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DVDs

Markus Setzer - Discover Your Groove 1.0


Markus Setzer
Discover Your Groove 1.0 was first released by German bassist Markus Setzer in 2009. This revised second edition features two DVDs and is now available with English subtitles. With 160 minutes of instruction by one of the most popular teachers in Germany and head of the Bass-Akademie in Hamburg, this method contains material for bassists of all playing levels.



Todd Johnson - Walking Bass Line Module System - Vol. 3


Todd Johnson
In the third and final installment of his popular Walking Bass Line Module System instructional series, Todd Johnson expands upon the fundamental components of triad and scale modules that he presented in the preceeding volumes. Johnson demonstrates how to improvise walking bass lines using rhythmic articulations. He also discusses modal bass line construction, two-beat playing, building bass lines on the E and A strings, playing in 3, transcribing, and more. This volume, available exclusively as a downloadable file directly from Johnson's web site, also comes with all of the exercises notated in PDF format.



Stuart Hamm - Bass Bassics


Stuart Hamm
Recognized for his work with Joe Satriani, Frank Gambale, and Steve Vai, Stuart Hamm teaches you the fundamentals of bass playing in Bass Bassics. Combining decades of top-level stage and studio experience with an innovative approach to accelerate the learning process, Hamm walks you through each of the lessons in this 2-DVD set without requiring you to struggle through tedious examples and exercises. From tuning up to nailing your first audition, Hamm provides the foundation for aspiring bassists.



Stuart Hamm - Fretboard Fitness For Electric Bass


Stuart Hamm
Developed for intermediate-level bassists, Fretboard Fitness For Electric Bass by Stuart Hamm is an efficient and well-balanced method of study that is aimed to save you hundreds of hours of wasted practice. It features exercises for navigating the fretboard, building hand strength, and understanding the essential principles of music theory and harmony which are required to play all styles of music. This package contains 159 minutes of videos over the course of 40 lessons, practice rhythm tracks, text commentary, notation, tablature, and power tab.



Roy Vogt - Teach Me Bass Guitar


Roy Vogt
Featuring 20 individual lessons by internationally recognized instructor Roy Vogt, 16 hours of video instruction recorded from five different angles on 10 HD DVDs, over 100 play-along videos with a band of professional Nashville studio musicians, an innovative real-time fretboard that appears throughout the lessons to demonstrate the exact notes which are being played, a 162-page lesson book, and unlimited access to ThunderRow, an online community and support website, Teach Me Bass Guitar is the most comprehensive program ever produced specifically for bass players. Just a few of the topics discussed during this course include scales, chords, sight reading, improvisation, slapping, tapping, and the Nashville Number System. Vogt, the first person to receive a Masters Degree in Electric Bass Performance (University of Miami), has been teaching at the university level for thirty years, and since 1983, he has held the bass chair at Belmont University in Nashville. Teach Me Bass Guitar was awarded a 2009 Telly Award for excellence in video production and an AEGIS award for excellence in education.



Todd Johnson & Jim Stinnett - Fishin' For Grips
Melodic Harmonization For Bass Guitar


Todd Johnson & Jim Stinnett
With the assistance of Berklee College of Music professor Jim Stinnett, Todd Johnson has produced Fishin' For Grips - Melodic Harmonization For Bass Guitar. This IS the definitive approach to learning how to play chord-melody on bass guitar. Over the course of this 84-minute DVD, Johnson presents his teachings through a clear and concise methodology. A book featuring fretboard diagrams and chord charts accompanies the DVD to further illustrate the concepts outlined on the DVD.



Stuart Hamm - Bass Guitar Basics


Stuart Hamm
Bass Guitar Basics is the essential quick start method and music primer for electric bass guitar by Stuart Hamm. From tuning up for the first time to nailing your first audition, this DVD establishes a solid foundation for beginning bassists through a step-by-step approach to every aspect of the instrument. Hamm demonstrates useful left and right hand techniques to build strength and endurance. He shares with you the language of music that will make quick work of communicating your ideas with other musicians. Hamm discusses the essential theory required to take your playing in any direction you choose and presents valuable insight into a multitude of styles, covering everything from country to classical. He also provides tips on tone settings for both the bass and amplifier and how to use them to get the sound you want.



Michael Manring - Resonances


Michael Manring
Filmed during a 2008 tour of France, Resonances is a 92-minute documentary that captures solo bass virtuoso Michael Manring live at Le Triton. Featured performances include "Excuse Me, Mr Manring," "The Enormous Room," "Selene," and "Helios."



Victor Wooten - Groove Workshop


Victor Wooten
On his latest DVD, Groove Workshop, Victor Wooten expands upon his unique philosophy of teaching and learning music which he first introduced in his book, The Music Lesson � A Spiritual Search For Growth Through Music, by redefining the essential elements of music and demonstrates how to apply them in fresh, creative, and musically relevant ways. This 2-disc set features nearly five hours of material including a master class where Wooten uses his expertise to delve deeper into vitally important aspects of music making with six students along with several solo performances by Wooten and duets with bassist/educator Anthony Wellington. DVD chapters include "Notes," "Grooving," "Articulation/Duration," "Dynamics," "Rhythm/Tempo," "Tone," "Phrasing," "Space/Rest," and "Listening."



Henrik Deleuran - Bassline 1


Henrik Deleuran
Bassline 1 was originally released by Henrik Deleuran in Scandanavia in 2005. Now, released by BassBooks.com Publishing, it has been updated and remastered in English. Acknowledged as an exceptionally versatile player, Deleuran is a professional bass player from Denmark with over 25 years of experience playing in a variety of bands and extensive teaching experience. Featuring well over 2 hours of instruction, Deleuran covers a number of topics including tuning the bass, finger techniques, well known bass lines, chords, scales, arpeggios, walking, fretless bass, 5-string bass, acoustic bass, and slapping techniques. Printable PDF scores written in both standard notation and tablature helps make understanding the principles easy.



Todd Johnson - The Solo Session


Todd Johnson
On The Solo Session, Todd Johnson demonstrates his melodic chordal approach to arranging popular pieces from the jazz repertoire and original compositions for solo bass guitar. Utilizing his 6-string signature model Zon bass, Johnson performs innovative solo renditions of "All The Things You Are," "Blues For Hellen," "Bye Bye Blackbird," "Goin' Home," "In A Mellow Tone," "Smile," "Stella By Starlight," "There Will Never Be Another You," "You Are My Sunshine," and "Just A Closer Walk With Thee." Also included on this DVD is bonus footage consisting of excerpted instructional material from Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 of Johnson's Walking Bass Line Module System DVDs along with exercises from his Technique Builders DVD and a 2004 performance of "Battle Hymn Of The Republic."



Todd Johnson - Walking Bass Line Module System: Scale Modules


Todd Johnson
In volume 2 of his Walking Bass Line Module System, Todd Johnson continues to break down the art of walking bass line construction through Scale Modules. In this DVD, Johnson demonstrates his 4 + 2 fingering system, strong beat/weak beat theory, and building walking bass lines over both major and minor ii-V-I chord progressions using Dorian, Mixolydian, Major, Aeolian, Locrian, and Spanish Dominant scale modules. He also provides transcribed bass lines to classic jazz standards including "Autumn Leaves," "All The Things You Are," "How High The Moon," and "Stella By Starlight." In addition to presenting this proven, easy-to-learn method to bassists, Scale Modules can be utilized by guitarists and keyboardists as well.



Stanley Clarke - Night School: An Evening With Stanley Clarke & Friends


Stanley Clarke
Night School: An Evening With Stanley Clarke & Friends is a presentation of The Third Annual Stanley Clarke Scholarship Concert that took place at Musicians Institute in 2002. This star-studded event was highlighted with performances by a contingent of the world's greatest bass players such as Armand Sabal-Lecco, Bunny Brunel, Wayman Tisdale, Jimmy Johnson, Flea, Alex Al, Brian Bromberg, Billy Sheehan, Stuart Hamm, and Marcus Miller. Appearing with these renowned bassists, other guest artists include Stevie Wonder, Bela Fleck, Wallace Roney, Lenny White, and Stewart Copeland to name a few. Clarke is featured in various settings from a straight-ahead jazz combo to a fusion band and a 22-piece string orchestra. Selected tracks consist of "Wild Dog," "Goodbye Porkpie Hat," "Song to John," "Everyday I Have The Blues," "Giant Steps," "School Days," as well as music from Clark's film scores to "Passenger 57" and "Boyz N The Hood."



Jeff Berlin - Bass Logic From The Players School Of Music


Jeff Berlin
Jeff Berlin, the legendary bassist and founder of the Players School of Music in Clearwater, Florida, demonstrates his teaching philosophies on Bass Logic From The Players School Of Music. Berlin explains his thoughts on the utilization of metronomes and tablature. Instead of relying on these devices which are an accepted part of the general music education system, Berlin suggests different ways to improve your time and develop your bass playing abilities. Berlin also outlines harmonic exercises for those bass players wishing to examine new tonalities and explore the melodic potential of the bass. Along with all of the educational content contained on this special DVD presentation, Berlin plays alongside an all-star band which includes guitarist Pat Martino, Dennis Chambers on drums, and pianist Richard Drexler.



UZEB (featuring Alain Caron) - The Last Concert


Alain Caron
To commemorate their 25th anniversary, UZEB has released the The Last Concert. This show was recorded at the Salle Wilfrid Pelletier of Place des Arts on July 6, 1991 during the 12th edition of the Montreal Jazz Festival, and it is the only official live concert footage ever distributed by UZEB. With special guest Tiger Okoshi on trumpet, bassist Alain Caron, drummer/percussionist Paul Brochu, and guitarist Michel Cusson perform over 2 1/2 hours of UZEB's greatest hits including "UZEB Club," "New Hit," "Apres Les Confidences," "Riff 55," "Mister Moe," "Loose," "Blue 'N Green," "Not Even The Shadow Of The Tail Of A Lizard," "Spider," "Mr. Bill," "Wake Up Call," "Funkaleon," "60, Rue Des Lombards," and "Cool It."



Alain Caron - 5 Live


Alain Caron
5 Live features the Alain Caron Band in a live concert at the Cabaret de Montreal. With Alain Caron on fretless and fretted basses, Jean St-Jacques on keyboards and malletkat, David Bellemare on saxophone, Simon Langlois on drums, Francois Blouin on keyboards, tracks include "Ocean Of Trees," "Double Agent," "Signal," "Ink Illusion," "Show Of Hands," "No Left Turn On Tuesday," "Slam The Clown," "Turkey Loose On The Kit," "Baby Step," "Solitude," "Black Paws," and "D-Code." This live concert is also available on a double-CD collection.



Todd Johnson - Friday Nite Jam


Todd Johnson
On Friday Nite Jam, Todd Johnson demonstrates his unique approach to playing 6-string bass. Along with guitarist Rich Severson and drummer Gary Newmark, Johnson performs several standards of the jazz repertoire including "Fried Pies," "Autumn Leaves," "On Green Dolphin Street," "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To," and "Sugar."



Marcus Miller - Master Of All Trades


Marcus Miller
Master Of All Trades is the first "official" DVD release from Marcus Miller. This 2-DVD set contains approximately 4 hours of footage. The first DVD is a live concert that was recorded at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood, CA on October 14, 2002 featuring Marcus Miller on bass and bass clarinet, Dean Brown on guitar, Patches Stewart on trumpet, Roger Byam on sax, Bruce Flowers on keys, and Poogie Bell on drums with Lalah Hathaway and Raphael Sadiq on vocals. Performances include "Power," "Lonnie's Lament," "So What," "Scoop," "Boomerang," "Panther," "When Your Life Was Low," "People Make The World Go 'Round," "Amazing Grace," "Burning Down The House," "Killing Me Softly," and a Miles Davis medley. Bonus tracks consist of "Nikki's Groove," "Teen Town," and Porgy Solo. The second DVD contains two hours of bonus material including interviews with Herbie Hancock, Stanley Clarke, Lenny White, Omar Hakim, Bill Withers, Roberta Flack, and Luther Vandross. There are also special features including On The Road, Work In Progress, Evolution Of Jazz, Lessons Shared, Discography, And The Winner Is, a Photo Gallery, and much more. This 2-DVD set is in Dolby Digital 5.1 stereo.



Todd Johnson - Technique Builders


Todd Johnson
Todd Johnson, recognized for his innovative approach to playing the 6-string bass and as an in-demand clinician, shows you how to control the shape, attack, decay, and articulations of the notes you play in a logical, organized, and concise method in his latest instructional DVD series. In Technique Builders, Johnson demonstrates right and left hand ergonomics, right hand muting, supportive fingering, string skipping, floating thumb technique, shifting, hammer-ons and pull-offs, as well as how to play ghost notes on electric bass. This DVD is ideal for beginners who want to learn things right the first time and also for the self-taught bassist hoping to fix bad habits that have been unintentionally picked up over the years.



Todd Johnson - Walking Bass Line Module System: Vol. I - Triad Modules


Todd Johnson
For the past 15 years, Todd Johnson has performed as an integral component of the critically-acclaimed Ron Eschete Trio. Through his distinct approach to playing the bass, Johnson is capable of providing the roles of bassist, pianist, guitarist, and seasoned soloist all at the same time. In his brand new instructional DVD series, The Walking Bass Line Module System, Johnson takes the "mystery" out of learning to play walking bass lines by breaking techniques down into small, bite-size pieces that anyone can easily digest. In Volume 1, The Triad Module System, Johnson outlines the strong beat/weak beat theory, ear training (playing what you hear), blues changes, "Autumn Leaves" changes, major and minor triads, chromatic approaches from above and below, and helps you put together a solid, organized practice plan.



Gary Rice - The Contemporary Bassist


Gary Rice
In The Contemporary Bassist, Gary Rice shares the techniques and methods that he has learned and applied as a contemporary bassist for the past 28 years. This DVD has interactive functions that give you the power to control camera angle and audio for play-along and practice. You can choose between standard or interactive play modes, and while in interactive play mode, you can change the audio to practice and reinforce various techniques that are demonstrated or change the angle to get a different view. With a running time of 60 minutes, subjects covered include slap bass technique, building a slap bass solo, bass and drums, and musicianship along with bonus features.




Recordings

Michael Manring - Unusual Weather


Michael Manring
Nearly 30 years after its original release on Windham Hill Records, Unusual Weather by Michael Manring has been reissued by Adventure Music. Consisting of both ensemble pieces and music composed for solo bass guitar, this collection of tracks includes "Welcoming," "Huge Moon," "Almost April," "Unusual Weather," "Sung To Sleep," "Thunder Tactics," "Longhair Mobile," "Homeward," "Not Even The Summer," "Sightings," "Big Feelings," "Thunder Tactics Reprise," and "Manthing."




Gary Willis - Larger Than Life


Gary Willis
Gary Willis, one of the world's leading fretless bassists, has delivered his fifth solo recording Larger Than Life. Joining Willis on this set are Gergo Borlai on drums, long-time Tribal Tech bandmate Scott Kinsey on keyboards, Steve Tavaglione on saxes and EWI, Claudia Bardagi on voice, and Llibert Fortuny on tenor sax and voice. Tracks include "The Professionals," "Everything's Cool," "Larger Than Life," "Say It Ain't So," "Source Code," "Hipster," "Solaris," "Beast Mode," "Alien Head Explodes," "Vendetta," "2 Fast," and "Superhero."




Ray Riendeau - Space-Time Continuum


Ray Riendeau
Space-Time Continuum, a 5-song EP, is the latest project from bassist Ray Riendeau. Featuring science-themed instrumental music along with performances by Danny Handler (drums), Marco Sfogli (guitar), Fountainhead (guitar), and Matt Guillory (keys), tracks include "Quantum Entanglement," "Multiverses," "Quark," "Transcend," and "The Conservation Of Angular Momentum."




Alain Caron - En/In Concert


Alain Caron
Captured live at the Art Center La Petite Eglise in Saint-Eustache, Quebec, En/In Concert showcases the virtuosity of bassist Alain Caron. Accompanied by pianist John Roney, guitarist Pierre Cote, and drummer Damien Schmitt, the content featured on this project draws from his critically acclaimed release Multiple Faces along with some of his most popular compositions from prior recordings. A complete track listing includes "Enhanced," "Sfing," "The Lost Foot," "Jazz Pool," "Fair Play," "Right After 4," "Slick Shift," "Then And After," "This Or That," "Canuba," "Hurry Up And Wait," "No Way," and "D-Code." A 98-minute DVD of this live performance is also available.




Damian Erskine - Within Sight


Damian Erskine
Within Sight is the third studio release from bassist Damian Erskine. Featuring Tom Guarna (guitar), George Colligan (piano), and Reinhardt Melz (drums), a complete listing of tracks includes "To The Rest," "Who By Now," "Begin Within," "Bestowal," "Stumptown Stumble," "Altitude Adjustment," "Song For Zoey," "Within Sight," and "Fifty Out Of One."




Darren Michaels - Seasons


Darren Michaels
Seven years removed from his last full-length solo project, Darren Michaels has released Seasons. Utilizing only his bass guitars and voice on this 10-song selection, Michaels takes the listener through an exploration of the seasons of life while showcasing his lyrics and creative bass playing techniques. Featured tracks include "Come Down," "Habits," "Words," "Knotted," "It's Enough," "Get To Where I Go," "You Can," "So Close (Seasons)," "Not Fair," and "All I Can Give."




John Patitucci - Brooklyn


John Patitucci
Brooklyn is the first solo project in six years from legendary 6-string bass pioneer John Patitucci. This recording features the debut of the John Patitucci Electric Guitar Quartet, and it is also the first album that showcases Patitucci's virtuoso playing exclusively on electric bass guitar while utilizing a semi-hollow 6-string instrument designed by Yamaha. Rounding out his quartet are Adam Rogers (guitar), Steve Cardenas (guitar), and Brian Blade (drums). Covering a mixture of blues, funk, soul, and jazz styles, this selection of 11 tracks includes "IN9-1881/The Search," "Dugu Kamalemba," "Band Of Brothers," "Trinkle Tinkle," "Ugly Beauty," "JLR," "Do You?," "Bells Of Coutance," "The Thumb," "Go Down Moses," and "Tesori."




Stuart Hamm - The Book Of Lies


Stuart Hamm
Featuring a seven-piece suite for solo bass plus four full-band compositions, The Book Of Lies is the latest solo project from Stuart Hamm. Alongside John Mader (drums), Chester Thompson (drums), Jason Harrison Smith (drums), Carl Verheyen (guitar), Lorn Leber (guitar), Mitchell Forman (piano), Phil Naish (piano), Karl Theobald (baritone and tenor sax), and Anna Kristina (vocals), this collection of tracks consists of "The Book Of Lies," "Back To Shabalalla," "Etude #1," "Open Note Aria," "Chordally Yours," "Harmoni-Cali," "Te Extrano," "Slap Happy," "Just A Blues," "Practicality," and "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds."




Marcus Miller - Afrodeezia


Marcus Miller
Inspired by his travels through West Africa, South America, and the Caribbean along the Atlantic slave routes, Afrodeezia is bassist Marcus Miller's debut project as a leader on Blue Note Records. Produced by Miller, this 11-track set features his core band consisting of saxophonist Alex Han, trumpeter Lee Hogans, pianist Brett Williams, guitarist Adam Agati, and drummer Louis Cato along with an international list of guest artists. This collection of songs includes "Hylife," "B's River," "Preacher's Kid (Song For William H)," "We Were There," "Papa Was A Rolling Stone," "I Still Believe I Hear," "Son Of Macbeth," "Prism (Interlude)," "Xtraordinary," "Water Dancer," and "I Can't Breathe."




Josh Cohen - Out Of The Basement


Josh Cohen
Without the use of loops, multi-tracking, or time-based effects, solo bassist Josh Cohen explores new realms and sonic possibilities for bass guitar as an unaccompanied instrument on his debut recording, Out Of The Basement. A complete track listing includes "Prelude in C Major," "Two-Part Invention No. 13," "Slap Marcus," "Layla," "Spiders & Redwoods," "Two-Part Invention No. 14," "Tappin' Away," "Out Of The Basement," "Slap Crackle Pop," "Smiling At My Tears," "Chega de Saudade," "Type 1," "Song For Hannah," and "Kiss From A Rose."




Adam Nitti - Not Of This World


Adam Nitti
Over five years removed since his last solo project, Adam Nitti has released, Not Of This World, his fifth recording as a leader. Featuring performances by Chris Carver, Kirk Covington, Michael Whittaker, Keith Carlock, Scott Bernard, Tom Hemby, Gerald Gradwohl, Mark Douthit, Jason Palmer, Derico Watson, Shane Theriot, and Sonny Emory, Nitti blends the melodic sounds of instrumental rock, jazz, and funk styles. Tracks include "Antisocialmedia," "Roofquake," "Cosmic Underground," "Oakwood," "Not Of This World," "Francesca's Day Out," "The Strut," and "I Still Believe."




Peter Muller - No Mind


Peter Muller
No Mind is the third solo release from German bassist Peter Muller. Utilizing his classic Fender Jazz bass, Muller merges the sounds of jazz, fusion, soul, and R&B music on a collection of 10 new tracks. It features performances by special guest artists including Nick Gibbs (vocals), Frank Mead (sax, flute, harmonica), Tim Cansfield (guitars), Tobias Neumann (keyboards), Sebastiaan Cornelissen (drums), Christian Kappe (trumpet), John-Dennis Renken (trumpet), Oliver Spanuth (trumpet), Kristof Hinz (drums), and Coen Molenaar (keyboards). This selection of songs consists of "Berlin Street Funk," "Time," "The Player," "Golden Rules," "Stagger," "Analogue Moon," "Something 'Bout Your Love," "The Trek," "Earth Time," and "Horizon."




The Rocktronix (Featuring Joseph Patrick Moore) - Magnificent Obsession


Joseph Patrick Moore
Featuring bassist Joseph Patrick Moore, the RockTronix is a band that fuses rock music with electronica elements. Alongside drummer Wayne Viar and guitarist Chris Blackwell, Magnificent Obsession is the debut recording from this trio, and a complete track listing includes "Surrender," "Magnificent Obsession," "Samhain," "The Calling," "When I Become A Butterfly," "Divide And Conquer," "Hard Eight," "Jack In The Box," "Quicksand," and "Full Circle." Also available with this recording is a 43-minute video documentary that captures the birth and evolution of the band through rehearsals, pre-production, three days in the studio, interviews, unedited rehearsal footage, live performances, and a full length music video.




Al Garcia - Tampering With Nature


Al Garcia
Combining elements of fusion, progressive rock, classical, jazz, Latin, space rock, electronica, and cinematic music, Tampering With Nature is Al Garcia's fourth solo project. Searing guitar solos, scorching bass work, lush synthesizer sounds, and driving drumming are featured in songs with haunting melodies and classically influenced arrangements. Tracks include "Tampering With Nature," "Cognitive Dissonance," "The Miraculous Mirage," "Voices," "Irrational Exuberance," "The Uncertainty Principle," "The Digital Maze," and "Out Into the Empty."



Jimmy Earl - Renewing Disguises


Jimmy Earl
Combining performances of live musicians with electronic music, Renewing Disguises is the third solo recording from Jimmy Earl. Featuring a number of prominent guest artists such as Scott Kinsey, Steve Tavaglione, and Gary Novak, a complete track listing includes "Africano Cento Cinquanta," "Old Jazz," "Night," "Cavatina," "Gone," "Ambient," "Renewing Disguises," "Weather Reporting," "Mr. Thumpy," and "Africano Cento Cinquanta (Reprise)."



Alain Caron - Multiple Faces


Alain Caron
Recorded and filmed live in studio, Multiple Faces is the eighth solo project from Alain Caron. Caron, the recipient of the prestigious 2013 Oscar Peterson Award, is accompanied by Pierre Cote (guitar), John Roney (piano), and Damien Schmitt (drums) along with a 5-piece brass section on two cuts. This collection merges the sounds of jazz, rock, funk, and classical music on eight tracks including "Right After 4," "Sfing," "The Lost Foot," "Jazz Pool," "Slick Shift," "Canuba," "Hurry Up And Wait," and "Then And After."



Bernhard Lackner - Transition


Bernhard Lackner
Transition is the fourth solo release from Austrian bassist Bernhard Lackner. This contemporary jazz project features performances by many guest artists including Jeff Coffin (sax), Lena Mentschel (vocals), Scott Bernard (guitar), Mike Bauer (guitar), Oliver Keller (guitar), Christian Wegscheider (piano), Christian Stuckelschweiger (piano), Michael Whittaker (piano), De Marco Johnson (piano, harmonica), Pete Lockett (percussion), Derico Watson (drums), and Marcus Finnie (drums). Tracks consist of "The Jacket," "Welcome Back," "Mixed Emotions," "For My Class," "Camel Ride," "Dreaming," "Transition," "Winter," and "Tegernsee."



Jeff Berlin - Low Standards


Jeff Berlin
Featuring a compilation of songs composed by artists such as Wayne Shorter, Bill Evans, Benny Golson, Steve Swallow, Carla Bley, and Pat Metheny, Low Standards is the eighth solo project issued by legendary bassist Jeff Berlin. With Richard Drexler on piano/upright bass and Mike Clark on drums, Berlin continues to redefine the role of the bass guitar in contemporary jazz music on a selection of tracks from the jazz repertoire including "E.S.P.," "El Gaucho," "Falling Grace," "Fee Fi Fo Fum," "Vashkar," "Very Early," "Whisper Not," and "James."



Zander Zon - Saturn Return


Zander Zon
Three years after producing his acclaimed debut as a solo bass guitarist, Zander Zon returns with his second offering, Saturn Return. Employing piccolo strings in altered tunings on his Zon bass guitar, this selection of nine original compositions and one cover track includes "October Starlight," "Chimes, "A Whisper In Time, "Heartbeat Lyrics," "Elements," "Oracles Of Her," "Canon In D," "Kinetic," "Music Box," and "Constellation."



