I can’t believe I missed this video until now. Released in November 2017, here’s “Partly Sunny,” which is described as “a humble documentary of the late great bassist Victor Bailey.” What a tribute to one of the greats in bass history.
Ever since the release “The Gleaners,” I’ve seen Larry Grenadier’s playing in a new light. The jazz bassist spent a year exploring the instrument and its possibilities before recording. I keep coming back to the opening track, “Oceanic,” which creates an indescribable atmosphere.
MonoNeon shared this epic clip on Facebook, with a performance he did with drummer Larnell Lewis and Ghost-Note for Zildjian LIVE! “Change Your Mind” is a funky tune, and MonoNeon causes the sax player to have bass face in this one!
My friend Ted Gould shared this video with this comment: “I don’t give a FUNK what you say about playing with a pick. Paul Peterson is a baaaaad bad man. FEEL. POCKET. GROOVE.” Check out St. Paul Peterson’s live performance of “Mutiny”
Once again, bassist Panagiotis Andreou has shared a video with us that is absolutely mesmerizing. The Greek-born bassist is known for his abilities in multiple styles from around the world, but he went back to his roots for this arrangement with Now vs Now.
Doug Berns sent us this video of his excellent all-bass cover of Seal’s “Kiss from a Rose.” Doug shared: “Colored it up with some chorus, reverb and a light octave. Beautiful melody, gorgeous tune!!”
Paul Gilbert’s “Behold Electric Guitar” was released earlier this month, and from what I’ve heard so far, it is fantastic – and pretty unexpected. Here’s the clip for the track “Blues For Rabbit,” with bassist Roland Guerin laying it down.
Karl Clews sent me this very cool video of him performing Stanley Clarke’s “Lopsy Lu”, but with a twist. Karl switches between all four of the headless, carbon-fiber neck basses in his collection, to compare and contrast the tones of these instruments.
My bucket list includes attending a GroundUP Music Festival one day. Here’s a clip they just shared of violinist/vocalist Andrew Bird’s band performing at this year’s festival, with bassist Alan Hampton (and one cool bass.)
We can always count on Zander Zon to share something timely, and epic, in the realm of solo bass arrangements. In this clip, Zander takes on something from The Avengers “Endgame” soundtrack.