The Bass Abroad Archive
With the goal of publishing high quality instructional titles for bass guitarists, Stuart Clayton founded his own media company, Bassline Publishing, in 2005. To date, Clayton has authored over a dozen acclaimed instructional methods for bass guitarists covering subjects such as fundamental technique, theory, and contemporary slap bass techniques. Along with a very successful series of Level 42 transcriptions documenting the playing of Mark King, Clayton has also completed a book of transcriptions showcasing the music of Stuart Hamm. His most recent publication contains complete bass and guitar transcriptions of the classic funk and disco grooves produced by legendary bassist Bernard Edwards and guitarist Nile Rogers. ... Read More!
More than four years removed from the release of his acclaimed debut on M-Vibez in 2003, Peter Muller has produced his second solo session, The Flow. With his classic 1979 Fender Jazz bass, Muller blends funk, contemporary jazz, r&b, and soul sounds with oriental and latin elements over the course of 10 remarkable tracks that he compiled in his own Wave Island studio in Germany and released under his own label, Mullenium Records. As a sideman and leader of his own group, Muller has become a well known bass figure throughout Europe over the past two decades and is widely acknowledged for his ability to improvise heavy grooves and his profound passion for funk music. Between his own solo projects, Muller works as a recording engineer and maintains a busy schedule mixing and mastering numerous side productions for artists who are seeking to capture the Muller sound. ... Read More!
One-half of an atypical duo collaboration that features the vocal accompaniment of his wife, Markus Setzer has released four bass and voice recording sessions under the name Reimer|Setzer, and over the past several years, the celebrated duo has performed their unconventional arrangements at music festivals across much of Europe. As one of the most highly regarded bassists and clinicians in Germany, Setzer leads workshops through his bass academy and has demonstrated his concepts to hundreds of bass enthusiasts at many of Europe's popular bass events including the European BassDay, Bass Days Poland, and the Euro Bass Day. Since 2001, Setzer has also contributed a regular lesson column to Gitarre & Bass magazine which is distributed throughout Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and the Netherlands. ... Read More!
On Those Days, his debut recording, Austrian bassist Bernhard Lackner demonstrates a musical maturity far beyond what his age might initially indicate. With an assorted compilation of tracks spanning a contemporary fusion of jazz, pop, funk, and hip hop styles, Lackner's performance delivers a profound statement. Accompanied by saxophonist Jeff Coffin from Bela Fleck and the Flecktones and produced by Adam Nitti, Those Days immediately makes Lackner one of this year's artists to watch. As a solo artist, Lackner has presented his music at events such as the Euro Bass Day and NoiBassisti Groove Festival in Italy, Austria's Outreach Jazz Festival, and BassUp! in the United States. ... Read More!
Considered the U.K.'s premier solo bass guitarist, Steve Lawson has been acknowledged as one of the most innovative voices to have emerged on the electric bass in years. Utilizing his 6-string fretless and fretted basses along with the latest in looping technology, Lawson released his fourth solo project in June, 2006. Lawson's solo bass compositions include palettes of lush sonic soundscapes and layers of ambient textures which have helped to redefine the art of looping and live performance as a solo bassist. As a result of the acclaim he has received for his solo bass orchestrations, Lawson has headlined major concerts across Europe and the United States. ... Read More!
Originally from Calabria in southern Italy, Antonella Mazza studied classical and jazz bass under the direction of Ezio Pederzani at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory of Music in Milan. In addition to her bass studies at the conservatory, Mazza received training in sound design and earned a master's degree in ethnomusicology from D.A.M.S. Mazza has also completed instruction with John Patitucci as well as clinics with Bruce Gertz and David Clark from Berklee College of Music. Today, Mazza is recognized as one of Italy's acclaimed bassists, and her playing has been featured on international tours, recordings, and numerous television appearances alongside some of Italy's most notable pop and jazz musicians. ... Read More!
In October 2005, Brazilian Zuzo Moussawer demonstrated his innovative solo electric bass skills as one of four finalists that were selected amongst hundreds of contestants to perform at the first Bass Extremes International Contemporary Solo Bass Competition in South Carolina. As a result of his inspiring proficiency, Moussawer was awarded second prize by a legendary panel of judges including Victor Wooten, Steve Bailey, Anthony Jackson, Will Lee, and drummer Gregg Bissonette. On projects under his own name, Moussawer fuses the sounds of jazz, funk, blues, rock, country, Latin, Arabic, and Brazilian genres together employing two-handed tapping, percussive-laden slapping, sophisticated chordal work, and harmonic techniques. ... Read More!
Born and raised in France, sub-contra bassist Yves Carbonne started learning classical piano at age 7. His career on electric bass commenced when he was 13 years-old, and two years later, he began playing the acoustic upright bass. Upon hearing the music of bass icons Stanley Clarke and Jaco Pastorius, Carbonne's interest in jazz became apparent, and he soon pursued the sounds of fretless bass. Over the past twenty years, Carbonne has spent time in private studies with fretless bass virtuoso Alain Caron and former John McLaughlin Trio bass great Dominique Di Piazza. ... Read More!
My sound and style have been definitely influenced by my strong rock-blues background. I love to explore the different forms of expression that the bass can provide and particularly pay great attention to the evolution of music styles while never forgetting the harmonic and rhythmic supporting role of the bass. Over the years, I have become a regular collaborator to such pop artists as Niccolo Fabi, Tiromancino, Stefano Di Battista, Fiorella Mannoia, Neri Per Caso, and I've also maintained a strong schedule in other projects such as Power of Soul, a tribute to the genius of Jimi Hendrix, as well as a collaboration with the great drummer Agostino Marangolo in his electric jazz quartet. ... Read More!