Markus Setzer - _Shades


Markus Setzer
_Shades is a six-song EP from bassist Markus Setzer. Containing a collection of unaccompanied pieces composed for bass guitar, tracks consist of "_Confident," "_Hope," "_Fano," "_Sentimental," "_Journey To My Afterlife," and "_Deliverance."



Gary Willis - Retro


Gary Willis
Alongside drummer Gergo Borlai and keyboardist Albert Bover, Retro is the fifth solo release by fretless bass virtuoso Gary Willis. Featuring a mixture of funk, fusion, jazz, ballads, and expressive interpretations of classic cover tunes, the complete 10-track listing includes "Change Agent," "Amaryillis," "Disconnectivity," "Norwegian Wood," "Old School," "Dream," "Move," "Tarde," "We Will Meet Again," and "For All We Know."



Jeff Berlin - HBC


Jeff Berlin
HBC is the debut trio project from Scott Henderson, Jeff Berlin, and Dennis Chambers. Featuring a repertoire of classic fusion covers, a complete track listing from this supergroup includes "Actual Proof," "Mysterious Traveller," "Footprints," "D Flat Waltz," "The Orphan," "Sightseeing," "Wayward Son Of Devil Boy," "Threedom," and "Stratus."



Victor Wooten - Sword And Stone & Words And Tones


Victor Wooten
Sword And Stone & Words And Tones are the latest solo efforts by legendary bassist Victor Wooten. As part of this dual release, Words And Tones contains a collection of original music featuring female vocalists. Sword And Stone consists of instrumental renditions of many of the songs from Words And Tones enhanced by different arrangements, solos, instrumentation, and musicians.



Marcus Miller - Renaissance


Marcus Miller
Renaissance is the new 13-song collection from Grammy award-winning bassist Marcus Miller. It features performances by Adam Agati (guitar), Adam Rogers (guitar), Sean Jones (trumpet), Maurice Brown (trumpet), Alex Han (alto saxophone), Kris Bowers (keyboards), Federico Gonzalez Pena (keyboards), Bobby Sparks (keyboards), and Louis Cato (drums) along with special guest vocalists Dr. John, Ruben Blades, and Gretchen Parlato. Included on this project are eight original compositions and five cover songs - "Detroit," "Redemption," "February," "Slippin' Into Darkness," "Setembro (Brazilian Wedding Song)," "Jekyll & Hyde," "Interlude: Nocturnal Mist," "Revelation," "Mr. Clean," "Goree (Go-ray)," "CEE-TEE-EYE," "Tightrope," and "I'll Be There."



Brian Bromberg - Bromberg Plays Hendrix


Brian Bromberg
Following tributes to bass icon Jaco Pastorius and Brazilian Antonio Carlos Jobim, Brian Bromberg's latest dedication, Bromberg Plays Hendrix, features the music of Jimi Hendrix. Utilizing a collection of his signature model Carvin 4 and 5-string basses and backed by only Vinnie Colaiuta on drums, a complete list of greatest hits includes "Fire," "Manic Depression," "Freedom," "The Wind Cries Mary," "All Along The Watchtower," "Foxey Lady," "Hey Joe," "Crosstown Traffic," "Spanish Castle Magic," and "Purple Haze."



Brian Bromberg - In The Spirit Of Jobim


Brian Bromberg
In The Spirit Of Jobim is Brian Bromberg's tribute to Antonio Carlos Jobim. With Otmaro Ruiz (piano), Airto (percussion), Alex Acuna (drums & percussion), Gary Meek (flutes), Joel Taylor (drums), Mitchell Foreman (piano), and Oscar Castro Neves (guitar), this project features five arrangements of classic compositions by Jobim along with seven originals by Bromberg written in the style of Jobim. Tracks include "One Note Samba," "Wave," "Coastline Drive," "Little Tune," "Tristefinado," "Corcovado," "Cha Chika Chika Boom," "Isn't It Beautiful," "Ray Of Sunshine," "Talia," "Ellen," and "The Girl From Ipanema."



Brian Bromberg - Compared To That


Brian Bromberg
Backed by 10-piece horn and string sections and featuring an all-star roster of guest artists including Alex Acuna, Gannin Arnold, Charlie Bisharat, Randy Brecker, Vinnie Colaiuta, George Duke, Bela Fleck, Mitch Forman, Larry Goldings, Jeff Lorber, Gary Meek, and Tom Zink, Compared To That is the 20th solo project from Grammy-nominated bassist Brian Bromberg. Rooted in straight-ahead acoustic swing and recorded live over a span of two days, this 10-track selection consists of "Compared To That," "Rory Lowery, Private Eye," "If Ray Brown Was A Cowboy?," "Hayride," "A Little New Old School," "Forgiveness," "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?," "I'm Just Sayin'," "The Eclipse," and "Give It To Me Baby."



Tribal Tech - X


Tribal Tech
X is the tenth release from fusion pioneers Tribal Tech and their first studio project in 12 years. Featuring Gary Willis (bass), Scott Henderson (guitar), Scott Kinsey (keyboards), and Kirk Covington (drums), included tracks are "Mech X," "Got Faith 'N Phat," "Time Lapse," "Anthem," "Palm Moon Plaza," "Gravity," "Working Blue," "Ask Me A Question," "Let's Get Swung," and "Corn Butter."



Esperanza Spalding - Radio Music Society


Esperanza Spalding
A companion, rather than a sequel, to her best-selling 2010 release Chamber Music Society which reached the top spot on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart, Radio Music Society captures Esperanza Spalding's most diverse and ambitious performance as a leader to date. Featuring Spalding, the first jazz musician to ever receive the Grammy Award for "Best New Artist," on both acoustic upright and electric bass guitar, a complete track listing includes "Radio Song," "Cinnamon Tree," "Crowned & Kissed," "Land Of The Free," "Black Gold," "I Can't Help It," "Hold On Me," "Vague Suspicions," "Endangered Species," "Let Her," "City Of Roses," and "Smile Like That."



Craig Schoedler - Giorni a Venezia


Craig Schoedler
Giorni a Venezia is the third solo bass project from Craig Schoedler and his first since 2003. Using only his Warwick 6-string bass guitar, Schoedler performs unaccompanied on six tracks including "Conosci la strada per San Marco? (Do you know the way to San Marco?)," "Giorni a Venezia (Venetian Days)," "Navi di passaggio (Passing Ships)," "Gelato con due palle (Gelato with two scoops)," "Stern della gondola (Stern of the Gondola)," and "Acqua sotto il ponte (Water under the Bridge)."



Zon Guitars - Holiday Rumblings - Songs Of The Season By Zon Artists


Zon Guitars
With music by Michael Manring, Ray Riendeau, Jonni Lightfoot, Alex Bershadsky, Scott Harlan, Zander Zon, Chuck Bianchi, and Mike Dimin, Holiday Rumblings is the first collection of its kind to feature endorsing artists of Zon Guitars performing arrangements of traditional holiday music on solo bass guitar. A complete listing of tracks includes "We Three Kings" (Ray Riendeau), "Angels We Have Heard On High" (Michael Manring), "Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairies" (Alex Bershadsky), "Silent Night" (Zander Zon), "The Holly And The Ivy" (Chuck Bianchi), "O' Come All Ye Faithful" (Scott Harlan), "Greensleeves" (Jonni Lightfoot), "Gloucestershire Wassail" (Mike Dimin), "Suite No. 1 In G Major" (Michael Manring), "In The Bleak Midwinter" (Chuck Bianchi), "Ma'oz Tzur" (Alex Bershadsky), "O' Holy Night" (Zander Zon), and "Carol Of The Bells" (Jonni Lightfoot).



Joseph Patrick Moore - XYZ Factor


Joseph Patrick Moore
XYZ Factor is a three-song EP from bassist Joseph Patrick Moore which fuses together elements of contemporary jazz with electronica and is inspired by the creative sounds of artists such as BT, Moby, Imogen Heap, Owl City, and Tiesto. Tracks consist of "Yield," "Xanadu," and "Zig Zag Zoom."



Elements Bass Trio - Elements


Elements Bass Trio
Containing a collection of pieces written for solo bass guitar and arrangements for bass trio, Elements is the debut collaboration of Ebinho Cardoso, Sergio Groove, and Grant Stinnett. A complete track list includes "Sorte Divina," "Of Eden," "Palpite Infeliz," "Bass Family," "Coisas Do Amor," "Primal," "Last Kiss," "Ruanda," "Importancia," and "Bons Ventos."



Thiago Espirito Santo - The Jazz Tradition


Thiago Espirito Santo
Through a compilation of both classic standards from the jazz repertoire and original compositions, The Jazz Tradition features Brazilian bassist Thiago Espirito Santo. Along with Jim Stinnett (upright bass), Todd Johnson (electric bass), Grant Stinnett (electric bass), Dino Govoni (tenor sax), and Dom Moio (drums), tracks consist of "No Big Deal," "On Green Dolphin Street," "Body And Soul," "Three Views Of A Secret," "The Days Of Wine And Roses," "Brown Ave.," "Liberty City," "That's It," "Fize," and "Blue Bossa."



Tom Kennedy - Just For The Record


Tom Kennedy
Featuring contributions from Mike Stern and Dave Weckl, Just For The Record is Tom Kennedy's third release as a leader. With an all-star roster of guest artists, this new project covers many genres from bop and latin to fusion and funk.



Brian Bromberg - Hands


Brian Bromberg
Hands is Brian Bromberg's first completely solo acoustic bass project. Captured live using only digital microphones with no overdubs, this hi-resolution recording contains a collection of classic rock, pop, and jazz arrangements including "Stella By Starlight," "Cute," "Solar," "The Beatles Medley," "Black Orpheus," "In A Sentimental Mood," "King Of Pain," "Teen Town," "Susumu's Blues," "Black Dog," "In Your Own Sweet Way," "Use Me," "Recordame," "What Are You Doing With The Rest Of Your Life," and "Yeah."



Bernhard Lackner - Stories From Home


Bernhard Lackner
Stories From Home is the third solo project from Austrian bassist Bernhard Lackner. Produced by bassist Adam Nitti, this new recording features performances by 17 guest artists from the United States and Europe including Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez (drums), Jeff Coffin (sax), Steve Cunningham (guitar), and Derico Watson (drums) to name a few. Tracks consist of "Hollywood," "The Tribute," "Turnaround," "That Time Of The Year," "Home," "You Will Be Missed," "European Summer," "Two Flies With One Hit," and "Reprise."



Stanley Clarke - Forever


Stanley Clarke
Forever is a double disc set of 18 quintessential songs featuring Return To Forever's most popular and successful lineup including Stanley Clarke, Chick Corea, and Lenny White. Recorded live, disc one is a best-of sampler from Corea, Clarke, and White's "RTF-Unplugged" world tour in 2009. Tracks include "On Green Dolphin Street," "Waltz For Debby," "Bud Powell," "La Cancion De Sofia," "Windows," "Hackensack," "No Mystery," and "Senor Mouse." Joined by Chaka Khan, Jean-Luc Ponty, and original RTF guitarist Bill Conners, disc two is a bonus CD with a complete listing of tracks consisting of "Captain Marvel," "Senor Mouse," "Crescent," "Armando's Rhumba," "Renaissance," "High Wire - The Aerialist," "I Loves You Porgy," "After The Cosmic Rain," "Space Circus," and "500 Miles High."



Victor Wooten - 15


Victor Wooten
To celebrate the 15th anniversary of his landmark debut solo recording, bass legend Victor Wooten has released A Show Of Hands 15. This project is the first to be issued by Wooten under his new label, VIX Records. It features newly remastered versions of all the original tracks along with three bonus pieces. A complete listing of songs includes "Yo Victa," "U Can't Hold No Groove," "More Love," "Lotta Stuffis?," "The Vision," "Overjoyed," "Live For Peace," "A Show of Hands," "Not Like The Other," "Justice," "Medley," "Radio W-OO-10," "Classical Thump," "Keep Chargin'," "Me & My Bass Guitar," "Words Of Wisdom," "U Can't Hold No Groove? (Enhanced Version)," "Flip Flop," and "Live Solo #2."



Chris Tarry - Rest Of The Story


Chris Tarry
With three Juno Awards, Chris Tarry is one of Canada's most celebrated bass exports. His latest release, Rest Of The Story, is a one-of-a-kind album that mixes short stories, world-class jazz, cutting-edge album design, and beautiful illustrations in a 100-page book-bound CD. Available only in hard copy format and exclusively through Nineteen Eight Records, this project features Dan Weiss (drums), Pete McCann (guitar), Henry Hey (piano), and Kelly Jefferson (saxophone). Tracks include "Jump The Shark," "Rest Of The Story," "You Are The State," "Scroll," "Five," "Tristeza," "Launch," "Battlestar," and "Three Short Stories (Beginning, Middle, End)."



Stuart Hamm - Just Outside Of Normal


Stuart Hamm
Over a decade removed since the release of his last studio recording as a solo artist, Stuart Hamm has produced Just Outside Of Normal. Backed by performances from guest artists including Joe Satriani, Robert Fripp, Frank Gambale, Jude Gold, Mark McGee, Terry Disley, John R. Burr, Alex Murzyn, Karl Theobald, Carlos Reyes, Stanton Moore, Alan Hertz, John Mader, Allison Lovejoy, Malika Alaoui, and Bruce Hamm, this selection of tracks consists of "The Obligatory Boogie," "Going To California," "The Clarinet Polka," "Windsor Mews," "Just Outside Of Normal," "Adagio," "Big Roller," "Uniformitarianism," and "Lucidity."



Marcus Miller - Live In Monte-Carlo


Marcus Miller
Recorded live at the Monte-Carlo Jazz Festival on November 29, 2008, A Night In Monte-Carlo is the first project released by Marcus Miller with an orchestra. Featuring L'Orchestre Philharmonique De Monte-Carlo along with Roy Hargrove, Raul Midon, Alex Han, DJ Logic, Federico Gonzalez Pena, Poogie Bell, and Herbie Hancock, a complete listing of orchestral arrangements includes "Blast!," "So What," "State Of Mind," "I Loves You Porgy," "Amandla," "I'm Glad There Is You," "Medley - O Mio Babbino Caro/Mas Que Nada," "Your Amazing Grace," and "Strange Fruit."



Doug Johns - Stank


Doug Johns
Stank is the third solo project released by Doug Johns. With guest performances by Oz Noy, Otmaro Ruiz, Kenny Anderson and Chris Ceja, this selection of ten funk-fused tracks features "Bird's Back Yard," "Booty Time," "Funk Tree," "Namaste," "Summer Song," "Satchmo," "The Red," "Up The Funk," "Stank," and "With You In Mind."



Alain Caron - Sep7entrion


Alain Caron
From one of the most distinguished bassists in contemporary jazz, Alain Caron has released, Sep7entrion, his seventh studio session as a leader. Accompanied by an award-winning lineup of guest performers including Frank Gambale (guitar), Jean-Marie Ecay (guitar), Pierre Cote (guitar), John Roney (piano), Otmaro Ruiz (piano), Tony Raymond (piano), Christophe Raymond (violin), and Damien Schmitt (drums), Caron fuses jazz, rock, and funk sonorities with South American and African influences. This project features 9 new tracks consisting of "1-4-U," "Enhanced," "Double Action," "Fair Play," "Cross Checking," "Soleil Rouge," "This Or That," "De l'Aube Au Crepuscule," and "Simple Pleasure."



Grant Stinnett - Aspiration


Grant Stinnett
With the release of his second solo production, Aspiration features a collection of 10 tracks by Grant Stinnett. A complete listing of compositions includes "Downpour," "Morpheus," "Jade," "Primal," "Of Eden," "Fallen Heroes," "Mother Turtle," "Wind Walker," "The Pride," and "Piece Of A Dream."



Esperanza Spalding - Chamber Music Society


Esperanza Spalding
Following the release of her self-titled debut which spent more than 70 weeks on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart and became the best selling album by a new jazz artist worldwide in 2008, Chamber Music Society is the second solo project produced by Esperanza Spalding. Inspired by the classical training she received as a teenager and joined by pianist Leo Genovese, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, percussionist Quintino Cinalli, violinist Entcho Todorov, violist Lois Martin, cellist David Eggar, and vocalist Gretchen Parlato, Spalding creates a contemporary chamber music group that combines the spontaneity of improvisation with angular string trio arrangements. Tracks include "Little Fly," "Knowledge Of Good And Evil," "Really Very Small," "Chacarera," "Wild Is The Wind," "Apple Blossom," "As A Sprout," "What A Friend," "Winter Sun," "Inutil Paisagem," and "Short And Sweet."



Stanley Clarke - The Stanley Clarke Band


Stanley Clarke
Utilizing his arsenal of bass instruments and a wide range of collaborative material, legendary bassist Stanley Clarke ventures to new levels of experimentation with The Stanley Clarke Band. Featuring a core group of musicians including pianist Hiromi, drummer Ronald Bruner Jr., and pianist Ruslan Sirota along with an extended supporting case, tracks consist of "Soldier," "Fulani," "Here's Why Tears Dry," "I Wanna Play for You Too," "Bass Folk Song No. 10," "No Mystery," "How Is The Weather Up There?," "Larry Has Traveled 11 Miles And Waited A Lifetime For The Return Of Vishnu's Report," "Labyrinth," "Sonny Rollins," and "Bass Folk Song No. 6 (Mo Anam Cara)."



Ray Riendeau - Atmospheres


Ray Riendeau
Backed by performances from a diverse assembly of guest artists including Alex Machacek, Nat Janoff, Marco Sfogli, David Haynes, Greg Koch, and Derek Taylor to name a few, Atmospheres is the fifth production by Ray Riendeau as a solo artist. Featuring the sounds of jazz, rock, fusion, and electronica, a complete track listing consists of "Cosmic Dust," "The Alchemist," "Parasite," "Alias," "Pavor Nocturnus," "Slumber," "Architeusthis Dux," "Translucent," "Electro-Jazz," and "A Search For Lifeforms."



Jeff Berlin - High Standards


Jeff Berlin
Led by bass great Jeff Berlin, one of the world's most legendary bass guitarists and founder of The Players School of Music, High Standards features a collection of standards and popular songs from the jazz repertoire. On this project, his seventh as a solo artist, Berlin continues to redefine the role of the electric bass in jazz music. Along with Richard Drexler on piano/upright bass and Danny Gottlieb on drums, this is a contemporary jazz trio at its finest. The selection of tracks includes "Groovin' High," "Nardis," "I Want To Be Happy," "Body & Soul," "Solar," "Invitation," "If I Were A Bell," "Valses Nobles Et Sentimentales No. IV," and "Someday My Prince Will Come."



Mark Egan - Truth Be Told


Mark Egan
The fifth release as a leader on his own Wavetone Records label, the groove-oriented Truth Be Told showcases the music of legendary bassist Mark Egan alongside Bill Evans (saxophones), Mitch Forman (keyboards), and Vinnie Colaiuta (drums). Egan, a charter member of the Pat Metheny Group, is one of the premier electric bassists in contemporary jazz. As a distinguished session player, sideman, and prolific composer over the past 30 years, Egan's distinct bass tone and remarkably melodic fretless bass work has appeared on countless jazz and pop productions as well as award-winning movie and television soundtracks. A complete track listing includes "Frog Legs," "Gargoyle," "Truth Be Told," "Sea Saw," "Cafe Risque," "Shadow Play," "Blue Launch," "Rhyme Or Reason," "Blue Rain," "Pepe," and "After Thought."



Anthony Jackson & Yiorgos Fakanas - Interspirit


Anthony Jackson
For more than 40 years, legendary bassist Anthony Jackson has provided groundbreaking grooves in jazz and pop music for the likes of Billy Paul, The O'Jays, Buddy Rich, Roberta Flack, Chaka Khan, Chick Corea, Steely Dan, Donald Fagen, Paul Simon, Al DiMeola, Nancy Wilson, George Benson, Quincy Jones, Steve Khan's Eyewitness, Luther Vandross, Lee Ritenour, Michel Petrucciani, Pat Metheny, Michel Camilo, Mike Stern, and Wayne Krantz. Jackson's conception of the 6-string contrabass guitar resulted in the international standardization of extended range basses and changed the sound of contemporary music. On Interspirit, Jackson makes his highly anticipated debut as a solo artist with Greece's most esteemed bass guitarist, Yiorgos Fakanas. This 9-track project features Jackson's trademark picking technique and an all-star cast of guest artists including Frank Gambale (guitar), Dave Weckl (drums), Mitch Forman (keyboards), Takis Paterelis (alto sax), Tony Lakatos (tenor sax), Antonis Andreou (trombone), and Mihail Iosifov (trumpet). Compositions include "Inner Power," "Footprints," "Cuore Vibes," "Cuore Vibes," "Interspirit," "Seviglia," "Caldera," "Ionio II," and "Parhelia."



Damian Erskine - So To Speak


Damian Erskine
So To Speak is the second solo project produced by Damian Erskine. It is a contemporary fusion of latin rhythms, shifting meters, deep grooves, and modern jazz performed by an energized group of musicians including Reinhardt Melz (drums, percussion), Ramsey Embick (piano), Chris Mosley (guitar), Rafael Trujillo (percussion), John Nastos (tenor sax), Jason Dumars (soprano sax), Paul Mazzio (trumpet), and Derek Rieth (percussion). This selection of eight original compositions consists of "Inside Out," "Fif," "Kaluanui," "American Gyro," "Light," "Aslant," "Cabrerina," and "Creep."



Lars Lehmann - Music Like Pictures


Lars Lehmann
Following years recording and touring as a sideman, Lars Lehmann has released Music Like Pictures. Lehmann is the editor of the German bass magazine "Bass Professor" and the author of Slap-Attack, an instructional book that illustrates contemporary slap bass techniques. This collection of funk-driven tracks features performances by Lehmann on fretted and fretless bass guitars, tenor bass, and double bass. It includes "Fat Whale," "Give U My Love," "I Want To Live," "Bassmann," "Daddies Arms," "Get The Funk Out Ma Way," "Music Like Pictures," "Hello From The Old World," "I'll Never Stop Remembering You," "9 PM In Baghdad (9:30 In Teheran)," "Higher Love," and "Talk 2 Me."



Joseph Patrick Moore - To Africa With Love


Joseph Patrick Moore
Featuring eleven original compositions and two cover songs by Horace Silver and The Meters, To Africa With Love is the eighth solo project released by Joseph Patrick Moore. On this collection of songs inspired by the enchantment of Africa and fused with Moore's own influences and American heritage, Moore is joined with a core trio of remarkable musicians from the Atlanta area including Tyrone Jackson (keys), Wayne Viar (drums/percussion), and Brian Carl (guitar). Additional guest artists consist of Charlie Wood, Seth Condrey, Chinua Hawk, and Abbes Bouzefrane. From composing to arranging, engineering, and final mixing, Moore was directly involved in every aspect of the recording process. Tracks include "Fire On The Bayou," "Bass Song," "To Africa With Love," "Adventures Of Tigger And Alice," "Ubuntu," "Eyerusalen," "Stained Glass Aura," "Bumpy Ride," "Acadia Tree," "What Could Have Been," "Resolution," "Senor Blues," and "Heart Beat."



Zander Zon - Sonorous


Zander Zon
Sonorous is the debut project from U.K. solo bassist and YouTube sensation Zander Zon. Following years of classical studies on the cello, Zon made the switch to bass guitar at age 17. Influenced by the sounds of legendary solo bassists such as Michael Manring and Victor Wooten, Zon began experimenting with arrangements for unaccompanied bass featuring altered tunings, tapping, and harmonics. Utilizing a Zon VB4 bass guitar strung with piccolo strings in various altered tunings, this selection of 10 original tracks includes "Epic Love," "Circle Of Melodies," "I, Resolute," "Accelerate," "She Danced," "Tribal Chant," "Hope," "Looking Glass," "Meditation In E," and "Sencilla."



Derek Frank - Let The Games Begin


Derek Frank
After years spent being a bassist for hire on the Los Angeles music scene, Derek Frank has released his first recording as a solo artist. On Let The Games Begin, Frank takes the listener on a journey through a collection of horn-injected funk compositions. Of the dozen tracks featured on this project, eight were written by Frank with the remaining pieces being funky arrangements of music composed by artists such as Hall & Oates, Soundgarden, and Curtis Mayfield. Enlisting some of L.A.'s funkiest players including Hammond B-3 organ legend Brian Auger and veteran drummer Steve Ferrone, tracks consist of "Breakout," "Keep It Fresh," "I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)," "Interlude: Shake It (Don't Break It)," "Lunchbox," "Pusherman," "Smack Dab," "Interlude: Trigger-Happy," "Off The Top," "Black Hole Sun," "Pinball Number Count," and "Postlude: Balance."



Norm Stockton - Tea In The Typhoon


Norm Stockton
Eight years removed from Pondering The Sushi, his acclaimed debut as a solo artist, Norm Stockton has released his second solo production, Tea In The Typhoon. Spanning jazz, fusion, funk, rock, classical, and West African influences, eight of the songs on this collection are original compositions. Rounding out this recording are fresh arrangements of U2's "Sunday Bloody Sunday," Sondheim's "Send In The Clowns," and a rendition of J.S. Bach's "Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring" for unaccompanied bass guitar. Featuring performances by Gregg Bissonette, Lincoln Brewster, Michael Manring, Etienne Mbappe, John Patitucci, and many other outstanding guest artists, a complete listing of tracks includes "At The Behest Of Penelope & 26," "Close Reach Home," "Sunday Bloody Sunday," "Tea In The Typhoon," "Runway 19R," "... But I Play One On TV (I'm Not A Fuzoid)," "Send In The Clowns," "Grace Once More," "Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring," "Rockefeller Forest," "Let Me Not Forget," and "Eternal Father, Strong To Save" (Hidden Bonus Track).



