Some Skunk Funk is a rockin’ tune at their normal tempo. But check this out… In 1993, with the help of James Genus on bass, Mike Stern on guitar and Dennis Chambers on drums, they rip it. This is from the Brecker Brothers’ Bottom Line performance in Nagoya, Japan, on April 1, 1993. Enjoy, and remember...
Here’s a performance featuring King Curtis on vocals with Jerry Jemmott laying it down. We think this is from a performance in 1971. Jerry Jemmott is the man. Holy smokes.
Our good friend Will sent this one in (we’re going to have to start a new category called Willie’s Picks). This is Hot Tuna’s Jack Casady on bass and Jorma Kaukonen on guitar, playing “Mann’s Fate” on the PBS show “Folk Guitar” hosted by Laura Weber. Check out around the 3:10 mark when Casady takes the lead. Nice.
We’ve covered Spaceman and his unusual bass creations before. Here’s one from the archives: the Spaceman “Dominator” Aluminum 6-String Fretless Bass The Dominator is a full-length, 6-string aluminum bass guitar with an active EMG pickup, mounted above the strings.
Bassist James Ross sends us this video of him hanging out with Victor Wooten doing some improv to The Beatles’ “Yesterday” during rehearsal at The Pageant in St. Louis. Nice.
Time to learn some fingerstyle funk. Tower of Power’s bassist Rocco Prestia shows us the way.
We thought Geddy Lee was the master at the whole playing-bass-while-singing thing. But that was before we stumbled upon this video of Nathan Hughes. Holy smokes.
Today’s video features Marcus Miller playing Jaco Pastorius’ “Teen Town”. Enjoy:
We never knew how dangerous those extra long bass necks and gigantic bass amps were until we checked out this review of the Beaver Creek bass ukulele (or is it a travel bass? we’re confused). No matter, this video review is hilarious:
311 bassist P-Nut was interviewed during NAMM 2009, talking basses and amps, stage volume, and why we play bass. Oh he, jams too. Enjoy!
Today’s featured video kicks off the week just right. Felix Pastorius and his band, The Heavy Pets, performs “Nautilus” in front of a live audience at the Maple Leaf in New Orleans, LA. The band is joined by Flecktones sax man, Jeff Coffin, which only adds to the greatness.