I was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. I played piano, guitar, and electric bass before taking up the double bass at age 18. My early musical experiences include work with hometown jazz greats Jimmy Raney, Helen Humes, and Jamey Aebersold. In 1979, I got the gig with the house trio at a jazz club in Louisville that brought in famous jazz soloists to play with the trio. ... Read More!
I was born in Oslo in October, 1971. My father worked in the seamans mission since I was 4, so I grew up around the globe, in Australia, Belgium, France, and England before settling back in Norway when I was 11. After a couple of years in Norway, my family moved to Lier, a small community a 40 minutes drive west of Oslo. After 6-7 years of classical piano lessons and a few years on the trumpet, I joined some friends at school in an instrumental rock band. ... Read More!
In the mid 1960's I studied physics and maths at the University of Sussex, U.K. During this period I played both drums and bass in a wide variety of different bands. Once I graduated, a short spell as a laboratory research assistant convinced me that a career in music was preferable, and along with other ex-university pals, I formed a progressive jazz/rock group called "Affinity" which was managed by the late Ronnie Scott (the eponymous founder of the legendary jazz club in London's Soho). Since then, I've established myself as a top session musician, record producer, composer, author, and solo artist. In 1975 I founded the first-ever bass course at Goldsmiths College, University of London. ... Read More!
I was born of Irish, English, and Spanish blood in Swaziland, Africa. I was influenced by the sounds of the native's songs and drumming as my mother would take me to tribal gatherings. After living in Indonesia for two years, I moved to England when I was six years old and took up the bass guitar at the age of twelve. I love for all types of music including jazz, flamenco, funk, irish folk, african, rock, and classical. I was a founding member of the Brazilian dance combo Batu in 1992. ... Read More!
I was born November 5, 1956 in Helsinki and started to play bass when I was 14 years old. My father did play drums in the early days, my cousin is a great guitar player, and my brother is a movie director, so I guess there are artists in the family. I studied upright bass at the Conservatory of Helsinki in the 70's. My first professional gig was in 1975 at the Kirjurinluoto Park with the late Finnish rock legend, Rauli Badding Somerjoki. ... Read More!
I was born in 1967 in Auch, France. My parents were not musicians but gave my older brother and I the chance to study music as we were kids. I began piano at the age of 7. A few years later, my older brother was playing guitar, and I wanted to play with him. I began playing electric bass when I was 13 and upright acoustic bass two years later. I started to be interested in jazz when I heard Stanley Clarke for the first time, but I rapidly felt influenced by Jaco. I started to play fretless when I was 16. I met Alain Caron in 1984, and he became my "mentor" for years. I played my first 6-string fretless bass in 1987. At that time, I was lucky enough to earn my living as a professional jazz musician. ... Read More!
I was born on October 6, 1969 and grew up in a musical family. My father played acoustic bass and piano and so I came into contact with jazz very early. I started to learn classical acoustic guitar at the age of nine, taking lessons for about five years. It was during this period that I became interested in funk music. My ears were totally drawn to the sound of the bass, and I started to slap on my guitar, trying to sound like all the contemporary bass players I was hearing. I jumped at the chance when a friend of my father's offered me an old Hoefner electric bass guitar, and from then on I concentrated solely on bass. I listened to just about everything I could, learning from players like Mark King, Stanley Clarke, and Marcus Miller. ... Read More!
I began to play the electric bass in local bands after classical studies in Europe at the age of 18. After a tour in Italy, I joined Maurizio Solieri's band, touring with him as "lead bass" for one year. Alzheimer, Nowhere, Disaster Area and Lisa's Revenge (with Ted Nugent former band member Lee Wilkerson on guitar) are a few of the bands that I recorded with as a session player before becoming a teacher in the bass department at the Lizard College of Music in Italy. ... Read More!
I was born in 1976 in Barnstaple, England, where I still live. I began playing the bass when I was 13 after being inspired by a video of a Level 42 concert. Seeing Mark King slapping away at his bass and making such wonderful music was an inspiration both then and now. I self-taught myself for five years and made good progress technique-wise. I decided to pursue music seriously at that point and studied A Level Music which helped get my theory together. I went on from that to complete a three year Graduate Diploma in Popular Music at Leeds College of Music, which opened my eyes to lot of other styles and players. Following this, I went to work on cruise ships for a while, although the monotony of the gig almost drove me nuts! ... Read More!
I was born in 1972 in Bad Harzburg, Germany. I picked up the bass when I was about 15 or 16. My parents were not musicians, but I'm glad my mom sang good-night songs out of a big blue songbook with me every night so I grew up singing very much. Actually this picture is one of the oldest childhood memories I can remember. Later on I played flute and accordion. A friend of my father was a musician who played guitar and bass. ... Read More!
I was born in 1969 in Osnabrück, Germany. When I was still in high school our school band was looking for a bass player. I really wanted to play keyboards. I was anxious to join the guys and play my heart out. The days of piano sonatas were over. But, when we couldn't find a bassist, I had to pick it up in order to move the band forward. Since then I am deeply in love with the instrument. I started with old Led Zeppelin records and tried to translate the lines on the still somewhat unfamiliar fretboard. Shortly thereafter I transcribed pretty much everything I could get my hands on. Transcribing from recordings was the best training I could possibly receive. I slowly incorporated a lot of my idol's coolest licks into my own repertoire. ... Read More!