Dean Peer - Airborne


Dean Peer
Recognized for decades as an authority on bass harmonics, Dean Peer has released Airborne, his fourth solo project. Featuring a conversation between a virtuoso solo bassist and master percussionist Bret Mann, Peer's latest recording provides a glimpse into his musical roots with the sounds of funk, jazz, rock, and Americana sonorities.



Brent Rusinow - "Old Guy" Time!


Brent Rusinow
Rooted in the style of the great jazz musicians of the 1950's and '60's, "Old Guy" Time! is the second release from Brent Rusinow. With the assistance of bassist Jim Stinnett, saxophonist Dino Govoni, and Dom Moio on drums, this traditional acoustic jazz project consists of the tracks "Boio Moio," "Fred's Blues," "All The Things You Are," "HS," "I Got Rhythm," "Misty," and "Lunch Won't Wait."



Yves Carbonne - A Life


Yves Carbonne
Following Seven Waves, his critically-acclaimed premier as a solo artist, A Life is the second project to be released by Yves Carbonne. Featuring special guests such as bass legend Marcus Miller, Guillaume Eyango, Denis Adande-Menest, Laurent Maur, Roger Biwandu, Antony Breyer, Tami Hamilton, and Myriam Kante, a complete track listing includes "Self Made Believer," "A Life," "Wink," "New Love," "Permanent Dream," "Personal Warming," "Interlude," "Evening In New York," "Fired," "Inside Colors," and "Remember Me."



Brian Bromberg - It Is What It Is


Brian Bromberg
It Is What It Is is the most recent release from Grammy-nominated bassist and producer Brian Bromberg. Backed by a world-class horn section, this contemporary jazz project features performances by George Duke, Patrice Rushen, Jeff Lorber, Randy Brecker, Eric Marienthal, Gerald Albright, Richard Elliot, Rick Braun, Will Kennedy, Dave Weckl, Alex Acuna, Paul Jackson Jr., and Dan Siegel. Showcasing both acoustic upright and electric basses, this collection of 13 tracks includes "It Is What It Is," "Love Shack," "Excuse Me?," "Life," "Elephants On Ice Skates," "The Mirror," "Sanford And Son Theme," "Mr. Miller," "Martinis At The Velvet Lounge?," "Saul Goode," "Waiting For You," "Heaven," and "Slap Happy."



John Patitucci - Remembrance


John Patitucci
Honoring several of his musical hereos including John Coltrane, Michael Brecker, Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson, Ray Brown, Thelonious Monk, Freddie Hubbard, Olivier Messiaen, Ali Farka Toure, legendary bassist John Patitucci has released Remembrance. This trio recording, Patitucci's 13th project as a leader, features saxophonist Joe Lovano and drummer Brian Blade along with Sachi Patitucci on cello and percussionist Rogerio Boccato as special guests. Utilizing acoustic upright, 6-string bass guitar, and 6-string piccolo bass guitar, this selection of 11 original compositions includes "Monk/Trane," "Messaien's Gumbo," "Sonny Side," "Meditations," "Mali," "Scenes From An Opera," "Blues For Freddie," "Safari," "Joe Hen," "Play Ball," and "Remembrance."



Bernhard Lackner - In Between


Bernhard Lackner
Recorded in Nashville and produced by Adam Nitti, In Between is second solo release from Austrian bassist Bernhard Lackner. This modern jazz project features performances by many great players including Adam Holzman, Chester Thompson, Jeff Coffin, Marco Minnemann, Derico Watson. Tracks consist of "Take Off Your Shoes," "The Next Step," "Maybe Another Time," "Twelve Years Later," "Almost Home," "In Between," "Being Away," and "Thanks And See You Next Time."



Todd Johnson & Jim Stinnett - One Good-Looking Guy?


Todd Johnson & Jim Stinnett
Stylistically categorized as contemporary jazz, One Good-Looking Guy? is the first recorded collaboration released by bassists Todd Johnson and Jim Stinnett. Between Johnson's pioneering chordal vocabulary on 6-string bass guitar and Stinnett's acoustic upright prowess, the balance of virtuosity and musicality demonstrated by these two bassists on their debut project is unprecedented. Complimenting Johnson and Stinnett in this innovative group format are saxophonist Dino Govoni and drummer Joe Hunt. With each bassist contributing four original compositions to this recording, a complete track listing of this collection includes "Chipper's Dream," "Pine," "Goin' Home," "My Beloved," "When Sleep Won't Come," "Minorology," "Whisper," and "Blues For Hellen."



Stanley Clarke - Jazz In The Garden


Stanley Clarke
Featuring the contributions of two brilliant collaborators, pianist Hiromi Uehara and drummer Lenny White, Jazz In The Garden is the first acoustic jazz trio released by legendary bassist Stanley Clarke. On one of the most refreshing recordings ever produced by Clarke, a complete listing of compositions includes "Paradigm Shift (Election Day 2008)," "Sakura Sakura," "Sicilian Blue," "Take The Coltrane," "3 Wrong Notes," "Someday My Prince Will Come," "Isotope," "Bass Folk Song No. 5 & 6," "Global Tweak," "Solar," "Brain Training," and "Under The Bridge."



Adam Nitti - Liminal


Adam Nitti
Merging elements of funk, blues, rock, jazz, and fusion into an exciting compilation of contemporary instrumental tracks, Adam Nitti's fourth release as a leader, Liminal, consists of performances by Shane Theriot (guitar), Mike Whittaker (keyboards), Marcus Finnie (drums), Jeff Coffin (tenor sax), Marco Sfogli (guitar), Alex Argento (keyboards), Marco Minnemann (drums), Doug Belote (drums), Steve Cunningham (lap steel), Phil Keaggy (guitar), Johnny Neel (hammond B-3), and Tom Quayle (guitar). This collection includes "The Renaissance Man/Rebirth," "Distraction," "Liminal," "Redemption Street," "The Seven Year Swing," "The Last Walk Home," "Not Forsaken," "The Good Foot," "Il Cuore Del Campione," and "Vivere l'Aperitivo."



Bruno Tauzin - Bruno Tauzin


Bruno Tauzin
On his self-titled solo bass debut, Bruno Tauzin has put forth a compilation of tracks that were recorded using a single bass with no overdubs or effects. This selection of compositions includes "Bonheur en vrac," "A reculons," "Quand tout s'accelere," "Une note imperturbable," "Gladiateur," "D'un commun accord," "Eclipse," "L'indolence," "Brume," and "La reveuse."



Ralf Gauck - A Hard Day's Night


Ralf Gauck
Regarded as one of the top bassists in Germany, Ralf Gauck has released A Hard Day's Night. Recorded with just a fretless bass guitar, this tribute to the Beatles presents the classic music of Lennon and McCartney in a completely new dimension and features instrumental versions of "And I Love Her," "Come Together," "Imagine," "Let It Be," "Things We Said Today," "A Hard Day's Night," "Yesterday," "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away," "A Day In The Life," "Eleanor Rigby," and "Cello Suite 1/Prelude" (bonus track).



Doug Wimbish - CinemaSonics


Doug Wimbish
Alongside an eclectic cast of notable musicians, CinemaSonics features the infectious grooves of bassist Doug Wimbish. In addition to his bass playing and arranging skills being on full display, Wimbish provides vocal, guitar, and keyboard work. Titles include "Revolution," "Trance (Make My Own Reality)," "Scary Man," "Homeless," "Danger," "Rockin' Shoes," "Silent Footsteps/Minor "D"eparture," "Swirl," "Broadcasting," "I Wanna Know," "Special Request," "No Release, No Surrender," and "Easy Philosophy."



Chris Tarry - Live At The Bird's Eye - Switzerland


Chris Tarry
Recorded live at the Bird's Eye in Basel, Switzerland, this release captures the Chris Tarry Group at the pinnacle of their 2008 European tour. With Dan Weiss (drums), Kelly Jefferson (saxophone), Pete McCann (guitar), and Henry Hey (piano), this award-winning quintet has become one of the most distinguished jazz groups touring today. Tracks include "Merry Go Round," "Radio Princess," "Happy For Most," "Unlikely UFO," "Yeah Guys," and "McCann Can Blues."



Avishai Cohen - Aurora


Avishai Cohen
Featured tracks consist of "Morenika," "Interlude In C Sharp Minor," "El Hatzipor," "Leolam," "Winter Song," "It's Been So Long," "Alon Basela," "Still," "Shir Preda," "Aurora," "Alfonsina Y El Mar," and "Noches Noches/La Luz."



Billy Sheehan - Holy Cow


Billy Sheehan
Holy Cow is the third solo release from legendary bassist Billy Sheehan. Special guests Ray Luzier (drums), Billy Gibbons (guitar), Paul Gilbert (guitar), Dug Pinnick (vocals), Simone Sello (guitar), and Tony MacAlpine (piano) accompany Sheehan on this project. A complete track listing features "In A Week Or Two (I'll Give It Back To You)," "A Lit'l Bit'l Do It To 'Ya Ev'ry Time," "Dynamic Exhilarator," "A Bloodless Casualty," "Make It To Another Day (I Keep Rolling On My Way)," "Just Another Humanoid," "Turning Point," "Theme From An Imaginary Sci Fi," "Another Broken Promise," "Two People Can Keep A Secret (If One Of Them Is Dead)," "Cell Towers," "She Goes From Cruel To Missionary," and "Sweat On An E String."



Doug Johns - Pocket Fulla Nasty


Doug Johns
With the release of his second project as a solo artist, Pocket Fulla Nasty is a potent groove-driven collection of 11 tracks by Doug Johns. Co-produced by drummer Chris Ceja, Johns' latest recording features the work of several notable guest artists such as Oz Noy, Otmaro Ruiz, Kenny Anderson, Joe Miller, Mark Leach, Rafael Guzman Jr., Utah Witherspoon, Dana Rasch, and Felix Dupre. This selection of compositions includes "Scrumpt," "Manic," "Chump Suey," "Knutso," "Funk Bomb," "Uum...Continue," "Southwest Song," "Pocket Fulla Nasty," "Local Forecast," "Chew On A Dog," and "Truth In Nature."



Rinse The Algorithm (Featuring Rich Brown) - Locutions


Rich Brown
Locutions is the long-awaited debut project from acclaimed bassist Rich Brown and his band Rinse The Algorithm. On 11 original scores, Brown combines sophisticated harmonic and melodic concepts with a groove-oriented rhythmic foundation. Alongside Brown, his band features Robi Botos (piano/keys), David Virelles (piano/keys), Luis Deniz (alto saxophone), and Larnell Lewis (drums). This collection of tracks contains "Urban Nocturnal," "Constellation 149," "The Purple Time," "Algorithmic," "Hibiscus," "Locutions," "Black Nimbus," "Forward Motion (...in progress)," "Soothe The Machinery," "As If Sleepwalking With Headphones On," and "The Lakeside Stroll."



Darren Michaels - Cumulo


Darren Michaels
Cumulo is the third solo production released by Darren Michaels. Utilizing a common theme of clouds throughout the recording, Michaels takes the listener on a journey through rock, pop, electronica, ambient, and new age tracks and steps up to the microphone for the first time by providing vocals on nine of the fourteen titles. With nothing more than his bass guitar, vocals, and drums, a complete listing of compositions includes "Pellucid," "Look Up," "Deluge," "Underneath Fish Belly Skies," "Gullywasher," "Thunderhead," "Fracto," "Days In The Sun," "Sideways," "Tangerine Horizon," "Shroud," "Blue," "Teach My Eyes To See Only The Silver," and "Unspoken, Unsaid."



David Dyson - Unleashed


David Dyson
His third release as a leader, David Dyson's Unleashed features an ensemble of talented artists on sixteen melodic and soulful tracks including "The Lion's Den," "Forever Is Now," "Lovely One," "French Toast," "Hot Sauce," "Coco's Butter Cafe," "Unleashed!," "Quick Witted," "Southern Fried Go Go," "New Horizons," "One Skittle," "The Grey Zone," "The Dream," "That's It, That's All," "Quick Witted (Go Go Remix)," and "Hot Sauce-Extra Spicy."



S.M.V. - Thunder


S.M.V.
Three of the most influential bassists have united to produce Thunder. Featuring bass greats Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, and Victor Wooten, a complete track listing includes "Maestros De Las Frecuencias Bajas," "Thunder," "Hillbillies On A Quiet Afternoon," "Mongoose Walk," "Los Tres Hermanos," "Lopsy Lu - Silly Putty (Medley)," "Milano," "Classical Thump (Jam)," "Tutu," "Lil' Victa," "Pendulum," "Lemme Try Your Bass," and "Grits."



Project M - Project M


Project M
Project M showcases the debut of a bass quartet consisting of Michael Manring, Jim Stinnett, Rob Gourlay, and Grant Stinnett. This unique 2-disc CD/DVD set is comprised of an original 10-track audio CD along with an accompanying 92-minute DVD, Making Project M, which features a behind-the-scenes look at the recording process in the studio as well as interviews and demonstrations with each group member and an extensive interview with luthier Chris Stambaugh. Tracks include "Mr. Gordon," "En Chinga," "Companions Journey," "Piscatorial Dreams," "Money Talks," "Blessed One," "Lambent Flame," "Grok," "She Sleeps," and "Final Voyage."



Dave Holland - Pass It On


Dave Holland
Featuring a potent compilation of previously recorded tracks along with the debut of a couple new compositions, Pass It On, is the latest release from perennial poll-winner Dave Holland. On his third recording to be issued under his own label, Holland is joined by Mulgrew Miller (piano), Robin Eubanks (trombone), Alex Sipiagin (trumpet), Antonio Hart (alto saxophone), and Eric Harland (drums) on "The Sum Of All Parts," "Fast Track," "Lazy Snake," "Double Vision," "Equality," "Modern Times," "Rivers Run," "Processional," and "Pass It On."



Dominique Di Piazza - Princess Sita


Dominique Di Piazza
Princess Sita is the long awaited solo debut from legendary bassist Dominique Di Piazza. Featuring an impressive trio consisting of Nelson Veras (guitar) and Manhu Roche (drums), tracks include "Nuages," "Nemo," "St. John," "Wake Up," "Princess Sita," "Little Rose," "Apres La Pluie," "Desillusion," "Dinello," "Mr. PM," "Recorda Me," and "Torrent D'Amour."



Bryan Beller - Thanks In Advance


Bryan Beller
Five years following his debut as a solo artist, Bryan Beller has released Thanks In Advance. Featuring a large supporting cast of musicians from both California and Nashville including guitarist Mike Keneally, Beller also played guitar and piano in addition to all the bass work on his latest project. Available with direct web site orders of this production is a special edition DVD, To Nothing, which documents the creation of this recording and contains nearly three hours of exclusive material and behind-the-scenes footage.



Rob Gourlay - Let's Do It


Rob Gourlay
From the author of the popular Walking in the Footsteps of ... transcribed bass lines series, Let's Do It is the debut solo project by Rob Gourlay. Alongside Tim Theriault (guitar), Dave Dicenso (drums), and Gord Gourlay (drums), tracks consist of "Quadrant Four," "You Never Know," "Hoedown," "Blessed One," "Bipolar/Hugh's Jig," and "Stratus."



Ben Wolfe - No Strangers Here


Ben Wolfe
Ben Wolfe has released, No Strangers Here, his fifth recording as a leader. Currently a faculty member of the jazz studies division at the Juilliard School, Wolfe has performed with The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and has recorded extensively with Wynton Marsalis, Diana Krall, and Harry Connick Jr. On his latest solo project, Wolfe unites an outstanding jazz quartet comprised of Marcus Strickland (tenor and soprano saxophone), Luis Perdomo (piano), and Greg Hutchinson (drums) with a string quartet consisting of Jesse Mills (violin), Cyrus Beroukhim (violin), Kenji Bunch (viola), and Wolfgram Koessel (cello). Featuring guest artists Branford Marsalis (tenor and soprano saxophone), Terell Stafford (trumpet), Victor Goines (bass clarinet), and Jeff "Tain" Watts (drums), tracks include "The Minnick Rule," "No Strangers Here," "Milo," "No Pat No," "The Filth," "Circus," "Blue Envy," "Rosy & Zero," "Jackie Mac," and "Groovy Medium."



Enrico Galetta - 48 Hour Odyssey


Enrico Galetta
Produced by Adam Nitti on his Renaissance Man Records label, 48 Hour Odyssey is the debut solo project by Enrico Galetta. Combining jazz, funk, and fusion sounds on a collection of high energy tracks, Galetta is joined by Marcus Finnie (drums), Mike Whittaker (keyboards, rhodes, and piano), Rod McGaha (trumpet), Jonathan Jackson (saxophones), Bill Hart (guitar), Adriano Albarella (guitar), Melody Chambers (vocals), and special guest Adam Nitti (bass). Featured tracks include "High Damper," "48 Hour Odyssey," "Apulia Arabian Night," "Love Despite The Distance," "Sant'Isaia Street," "L'illy Time," "White Smoke Rising," and "Be Part Of It."



Esperanza Spalding - Esperanza


Esperanza Spalding
A musical prodigy since her childhood, Esperanza Spalding graduated from Berklee College of Music and became one of the youngest instructors in the school's history. On her new self-titled release, the 23-year-old combines her uncanny instrumental chops, a siren voice that spans three languages, and composing skills that weave together the finest elements of jazz, soul, pop, and world music on the tracks "Ponta De Areia," "I Know You Know," "Fall In," "I Adore You," "Cuerpo Y Alma (Body & Soul)," "She Got To You," "Precious," "Mela," "Love In Time," "Espera," "If That's True," and "Samba Em Preludio."



Victor Wooten - Palmystery


Victor Wooten
Palmystery is the debut solo project from Victor Wooten on Heads Up International. Spanning a range of styles including jazz, funk, pop, soul, gospel, and world music, Wooten's fifth studio release as a leader features the tracks "2 Timers," "Cambo," "I Saw God," "The Lesson," "Left, Right, & Center," "Sifu," "Miss U," "Flex," "The Gospel," "Song For My Father," "Happy Song," and "Us 2."



Marcus Miller - Marcus


Marcus Miller
Marcus is the latest solo project to be released by Grammy award-winning bassist Marcus Miller. Since the 1980's, Miller's signature sound has become one of the most identifiable in contemporary jazz. With special guest performances by Corinne Bailey Rae, Keb' Mo', and David Sanborn, this collection of tracks contains "Blast," "Funk Joint," "Free," "Higher Ground," "Milky Way," "Pluck," "Lost Without U," "'Cause I Want You," "Ooh," "When I Fall In Love," "Strum," "Jean Pierre," "What Is Hip," and "Lost Without U (spoken word)."



Gerald Veasley - Your Move


Gerald Veasley
Your Move is the eighth solo release from Gerald Veasley. Veasley, one of today's leading contemporary jazz bassists, is joined by guitarist Chuck Loeb, saxophonist Chris Farr, drummer Josh Dion, trumpeter John Swana, organist Peter Kuzma, and vocalist Mikki Kornegay. A complete listing of tracks consists of "Hear Now," "Slip 'n' Slide," "So Close To The Sun," "Greenwood," "Your Move," "Cross Currents," "Three Tears," "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)," "Traveling Light," and "Roxanne's Dance."



Steve Bailey - So Low ... Solo


Steve Bailey
A pioneer of the 6-string fretless bass, Steve Bailey has performed and recorded with a long list of renowned artists such as Dizzy Gillespie, Larry Carlton, and The Rippingtons since the early 1980's. In 1993, Bailey teamed up with fellow bass virtuoso Victor Wooten to form the revered Bass Extremes duo, and over the past 15 years, they have released a number of highly regarded CD and DVD projects. On So Low ... Solo, his third session as a solo artist, Bailey presents a new perspective on playing solo bass without the use of loopers or overdubs. Featuring legendary hand drummer Robert Thomas Jr. (Weather Report), Bailey utilizes his innovative artificial harmonic techniques, chordal voicings, and multi-timbre polyphonic pyrotechnics to create a duo that sounds like an entire ensemble. A complete track listing includes "Waltz for Leeann," "Rhum Bar," "Last Train Home," "Scrapple From the Apple," "Calm Before The Storm," "Sea Major," "Blink," "Sir Paul," "Bombz Over Baghdad," "Ella's Boogie," "Majestic March," and "Mom's Melody."



Peter Muller - The Flow


Peter Muller
Following his acclaimed debut on M-Vibez in 2003, Peter Muller has released The Flow. On his new project, Muller is joined by Frank Mead (sax, flute), Tim Cansfield (guitar), Tobias Neumann (keyboards), Christian Kappe (trumpet), Ulle Rode (guitar), Kristof Hinz (drums), and Tim Weller (drums) on 10 tracks which blend funk, contemporary jazz, r&b, and soul sounds with oriental and latin elements. This collection includes "Cairo," "The Chase," "Lounge Creatures," "G-String," "Space Train," "For Funk's Sake!," "Chanson Triste," "The Cruise," "Dracula," and "Belleza."



Chris Tarry - Almost Certainly Dreaming


Chris Tarry
One of Canada's most successful and celebrated electric bass exports, Chris Tarry has produced his latest project as a leader, Almost Certainly Dreaming. Since 1994, The Chris Tarry Group has been presented in many different lineups and has released several award-winning recordings ranging from trios to 15-piece big bands. Through sold out concert tours and festival appearances around the United States and Europe, The Chris Tarry Group has become one of the most successful bass-fronted groups in contemporary jazz. Some of New York's finest jazz musicians including Dan Weiss (drums), Henry Hey (piano), Pete McCann (guitar), and Kelly Jefferson (sax) join Tarry on eight brand new compositions consisting of "Bedford Celebrities," "An Unlikely UFO," "Radio Princess," "Same Clothes, Different Day," "Prettiest Town Of Goderich," "In The Beginning," "Almost Certainly Dreaming," and "Alien Blueprints."



Alper Yilmaz - Clashes


Alper Yilmaz
Recorded with prominent jazz musicians from New York and Istanbul, Clashes is the solo debut of Turkish bassist Alper Yilmaz. Featuring Michael McGinnis (soprano saxophone, clarinet), David Binney (alto saxophone), Nick Kadajski (alto saxophone), Jon Davis (rhodes), Matthias Bublath (rhodes, keyboards), Andy Sanesi (drums), and Volkan Oktem (drums), tracks include "KuKe," "XX," "Clashes," "Junk Mail," "Oddity," "Ninni," "Spring Breeze," "You Have No Idea," and "Landscapes."



Ric Fierabracci - Hemispheres


Ric Fierabracci
Hemispheres, the debut trio project from bassist Ric Fierabracci, keyboardist Phil Turcio, and drummer Joel Rosenblatt, features a blend of fusion, funk, and contemporary jazz sounds. Special guest musicians include Dave Weckl, Gary Meek, Walter Rodriguez, Brett Garsed, Eric Marienthal, Jeff Miley, Bob Sheppard, Steve Tavaglione, Christian Howes, Bill Evans, Brian Monroney, Doug Webb, and Joel Hoekstra. A complete track listing consists of "Conflict," "The Goods," "Earth," "Avenue Of The Righteous," "Shadows," "Ghosts," "Gravity," "Sacrifice," "The Oracle," "Sphere Of Influence," and "Reverie."



Jonas Hellborg - Art Metal


Jonas Hellborg
Expanding the sounds of contemporary metal with Indian and jazz elements, Art Metal features an ensemble comprised of bassist Jonas Hellborg alongside his long-time collaborator South Indian percussionist Selvaganesh Kanjeera, guitarist Mattias IA Eklund, keyboardist Jens Johansson, and drummer Anders Johansson. Tracks include "Muthucutpor," "Manirambha," "Nataraja," "Solitude," "The Three Princes Of Serendip," "Round Metal Hat," "Vyakhyan-kar," and "Art Metal."



Yves Carbonne - Seven Waves


Yves Carbonne
On Seven Waves, his debut studio recording as a solo artist, Yves Carbonne delivers a potent mixture of jazz, R&B, progressive rock, and spiritual sounds utilizing the massive tonal range of his 10 and 12-string fretless sub-bass guitars which he combines with the human voice. In addition to his bass/vocal collaborations with French African jazz and soul singer Guillaume Eyango, this project features notable guest performers such as solo bass pioneer Michael Manring, drummers Roger Biwandu and Anthony Breyer as well as Laurent Maur on harmonica. This collection of 11 original compositions consists of "Cloudy Day," "Sweet Passion," "Holy Spirit 2nd Verse," "Childhood," "Childhood Interlude," "Seven Waves," "Origin," "Origin Interlude," "You Got All My Love," "Dawning," and "A Day In His Life."



Stanley Clarke - The Toys Of Men


Stanley Clarke
The Toys Of Men is the latest solo project from legendary bass pioneer Stanley Clarke. Filled with fiery electric bass grooves and solo acoustic bass interludes, Clarke is joined on this recording by Ruslan Sirota (keyboards), Mads Tolling (violin), Esperanza Spalding (vocals), Jef Lee Johnson (guitar), Ronald Bruner, Jr. (drums), Tomer Shtein (acoustic guitar), Michael Landau (acoustic and electric guitars), Phil Davis (keyboards), and Paulinho Da Costa (percussion). A complete listing of tracks includes "The Toys Of Men" (6 Parts), "Come On," "Jerusalem," "Back In The Woods," "All Over Again," "Hmm Hmm," "Bad Asses," "Game," "La Cancion De Sofia," "El Bajo Negro," "Broski," "Chateauvallon 1972," and "Bass Folk Song #6."



David Hughes - Foreign Shores


David Hughes
Blending a fusion of contemporary jazz and funk sounds, Foreign Shores is the second solo session produced by bassist David Hughes. Featuring special guest artists such as Eric Marienthal on saxophone, vocalist Justin Guarini, Gregg Karukas on piano, and Katisse Buckingham, a complete track listing includes "Brazil," "Foreign Shores," "Beautiful Downtown Burbank," "Love," "Romantico," "Your Sweet Voice," "London," "I Wish," "Snowflakes," "Grace Peace Earth," and "Kathmandu."



Jeff Schmidt - Outre


Jeff Schmidt
Jeff Schmidt, the winner of the 2005 Bass Extremes International Solo Bass Competition, has released his debut project as a solo artist. On Outre, Schmidt utilizes unconventional tunings and techniques on his 5-string fretted and fretless bass guitars. This unaccompanied recording includes the tracks "From Under The Weight Of Knowing," "Fury," "Satori," "Path Beyond Tracing," "Numb," "Until You Don't (Live)," "Trypto," "Sui Generis," "Mudita," "Seeing Is Freeing (Live)," and "Still Silhouette."



Alain Caron - Conversations


Alain Caron
Conversations is the sixth studio session released by internationally renowned bassist Alain Caron. Using a fretless acoustic bass guitar, Caron is joined by pianists Francois Bourassa, Lorraine Desmarais, Oliver Jones, and Otmaro Ruiz along with Jean St-Jacques on vibraphone. Featured tracks consist of "No Pick," "Ivoire," "Questions," "Blue Screen," "Val C," "X Tensions," "Solitude," "Strings Of Spring," "Confirmation," "Scrapper," "Baby Steps," and "Setembro."



Ron Carter - Dear Miles


Ron Carter
Legendary jazz bassist Ron Carter was the anchor of Miles Davis' classic quintet of the 1960's, and today, Carter is recognized as one of the most prolific and influential bassists in the history of jazz music. It has been over 40 years since he joined Miles' renowned group, and on Dear Miles, Carter pays tribute to his former bandleader with this collection of tracks which were associated with the iconic trumpeter. With Stephen Scott on piano, Peyton Crossley on drums, and Roger Squitero on percussion, this 10-track compilation features several tunes closely linked with Davis' repertoire throughout the 1950's and '60's in addition to two originals by Carter and a couple of compositions that were loosely related to Miles. This project consists of the tracks "Gone," "Seven Steps To Heaven," "My Funny Valentine," "Bag's Groove," "Someday My Prince Will Come," "Cut And Paste," "Stella By Starlight," "As Time Goes By," "Bye Bye Blackbird," and "595."



Hadrien Feraud - Hadrien Feraud


Hadrien Feraud
This is the self-titled debut recording from young French phenom bassist Hadrien Feraud. As a member of John McLaughlin's band, Feraud's musicianship has already been showcased to an audience on an international scale. On this release, Feraud's playing is featured alongside a leading group of musicians within the jazz and fusion community consisting of John McLaughlin, Bireli Lagrene, Dominique DiPiazza, and Linley Marthe to name just a few. Tracks include "Rumeurs," "Marie Ael," "Natural," "High Jacked," "Giant Steps," "Jet Sun Dance," "Hadrien & Linley Trip 1," "Clair Obscur," "Rhapsody In Blue," "Shall We Love," "Hadrien & Linley Trip 2," "Maria Christina," "Marie Ael - Long Version," and "Outro Trip 3."



Vital Information (featuring Baron Browne) - Vitalization


Vital Information
Vitalization is the 12th recording released by Steve Smith and Vital Information. For over the past two decades, Vital Information has continually expanded their musical boundaries by encompassing straight-ahead jazz, contemporary jazz, fusion, South Indian rhythms, odd time grooves, blues, funk, and rock influences. This new project features longtime band members Steve Smith, Tom Coster, Baron Browne, and new guitarist Vinny Valentino along with special guests such as saxophonist Bill Evans as well as percussionists Pete Lockett, Gilad, and Juan Carlos Melian. The twelve original compositions include "Interwoven Rhythms - Synchronous," "Get Serious," "The Trouble With," "The Bottom Line," "Seven And A Half," "Interwoven Rhythms - Dialogue," "J Ben Jazz," "Groove Time," "You Know What I Mean," "The Closer," "Jimmy Jive," and "Positano."



Gambale/Donati/Fierabracci (featuring Ric Fierabracci) - Made In Australia


Gambale/Donati/Fierabracci
Captured live at the Evelyn Hotel in Melbourne, Australia in June 2003, Made In Australia includes eight instrumental compositions featuring the power trio of Frank Gambale, Virgil Donati, and Ric Fierabracci. A complete track listing consists of "The User," "Little Charmer," "Joey's Waltz," "Yang," "Sphere Of Influence," "Mind Over," "Alien Hip Hop," and "A Little Something."



Gary Willis - Actual Fiction


Gary Willis
Actual Fiction is the third solo project from fretless bass master Gary Willis and his first release as a solo artist since 1998. Along with Kirk Covington and David Gomez on drums, tracks include "Cartoon Fetish," "Smells Like A Party," "PodCast," "Say Never," "Eye Candy," "Take Me To Your Leader," "Mean Streak," "If Only It Could Talk," "Tio Loco," and "Based On A True Story."



Slaughterhouse 3 (featuring Gary Willis) - S3


Gary Willis
S3 is the new trio project featuring bassist Gary Willis, drummer Kirk Covington, and saxophonist Llibert Fortuny. A complete track listing of their self-titled debut consists of "Slaughterhouse 3," "Life Story," "Let's Go," "Toxic, "Booty Duty," "Another Chance," "Trapeze/Nobody's Friend," "Stinky," "Sleep Deprivation," "Moof," and "Interactive Show."



Damian Erskine - Trios


Damian Erskine
Trios is the debut solo project from Portland, Oregon bassist Damian Erskine. A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Erskine showcases his musicianship and demonstrates that he is equally versed at setting up solid grooves, blowing solos, and providing chordal accompaniment. This recording also features pianist Ramsey Embick, drummer Reinhartd Melz, guitarist Toshi Onizuka, and drummer Israel Annoh. The tracks include "Peresina," "Footprints," "Mambo For Tajrid," "Costa Del Sol," "Spain," "Nardis," "Maria Cervantes," "Steps," "Mirage," and "Entre Dos Aguas."



The Very Tall Band (featuring Ray Brown) - What's Up?


The Very Tall Band
What's Up? features a historic collaboration by three jazz legends including pianist Oscar Peterson, bassist Ray Brown, and vibist Milt Jackson along with drummer Karriem Riggins. This project consists of almost an hour of previously unreleased material from their extraordinary live session that was recorded during a three night gig over Thanksgiving weekend in 1998 at New York City's Blue Note. This set includes the tracks "Squatty Roo," "Salt Peanuts," "Ad Lib Blues," "If I Should Lose You," "Limehouse Blues," "Soft Winds," and "The More I See You."



Brian Bromberg - Downright Upright


Brian Bromberg
Surrounded by an all-star group of musicians including Lee Ritenour and Gannin Arnold on guitar, George Duke and Jeff Lorber on piano, Gary Meek, Boney James, and Kirk Whalum on saxophone, and Vinnie Colaiuta on drums, Downright Upright is the newest studio recording from Brian Bromberg, one of today's most prolific bassists. This acoustic project includes the tracks "Chameleon," "Cold Duck Time," "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy," "The Hacha Chacha," "Serengetti Walk," "Cantaloupe Island," "Shag Carpet," "Sunday Mornin'," "Slow Burn," and "Leisure Suit."



Stuart Hamm - Live Stu X 2 - Live From Philadelphia And San Francisco


Stuart Hamm
Recognized for his recording and touring stints with guitarists Joe Satriani and Steve Vai, legendary bassist Stuart Hamm has released his first project as a solo artist in nearly seven years. Live Stu X 2 features both a classic collection of Hamm's most well known hits as well as several previously unreleased tracks that were recorded live with two completely different bands in Philadelphia and San Francisco. The first seven tracks were recorded at World Cafe Live on April 20, 2006 during Hamm's set on the first leg of the Bx3 tour in Philadelphia. The remaining pieces are compositions that Hamm had written and been playing for several years as solo bass arrangements during clinics but are now presented live within the context of a full band and were captured at the Cafe Du Nord in San Francisco on May 10, 2004. The selected tracks consist of "Intro," "Terminal Beach," "Katahdin," "Nostalgia," "Flow My Tears," "Radio Free Albemuth," "Lone Star," "Intermission," "Te Extrano," "Yellow Happy," and "A New Peace."



Trip Wamsley - Curve


Trip Wamsley
Curve is the fourth solo session from bassist Trip Wamsley and the first of his releases that features the bass guitar in a completely unaccompanied context. Utilizing altered tunings and unconventional bass techniques in a fashion that places the emphasis on the composition rather than the tools and techniques required to play his music, Wamsley demonstrates a sophisticated level of musicality. This solo bass project includes the tracks "Sweet Algebur," "Huevos Con Dios," "And He Speaks - Pt. 1," "Northern," "The Week The Car Grew A Beard," "Becoming," "Non A-06," "This Is No Place For You," "Redneck Monolith," "And He Speaks - Pt. 2," "Watch Them Bounce," "The Rest Of His Years," and "The Day It All Made Sense."



The deMania Trio (featuring Michael Manring) - deMania


The deMania Trio
deMania is the debut release from The deMania Trio which features guitarist Alex de Grassi, bassist Michael Manring, and percussionist Chris Garcia on an eclectic collection of original compositions, inventive arrangements, and extended improvisations. A complete track listing includes "This Side Up," "Homestyle," "Para Mi Alegria," "Yet Again," "Paint It Black," "With His Hand In His Hat," "Mc Coy," "The Black Hand," "Curan Brujo," and "The Water Is Wide."



Chris Tarry - Sorry To Be Strange


Chris Tarry
As one of Canada's most successful electric bassists and one of North America's top jazz artists, Chris Tarry's playing has received many accolades including two Juno awards for best Contemporary Jazz Album, six Juno award nominations, three West Coast Music awards, four Jazz Report awards for group of the year, and three National Jazz awards. Since 1994, the Chris Tarry Group has been presented in many different lineups and has produced seven award-winning recordings ranging from guitar trios to large, 15-piece big bands. The Chris Tarry Group's eighth project, Sorry To Be Strange, features 12 new Tarry originals played by some of the best musicians on the New York scene including Pete McCann on guitar, saxophonist Kelly Jefferson, Dan Weiss on drums, and pianist Jon Cowherd.



Jonni Lightfoot - Blu


Jonni Lightfoot
From sold out soccer stadiums in Mexico to packed arenas in Asia and on stage before 175,000 people in Cuba, Jonni Lightfoot has performed around the world as the bassist and musical director of Air Supply. On his third solo project, Blue, Lightfoot is joined by Air Supply's Graham Russell and bass legend Michael Manring on a collection of music that features several original tracks, arranged pieces, and four solo bass compositions played with piccolo and tenor basses. A complete track listing includes "Say Hi To The Monkeys," "Dolby G'haunt," "Flutterbys," "Slither," "Deep Blu," "After The Rain," "Michelle," "Simply Put," "MOL'a," "Good Vibes Are Standing (The Foot II)," "Sure Know Something," "Mr. Misunderstood," "The Cat's Meow," "I Belong (Live)," and "Colorful."



John Patitucci - Line By Line


John Patitucci
Line By Line is the 12th solo recording released by bass virtuoso John Patitucci. On his latest project, Patitucci plays both acoustic upright and electric basses in a trio format that includes guitarist Adam Rogers and drummer Brian Blade. In addition to the core trio, tenor saxophonist Chris Potter and a string quartet are featured on selected performances. Tracks include "The Root," "Agitato," "Circular," "Folklore," "Dry September," "Nana," "Theme And Variations For 6-String Bass And Strings," "Line By Line," "Evidence," "Jesus Is On The Mainline," "Incarnation," "Soaring," and "Tone Poem."



Jeff Berlin - Aneurythms


Jeff Berlin
Aneurythms is the brand new solo project from bass legend Jeff Berlin and features the playing of Gannin Arnold on guitar, Otmaro Ruiz on keys and piano, Richard Drexler on piano, and Vinnie Colaiuta on drums. It was produced by bassist Brian Bromberg who makes a special guest appearance on acoustic upright bass. Tracks consist of "Porky & Beans," "Copland," "Saab Story," "Ars Longa Vita Brevis," "Miss Management," "Justibofidus," "A Mark You Remade," "Lapp Dance," "Don't Be Happy! Worry!," and "Auntie Social."



McGill/Manring/Stevens - What We Do


Michael Manring
On their third collaboration as a trio, guitarist Scott McGill, bassist Michael Manring, and drummer Vic Stevens take 12 standards of the jazz repertoire and interpret them with their own unique twists. A complete track listing includes "Cherokee," "Footprints," "Blue In Green," "Solar," "Gloria's Step," "Icarus," "Naima," "Invitation," "Nefertiti," "Bessie's Blues," "Maiden Voyage," and "Oleo." As part of this double-disc package, a second CD features eight live performances that were recorded at Orion Studios in Baltimore, Maryland on April 7, 2001.



Billy Sheehan - Prime Cuts


Billy Sheehan
Prime Cuts features a diverse collection of Billy Sheehan's finest work for Magna Carta Records and performances by Terry Bozzio, Dennis Chambers, Steve Howe, Steve Morse, John Novello, Mike Portnoy, and Jordan Rudess. This is an enhanced CD with a brand new bonus video interview, "Who Is Billy Sheehan?," and also contained within this compilation is a previously unreleased bass solo recorded live in Buffalo, New York in 1994. The selected tracks include "Elbow Grease" - Niacin, "Sugar Blues" - Niacin, "Sub Continent" - Bozzio / Sheehan, "The Trees" - Working Man Rush Tribute, "Clean Up Crew" / "Do A Little Dirty Work" - Niacin, "Crack The Meter" - Jordan Rudess, "Time Enough" (More Than Enough Mix) - Explorers Club, "Super Grande" - Niacin, and "Bass Solo" (Buffalo 1994).



Steve Lawson - Behind Every Word


Steve Lawson
Behind Every Word is the fourth solo recording from Steve Lawson, the U.K.'s leading solo bass guitarist. Of the eleven tracks, nine are solo bass compositions which combine the ambient improvisations that Lawson has been long revered for with a strong emphasis on melodic content and structure. Alongside Lawson, special guests include pedal steel guitarist BJ Cole and jazz singer Julie McKee. A complete track listing consists of "Blue Planet," "Behind Every Word," "This House Is A Happy Home," "Jimmy James," "Me, Myself And I," "Scott Peck," "FRHU," "Nobody Wins Unless Everybody Wins," "FolkSong," "One Step," and "Deeper Still."



Bernhard Lackner - Those Days


Bernhard Lackner
Those Days is the debut solo project from Austrian bassist Bernhard Lackner. Produced by Adam Nitti, Lackner is joined by Jeff Coffin on saxophone, Derico Watson on drums, guitarist Scott Bernard, Blair Masters on keyboard, and rapper Earthworm Jim on the tracks "Italojazzer," "We Try To Fly," "It's Time To Go," "You Never Know," "Four Winds Drive," "It's Our World," "Song For You," and "Those Days."



Franc O'Shea - Alkimia


Franc O'Shea
Alkimia is the second solo release from bassist Franc O'Shea. As O'Shea blends the sound of his fretless bass with an array of world percussion instruments, flamenco guitar, flute, and violin, he creates the sounds of European, Eastern, and African music. Included in this project are performances by members of Chick Corea's and Paco de Lucia's bands on compositions such as "Alkimia," "The Three Princes Of Serendip," "Anam Cara," "Jayena," "Dream Catcher," "Enchanted," and "Shakti."



The Ron Eschete Trio With Todd Johnson - In The Middle


Todd Johnson
Recognized as the "trio that sounds like a quartet," the Ron Eschete trio has released In The Middle, the result of a night of live recording on October 28, 2003 at Spazio in Sherman Oaks, California. Eschete and Johnson began playing together in 1991, and both musicians possess the ability to play bass lines and chord changes simultaneously. Kendall Kay rounds out the trio on drums. The hard-swinging tracks appearing on this project include "Indian Summer," "Bye Bye Blackbird," "Taking A Chance On Love," "Autumn Leaves," "Oh, Lady Be Good," "Mama's Home Cookin'," and "Bluesette."



Alain Caron - 5 Live


Alain Caron
5 Live is a double-CD compilation that features the Alain Caron Band in a live concert at the Cabaret de Montreal. With Alain Caron on fretless and fretted basses, Jean St-Jacques on keyboards and malletkat, David Bellemare on saxophone, Simon Langlois on drums, Francois Blouin on keyboards, tracks include "Ocean Of Trees," "Double Agent," "Signal," "Show Of Hands," "No Left Turn On Tuesday," "Slam The Clown," "Turkey Loose On The Kit," "Baby Step," "Solitude," "Black Paws," "D-Code," and "Ink Illusion."



Al Garcia - Alternate Realities


Al Garcia
Alternate Realities contains a stylistically diverse mixture of music that features Al Garcia on electric guitar, acoustic guitar, fretted and fretless basses, guitar synthesizer, percussion, and voice. All nine tracks were composed, arranged, produced, engineered, mixed, and mastered by Garcia.



Rob Gourlay & Jim Stinnett - Two Low


Jim Stinnett
A result of the collaboration between bassists Rob Gourlay and Jim Stinnett who have performed together for many years, Two Low contains a collection of diverse and evocative tracks which showcase modern bass styles and contemporary techniques. Featured artists appearing on this project include Lionel Loueke (guitar), Dom Moio (percussion), Joe Hunt (drums), and Grant Stinnett (bass).



Joseph Patrick Moore - Decade 1996-2005


Joseph Patrick Moore
For over a decade, Joseph Patrick Moore has been recording, touring, and establishing himself as an artist with a unique voice. Decade 1996-2005 is a compilation of Moore's best bass-laced contemporary jazz compositions and arrangements from his five previously released projects as a leader. Containing almost 80 minutes of music, Decade features Moore on acoustic upright, electric, and fretless basses alongside artists such as Adam Nitti, Jimmy Herring, Jon Chalden, Yanrico Scott, Jeff Sipe, Bill Anschell, Buzz Amato, and many others.



Brian Bromberg - Wood II


Brian Bromberg
In the follow-up to his critically-regarded recording Wood which debuted in 2002, Brian Bromberg has released his latest all-acoustic project, Wood II. Alongside Bromberg playing his 300-year-old Matteo Guersam acoustic upright, this recording features pianist Randy Waldman and Vinnie Colaiuta on drums. Besides classic jazz standards such as "Caravan" and "I'll Remember April," Bromberg performs several pieces arranged for solo acoustic bass including his interpretations of "Blue Bossa," "Carry On Wayward Son" by Kansas, "Let 'Em In" by Paul McCartney, as well as Earth, Wind & Fire's "Shining Star."



Jake Kot - At A Glance


Jake Kot
To follow his debut project, bassist Jake Kot has released seven new original compositions on At A Glance. With George Mitchell (keyboards), Renato Caranto (saxophone), Dave Derge (drums), and Paul Mazzio (trumpet), Kot presents another remarkable collection of groove-oriented contemporary jazz tunes.



Markus Setzer - Together


Markus Setzer
Together is the fourth project over the past seven years featuring Markus Setzer, one of Europe's top bassists, and vocalist Sabine Reimer as a duo. On their latest release, Reimer and Setzer perform funk, folk, jazz, and pop ballads in both English and German languages. Similar to their previous recordings, Setzer backs Reimer's voice with chordal accompaniment and phrases using a wide variety of contemporary techniques such as slapping, tapping, and harmonics.



Jeff Berlin - Ace Of Bass


Jeff Berlin
Ace Of Bass is the brand new solo project from bass legend Jeff Berlin and features the playing of Gannin Arnold on guitar, Otmaro Ruiz on keys and piano, Richard Drexler on piano, and Vinnie Colaiuta on drums. It was produced by bassist Brian Bromberg who makes a special guest appearance on acoustic upright bass. It is currently only available as a Japanese import, but it is scheduled to be released summer 2006 in the United States.



Joseph Patrick Moore - Live In 05


Joseph Patrick Moore
Led by bassist Joseph Patrick Moore, Live In 05 was recorded at "This House Rocks" in Atlanta, GA on April 2, 2005. This live recording captures dynamic performances and interplay from a talented group of musicians including Al Smith, Jon Chalden, Al Mcspadden, and Emrah Kotan. In addition to the live jams and group interaction, the eleven original compositions showcase the immense talent of Moore on electric and fretless basses as well as double bass.



EMP (featuring Joseph Patrick Moore) - Wherever We Go


Joseph Patrick Moore
EMP Project's second release, Wherever We Go, is an explorative and adventurous recording from this modern post bop jazz trio. While attending the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, drummer William Ellis, bassist Joseph Patrick Moore, and guitarist Shawn Perkinson would play regularly together in a variety of settings. Upon graduating U.T.K., their opportunities and talents would lead each of them to different parts of the world. After spending more than a decade apart while pursuing individual musical endeavors, Ellis, Moore, and Perkinson formed EMP Project in 2002 and released their self-titled debut recording in 2003.



Martin Motnik - Bass Invader


Martin Motnik
On Bass Invader, his debut release as a leader, bassist Martin Motnik demonstrates his skills and the flexibility of fretted and fretless bass guitars with a collection of fourteen arrangements that span a broad range of different styles. With drum legend Gregg Bissonette and a special guest appearance by Swedish guitarist Mattias IA Eklundh, Motnik navigates through solo bass pieces, smooth fretless ballads, latin grooves, and distorted, progressive rock tracks while utilizing tapping, slapping, and harmonic techniques.



Altered (featuring John Flitcraft) - Graphic


John Flitcraft
Graphic is the second project from Altered, a progressive, instrumental electric jazz/funk trio based in Los Angeles. Bassist John Flitcraft, a graduate of the Bass Institute of Technology, Berklee College of Music alumnus, and former instructor at B.I.T., has been teaching electric bass in the Los Angeles area since 1988. Along with guitarist Jeff Miley and drummer Steve Holmes, Flitcraft provides a deep layer of fingerstyle funk-infused grooves on this intense collection of seven tunes.



Sadhappy (featuring Michael Manring) - Outerspaces


Sadhappy
Originally formed in 1989 as a "power duo" of bass and drums in Seattle, Sadhappy has become recognized as an ever-changing, progressive group which doesn't conform to the traditional concept of a band, and collaboration with other musicians has remained a constant goal of Sadhappy since its inception. Co-founding bassist Paul Hinklin is now working on other projects so instead of being a two-bass and drums unit, the latest configuration of Sadhappy features bassist Michael Manring, percussionist Evan Schiller, and ex-Frank Zappa guitarist Mike Keneally in a power trio performing music comprised of unique electronically-manipulated sounds by Evan Schiller.



Carbonne - Di Piazza - Manring - Carbonne - Di Piazza - Manring


Carbonne - Di Piazza - Manring
Together for the first time in February, 2005, extended range bassist Yves Carbonne, former John McLaughlin Trio bassist Dominique Di Piazza, and renowned solo bassist Michael Manring collaborated on a collection of eleven original compositions for bass trio, duo, and solo repertoire in Talence, France. Each virtuoso bassist contributes to this self-titled, debut project as a composer, and everyone's unique approach to bass playing is spotlighted through an exclusive unaccompanied performance. Carbonne and Manring recorded two pieces as a duet, and all three exchange musical conversation with each other on six beautifully orchestrated tracks for bass trio. Collectively categorized as a fusion of stylistically diverse compositions, this extraordinarily inspiring project combines the utilization of unconventional bass playing techniques with funky sub-contra bass grooves, sensitive fretless melodies, and sophisticated chordal explorations throughout.



Gerald Veasley - At The Jazz Base!


Gerald Veasley
Recorded at Gerald Veasley's own club in the Sheraton Reading Hotel in Reading, Pennsylvania, on two consecutive evenings in November, 2004, At The Jazz Base! is a collection of songs culled from his previous recordings as a leader and updated with new arrangements and a fresh perspective. At The Jazz Base! also includes two brand new compositions written by Veasley and recorded in studio. More than just a compilation of live renditions of fan favorites from his studio recordings, At The Jazz Base! reinterprets the decade-long oeuvre of a highly-talened bassist and presents it in a way that is certain to be eye and ear-opening for longtime fans and newcomers alike. Veasley's first-ever live recording features a powerhouse band including long-time collaborator Chris Farr on saxophones, Eric Green on drums, Pete Kuzma on organ, keyboardist Will Brock, and percussionist Pablo Batista.



Brian Bromberg - Choices


Brian Bromberg
Choices was originally released in 2004 and heralded by critics to be the best contemporary jazz recording produced by Brian Bromberg to date. Since its debut last year, Bromberg has remixed half of the record, and the entire project has been remastered. Choices contains the 2005 smooth jazz radio hit by the same name and the previously released "Relentless" with Richard Elliot, which until now was only available on a smooth jazz compilation recording. Alongside a remarkable cast of musicians including Jeff Lorber, Brian Culbertson, David Benoit, Alex Acuna, and Eric Marienthal, Bromberg uses soulful R&B, funk, jazz, pop, and African rhythms for the backdrop of his melodies. As with all of Bromberg's most recent recordings, no guitars were used on this project, and Bromberg recorded all guitar-sounding tracks using the piccolo bass.



Michael Manring - Soliloquy


Michael Manring
Soliloquy is the long-awaited all-solo bass project from Michael Manring. Even though Manring has always maintained a nice balance of solo and ensemble pieces on his five previously released recordings as a leader, Soliloquy is his first endeavor comprised entirely of compositions for unaccompanied bass guitar. All tracks were recorded in Manring's home studio with the exception of "Selene" which was captured live at a show in San Francisco. Within the enhanced CD portion of the disc, you'll find Michael's extensive liner notes in PDF format which details the instruments, tunings, recording equipment, and techniques used in the production of Soliloquy along with track notes outlining the stories behind each piece. Two additional bonuses include live video performances of "A Morning Star" and "Diagonal Head Trauma."



Marcus Miller - Silver Rain


Marcus Miller
Silver Rain is the follow-up studio set to Marcus Miller's M2, which won the 2001 Grammy award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album. Blending funk, jazz, classical, blues, reggae, and world music sounds into a vibe remarkably identifiable as pure Marcus Miller, the acclaimed bassist, composer, producer, band leader, and multi-instrumentalist offers the listener a generous 15-track recording. This new project is comprised of seven original compositions including the title track which was co-written with legendary musician Eric Clapton, who also sings and plays guitar on the track, as well as several innovative cover tunes such as Edgar Winter's "Frankenstein," Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata," Stevie Wonder's "Boogie On Reggae Woman," Prince's "Girls and Boys," Duke Ellington's "Sophisticated Lady," and Jimi Hendrix's "Power Of Soul."



Victor Wooten - Soul Circus


Victor Wooten
Soul Circus is Victor Wooten's fifth release as a solo artist. Included on this project are 16 new tracks featuring the Wooten brothers, Bootsy Collins, Arrested Development rapper/vocalist Speech, harmonica legend Howard Levy, drum virtuoso Dennis Chambers, Flecktone Jeff Coffin, and bassists Will Lee, Rhonda Smith (Prince), Christian McBride as well as many other special guest performers.



Jim Stinnett - Afrizona


Jim Stinnett
Afrizona is the latest recording project from Berklee College of Music professor, Jim Stinnett. Mixing melodically and harmonically original compositions with classic jazz standards such as "Body And Soul," "Lady Bird," and Dave Holland's "Conference Of The Birds," Stinnett is joined by guitarist/vocalist Lionel Loueke, drummer Dom Moio, and bassist Rob Gourlay. Splitting the bass duties, Jim Stinnett and Rob Gourlay both play melodies, basslines, solos, and chordal accompaniment on acoustic upright and electric basses. With the addition of Gourlay, the sound of multiple bass tracks lends to unique textures on many of the songs.



Brian Bromberg - It's About Time


Brian Bromberg
It's About Time was Brian Bromberg's "first real hardcore, New York-kind-of-jazz record that is still approachable." Bromberg originally produced the acoustic project in 1991. Re-released in April 2005, this straight-ahead, all acoustic jazz project has been remixed and re-mastered. It now sounds as if it was recorded with today's state-of-the-art digital recording and mastering equipment. Bromberg, who recorded the collection while playing a 300-year-old acoustic bass, was joined on the record by renowned jazz artists including Freddie Hubbard, Ernie Watts and many other world class musicians in a high energy, mainstream jazz setting.



Brian Bromberg - Metal


Brian Bromberg
Released on Artistry Music, his brand new record label, Brian Bromberg's latest recording, Metal, is an all-electric rock/fusion project that is completely opposite of everything Bromberg has previously released under his own name. Metal was released in Japan last year as Bass Ackwards on the King Records label, and within just a few weeks of release, this project went to #1 on the sales charts in Japan. Metal is an instrumental song-based, high-energy project with tons of overdrive guitar sounds and very aggressive playing. This recording features mostly just Brian on a variety of basses and Joel Taylor on drums. Absolutely no guitars were used on this recording, just dozens of overdubbed bass parts stacked upon each other in order to make the project sound like a band. All guitar-sounding tracks were played by Bromberg on a piccolo bass. Lots of shredding and blowing.



Billy Sheehan - Cosmic Troubadour


Billy Sheehan
Regarded as one of the top bass virtuosos in rock history for his early work with Steve Vai in the original David Lee Roth band as well as being a member of the platinum-selling group, Mr. Big, Billy Sheehan's keen musical sensibility permeates the heady grooves and melodic contours that comprise his second solo offering, Cosmic Troubadour. Produced by Pat Reagan who also oversaw Sheehan's debut as a solo artist in 2001 with Compression, Cosmic Troubadour was recorded at "The Digital Dungeon," Sheehan's home studio in Sherman Oaks, California. Sheehan covers most of the instrumentation on this recording including bass, guitars, and all lead vocals with assistance from drummer Ray Luzier and Simone Sello, who contributed synth work, some guitar parts, and assorted programming.



Instructional Books

Miles Davis - Miles Davis Omnibook


Miles Davis
With 50 note-for-note transcriptions of his most famous recorded solos, the Miles Davis Omnibook is the ultimate resource for studying the work of the legendary trumpet player. A list of tracks includes "All Blues," "Bye Bye Blackbird," "Four," "Freddie Freeloader," "I'll Remember April," "Milestones," "My Funny Valentine," "On Green Dolphin Street," "Seven Steps to Heaven," "So What," "Solar," "Some Day My Prince Will Come," "Stella By Starlight," "Tune Up," "Walkin'," and many more! 272 pages.



John Coltrane - John Coltrane Omnibook


John Coltrane
Featuring 52 works transcribed exactly from the performances of the tenor saxophone great, the John Coltrane Omnibook includes some of the greatest solos ever recorded such as "All Blues," "Blue Train," "Bye, Bye Blackbird," "Countdown," "Cousin Mary," "Giant Steps," "Impressions," "Lazy Bird," "Lush Life," "Mr. P.C.," "Moment's Notice," "My Favorite Things," "Naima," "So What," "Syeeda's Song Flute," and many more. 288 pages.



Charlie Parker - Charlie Parker For Bass


Charlie Parker
Written in standard notation and tablature, Charlie Parker For Bass features 20 of Charlie Parker's signature saxophone performances arranged for bass guitar. Included in this compilation are "Anthropology," "Au Privave," "Billie's Bounce," "Bloomdido," "Blues For Alice," "Chi Chi," "Confirmation," "Dexterity," "Donna Lee," "K.C. Blues," "Ko Ko," "Moose The Mooche," "My Little Suede Shoes," "Now's The Time," "Ornithology," "Parker's Mood," "Relaxin' At The Camarillo," "Scrapple From The Apple," "Thriving From A Riff," and "Yardbird Suite." 96 pages.



Dream Theater - Dream Theater Bass Anthology


Dream Theater
Dream Theater Bass Anthology contains a collection of 14 of the most popular songs by the iconic rock band. Written in standard notation and tablature, these complete transcriptions of John Myung's bass parts include "Beyond This Life," "Breaking All Illusions," "Caught In A Web," "The Dance Of Eternity," "Erotomania," "Fatal Tragedy," "The Glass Prison," "Learning To Live," "Metropolis Part I - The Miracle And The Sleeper," "Outcry," "Panic Attack," "Pull Me Under," "Stream Of Consciousness," and "Trial Of Tears." 216 pages.



Byron Santo - Scale Formulas For The Extended Range Bassist


Byron Santo
At the age of 17, Byron Santo was given a copy of Nicolas Slonimsky's Thesaurus of Scales and Melodic Patterns, and his obsession with scale and chord formulas began. Thirty years later, Santo has documented every scale formula possible on extended range basses and is now providing his work for free in the form of this 2,051-page PDF ebook which can be used for educational purposes, inspiration, composing, fretboard knowledge, and technique exercises.



John Patitucci - Melodic Arpeggios And Triad Combining For Bass


John Patitucci
Melodic Arpeggios And Triad Combining For Bass is the first book to be released in a six-part series by John Patitucci. Published by David Gage String Instruments and designed to help develop critical building blocks, this Kindle book includes six chapters covering intonation exercises, shifting exercises, major seventh with ninth chord arpeggio exercises, major seventh + eleventh exercises, major seventh + fifth exercises, and a major arpeggio etude based on a theme by Bottesini.



Stuart Clayton - The Bass Player's Guide To Scales & Modes


Stuart Clayton
As his first publication developed for the iPad, Stuart Clayton has released The Bass Player's Guide To Scales & Modes. This digital version of one of his most popular books features a collection of common scales, modes, and arpeggios utilized by modern bass guitarists along with grooves that illustrate the sound and application of each concept. Audio files which include the written bass parts and play-along tracks minus the bass are embedded on the same page as the notation. This comprehensive reference manual is designed for bassists of all playing levels.



Grant Stinnett - Tapestry - A Methodology For Two Handed Tapping


Grant Stinnett
Featuring the tapping techniques of bass masters such as Michael Manring, Victor Wooten, Marcus Miller, and Stu Hamm, Tapestry by Grant Stinnett contains dozens of examples spanning levels from beginner to advanced. Topics covered in this method include instrument setup, hammer-ons, pull-offs, and chordal tapping. In addition to many exercises, real musical application of the techniques is demonstrated by Stinnett on the accompanying DVD. 56 Pages.



Zander Zon - Sonorous Bass Transcriptions


Zander Zon
Issued by Bassline Publishing, Sonorous Bass Transcriptions features complete transcriptions for every track on the debut recording of solo bassist Zander Zon. Also contained in this book are detailed performance notes for each composition and an interview with Zon which provides suggestions on getting started with playing in altered tunings on piccolo bass. Transcriptions include "Epic Love," "Circle Of Melodies," "I, Resolute," "Accelerate," "She Danced," "Tribal Chant," "Hope," "Looking Glass," "Meditation In E," and "Sencilla." 104 Pages.



Sylvain Bolduc - Groove 101


Sylvain Bolduc
Building on over 30 years of experience as a professional bassist, Groove 101 is a methodology published by Sylvain Bolduc in English and French for players who seek to improve their ability to groove and expand their bass line vocabulary. Featuring an extensive compilation of grooves and exercises which are written in both standard notation and tablature, this text spans a variety of styles including pop, rock, funk, latin, soul, and fusion. Accompanying this 94-page book is a data DVD that contains over 2.5 GB of play-along tracks.



Bernhard Lackner - Plucking Hand Workout For Electric Bass


Bernhard Lackner
Plucking Hand Workout For Electric Bass by Bernhard Lackner features 200 exercises written in both standard notation and tablature for increasing your plucking hand technique. Utilizing standard 2-finger technique and starting with basic quarter note exercises before expanding to more advanced rhythmic subdivisions including quintuplets and sixteenth-note triplets, Lackner guides you step-by-step through his method in order to improve your plucking hand technique and the tone you produce while developing your understanding of rhythms.



Chuck Bianchi - First Position - An In Depth Study


Chuck Bianchi
In First Position - An In Depth Study, Chuck Bianchi provides a detailed analysis of scales and arpeggios occurring in first position on the 4-string electric bass guitar. All of the major scales and their related modes along with triads, seventh chords, major pentatonic, minor pentatonic, and the blues scale are outlined in every key. With this method, bassists will possess the ability to think more in terms of notes they have available to play and keys rather than just memorizing movable patterns based only on root notes which will result in more melodic bass lines and solos. The exercises are written in standard notation with the appropriate finger positions. 48 pages.



Stuart Clayton - Solo Arrangements For Electric Bass


Stuart Clayton
Solo Arrangements For Electric Bass by Stuart Clayton features a collection of compositions for unaccompanied bass guitar. Along with a compilation of classic and contemporary pop songs and theme tunes written in both standard notation and tablature, this book contains performance notes for each track as well as instruction for all of the techniques utilized in the songs. There is also a discography of solo bass music, a detailed historical analysis, and exclusive interviews with leading solo bassists such as Aram Bedrosian, Jeff Schmidt, and Dave Grossman. Arrangements include "The Simpsons," "Laura," "The Genesis Medley," "When Johnny Comes Marching Home," "Shape Of My Heart," "Chordal Fingerstyle Etude," "Harmonics Etude," "Two Handed Tapping Etude," "Looping Etude," "Stuart Hamm Style Etude," "Victor Wooten Etude," "I, Resolute," and "Space Opera." 204 pages.



Jaco Pastorius - Jaco Pastorius Bass Method


Jaco Pastorius
Compiled by Ray Peterson, one of Jaco's private students, the Jaco Pastorius Bass Method features lessons, tips, and techniques from Jaco's private teaching archives. This 64-page book contains a collection of note-for-note transcriptions of songs and solos in both standard notation and tablature along with notes on the theory and technique behind the music. Actual pages from Jaco's personal practice book in his own handwriting make this a one-of-a-kind book/CD package. An accompanying CD contains audio tracks of the examples notated in the book. The selected transcriptions include "Chromatic Fantasy," "Come On, Come Over," "Continuum," "Donna Lee," "Havona," "I Can Dig It Baby," "Kuru," "Liberty City," "Okonkole Y Trompa," "Opus Pocus," "Portrait Of Tracy," "Teen Town," and "(Used To Be A) Cha Cha."



Stuart Clayton - The Mark King Bass Book


Mark King
Authored by Stuart Clayton and distributed by Bassline Publishing, The Mark King Bass Book features a collection of Mark King's most popular instrumental tracks that he recorded as a member of Level 42. Along with the classic studio recordings, this book also contains four live bass solos, a biography, bassography, and an exclusive interview. Each piece is written in both standard notation and tablature and comes with extensive performance notes. A complete listing of transcriptions includes "Sandstorm," "Theme To Margaret," "Mr. Pink," "88," "43," "Dune Tune," "Foundation & Empire," "The Pursuit Of Accidents," "The Return Of The Handsome Rugged Man," "The Essential," "Bass Solo (A Physical Presence 1985)," "Bass Solo (Live At Wembley 1986)," "Bass Solo (Guaranteed Live 1991)," and "Bass Solo (Live At Reading 2001)." 139 pages.



Ron Carter - Finding The Right Notes


Ron Carter
Written by Dan Ouellette, Finding The Right Notes is the official authorized biography of legendary bassist Ron Carter. With more than 2,000 projects to his credit, Carter is regarded as among the most original, prolific, and influential bassists in the history of jazz music. Starting with Carter's early years, the book proceeds through Carter's music education, his years as a member of the historic Miles Davis Quintet, and spans several decades of Carter's freelance work as a sideman and solo artist. Also included is an extensive selected discography of Carter's recordings along with appendices which include comments from other musicians and a list of distinguished awards won by Carter. Highly recommended for anyone interested in learning about Ron Carter and the history of the jazz bass tradition. 435 pages.



Chuck Sher - Foundation Exercises For Bass


Chuck Sher
Divided into 33 individual lessons, Foundation Exercises For Bass by Chuck Sher is an 87-page book that progresses from elementary to intermediate lessons on topics including learning where the notes on the bass are and how to make them sound like music right away, learning how to hear bars of music and then how to count basic rhythms of quarter notes and eighth notes, a painless way to learn to read music starting with fingerboard diagrams, organizing the notes on the bass into major, minor, and Mixolydian scales with a logical sequence of exercises on each leading to the ability to create your own bass lines in each mode, learning correct hand positions, fingerings, and how to shift between positions on the bass, basic ear training exercises designed to help you progressively discover your own musical voice on bass, rhythm lessons emphasizing improvising around the signposts of beats 1 and 3 and then learning to hear and play off of target beats so that every eighth note in a bar feels like home to you, learning where the arpeggio notes of major, minor, and dominant 7th chords are on the bass and fun ways to turn them into real music right away, an elegant system of learning how to connect the roots of chord progressions using arpeggios, scale notes, and chromatic notes creating instant bass lines that will work in any style of music, a system for learning and practicing "licks" in each of the main tonalities, rhythm studies starting with playing all the eighth notes in a bar and gradually eliminating more and more of them until you are easily playing highly syncopated lines, creative ways to practice various aspects of one tonality including interval studies, scale chords, pentatonics, the blues scales, and chromatic passing notes, sample bass grooves in different styles of music including the blues, an overview of how harmony works in popular music so that the chords of tunes become comprehensible to you, and much more. Regardless of your current playing level or preferred style of music, this fundamental overview of music applies to both acoustic upright and electric bassists and teaches you the components you need to know to successfully perform with other musicians.



John Goldsby - Jazz Bowing Techniques For The Improvising Bassist


John Goldsby
This newly revised edition of Jazz Bowing Techniques For The Improvising Bassist by John Goldsby is the complete approach to improvising arco jazz with step-by-step instructions, exercises, diagrams, and a CD of play-along tracks. Featured transcriptions consist of performances by Slam Stewart, Jimmy Blanton, Paul Chambers, Eddie Gomez, and John Goldsby.



Feliciano Arango - Cuban Timba - A Contemporary Bass Technique


Feliciano Arango
Written and recorded in Havana, Cuba by the master of Timba bass, Feliciano Arango, Cuban Timba - A Contemporary Bass Technique provides a systematic study of the evolution of Cuban Timba bass styles and beyond. Through a practical and comprehensive approach, the book features transcriptions and explanations of the key concepts included on the accompanying 75-track audio CD.



Jim Stinnett - Secret Chambers


Jim Stinnett
Secret Chambers is a comparative analysis of Paul Chambers' influential style by the world's foremost authority on Paul Chambers and Berklee College of Music professor Jim Stinnett. Chambers was a master of the bebop style, and he is often referred to as "the Bird of the bass." Chambers was an integral part of many classic jazz recordings released during the 1950's and '60's. This book features 70 transcribed solos as performed by Chambers. 68 of these solos have been compiled from several previously released publications by Stinnett Music including The Music Of Paul Chambers, Arcology, and PC3. This analysis provides insight to Chambers' phrasing and tendencies as a soloist.



Jim Stinnett - 12 Keys To Success


Jim Stinnett
12 Keys To Success contains 78 etudes for the bassist who desires to develop his technical command of the instrument. These etudes have been organized by key centers and represent three studies in each major and minor key. Accompanying this book is a CD which features performances of select etudes to provide inspiration and demonstrate a musical framework for study.



Stuart Clayton - The John Entwistle Bass Book


John Entwistle
The John Entwistle Bass Book from Bassline Publishing spotlights the classic bass lines recorded by Entwistle throughout his career as a member of The Who. It contains 19 complete transcriptions in both standard notation and tablature along with chord symbols and performance notes. This book also features a detailed profile of Entwistle's career, an analysis of his unique playing techniques, and information on the equipment he used. The transcriptions include "Won't Get Fooled Again," "Baba O'Riley," "Behind Blue Eyes," "Call Me Lightning," "5:15," "Happy Jack," "My Generation," "Pinball Wizard," "The Real Me" (2 Versions), "The Seeker," "Sparks," "Substitute," "Boris The Spider," "Heaven & Hell," "My Wife," "Success Story," "Dreaming From The Waist," and "Who Are You?"



Marcus Miller - The Best Of Marcus Miller


Marcus Miller
The Best Of Marcus Miller features 23 transcriptions from the Grammy-winning bassist and session player extraordinare. Written in standard notation and tablature, this 256-page book includes the tracks "Big Time," "Blast," "Boomerang," "Bruce Lee," "Could It Be You," "Ethiopia," "Forevermore," "Funny," "La Villette," "Lonnie's Lament," "Maputo," "Mountain Dance," "Nikki's Groove," "Panther," "Power," "Rampage," "Rio Funk," "Run For Cover," "Scoop," "Strum," "3 Deuces," "Tutu," and "What Is Hip."



Jon Liebman - Bass Grooves - The Ultimate Collection


Jon Liebman
Bass Grooves - The Ultimate Collection by Jon Liebman features a comprehensive compilation of 150 different grooves in a wide variety of styles including blues, jazz, rock, funk, R&B, reggae, country, latin, hip-hop, and gospel. With a foreword by "Late Show With David Letterman" bassist Will Lee, it is endorsed by Stuart Hamm, Francis "Rocco" Prestia, Brian Bromberg, Alexis Sklarevski, Steve Bailey, and many others. Included with the book is a CD that demonstrates each of the grooves.



Anthony Vitti - Odd Time Sight Reading For Bass


Anthony Vitti
Anthony Vitti is a professor of bass at Berklee College of Music where he graduated with a degree in Music Production and Engineering in 1986 and has been teaching since 1989. At Berklee, Vitti specializes in sight reading and contemporary styles of playing including slap bass and fingerstyle R&B. Since he founded his own publishing company, DaaDoo Music, in 1995, Vitti has authored some of the most advanced books for bass players. To help you feel more comfortable in navigating through odd meters, Odd Time Sight Reading For Bass contains a collection of bass lines in a wide variety of time signatures with different tempos and feels. Along with the book, Vitti also provides downloadable drum grooves so that you can hear the original feel he had in mind when writing the grooves.



Chuck Bianchi - Walking Basslines
A Guide To Creating And Improvising Jazz Basslines


Chuck Bianchi
Walking Basslines: A Guide To Creating And Improvising Jazz Basslines by Chuck Bianchi supplies the beginning to intermediate level bassist with a vocabulary of walking basslines and concepts for improvising. Written in standard notation, this spiral bound book contains a series of exercises that introduce root motion, chord tones, scale patterns, and chromatic approach notes along with the scales, modes, and arpeggios that correspond with the chords in the progression. The basslines start with basic quarter note rhythms and then add rhythmic interest through different embellishments such as skips, ghost skips, syncopations, and triplets. After purchasing this book, you are provided with a downloadable collection of audio tracks featuring the piano accompaniment panned to the left channel and the bass to the right for your isolation as play-alongs. This title is also available as a downloadable eBook.



Tower Of Power - Best Of Tower Of Power For Bass


Tower Of Power
Best Of Tower Of Power For Bass features transcriptions of 15 funk favorites as recorded by the legendary Rocco Prestia. This collection of transcriptions contains "Can't You See (You're Doing Me Wrong)," "Credit," "Diggin' On James Brown," "Don't Change Horses (In The Middle Of The Stream)," "Down To The Nightclub," "So Very Hard To Go," "Soul Vaccination," "Soul With A Capital "S"," "There's Only So Much Oil In The Ground," "This Time It's Real," "This Type Of Funk," "What Is Hip," "You Got To Funkafize," "You Ought To Be Havin' Fun," and "You're Still A Young Man."



Bass Virtuosos - Bass Virtuosos


Bass Virtuosos
Bass Virtuosos contains note-for-note bass transcriptions of 24 tunes by bassists such as Victor Wooten, Jaco Pastorius, Stanley Clarke, James Jamerson, Larry Graham, and many others. It also features a rare interview with Jaco. The transcriptions include "Amazing Grace," "Bernadette," "Birdland," "Coyote," "Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes," "DMV," "Donna Lee," "Down To The Nightclub," "Funk Me Tender," "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat," "Hair," "I Want You Back," "Jerry Was A Race Car Driver," "Lost Without U," "NV43345," "Roundabout," "School Days," "Shy Boy," "Sleigh Ride," "Terminal Beach," "Tree," "What Is Hip," and "You Can Call Me Al."



Joe Santerre - Fingerstyle Funk Bass Lines


Joe Santerre
With Fingerstyle Funk Bass Lines by Berklee College of Music professor Joe Santerre, you will learn the art of creating fingerstyle funk bass grooves. Regardless of your playing level, this book will help you understand the bass lines found in your favorite funk tunes and inspire you to build your own funk grooves. In addition to developing fingerstyle funk technique, learning proper hand position and muting, and how to identify the typical scales and chords utilized in funk bass lines, you can jam with the play-along tracks on the accompanying CD. There are also sections where you can write out your own funk grooves. This collection of funk grooves and exercises has been notated in both standard notation and tablature.



Stuart Clayton - Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards:
Funk & Disco Grooves For Bass & Guitar


Stuart Clayton
Covering the work of the legendary guitarist Nile Rogers and bassist Bernard Edwards, Funk & Disco Grooves For Bass & Guitar features complete guitar and bass transcriptions from 20 of the greatest songs the duo composed for acts such as Chic, Sister Sledge, Carly Simon, and Diana Ross. Transcriptions include "Good Times," "Le Freak," "We Are Family," "He's The Greatest Dancer," "Dance Dance Dance," "I Want Your Love," "Everybody Dance," "My Forbidden Lover," "Burn Hard," "Chic Cheer," "My Feet Keep Dancing," "I'm Coming Out," "Why," "Strike Up The Band," "Upside Down," "My Old Piano," "Thinking Of You," "Lost In Music," "Happy Man," and "Pretty Baby."



Chuck Bianchi - Beyond Basslines: From Bach To Brahms


Chuck Bianchi
Featuring masterpieces from the classical repertoire, Beyond Basslines: From Bach To Brahms contains 11 solos and 5 duets compiled for bass guitar by Chuck Bianchi. While developing an appreciation of the electric bass as an unaccompanied instrument, you will build your dexterity and finger independence through the music of the great composers such as Bach, Haydn, Handel, Chopin, Brahms, Mozart, and Beethoven. Selected arrangements consist of "Bouree" (Handel), "Menuet I" (Cello Suite No. 1 - Bach), "Menuet II" (Cello Suite No. 1 - Bach), "Gigue" (Cello Suite No. 2 - Bach), "Scherzo" (Piano Sonata No. 3 - Haydn), "Presto" (Piano Sonata No. 5 - Haydn), "Mazurka" (Chopin), "Trio" (Cello Sonata No. 1 - Brahms), "Divertissement" (Mozart), and "Menuet In G Major" (Beethoven). In addition to the standard notation and tablature, midi files for each piece are also included.



Stuart Hamm - Stuart Hamm Bass Transcriptions: Outbound & Beyond


Stuart Hamm
Stuart Hamm Bass Transcriptions: Outbound & Beyond by U.K. bassist Stuart Clayton is a book of transcriptions which features 17 songs including each track from Outbound, Hamm's fourth studio production as a solo artist, along with his arrangements of standards from the piano repertoire such as Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" and Debussy's "Dr. Gradus Ad Parnassum" (Radio Free Albemuth) as well as Bach's "Prelude In C" (Kings Of Sleep). Other transcriptions consist of Hamm's renowned live bass medley, "Quahogs Anyone?" (The Urge), and "Wrong & Strong" (Show Me What You Can Do), "Nostalgia" (The Light Beyond), and "November" (GHS3) which Hamm recorded as a member of the fusion trio GHS alongside Frank Gambale and Steve Smith. In addition to the transcribed pieces, which are presented in standard notation and tablature with chord symbols, this book contains Hamm's biography, information on his instruments, and detailed performance notes for each track with personal comments from Hamm.



Stuart Clayton - Ultimate Slap Bass


Stuart Clayton
Ultimate Slap Bass is an in-depth slap bass method written by U.K. bassist Stuart Clayton that covers practically every aspect of slap bass techniques from the absolute basics through advanced techniques and demonstrates how to utilize these concepts in combination with other techniques in a musical fashion. Included within this book are over 200 exercises which are also featured on two accompanying audio CD's, a history of slap bass techniques, and biographies of the primary contributors to slap bass playing. There are also interviews with several of today's most recognized slap bass players including Marcus Miller, Stuart Hamm, Mark King, Stanley Clarke, Ray Riendeau, and Victor Wooten.



Chuck Bianchi - Exposed: Solo Music For Unaccompanied Electric Bass


Chuck Bianchi
In order to expand the repertoire of solo bass music, Chuck Bianchi, has published Exposed: Solo Music For Unaccompanied Electric Bass. This book features complete transcriptions of the 4 original solo bass compositions from Bianchi's debut recording project, Dreaming Out Loud. Within his music, Bianchi, a graduate of the Berklee College of Music, explores the use of two-handed tapping techniques, harmonics, chords, altered tunings, and counterpoint on bass guitar. In addition to transcribing "December," "Campfires In The Sky," "Imaginary Day," and "Where Tigers Dance" in both standard notation and tablature, Bianchi has also included special performance notes to help guide you through the performance of each piece.



Scott Hubbell - Fretboard Arcanum


Scott Hubbell
From the author of Fretboard Alchemy, Scott Hubbell has released Fretboard Arcanum. The primary focus of this book is to assist bassists with their ability to solo effectively utilizing a vertical approach. Although the examples contained within this book are geared more towards soloing on bass, many of the concepts can be applied to creating bass lines as well. Included within this book are hundreds of exercises which are presented in both standard notation and tablature that will not only provide ideas for soloing but also help in establishing a basic understanding of chord structures, expanding fretboard familiarity, improving ear training, and building technique.



Anthony Vitti - Slap Bass Soloing


Anthony Vitti
Anthony Vitti is an associate professor of bass at the Berklee College of Music where he graduated with a degree in Music Production and Engineering in 1986 and has been teaching since 1989. At Berklee, Vitti specializes in sight reading and contemporary styles of playing including slap bass and fingerstyle R&B. Since he founded his own publishing company, DaaDoo Music, in 1995, Vitti has authored some of the most advanced materials for bass players. In his latest book, Slap Bass Soloing, Vitti presents a total of 60 slap bass examples along with 3 songs to practice soloing on that are geared towards those players who already have some experience with slap bass playing. There are 20 grooves in the book, and each one contains 3 variations. The first version outlines the basic idea, and each subsequent variation gets progressively more complex in rhythm and technique. With the book, you will also receive access to a web page where Vitti has posted the actual drum grooves he played to in the book in MP3 format which you can then download and use for practicing the material as well as examples of Vitti soloing on the tunes so you can compare your ideas.



Jim Stinnett - All Cows Eat Grass


Jim Stinnett
All Cows Eat Grass is an advanced reading book including dynamics, articulations, odd time signatures, style indications, and musical terms. Chapter one of ACEG is simply more reading material. The style of presentation and choice of material is quite similar to Reading In Bass Clef but at a higher level. Chapter two is a collection of bass riffs. These short patterns are standard repertoire. Chapter three consists of duets, trios, and quartets in various styles and at various levels of difficulty. Chapter four is a method for expanding your study of reading music. The exercises and music presented here will help you develop the skill to become an excellent reader of music.



Jim Stinnett - PC3 - The Music Of Paul Chambers Vol. 3


Jim Stinnett
PC3 is simply more of the best! Twenty-three transcribed bass solos as performed by Paul Chambers. A unique feature of this book are multiple takes of the same tune for comparison and analysis. The song list includes: "I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm," "Minor Rundown," "Sunrise In Mexico," "I Didn't Know What Time It Was," "Seepin'," "Tadd�s Delight," "Old Folks," "Sonny�s Crib," and as a special treat, "What Is This Thing Called Love" and "I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm," which feature PC in a duo performance with Art Blakey.



John Patitucci - 60 Melodic Etudes For Acoustic And Electric Bass


John Patitucci
60 Melodic Etudes For Acoustic And Electric Bass is a new book of studies by John Patitucci, one of the most popular and accomplished bass players in the business. The new publication offers players great tools to help them develop their skills. Bassists can advance their knowledge of the fingerboard, improve intonation and their ability to keep time, develop their flexibility and work through all of the modes and scales that are presented in the book. This folio combines music and techniques derived from the wisdom and experience of this world renowned bass player.



Mike Downes - The Jazz Bass Line Book


Mike Downes
The Jazz Bass Line Book is a comprehensive approach to the construction of improvised bass lines. Intended for beginners and professionals alike, the book deals with playing in "2", creating walking bass lines, 3/4 time, using a "broken feel", modal and slash-chord harmony, ballads and much more. Each chapter is full of fundamental and advanced concepts and ideas, accompanied by transcribed examples from the masters of jazz bass playing.



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Rocky Mountain Bass Slam - May 17th, 2015


Longmont, CO - 04/30/2015

It's that time of year again when bass players and lovers of the low frequencies come together in Denver, Colorado. This will be the 8th year of celebrating the bass Colorado-style.

This year's event will once again be hosted by the Oriental Theater in Denver which is a beautiful venue with plenty of seating and a great sound system. The event honors the bass in different formats from solo to duo to multi-bass jams. The instrument is showcased in its many diverse styles of music from rock to funk to jazz to the unknown. The Slam also raises funds in order to donate some bass guitar equipment to local beneficiaries. Our goal is to put a bass guitar in the hands of youth who normally may not have access to the beautiful instrument of the bass.

This year's headliners are a fan favorite, Doug Johns, from Ohio with his funky bass and drum duo. Also, new performer Grant Stinnett from Boston will be offering a set of solo bass compositions that will make your head spin. There will numerous performances from local bassists doing their thing throughout the day.

The event raises funds through admission and raffles during the event. You could have a chance to win a bass, strings, straps, lessons and more thanks to all of our sponsors that support this event.

There will be a bass/drum clinic on Saturday May 16th at Mojo's Music Academy in Longmont. The headliners Doug Johns and Grant Stinnett will share their skills in the classroom and spark new ideas in your playing. Join our music community for a weekend of bass this coming May.

For more information, please visit: RockyMountainBassSlam.com and MojosMusicAcademy.com.




Aguilar Amplification Announces AG 4M/J-HC And AG 5M/J-HC Pickups


Aguilar Amplification
New York, NY - 04/09/2015

Aguilar, the leading edge USA manufacturer of high quality bass pickups, is pleased to announce the AG 4M/J-HC and AG 5M/J-HC pickup sets. These calibrated sets include one of Aguilar's AG 4M or 5M pickup for the bridge position and the AG 4J-HC or 5J-HC pickup for the neck position.

The AG 4M and 5M humbucking pickups are wired in parallel to recreate the classic Stingray tone - crisp treble, articulate midrange and thunderous lows. They feature 42-gauge Formvar wire and Alnico V magnets. Gard Lewis of Roscoe Guitars says the AG 5M pickups have "all of the grit and grind of a classic Stingray pickup, but with more even string-to-string response and tighter lows."

By adding the AG 4J-HC or AG 5J-HC pickup, you can enjoy the deep, resonant tone of a neck position, Jazz Bass pickup without any 60-cycle hum. This pickup has a split-coil design that utilizes Alnico V magnets and 42-gauge Formvar wire � 43-gauge Polyester/Nylon wire for the AG 5J-HC � for classic Jazz Bass tone that works for all playing styles.

The AG 4M/J-HC and AG 5M/J-HC pickup sets offer players all of the characteristics that Aguilar pickups are known for � excellent string-to-string balance, consistency of tone and rich harmonic content. They sound great passive or active. When paired with an onboard preamp, such as Aguilar's OBP-1, 2 or 3, bassists will have the ultimate in tonal flexibility.

Like all Aguilar pickups, the AG 4M/J-HC and AG 5M/J-HC are wound in Aguilar's NYC factory. They are available now and carry a US street price of $199.00 for the AG 4M/J-HC and $224.00 for the AG 5M/J-HC.

Since their release in 2010, Aguilar pickups have become the new standard for exceptional bass guitar pickups. Providing the rich, musical tone that Aguilar gear is known for, Aguilar pickups are used by top luthiers and bass players the world over. Whether you are looking for period-correct vintage flavors or the most modern tones; Aguilar has the pickup for your bass.

Your bass has a voice, let it be heard.

Aguilar pickups are used by many famous bass players including Bryant Siono (Jennifer Lopez), Felix Pastorius, Branden Campbell (Neon Trees), James Cook (Luke Bryan) and Janek Gwizdala (Mike Stern).

For more information, please visit: AguilarAmp.com.



Aguilar Amplification Announces The Super Double Pickups


Aguilar Amplification
New York, NY - 02/18/2015

Aguilar, the leading edge USA manufacturer of high quality bass pickups is pleased to announce the Super Double pickups.

Available for four, five and six string basses, the Super Double pickups feature two rows of Alnico 5 pole pieces that create a thick yet articulate tone, complete with hum-canceling performance. Paired with Aguilar's OBP-1, 2 or 3 onboard preamp, bassists will have an aggressive and rich tone palette.

Like all Aguilar pickups, the Super Double pickups are wound in Aguilar's NYC factory. They feature 42-gauge Formvar wire and Alnico 5 magnets and are a direct replacement for many standard soap bar sizes.

The Super Double pickups will be shipping early April with a US street price of $195 for the 4 string model, $225 for the 5 string model, and $255 for the 6 string model.

Since their release in 2010, Aguilar pickups have become the new standard for exceptional bass guitar pickups. Providing the rich, musical tone that Aguilar gear is known for, Aguilar pickups are used by top luthiers and bass players the world over. Whether you are looking for period-correct vintage flavors or the most modern tones; Aguilar has the pickups for your bass.

For more information, please visit: AguilarAmp.com.



Aguilar Amplification Announces The Fuzzistor Bass Fuzz Pedal


Aguilar Amplification
New York, NY - 01/15/2015

Aguilar Amplification, an industry leader in creating high-quality amplifiers, speaker cabinets, effects pedals and pickups for discerning bass players is pleased to announce the Fuzzistor bass fuzz pedal.

Delivering the deep and textured tone that Aguilar bass pedals are famous for - crank up the fuzz and 1971 will be in the house!

The Fuzzistor provides classic silicone transistor distortion with complete control over the BLEND of the clean and Fuzz sound, amount of FUZZ from subtle to crushing, LEVEL for gain matching, and TILT EQ that changes the harmonic structure of the Fuzz from booming to gnarly.

Features:
- Silicone transistor distortion
- Intuitive four knob control layout
- Gig-saver bypass (signal passes even if your battery dies)
- Powered by a nine-volt battery or optional universal power supply
- Heavy duty steel construction
- Three-year limited warranty

The Fuzzistor is available at authorized Aguilar dealers and carries a US street price of $159.00.

Aguilar Amplification is a manufacturer of high quality bass amplification, pickups, preamps and effects pedals located in NYC. Many of the world's greatest musicians have chosen to use Aguilar. Our list of endorsers includes world famous jazz bassists Gary Willis and John Patitucci, rock stars Jeph Howard (The Used) and Chris Chaney (Jane's Addiction), funk legends Paul Turner (Jamiroquai) and Larry Graham.

For more information, please visit: AguilarAmp.com.



Aguilar Amplification Announces Limited Edition SL 112 - "Bass Cabernet"


Aguilar Amplification
New York, NY - 11/25/2014

Aguilar Amplification is proud to announce a new SL 112 in "Bass Cabernet," a limited addition color for 2015. Only 250 units of the SL 112 will be built using this striking color and finish. Each "Bass Cabernet" will feature a custom "Limited Edition" label on the crossover.

Known the world over, the SL 112 features neodymium drivers and custom crossovers. These cabinets are an inspiring blend of modern technology with a classic vibe.

The SL 112 in "Bass Cabernet" will be released in January 2015 and carries a US street price of $749.00.

Aguilar Amplification is a manufacturer of high quality bass amplification, pickups, preamps and effects pedals located in NYC. Many of the world's greatest musicians have chosen to use Aguilar. Our list of endorsers includes James Cook (Luke Bryan), Jimmy Haslip (Jeff Lorber), Tully Kennedy (Jason Aldean), Tony Grey (Hiromi), Alex Webster (Cannibal Corpse) and Felix Pastorius (The Yellowjackets).

For more information, please visit: AguilarAmp.com.



Aguilar Amplification Announces The Chorasaurus Bass Chorus Pedal


Aguilar Amplification
New York, NY - 10/20/2014

Aguilar Amplification, an industry leader in creating high-quality amplifiers, speaker cabinets, effects pedals and pickups for discerning bassists, is pleased to announce the Chorusaurus bass chorus pedal.

Providing the warm, rich tone that Aguilar gear is famous for, the Chorusaurus uses analog, bucket-brigade technology for lush, organic chorusing.

The Chorusaurus gives bassists unparalleled control of their tone with an intuitive, four-knob layout. BLEND controls the ratio of dry and wet signals. The RATE, INTENSITY AND WIDTH controls provide maximum tonal sculpting. Now you can dial in subtle swirling textures, extreme chorusing or anything in between!

Features:
- Uses analog Bucket-Brigade technology
- Stereo or Mono output
- Gig-saver bypass (signal passes even if your battery dies)
- Can be powered by a nine-volt battery or optional universal power supply
- Heavy duty steel construction
- Three-year limited warranty

The Chorusarus will be released in late November 2014 and carries a US street price of $199.00.

Aguilar Amplification is a manufacturer of high quality bass amplification, pickups, preamps and effects pedals located in NYC. Many of the world's greatest musicians have chosen to use Aguilar. Our list of endorsers includes James Cook (Luke Bryan), Jimmy Haslip (Jeff Lorber), Tully Kennedy (Jason Aldean), Tony Grey (Hiromi), Alex Webster (Cannibal Corpse) and Felix Pastorius (The Yellowjackets).

For more information, please visit: AguilarAmp.com.



Aguilar Amplification Welcomes Wojtek Pilichowski To Its Artist Roster


Aguilar Amplification
New York, NY - 10/03/2014

Aguilar Amplification, maker of high-quality amplifiers, speaker cabinets, pickups and effects pedals for bassists is pleased to announce the addition of Polish bass Phenom Wojtek Pilichowski to their endorsing artist roster. Wojtek is using the now legendary DB 751 head and two DB 410 speaker cabinets.

Of his new rig, Wojtek enthuses: "The DB751 head with two DB410 cabinets sounds like no other. It provides great power with clarity and dynamics. Aguilar is the next level in quality and versatility both on stage and in the studio."

As a solo artist, Wojtek has released 12 albums; his most recent, Intro, fuses Jazz improvisation with electronic influences. As an educator, Wojtek is the Artistic Director of the Muzyczna Owczarnia workshops as well as a popular clinician. In November he will appear at Bass Player Live in Los Angeles.

Aguilar Amplification is a manufacturer of high quality bass amplification, pickups, preamps and effects pedals located in NYC. Many of the world's greatest musicians have chosen to use Aguilar. Our list of endorsers includes James Cook (Luke Bryan), Jimmy Haslip (Jeff Lorber), Tully Kennedy (Jason Aldean), Tony Grey (Hiromi), Ron Johnson (Gregg Allman) and Felix Pastorius (The Yellowjackets).

For more information, please visit: AguilarAmp.com.



Aguilar And Fodera Announce A Clinic With Bassist Tony Grey


Aguilar Amplification
New York, NY - 08/28/2014

Aguilar Amplification, maker of high-quality bass amplification, pickups, preamps and effects pedals for bassists and Fodera Guitars are pleased to announce a clinic with bassist Tony Grey.

One of the freshest voices on the modern Jazz scene, Grey is renowned for his melodic style of playing as well as his versatility as an accompanist. In addition to his four releases as a bandleader - including his most recent album 2013's Elevation - Grey has recorded and/or performed with Hiromi, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Tomoyasu Hotei.

For this clinic, Tony will be bringing special guests � keyboardist Cliff Barnes and drummer David Throckmorton � to demonstrate the interplay between improvising musicians and developing a groove within this format.

The event will be held at the Aguilar Artist Loft in NYC on Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at 7 PM. In addition to the clinic, guests will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from Aguilar and Fodera and to try out gear from both companies. There will also be raffles to win prizes from Aguilar and DR Strings!

For those unable to attend in person, the event will also be streamed online at the following link: https://new.livestream.com/aguilaramp/tonygreyclinic

Tickets are $5 per person and all proceeds from tickets sales will go directly to benefit Little Kids Rock (www.littlekidsrock.org)!

Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance from Aguilar's web store at the following link: https://store.aguilaramp.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=Clinic-Fee5

Tony Grey Clinic
Aguilar Artists Loft - Chelsea
Thursday, September 25th, 2014
148 W 24th Street, 5th Fl.
NYC, NY 10011
Doors open at 6:00, Clinic at 7:00 PM
$5 per person � tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door.
RSVP to the following email address: info@aguilaramp.com. Seating is limited!

Aguilar Amplification is a manufacturer of high quality bass amplification, pickups, preamps and effects pedals located in NYC. Many of the world's greatest musicians have chosen to use Aguilar. Our list of endorsers includes James Cook (Luke Bryan), Jimmy Haslip (Jeff Lorber), Tully Kennedy (Jason Aldean), Tony Grey (Hiromi), Ron Johnson (Gregg Allman) and Felix Pastorius (The Yellowjackets).

For more information, please visit: AguilarAmp.com.



Aguilar Amplification Donates Adam Clayton's Bass Rig From U2 360 Tour To Benefit Music Rising


Aguilar Amplification
New York, NY - 05/13/2014

"Aguilar Amplification was very proud to be involved in U2's record-breaking '360 Tour'", says Aguilar President Dave Boonshoft. "While we loved having two of Adam Clayton's bass rigs from that tour here at Aguilar HQ, we thought that when the time was right, we would donate them to the charity of our choice. The time has come and we are happy to announce that this gear will be auctioned on Saturday, May 17th through Julien's Auctions to benefit Music Rising."

The gear includes two DB 750 heads (which have been autographed by Adam), two DB 410 cabinets and two DB 115 cabinets. These are being auctioned as separate lots � not complete rigs.

The 'Music Icons, Legends and Rebels' auction will take place on May 17th and feature a jaw-dropping array of memorabilia from The Beatles, Michael Jackson and U2. The U2-related items can be found on pages 220, 221 and 222 of the online catalog.

http://www.juliensauctions.com/auctions/2014/music-icons/icatalog-accept.html

Aguilar Amplification is a manufacturer of high quality bass amplification, pickups, preamps and effects pedals located in NYC. Many of the world's greatest musicians have chosen to use Aguilar. Our list of endorsers includes James Cook (Luke Bryan), Jimmy Haslip (Jeff Lorber), Tully Kennedy (Jason Aldean), Tony Grey (Hiromi), Ron Johnson (Gregg Allman) and Felix Pastorius (The Yellowjackets).

For more information, please visit: AguilarAmp.com.



Aguilar Amplification And Fodera Guitars Announce Master Class With Bassist Anthony Wellington


New York, NY - 05/06/2014

Aguilar Amplification, maker of high-quality bass amplification, pickups, preamps and effects pedals for bassists and Fodera Guitars are pleased to announce an Artist Series Master Class with bassist Anthony Wellington. Known for his tenure as second bassist with The Victor Wooten Band and as one of the most in-demand bass teachers on the East Coast, Wellington is sure to deliver a master class that will challenge and inspire bassists of all levels.

The event will be held at the Aguilar Artist Loft in NYC on Tuesday, June 17th, 2014 at 7pm. In addition to the clinic, guests will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from Aguilar and Fodera and to try out gear from both companies. There will also be raffles to win prizes from Aguilar, Reunion Blues, Gruv Gear and DR Strings!

For those unable to attend in person, the event will also be streamed online at the following link: https://new.livestream.com/aguilaramp/anthonywellingtonclinic

Tickets are $5 per person and all proceeds from tickets sales will go directly to benefit Little Kids Rock (www.littlekidsrock.org)!

Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance from Aguilar's web store at the following link: https://store.aguilaramp.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=Clinic-Fee4

Anthony Wellington Master Class
Aguilar Artist Loft - Chelsea
Tuesday June 17th, 2014
148 W 24th Street, 5th Fl.
NYC, NY 10011
Doors open at 6:00, Clinic at 7:00 pm
$5 per person � tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door.

Aguilar Amplification is a manufacturer of high quality bass amplification, pickups, preamps and effects pedals located in NYC. Many of the world's greatest musicians have chosen to use Aguilar. Our list of endorsers includes James Cook (Luke Bryan), Jimmy Haslip (Jeff Lorber), Tully Kennedy (Jason Aldean), Tony Grey (Hiromi), Ron Johnson (Gregg Allman) and Felix Pastorius (The Yellowjackets).

For more information, please visit: AguilarAmp.com.



Mile High Bass Camp Returns To Longmont
Followed Up By Annual Rocky Mountain Bass Slam


Longmont, CO - 04/28/2014

World renowned bassists Doug Johns and Quintin Berry are coming back to Colorado for a second time. Mojo's Music Academy in Longmont is gearing up for their sixth hosting of the Mile High Bass Camp. As always, we will be presenting the best in music education and musicianship to a room full of not only bassists but also drummers of all abilities and ages, leaving everyone inspired and wanting to get home and practice.

Doug Johns � Bass Player Live Concerts, Doug Johns Duo, Endorsed by Pedulla Basses

Quintin Berry � Bassist for The UglyStik Band, Performed with Victor Wooten, Signature bass by Spector

Thursday, May 15th
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Live Performance/Clinic at Mojo's Music Academy in Longmont CO
$10.00
Tickets can be purchased online at: MojosMusicAcademy.com.

Saturday, May 17th
Day 2 of Mile High Bass Camp with private lessons by Doug Johns and Quintin Berry from 10 AM � 12 PM
Call or e-mail Mojo's Music to reserve your lesson times - 303-776-3373 or paul@mojosmusicacademy.com.

Sunday, May 18 is the Grand Finale - The 7th Annual Rocky Mountain Bass Slam
The RMBS is a celebration of Colorado bass talent of all styles. This event is for all music lovers - especially those who dig the bottom dwelling bass players in our music community.

This annual event celebrates the commitment to the GROOVE and raises money to donate bass guitars to individual youth�and music programs at local schools or communities in Colorado.��This year we will be donating a bass to the Blue Star Connection - a local charity organization that puts musical instruments in the hands of children patients. The 2014�event will be held on May 18th,�2014 from 1:00 - 6:00 PM. This year we are bringing the bass slam back to the Historical Oriental Theater in Denver. Doug Johns and Quintin Berry will perform at the event. Numerous local bass players will be taking the stage as well throughout the day. The day consists of bass performances of all styles and scenarios from solo to duo, some with a drummer, and some with 3 bass players. Bottom line, it's all about the bass.

We have a great number of sponsors involved that donate product for the event so we can raise funds to at least break even in our investment. This year sponsors include the International Institute of Bassists, Premier Bass Guitars, Spector Basses, and Boulder Drums. Please join us this year for another successful event.

For more information, please visit: RockyMountainBassSlam.com.



Aguilar 4M & 5M Music Man-Style Pickups


New York, NY - 03/28/2014

The AG 4 and 5M pickups recreate the classic Stingray tone while adding all of the characteristics that Aguilar pickups are known for � excellent string-to-string balance, consistency of tone and rich harmonic content. These pickups are wired in parallel to give players crisp treble, articulate midrange and thunderous lows. Paired with an onboard preamp, such as Aguilar's OBP-1, 2 or 3, and bassists' will have the ultimate in tonal flexibility.



Like all Aguilar pickups, the AG 4 and 5M pickups are wound in Aguilar's NYC factory. They feature 42-gauge Formvar wire and Alnico V magnets and are a direct replacement for this style of humbucking pickup.

For more information, please visit: AguilarAmp.com.



Aguilar Amplification And Roscoe Guitars Announce Master Class With Bassist Jimmy Haslip


Aguilar Amplification
New York, NY - 03/04/2014

Aguilar Amplification, maker of high-quality bass amplification, pickups, preamps and effects pedals for bassists and Roscoe Guitars are pleased to announce an Artist Series Master Class with legendary bassist Jimmy Haslip.

Haslip has had a long and varied career as a bassist, composer and producer. A few of his select credits include being a founding member of The Yellowjackets as well as stints with Eric Marienthal, Allan Holdsworth, Donald Fagan and Jeff Lorber. Haslip is currently on the road with Lorber promoting the Grammy-nominated album Hacienda, where he shares bass, production and co-writing credits.

The event will be held at the Aguilar Artist Loft in NYC. Seating for this event is limited! Tickets are $5 per person and all proceeds from tickets sales will go directly to benefit Little Kids Rock (www.littlekidsrock.org)!

Tickets must be purchased in advance from Aguilar's web store at the following link: https://store.aguilaramp.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=Clinic-Fee3

Jimmy Haslip Master Class Clinic
Aguilar Artist Loft - Chelsea
Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
148 W 24th Street, 5th Fl.
NYC, NY 10011
$5 per person � tickets must be purchased in advance. Seating is limited!

Aguilar Amplification is a manufacturer of high quality bass amplification, pickups, preamps and effects pedals for bassists located in NYC. Many of the world's greatest musicians have chosen to use Aguilar. Our list of endorsers includes James Cook (Luke Bryan), Dallon Weekes (Panic! At the Disco), Tony Grey (Hiromi), Marcus Phillips (Jennifer Hudson), and Ron Johnson (Gregg Allman).

For more information, please visit: AguilarAmp.com.



Retiring Boutique Bass Builder Completes Last 10 Instruments


Redmond, OR - 01/28/2014

Lee Barker of Redmond, Oregon has been building his unique vertical electric basses for eleven years. In that time the instrument has toured with the Yanni orchestra, played by Hussain Jiffry; been played on stage by Brian Ritchie of Violent Femmes; and played on UK tours in Simon Goulding's hands.

Barker's decision to ease out of producing the colorful instruments was driven by an issue with his wrists. "I've been working in the trades for 37 years, and my hands are tired," he said. "Given the choice, I'd rather play a Barker Bass than make one." This, he says, also offers someone else the opportunity to continue and, he hopes, improve the line of instruments known for their striking stage presence and thick tone.

Barkers have been made in fretted and fretless fours and fives in the B1 model, and fretted fours in the P-bass inspired Brio. Materials are typically cherry and alder, but custom instruments have "run the gamut of special woods," he said. Those interested in purchasing from this last group of basses, or exploring a luthier opportunity, can contact Barker at barkerbass@bendcable.com or 541.923.2571.

For more information, please visit: BarkerBass.com.



Aguilar And Fodera Announce Master Class With Bassist Janek Gwizdala


Aguilar Amplification
New York, NY - 01/20/2014

Aguilar Amplification, maker of high-quality bass amplification, pickups, preamps and effects pedals for bassists and Fodera Guitars, are pleased to announce an Artist Series Master Class with Janek Gwizdala. This free clinic will be held on Tuesday, February 18th at Aguilar's Artist Loft in NYC.

For this special clinic, Janek will use performances to demonstrate his concepts for improvising within a small group setting as well as improvising with loops. The master class will also feature soon-to-be-announced guest musicians.

Over the past decade, Janek has proved to be a powerhouse force on the international modern Jazz scene where he has performed with Mike Stern, Randy Brecker, Peter Erskine and Pat Metheney among others. He has released five albums as a bandleader and is currently working on his sixth release. Janek is also a well-respected clinician and author, penning a monthly column for Bass Guitar Magazine UK. His most recent book is You're a Musician. Now What?

The event is free to attend but an email RSVP is necessary.

Janek Gwizdala Master Class Clinic
Aguilar Artists Loft - Chelsea
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
148 W 24th Street, 5th Fl.
NYC, NY 10011
Doors open at 6:00, Clinic at 7:00 pm
RSVP to the following email address: info@aguilaramp.com. Seating is limited!

Aguilar Amplification is a manufacturer of high quality bass amplification, pickups, preamps and effects pedals for bassists located in NYC. Many of the world's greatest musicians have chosen to use Aguilar. Our list of endorsers includes James Cook (Luke Bryan), Dallon Weekes (Panic! At the Disco), Tony Grey (Hiromi), Marcus Phillips (Jennifer Hudson), and Ron Johnson (Gregg Allman).

For more information, please visit: AguilarAmp.com.



Aguilar Announces The AG 4M And AG 5M Music Man-Style Bass Pickup


Aguilar Amplification
New York, NY - 01/08/2014

Aguilar, the leading edge USA manufacturer of high quality bass pickups, is pleased to announce the AG 4M and AG 5M humbucking pickups.

The AG 4 and 5M pickups recreate the classic Stingray tone while adding all of the characteristics that Aguilar pickups are known for � excellent string-to-string balance, consistency of tone and rich harmonic content. These pickups are wired in parallel to give players crisp treble, articulate midrange and thunderous lows. Paired with an onboard preamp, such as Aguilar's OBP-1, 2 or 3, and bassists' will have the ultimate in tonal flexibility.

Like all Aguilar pickups, the AG 4 and 5M pickups are wound in Aguilar's NYC factory. They feature 42-gauge Formvar wire and Alnico V magnets and are a direct replacement for this style of humbucking pickup.

The AG 4M and AG 5M pickups will be available in March 2014. The AG 4M will carry a street price of $109.00 while the AG 5M will street for $119.00.

Since their release in 2010, Aguilar pickups have become the new standard for exceptional bass guitar pickups. Providing the rich, musical tone that Aguilar gear is known for, Aguilar pickups are used by top luthiers and bass players the world over. Whether you are looking for period-correct vintage flavors or the most modern tones; Aguilar has the pickup for your bass.

Your bass has a voice, let it be heard.

Aguilar pickups are used by many famous bass players including Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Beck, NIN, and many others), Tony Grey (Hiromi), James Cook (Luke Bryan) and Janek Gwizdala (Mike Stern).

For more information, please visit: AguilarAmp.com.



GHS Unveils Big Core Bass Strings


GHS Bass Strings
Battle Creek, MI - 11/12/2013

Addressing the desire of modern bassists to utilize the entire range of the fretboard, GHS Strings introduces the Big Core Bass set, providing strings that continue to be articulate up to the 24th fret across all strings.

A combination of stainless steel and nickel-iron wraps allows for a clear and articulate tone with solid fundamental bass note accuracy. With the addition of a tapered E string, the Big Core Bass set has a consistent sound from string to string, with outstanding performance past the fifth fret on up.

Currently available exclusively in medium gauge (45-65-85-105), the core-to-cover ratio has been optimized for those musicians that may want to play in drop tunings, but not have to switch to a heavier gauge.

Big Core Bass strings are manufactured in Battle Creek, MI to the exacting standards that the most demanding player has come to expect from GHS Strings, and has an MSRP of $47.66.

For more information, please visit: GHSStrings.com.



Aguilar Amplification Welcomes Janek Gwizdala To Its Artist Roster


Aguilar Amplification
New York, NY - 10/28/2013

Aguilar Amplification, maker of high-quality amplifiers, speaker cabinets, pickups and effects pedals for bassists is pleased to announce the addition of Janek Gwizdala to their endorsing artist roster. Janek is currently using the celebrated Tone Hammer 500 head, two SL 112 speaker cabinets and the DCB soapbar pickups.

"I put a pair of DCB pickups in my [Fodera] bass and heard the true range of the instrument for the first time after owning it for years. The journey has now truly begun."

Over the past decade, Janek has proved to be a powerhouse force on the international modern Jazz scene where he has performed with Mike Stern, Randy Brecker, Peter Erskine and Pat Metheney among others. He has released five albums as a bandleader, the most recent being 2013's Theatre By The Sea.

Janek is also a well-respected clinician and author, penning a monthly column for Bass Guitar Magazine UK. His most recent book is You're a Musician. Now What?

Aguilar Amplification is a manufacturer of high quality bass amplifiers, speaker cabinets and accessories located in NYC. Many of the world's greatest musicians have chosen to use Aguilar. Our list of endorsers includes George Porter Jr. (The Meters), Tully Kennedy (Jason Aldean), "Ready" Freddie Washington (Steely Dan), Joe Karnes (Fitz and the Tantrums), Chris Chaney (Jane's Addiction) and Felix Pastorius (The Yellowjackets).

For more information, please visit: AguilarAmp.com.



Aguilar Announces Master Class With Kaveh Rastegar Of Kneebody


New York, NY - 08/30/2013

Aguilar Amplification, maker of high-quality bass amplifiers, speaker cabinets and accessories for bassists is pleased to announce an Artist Series Master Class with Kaveh Rastegar of jazz/improve group Kneebody. Kaveh's special guest for this clinic will be Kneebody drummer Nate Wood.

Since 2001, Kneebody has created a large audience for their brand of modern Jazz which tests the boundaries of the idiom by incorporating the energy of rock, the sophisticated ensemble playing of a chamber orchestra and the sonic landscapes of electronic music. Kneebody has been gearing up for a flurry of activity this fall as the group will release their new album � and Concord Records debut - The Line, on September 24th.

Looking forward to the clinic, Rategar says, "Among other things, we will be discussing playing as a versatile rhythm section. I also want to talk about how we approach grooves in an improvised setting, the cueing system of Kneebody, our new album The Line, and how my Aguilar gear is a part of all of that."

In addition to his work in Kneebody, Rastegar is also known internationally for his work with Italian superstar, Ligabue. He was also voted on the short-list of low-end talent for the past three years in the Downbeat magazine readers' poll. As a writer, Rastegar has collaborated with the likes of Bruno Mars, Cee Lo Green, Kimbra and Meshell Ndegeocello.

The event will be held in the new Aguilar Artists Loft in NYC. Seating for this event is limited! Tickets are $10 per person and must be purchased in advance from Aguilar's web store: https://store.aguilaramp.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=Clinic-Fee2.

Kaveh Rastegar Master Class Clinic
Aguilar Artists Loft - Chelsea
Thursday, September 26, 2013
148 W 24th Street, 5th Fl.
NYC, NY 10011
Doors open at 6:30, Clinic at 7:30 pm
$10 per person � tickets must be purchased in advance. Seating is limited!

Aguilar Amplification is a manufacturer of high quality bass amplifiers, speaker cabinets and accessories located in NYC. Many of the world's greatest musicians have chosen to use Aguilar. Our list of endorsers includes George Porter Jr. (The Meters), Tully Kennedy (Jason Aldean), Bill Dickens (Leo Nocentelli), Joe Karnes (Fitz and the Tantrums), Chris Chaney (Jane's Addiction) and Ron Johnson (Warren Haynes).

For more information, please visit: AguilarAmp.com.



Aguilar Announces The AG 5P-60 And AG 5P/J-HC Precision/Jazz Bass Pickup Sets


Aguilar Amplification
New York, NY - 08/22/2013

Aguilar, the leading edge USA manufacturer of high quality bass pickups, is pleased to announce the AG 5P-60 five-string P-Bass pickup and AG 5P/J-HC hum-canceling pickup set. The AG 5P/J-HC set brings together matched five-string Precision and Jazz-style pickups including Aguilar's AG 5P-60 P-Bass pickup and an AG 5J-HC bridge pickup.

"The AG 5P-60 pickup truly brings the classic sound of the '60's to today's five-string Precision basses," says Aguilar president Dave Boonshoft. "The five-string P-Bass has become much more prominent over the last ten years. After the massive success of our four-string AG 4P-60 we knew we had to bring the AG 5P-60 to fruition."

The Aguilar AG 5P/J-HC is a well-balanced set that provides a flexible array of Precision or Jazz Bass bridge pickup tones. Now you can get the thunderous lows of the neck pickup or the midrange cut of the bridge � or both - without 60 cycle hum!

Currently touring arenas all over the US with country superstar Luke Bryan, bassist James Cook requested a 5-string P/J from Roscoe Guitars to meet his various tonal needs for stage and studio use. The finished bass has the first set of AG 5P/J-HC released and Cook could not be happier � "I was immediately taken back by how warm, crisp and transparent these pickups are. I finally have all the tonal control I need in one bass because of Aguilar's pickups! I can go from that 'Jamerson sound' to 'Jaco' with just one turn of a knob.

Like all Aguilar pickups, the AG 5P-60 and AG 5P/J-HC set is wound in Aguilar's NYC factory. These pickups deliver the big, dynamic tone that Aguilar pickups are known for.

The AG 5P-60 will be available September 1st, 2013 and carry a street price of $119.00.

The AG 5P/J-HC pickup set will be available September 1st, 2013 and carry a street price of $209.00.

Since their release in 2010, Aguilar pickups have become the new standard for exceptional bass guitar pickups. Providing the rich, musical tone that Aguilar gear is known for, Aguilar pickups are used by top luthiers and bass players the world over. Whether you are looking for period-correct vintage flavors or the most modern tones; Aguilar has the pickup for your bass.

Your bass has a voice, let it be heard.

Aguilar pickups are used by many famous bass players including Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Beck, NIN, and many others), Anthony Wellington (Victor Wooten), James Cook (Luke Bryan) and Janek Gwizdala (Mike Stern).

For more information, please visit: AguilarAmp.com.



Tech 21 VT Bass DI


Tech 21
New York, NY - 08/01/2013

For the pro on the go, the VT Bass DI covers a lot of ground in a small footprint. This multi-function, multi-application format features three different outputs. You can complement your current rig, record direct, drive power amps and go direct to the PA. Just throw it in your gig bag and you're ready at a moment's notice.

Like its sibling, the original VT Bass, you can get the same legendary tower of power tone pumping through a stack of 10-inchers. This is for players who enjoy being heard. From chunky funk with the ubiquitous flip top, to the higher gain growl of indie rock. Want more? Lean on the Character control for the fat distortion of Crimson and King's X.

The VT Bass DI incorporates a Blend control to adjust the ratio of direct signal and SansAmp circuitry, and a Bite switch to engage a presence boost and a subsonic filter.

With the VT Bass DI, you can go from clean SVT-style thump to dirty earthquaking rump. No matter which way you dial it in, it all sounds massive.

For more information, please visit: Tech21NYC.com.



Victor Bailey Joins The Markbass Family


San Giovanni Teatino, Italy - 07/11/2013

Victor Bailey has joined the Markbass roster of endorsing artists. Since the late seventies, as a teenager, Victor Bailey has been recognized as one of the world's greatest bass players. He's been hailed in New York Times as "a bass player with gold plated credentials." Victor gained international recognition in the nineteen eighties as a member of jazz fusion supergroup Weather Report. He has made some of the most highly acclaimed and biggest selling solo records ever by any bassist, as a studio musician he has appeared on over one thousand records as bassist, keyboardist, vocalist, composer and producer. Victor Bailey has toured and recorded with artists as diverse as Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, Michael Brecker, Mary J. Blige, LL Cool J, Lady Gaga, and Madonna. He is also a prolific composer, producer and bandleader. His Victor Bailey Group and Victor Bailey V-Bop! band are both constantly in demand all over the world, and he keeps a non-stop touring and recording schedule. Victor is currently riding high on the phenomenal success of his latest CD, Slippin' N' Trippin'.

For more information, please visit: Markbass.it.



Phil Jones Bass Releases The Briefcase Ultimate


Phil Jones Bass
St. Louis, MO - 05/27/2013

Ever since its introduction into the bass amplification world 10 years ago, the Phil Jones Bass Briefcase has quickly become THE standard for fantastic sound and tone in a small, easy to carry enclosure. With over 5,000 PJB Briefcase amps in 28 countries, it was time to say "thank you!" with a special, limited edition of this classic amplifier: the PJB Briefcase Ultimate.

The first thing to notice is that the Briefcase Ultimate is now rated at 160 watts RMS (over the original 100). New higher power Piranha speakers with a larger voice coil and magnet system, combined with the new Rectangular Auxiliary Low Frequency Radiator (RALFR, originally introduced with the PJB Double Four) mean that the Ultimate plays louder, deeper and cleaner than the original Briefcase, which is a TALL order in and of itself. As per the original, the Ultimate can run on AC power or with a 12 volt rechargeable battery, for those times when you're playing on the street corner.

Available in late summer 2013, supplies are extremely limited. Email: info@philjonespuresound.com today to reserve your copy!

About Phil Jones Bass
With over 40 years experience in playing bass and perfecting sound, Phil Jones has unmatched passion and knowledge in the industry, which has yielded ground breaking designs and award-winning sound products. Known for their signature small looks and jaw-dropping volume and clarity, the Phil Jones Bass amplifiers have graced stages all over the world, as well as some of the most famous recording studios. Musicians like Kyle Eastwood, Pino Palladino, Nathan East, Doug Wimbish and Bob Babbitt have relied on the strong tone that PJB amps provide.

For more information, please visit: PhilJonesPureSound.com.



Aguilar Amplification Announces John Patitucci Master Class


John Patitucci
New York, NY - 05/27/2013

Aguilar Amplification, maker of high-quality bass amplifiers, speaker cabinets and accessories for bassists is pleased to announce the re-launch of their Artist Series Master Classes on Thursday, June 20, 2013 with Jazz great John Patitucci. In addition to the clinic's topic for the evening � Bass: The Funkiest Natural Element � John will also be performing in a duo setting with a soon-to-be-announced special guest!

During his illustrious, 25-year career, the multiple Grammy winner has recorded and/or performed with Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, B.B. King, Natalie Cole and Joao Gilberto among many, many others. His work on Chick Corea�s seminal Elektric band and Akoustic Band albums cemented his reputation as a musician of extraordinary range that is equally adept on both electric and upright bass.

The event will be held in the new Aguilar Studios location in NYC. Seating for this event is limited! Tickets are $20 per person and must be purchased in advance from Aguilar's web store: https://store.aguilaramp.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=Clinic-Fee.

John Patitucci Master Class Clinic
Aguilar Studios - Chelsea
Thursday, June 20, 2013
148 W 24th Street, 5th Fl.
NYC, NY 10011
Doors open at 6:30 PM, Clinic at 7:30 PM
$20 per person � tickets must be purchased in advance. Seating is limited!

Aguilar Amplification is a manufacturer of high quality bass amplifiers, speaker cabinets and accessories located in NYC. Many of the world's greatest musicians have chosen to use Aguilar. Our list of endorsers includes George Porter Jr. (The Meters), Tully Kennedy (Jason Aldean), Bill Dickens (Leo Nocentelli), Joe Karnes (Fitz and the Tantrums), Chris Chaney (Jane�s Addiction) and Ron Johnson (Warren Haynes).

For more information, please visit: AguilarAmp.com.



Mile High Bass Camp Returns To Longmont
Followed Up By Annual Rocky Mountain Bass Slam


Longmont, CO - 04/13/2013

World renowned bassists Chuck Rainey, Doug Johns, and Quintin Berry will share their knowledge for a half day on Saturday, June 8 from 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM.

Mojo's Music Academy in Longmont is gearing up for their fifth hosting of the Mile High Bass Camp. As always, we will be presenting the best in music education and musicianship to a room full of not only bassists but also drummers of all abilities and ages, leaving everyone inspired and wanting to get home and practice.

On Friday, June 7th, we kick off the weekend with some private instruction by Chuck Rainey and Doug Johns and drummer Jordan Simms. Lessons are held at Mojo's Music Academy from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Cost is $40 per 30 minutes or $80 per hour. Call or e-mail Mojo's Music Academy to reserve your lesson times - 303-776-3373 or paul@mojosmusicacademy.com.

Friday Night will be a live performance in Boulder from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM - "Bass Jam In The Canyon"
Featuring Chuck Rainey, Doug Johns, Quintin Berry, and Paul Rogalski - owner of Mojo's
$10.00 Donation
Eldorado Springs, Colorado
Eldorado Mountain Yoga Ashram
2875 County Road 67
Boulder, CO 80303
Open to the public and we hope to see you there.
Tickets can be purchased online at MojosMusicAcademy.com.

Saturday, Day 2 of the Mile High Bass Camp continues with more private lessons
Mojo's Music Academy
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
With Chuck Rainey, Doug Johns, and Quintin Berry
Call or e-mail Mojo's Music Academy to reserve your lesson time.

Saturday afternoon the festivities continue with a bass clinic. From 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM, Doug, Chuck, and Quintin at Mojo's Music Academy. They will take turns performing and talking about their different styles and will all sit for a roundtable question session as well. You can bring your bass if you'd like. You never know what can happen, or just come listen, take notes, and ask some questions.
$25.00
Call or e-mail to reserve your seat or online at MojosMusicAcademy.com.

Sunday, June 9th is the Grand Finale!
The 6th Annual Rocky Mountain Bass Slam
The RMBS is a celebration of Colorado bass talent of all styles. This event is for all music lovers - especially those who dig the bottom dwelling bass players in our music community.

This annual event celebrates the commitment to the GROOVE and raises money to donate bass guitars to individual youth and music programs at local schools or communities in Colorado. This year we will be donating a bass to the Blue Star Connection - a local charity organization that puts musical instruments in the hands of children patients.

The 2013 event will be held on June 9th, 2013 from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM. This year we are bringing the bass slam to the historical Oriental Theater in Denver. Chuck Rainey, Doug Johns, and Quintin Berry will all perform at the event. Numerous local bass players will be taking stage as well throughout the day. The day consists of bass performances of all styles and scenarios from solo to duo, some with a drummer, and some with 3 bass players. Bottom line, it's all about the bass. We have a great number of sponsors involved that donate product for the event so we can raise funds to at least break even in our investment. This year sponsors include the International Institute of Bassists, Pedulla basses, Premier Bass guitars, Spector basses, Genz Benz bass amps, Drum City Guitarland, and Acme bass amps. Please join us this year for another successful event. All the info you need is available at RockyMountainBassSlam.com.




Phil Jones Bass Announces Double Four BG-75 Micro Amp


Phil Jones Bass
St. Louis, MO - 03/29/2013

Over the years, bass players have watched their amps get smaller and smaller. Phil Jones Bass has been on the forefront of this "micro amp" trend with its Briefcase, and the Bass Cub. That's about to change again. New for 2013, Phil Jones Bass has once again redefined the micro amp with the amazing signature PJB sound with the Double Four amplifier. Sporting new driver design, acoustic loading and the latest in digital amplifier technology, the Double Four looks as if it defies the laws of physics.

We pushed our current expertise with smaller drivers and created the Neo Power 4 inch drivers. These speakers are able to cope with the extreme signals coming from an amplified bass guitar. Each 4 inch speaker is also fed with its own PWM amplifier, an extremely efficient amplifier that runs at a much lower operating temperature. Also, by using an amplifier for each speaker, the bass control is greatly improved, since the damping factor is essentially double.

And it doesn't stop there. The backs of the speakers are loaded with a Rectangular Auxiliary Low Freqency Radiator (RALFR), a radiator that operates at the lowest bass frequencies, augmenting the output of the speakers at frequencies from 30 to 150Hz. The cabinet enclosure is heavily braced internally and lined with acoustic damping materials, preventing cabinet coloration and allowing you to hear the TRUE sound of your instrument.

What's this mean? An amplifier with a lower operating temperature that can last through more rehearsals and gigs and not sit on the tech's workbench, and that has a well controlled, punchy and tight bass tone that truly amplifies your instrument, instead of coloring it. Whether you're looking for a bedroom practice amp, a rehearsal amp, a personal monitor or the perfect micro amp for a coffee house gig, the Double Four from Phil Jones Bass is ready to tackle your gig and make you rethink what you know about micro amps.

Projected Release: April 2013
Price: $449 ($529 MSRP)

Double Four Specifications
Power Output: 70 watt
Speaker: 2 x PJB NeoPower 4 inch speakers
Rectangular Auxiliary Low Frequency Radiator (RALFR)
Switchable high gain input OR low gain stage with mute function
3 Band EQ
AUX input with level control
Headphone out
Line out
Dimensions: 8.2 x 8 x 6.8 inch (WxDxH) 208 x 203 x 172 mm

About Phil Jones Bass
With over 40 years experience in playing bass and perfecting sound, Phil Jones has unmatched passion and knowledge in the industry, which has yielded ground breaking designs and award-winning sound products. Known for their signature small looks and jaw-dropping volume and clarity, the Phil Jones Bass amplifiers have graced stages all over the world, as well as some of the most famous recording studios. Musicians like Kyle Eastwood, Pino Palladino, Nathan East, Doug Wimbish and Bob Babbitt have relied on the strong tone that PJB amps provide.

For more information, please visit: PhilJonesPureSound.com.



Gruv Gear & Michael Tobias Design Announce MTD FretWraps To Ship With Every New American Bass


Orange County, CA - 01/23/2013

California-based music products manufacturer Gruv Gear announces a new licensing agreement with Michael Tobias Design (MTD), a world-renowned builder of handcrafted American bass guitars based in Kingston, New York. The agreement has paved the launch of MTD FretWraps, a co-branded version of Gruv Gear's very popular string dampening accessory, which will be included in every new MTD American bass.

"We are ecstatic and extremely honored to be working with MTD," says Gruv Gear's President and Founder Jay Baldemor. "I've personally been a long-time fan of Mike Tobias' instruments, and have owned one myself for over 15 years. People consider Mike to be a true master in his craft, and has inspired some of the most prominent bass luthiers out there today," adds Jay. "It's a big deal to have the MTD logo on our product, let alone become a standard included accessory."

Mike attests to the value the FretWraps bring to players, saying, "This is a great product. Simple, cool and very effective."

The FretWraps is indeed simple and effective. It is being used by players worldwide to help to cut overtones and sympathetic resonance especially invaluable during recording, live performance, two-hand tapping, or any creative situation where string muting is desired, allowing for instantly cleaner sound. It's made of soft materials that don't scratch or mar the instrument, has fully adjustable tension, and requires no modification or special installation to the guitar or bass.

Gruv Gear has been capturing the attention of MTD players over the past several months, not only with the FretWraps product, but also with its personal gear carts and unique backpacks that were originally designed with musicians in mind. Many MTD Artists have joined the Gruv Gear family, including notable bassists Andrew Gouche (Prince, Chaka Khan), Norm Stockton (Bobby Kimball, Lincoln Brewster), and Robert "Bubby" Lewis (Lupe Fiasco, Snoop Dogg), and Eddy Khaimovich.

Bubby recently shared, "I think the FretWraps are really marvelous. It's the perfect solution to get rid of all the unwanted tones. I can really hear and feel the difference."

"The whole MTD family has been amazing, including the friendly folks at Dana B. Goods, MTD's exclusive USA distributor for their Kingston series," adds Jay. "We're looking forward to equipping every single MTD player and fan out there, and help continue to grow their loyalty with both brands.

To watch demo videos, testimonials, and to purchase MTD FretWraps, visit: www.gruvgear.com/mtd-fretwraps.

About Gruv Gear
Gruv Gear designs and builds a successful line of innovative utility gear and accessories that make life easier for creative professionals and beyond, including career musicians, DJs, photographers, filmmakers, mobile producers and more. Founded by a musician and product designer, the California-based company has been seeing tremendous forward momentum and widespread acclaims in a very short time, with global patents pending for its current innovations and more game-changing products slated for this year and beyond.

Learn more about Gruv Gear by visiting GruvGear.com.

About Michael Tobias Design (MTD)
Founded in 1994 by legendary luthier and designer, Michael Tobias, MTD American Handmade Basses are the finest quality handmade instruments available. MTD creates each bass by incorporating only the finest components and materials in order to create a sound, feel and style that can be built-to-order for each artist. Tobias' designs are also found in MTD's Kingston, Heir, and Saratoga models, as well as his work for other manufacturers.

For more information on MTD, visit MTDBass.com and MTD4Lyfe.




Aguilar Amplification Announces HOT Series Precision & Jazz Bass Pickups


Aguilar Amplification - Hot Series Pickups
New York, NY - 01/22/2013

Aguilar, the leading edge USA manufacturer of high quality bass pickups, is pleased to announce the HOT series of Precision and Jazz pickups � the Hot P (AG 4P-HOT) and the Hot J (AG 4J-HOT). They are direct replacements for 4-string Fender P-Bass and Jazz pickups.

With their larger, 16MM magnets and over-wound design, these pickups have a hotter output that loves to push the input of your amplifier with a tone that is big and loud with thundering lows. Despite their sonic onslaught, the Hot P and Hot J retain all the dynamics of your playing style. Dig in with a pick (or your fingers!) and all of the grit and nuance of your attack comes through without losing the midrange.

Like all Aguilar pickups, the Hot P and Hot J are wound in Aguilar's NYC factory. These pickups use 42 gauge heavy Formvar wire and larger, 16mm Alnico V magnets for the big, dynamic tone that Aguilar pickups are known for.

The Hot pickups will be available February 15th 2013.

Since their release in 2010, Aguilar pickups have become the new standard for exceptional bass guitar pickups. Providing the rich, musical tone that Aguilar gear is known for, Aguilar pickups are used by top luthiers and bass players the world over. Whether you are looking for period-correct vintage flavors or the most modern tones; Aguilar has the pickup for your bass.

Your bass has a voice, let it be heard.

Aguilar pickups are used by many famous bass players including Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Beck, NIN, and many others), Anthony Wellington (Victor Wooten), Jeph Howard (The Used), and Nathan Thomas (Scotty McCreery).

For more information, please visit: AguilarAmp.com.



The Great Richard Bona Joins The Markbass Family


Markbass - Richard Bona
01/15/2013

Richard Bona has joined the Markbass roster of endorsing artists.

Bona is one of the world's best bassist, and an absolute master with a distinctive and unique style, a mix of jazz, afro-beat, bossa nova, pop music, and funk.

"I searched it, and I found it. It's my sound and tone," says Richard, "In the end it ALL come down to BASS Sound. It's ALL in Markbass!"

As we stumble toward a new era, words like international and universal have begun to seem quaint, yet we are still daunted by our constantly expanding horizons. We need help to embrace our rapidly unfolding history and move forward. We need artists like Richard Bona to sing us funny and serious songs about human nature, about the big, surprising world and the familiar places we call home.

Throughout the 1990s Richard Bona would be hired to fill the legendary bass player's shoes in Joe Zawinul's band, and his musicianship and virtuosity quickly became urban legend in Paris and New York.

Bona played with Afropop stars Manu Dibango and Salif Keita. He toured and recorded with Pat Metheny, Joe Zawinul, Didier Lockwood, Harry Belafonte, Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Steve Gadd, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Chaka Khan, Jacques Higelin, Shankar Mahadevan, Tito Puente, Chucho Vald�s, Mike Stern, Larry Coryell, David Sanborn, Kenny Garrett, Joe Sample, Harry Connick Jr., Raul Midon, Billy Cobham, Queen Latifah, Branford Marsalis, Bobby McFerrin, and Sadao Watanabe.

Richard has released seven acclaimed albums � Scenes From My Life (Columbia, 1999), Kaze Ga Kureta Melody (Sony, 2000), Reverence (Columbia Europe, 2001), Munia: The Tale (Verve 2003), Kiki (Decca, 2006), Bona Makes You Sweat (Decca, 2010), and The Ten Shades of Blues (Decca, 2010) � establishing himself as a singer-songwriter with a singular voice. His Afro-Caribbean project Toto Bona Lokua (w/Gerald Toto and Kanza Lokua, Sunnyside, 2005) and his Afro-Cuban project Mandekan Cubano weave together disparate roots, alchemizing ancient traditions into surprising new forms.

His next album, Bonafied, is scheduled for February 2013 release.

For more information, please visit: Markbass.it.



Aguilar Amplification Announces "Soapbar"-Shape Bass Pickups


Aguilar Amplification - DCB & Super Single Pickups
New York, NY - 01/11/2013

Aguilar, the leading edge USA manufacturer of high quality bass pickups, is pleased to announce the expansion of their pickup line with two series of soapbar bass pickups. These pickups will be available in a variety of 4, 5 and 6-string standard soapbar sizes.

The first of these, the Super Singles, give you massive single coil sound in a soapbar size. Players can expect all the articulation and nuance of a single coil pickup combined with great sustain and harmonic development. These pickups will give you excellent string-to-string response and even tone in all registers.

The DCB pickups use dual ceramic bar magnets that offer a dynamic and responsive attack that works for all playing styles. These pickups offer well-developed overtones and singing sustain in the body and decay of the notes. The DCB pickups sound great installed in a passive bass or in conjunction with an onboard preamp.

Like all Aguilar pickups, the Super Singles and DCB's are wound in Aguilar's NYC factory. They will be available starting early March 2013. The street prices for both pickups are TBA.

Since their release in 2010, Aguilar pickups have become the new standard for exceptional bass guitar pickups. Providing the rich, musical tone that Aguilar gear is known for, Aguilar pickups are used by top luthiers and bass players the world over. Whether you are looking for period-correct vintage flavors or the most modern tones; Aguilar has the pickup for your bass.

Your bass has a voice, let it be heard.

Aguilar pickups are used by many famous bass players including Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Beck, NIN, and many others), Anthony Wellington (Victor Wooten), Jeph Howard (The Used), and Nathan Thomas (Scotty McCreery).

For more information, please visit: AguilarAmp.com.



EBS Announces Billy Sheehan Signature Drive Pedal


EBS - Billy Sheehan Signature Drive Pedal
01/11/2013

The new pedal is based on the concept of mixing together a clean signal with a distorted to be able to preserve low frequencies and find balance between distortion and definition.

The option to activate a built-in compressor make possible to keep the note differentiation clearly audible even at heavily distorted sounds.

On top of that this pedal offers unlimited pre-post mix tone shaping, through the unique features of a clean loop and a drive loop. So, the user can insert any other effect they wish within each loop to 'pimp' the effect into your own signature effect! Example: add a graphic EQ to the drive, to change the character of the distortion. Or add your favorite compressor to the Clean Loop instead of using the built-in offered in the pedal.

On the new extended sized stomp box from EBS, there are controls for Drive (gain for the overdrive engine), Tone (sets the frequency scoop for the drive), Level (sets level for drive channel post DriveLoop and pre final compressor) and Clean (sets level for the clean channel, post Clean Loop and pre final compressor).

The pedal offers three different compression modes: High, Mid and Off. The level of compression on the Mid setting can be determined by the user through an internal trim pot.

It is due to start shipping out simultaneously with the NAMM Show, and begin to hit stores worldwide in February.

Here's what Billy Sheehan says about it:
"This pedal is a distillate of several important principles in the signal chain for bass. Compression, distortion, tone-shaping and blending all together."

For more information, please visit: EBS.Bass.se.



Joseph Patrick Moore - Read Music - Making Sense Of Music Notation


Joseph Patrick Moore - Read Music
01/01/2013

Whether your a seasoned pro or a beginning musician, this enhanced interactive book is exactly what you've been looking for in learning how to read music. From basic elements to advanced concepts, this comprehensive 250 page book is filled with hundreds of audio examples, exercises, etudes and interactive self-tests designed specifically for the iPad and sold exclusively at iTunes. Read Music is written by Blue Canoe Recording artist, Joseph Patrick Moore. As a touring and recording artist, Joseph knows the importance of being a good reader and having this powerful skill set in your musical toolbox. JPM offers his diverse experience, sage wisdom and thoughtful insight in a well thought out, step by step approach in becoming a prolific reader and competent musician.

For more information, please visit: JosephPatrickMoore.com.



Evidence Audio Introduces The SIS Plug





Aguilar Amplification Announces AG 4P/J-HC Precision/Jazz Bass Pickups


Aguilar Amplification - AG 4P/J-HC Pickups
New York, NY - 11/20/2012

Aguilar, the leading edge USA manufacturer of high quality bass pickups, is pleased to announce the AG 4P/J-HC hum-canceling pickup set. The AG 4P/J-HC set brings together matched Precision and Jazz-style pickups including Aguilar's successful AG 4P-60 P-Bass pickup and the recently released AG 4J-HC bridge pickup.

Many P/J setups have pickups that are mismatched sonically � an overly deep neck pickup with puny bridge pickup tone. By way of contrast, the Aguilar AG 4P/J-HC is a well-balanced set that provides a flexible array of tones, whether using each pickup alone or in combination. Now you can get the thunderous lows of the neck pickup or the midrange cut of the bridge � or both - without 60 cycle hum!

Like all Aguilar pickups, the AG 4P/J-HC set is wound in Aguilar's NYC factory and is a direct replacement for 4-string Fender P-Bass and Jazz bridge pickups. The pickups use 42 gauge Formvar wire and Alnico V magnets for the big, dynamic tone that Aguilar pickups are known for.

The AG 4P/J-HC pickups will be available December 1st 2012 and carry a U.S. street price of $185.00.

Aguilar manufactures high quality bass pickups in NYC. Our goal is to make great sounding bass pickups that give a musical voice to every bass.

Aguilar pickups are used by many famous bass players including Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Beck, NIN, and many others), Anthony Wellington (Victor Wooten), Eric Holden (Shakira), Nathan Thomas (Scotty McCreery) and Matt Novesky (Blue October).

For more information, please visit: AguilarAmp.com.



Stuart Clayton - Ultimate Slap Bass - iPad Interactive Books


Stuart Clayton
Bassline Publishing is proud to announce the release of three new interactive books for the iPad - Ultimate Slap Bass - Beginner Level, Ultimate Slap Bass - Intermediate Level, and Ultimate Slap Bass - Advanced Level. Adapted from the hugely successful print edition which was released back in 2005, these new iPad books also include video demonstrations of all of the main techniques.

As well as the video content, all three books contains an audio demonstration for each exercise embedded on the page beneath the sheet music. Each exercise also includes a bass-free backing track for the user to play along with.

Author Stuart Clayton is enthusiastic about the new medium for the book. "As a learning aid, the iPad has enormous potential, and I'm really excited to be able to release Ultimate Slap Bass in this form. The facility to include audio and video within a book is an obvious advantage to learning anything, and of course it makes learning a musical instrument all the more enjoyable. I think bass players are going to love this."

The contents of each book are as follows:

Ultimate Slap Bass - Beginner Level
The History of Slap Bass | Before You Start | Slapping Basics | Adding the Pop | Hammer-Ons, Pull-Offs & Trills | Ghost Notes | Popular Scales & Modes for Slap Bass | Beginner Level Exercise Area

Ultimate Slap Bass - Intermediate Level
Left Hand Slaps & Sixteenth Note Lines | Introducing Tenths | Machine Gun Triplets | Double Stops | Double Popping | Strumming | Intermediate Level Exercise Area

Ultimate Slap Bass - Advanced Level
The Shuffle Feel | Open String Hammer-Ons | Double Thumbing (Part 1) | Double Thumbing (Part 2) | Double Thumbing (Part 3) | Combing Techniques | Advanced Level Exercise Area

Each book also includes all of the biographies of famous slap players that are included in the print edition: Larry Graham, Louis Johnson, Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, Mark King, Flea, Stuart Hamm, Ray Riendeau, Les Claypool and Victor Wooten.

Each of the Ultimate Slap Bass iPad books is available from the iTunes store (price varies from country to country according to local currency).

The Ultimate Slap Bass iPad books are joined in the iTunes store by author Stuart Clayton's other iPad book, The Bass Player's Guide to Scales & Modes, which was released in June. This book has been enthusiastically received by bass players all over the world and has been well reviewed in several bass magazines.

For more information, please visit: BasslinePublishing.com.



Aguilar Amplification Announces The AG 4J-HC And AG 5J-HC Pickups


Aguilar Amplification - AG 4J-HC & AG 5J-HC Pickups
New York, NY - 07/25/2012

Aguilar Amplification is pleased to announce the AG 4J-HC and AG 5J-HC hum-canceling pickup sets. As a direct replacement for 4 and 5-string Fender Jazz and other J-style basses, these split-coil pickups give you noiseless Jazz Bass tone that works for all playing styles.

With traditional single-coil pickups, bassists are plagued by hum when the neck and bridge pickups are at different volume levels. While other hum-canceling pickups tackle the noise, you are left with thinner lows, a harsher midrange and a lack of dynamics.

The Aguilar hum-canceling pickups feature a split-coil design that allows you to get any pickup level combination without 60-cycle hum - all while retaining the natural, organic tone of your bass. Now you can experience the deep, resonant low-end of the neck pickup or solo the bridge pickup for that sought-after midrange cut without annoying hum!

Wound in Aguilar's NYC factory, the HC pickups use 42 gauge Formvar wire and Alnico V magnets for the big, dynamic tone that Aguilar pickups are known for.

The AG 4J-HC pickups will be available in July 2012 and carry a street price of $189.00. The AG 5J-HC pickups will be available shortly afterwards with a street price of $219.00.

Aguilar Amplification manufactures high quality bass pickups in NYC. Our goal is to make pickups that sound great and satisfy the most discerning bassists.

Aguilar pickups are used by many famous bass players including Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Beck, NIN, and many others), Anthony Wellington (Victor Wooten), Eric Holden (Shakira), Nathan Thomas (Scotty McCreery) and Matt Novesky (Blue October).

For more information, please visit: AguilarAmp.com.



Marcus Miller Evokes Musical, Cultural & Spiritual Revolution With Renaissance


Marcus Miller
06/29/2012

A generation is roughly defined as a period of about 30 years. 30 years ago � in the early '80s - America was rolling with Ronald Reagan at the wheel and his conservative "back to family values" tenets. A similar traditionalism was also being adopted by several prominent up-and-coming jazz musicians. While most of the then-young flock was looking back, Marcus Miller was looking ahead. By the middle of that decade in 1986, Marcus - the musician, composer and producer - was at the helm of one of the most impactful modern jazz masterpieces of the era with some futuristic roots music he composed for the legendary Miles Davis entitled Tutu.

Now with Renaissance in 2012, Marcus Miller surveys the landscape of not just music but society as a whole. In the same profound way that anointed gospel-soul singer Sam Cooke prophesized 50 years before in 1963, Miller feels that "a change is gonna come." And just as with Tutu, he is ahead of the storm with Renaissance, for release on August 7, 2012 from Concord Jazz, a division of Concord Music Group. Fortified by a team of hungry young players that includes trumpeters Sean Jones and Maurice Brown, alto saxophonist Alex Han, drummer Louis Cato, guitarists Adam Agati and Adam Rogers, and keyboardist Kris Bowers along with veteran keys wizards Federico Gonzalez Pena and Bobby Sparks, Miller is creating the soundtrack for this musical, cultural and spiritual revolution.

"I feel like a page is turning," Miller muses. "The last of our heroes are checking out and we are truly entering a new era. Politically, things have polarized and are coming to a head. Musically, we've got all these cool ways to play and share music - MP3 files, internet radio and satellite radio - but the music is not as revolutionary as the media. It's time for a rebirth."

Renaissance finds Miller offering up an especially emotive 13-song collection that includes eight richly inspired original compositions that swing from a tip of the porkpie to the CTI Records sound of the '70s ("CEE-TEE-EYE") to an introspective and ultimately hope-filled rumination about the island off the coast of Dakar in Africa known as "Goree (Go-ray)." Renaissance also includes five cover songs that canvas works by soul-jazz culture band WAR, new wave-soul starlet Janelle Monae, New York jazz dignitary Weldon Irvine, Brazilian musical ambassador Ivan Lins and Christian composer Luther "Mano" Hanes. Though the CD primarily features Miller's smokin' new band, it also features special guest vocalists Dr. John, Ruben Blades and Gretchen Parlato.

"Renaissance is a word that resonates on a lot of different levels for me," Miller explains. "It's about getting back to the essential aspects of art. I'm focusing less on production and more on composition, so this is a very clear album for me. People have often called me a 'Renaissance Man.' I always understood that to mean someone who's got their creative hands in a lot of different things but not on a surface level. Like Leonardo da Vinci: he wasn't just dabbling in things, he was going deep. I would really like to be that kind of guy. Over the past three decades of my career, I've been blessed to produce a wide variety of music that means something to people. I didn't just do some cliches in different genres, like a guy who says he can speak 20 languages but all he's saying is 'how are you' and 'can I get something to eat.' The real challenge is can you communicate something of substance to the people through these languages that you speak?"

Marcus Miller's Renaissance opens strong with the slick funky bass feature "Detroit," and there is plenty more where that came from, with varying levels of heat and spice. "CEE-TEE-EYE" pays homage to extended studio blowing jams by the likes of Freddie Hubbard, Grover Washington, Jr. and Bob James in the tradition of producer Creed Taylor's 70's contemporary jazz company CTI Records, and includes a blistering mid-song ensemble break followed by a virtuosic bass solo by Marcus. Covers of WAR's 1971 classic "Slippin' Into Darkness" (which adds Ramon Yslas on congas) and Janelle Monae's 2010 debut breakthrough "Tightrope" (destined to be Marcus' new jazz festival party-starter featuring the soulfully jovial Dr. John) both explore the dark and light sides of the musical threads that New Orleans weaves throughout African American culture. Marcus reaches back and brilliantly rearranges a composition by early mentor Weldon Irvine titled "Mr. Clean," throwin' down a jam that will leave listeners in need of a neck brace by the mid-song bass break. Then there's the two-headed cobra that is "Jekyll & Hyde." Miller elaborates, "It starts off with that Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers type of horn melody ... then all of a sudden it goes to Hendrix � the kind of rock the Black bands like Mother Night would play when I was coming up in New York - edgy but funky. We keep shiftin' back and forth. In the middle I'd say, 'Hyde's wreaking havoc - better get back to Jekyll!'"

Beauty also abounds with Miller's homage to Michael Jackson in a virtuosic cover of The Jackson 5's "I'll Be There" ("one of the first melodies I learned on the bass") on which he references parts of the original's vocal, rhythm and string arrangements simultaneously AND solo. Then there's his own haunting "February," penned on and for piano. "That song was written quickly and recorded quickly. That's when you know you've got something special. 'Tutu' was like that. When we got to the solo, Alex broke a piece of his soul off onto the song. I thought, 'Where is this cat from ... to understand this thing so quickly?" It's beautiful but not sentimental. You know how some cats always play beauty like a bouquet of flowers? Alex didn't do that. He just played from his soul." Then there's Miller's thoughtful arrangement of legendary Brazilian composer Ivan Lins' "Setembro," made world famous in a version on Quincy Jones' 1989 CD Back on the Block. Marcus switches to fretless bass here, a la Jaco Pastorius, and trades breathtaking melodic lines with swiftly up-and-coming singer Gretchen Parlato � the first vocalist ever admitted into The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance program. "I added an Afro Cuban section with the bass line from Dizzy's 'Manteca.' Then I asked Ruben Blades to add something that would pull it all together. I reminded him the piece is subtitled 'Brazilian Wedding Song' and that I wanted him to share something profound about love. He came back with 'Con amor todo se puede' � 'With love all is possible.'"

Deeper still, Renaissance houses some of Marcus' most inspired and emotionally penetrating writing to date � particularly "Goree (Go-ray)" which was inspired by a visit Marcus and his impressionable young band paid to the African island historically remembered as a warehouse for human cargo before it was shipped from the motherland to places elsewhere for the people to become slaves. "When I first presented this song to the band, I didn't say anything about my inspiration. What they were playing was good but not quite there. So I said, 'Remember when we were on the island and we saw where the captives were held and the doorway where all you could see was the sea?" I didn't have to say another word. We didn't want to make the piece about pain and resentment but about hope and all the wonderful things that have happened despite it all." Fittingly, "Goree (Go-ray)" features Marcus on his second signature instrument, the bass clarinet.

"Revelation" is a richly cinematic sojourn that provides spine-chilling showcases for Alex Han on sax and Adam Agati on guitar. Its opening interlude is the Mano Hanes composition "Nocturnal Mist" for which Marcus originally played bass clarinet as a featured guest on Israel & New Breed's album A Timeless Christmas. On Renaissance, he rearranged it as a melodic bass feature. Finally, theres is the Joe Zawinul-esque "Redemption." Miller elucidates, "When you're ready to go into this new phase we're calling a renaissance, you need to understand what your redeeming qualities are so you can use them as your weapon. Never stop working on the things you need to improve but figure out what makes you a special human being. So this song has a searching quality to the melody � trying to find itself. Meanwhile the bass line is steady pushing ... saying, 'Don't stop looking.'"

Marcus' current touring band consists of trumpeter Maurice Brown (Tedeschi Trucks Band, Maya Azucena, Aretha Franklin), alto saxophonist Alex Han (Paquito D'Rivera, James Moody, Geri Allen), drummer Louis Cato (Beyonce, Q-Tip, Sean Jones), guitarist Adam Agati (Lalah Hathaway, El Movimiento and Mary Mary), and 2011 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition Award winner keyboardist Kris Bowers (Louis Hayes, Jay-Z & Kanye West, Jose James).

"I've got these next generation musicians in their '20s with me now that aren't afraid of breaking boundaries," Marcus concludes. "They're absorbing and admiring the whole picture � from Clifford Brown to J.Dilla - honestly feeling both sides which, to my Black Experience, is what it's all about. This young band fears nothing so we are free to go anywhere. I'm finding that to be incredibly inspiring. I am writing music for us that encompasses the full landscape."

For more information, please visit: MarcusMiller.com.



Solo Bass Innovator Steve Lawson Joins The Markbass Family


Steve Lawson
05/28/2012

Steve Lawson, one of the world's most celebrated and influential solo bass artists, has joined the Markbass roster of endorsing artists. The bassist, who currently resides in Birmingham, UK, had been previously using the AS 602 powered loudspeakers by Markaudio.

"For the last few years, I haven't owned a bass amp, having been unable to find something that combined the bass-friendly qualities I needed with the clarity of a PA," he explains. "That all changed when I first heard the Combo 121 Lite � the clarity, power and intuitive tone-shaping add up to them being the finest bass amps I've ever played through. That I can get all of that tone and volume in such a compact lightweight package is nothing short of astonishing!"

Steve has released ten acclaimed solo albums, and has performed with Michael Manring, Howard Jones, Jez Carr, Theo Travis, Lawson/Dodds/Wood, Lobelia and many others. As founder of The Recycle Collective, he has performed alongside many of the leading lights of the UK jazz and improvised music scene, including Leo Abrahams, Cleveland Watkiss, BJ Cole, Orphy Robinson and Seb Rochford, legendary American violinist Todd Reynolds and Royal Opera mezzo-soprano Andrea Hazell.

Steve's current album is Believe in Peace, and he is also promoting a new, remastered release of 11 Reasons Why 3 Is Greater Than Everything.� Upcoming releases will include duo recordings with Mike Outram, Daniel Berkman and Michael Manring.

Markbass is proud to welcome Steve to the family!

For more information, please visit: Markbass.it.



Texas Blues-Rock Legend Tommy Shannon Joins The Markbass Family


Tommy Shannon
05/20/2012

Tommy Shannon, known as the bassist for Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Arc Angels and Storyville, has joined the Markbass family as an endorsing artist.

Tommy discovered Markbass on a gig and fell in love with the sound right away. "Markbass gives me that big, full sound that I'm used to, with the portability that I need," he says. His rig of choice is a CMD 102P combo with a Traveler 102P extension cabinet.

Tommy played with Johnny Winter at the Woodstock festival in 1969 before connecting with Stevie Ray Vaughan and forming the Double Trouble rhythm section. Through the 1980s, they became one of the biggest blues bands ever, until tragedy struck and Stevie Ray Vaughan was killed in a helicopter crash in 1990. Tommy went on to perform as a member of Arc Angels and Storyville, and also released a star-studded Double Trouble album with Willie Nelson, Dr. John, Jimmie Vaughan, Eric Johnson, Susan Tedeschi, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Reese Wynans.

Tommy has also performed with Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton, Little Richard, Hubert Sumlin, Mike McCready, Buddy Guy, Jeff Beck, Lou Gramm and John Mayer.

For more information, please visit: Markbass.it.



The Rocky Mountain Bass Slam 2012





Aguilar Amplification Releases The AG 4P-60 P-Bass Pickup


Aguilar Amplification AG 4P-60 P-Bass Pickups
New York, NY - 02/27/2012

Aguilar Amplification is pleased to announce the release of the AG 4P-60 P-Bass pickup. As a direct replacement for Fender Precision and other P-style basses, the AG 4P-60 pickup brings the big, round tone of the early 60's to today's instruments.

The AG 4P-60 pickup is modeled after the pickup from Aguilar President, Dave Boonshoft's personal 1964 Precision bass. This highly awaited pickup has been garnering praise from esteemed bass builders and legendary bassists alike as it has just the right amount of mid-range "nose" to cut through a loud rock band and give all the deep support one would expect from a great 60's P-bass pickup.

Wound in Aguilar's NYC factory, the AG 4P-60 pickup uses all the period correct parts, including Heavy Formvar wire and Alnico V magnets.

The AG 4P-60 pickup is available now and carries a street price of $109.00.

Aguilar Amplification manufactures high quality bass pickups in NYC. Our goal is to make pickups that sound great and satisfy the most discerning bassists.

Aguilar pickups are used by many famous bass players including Justin Meldal-Johnsen (NIN, Beck, and many others), Anthony Wellington (Victor Wooten), Matt Taylor (Motion City Soundtrack), and Matt Novesky (Blue October). For more information, please visit: AguilarAmp.com.



2012 Yamaha 6 String Theory Guitar Competition
Lee Ritenour/Dave Grusin Rhythm Section Competition


02/13/2012

Back by popular demand, Lee Ritenour launches the 3rd Annual Yamaha 6 String Theory Guitar Competition on Jan. 21, 2012, in partnership with Yamaha, Berklee College of Music, Crown of the Continent Guitar Foundation and the National Guitar Workshop. 2012 marks the expansion of the competition to include the Inaugural Lee Ritenour & Dave Grusin Rhythm Section Competition. Oscar award winning and 2012 Grammy nominated, Dave Grusin, is head of the Advisory Board for the Rhythm Section competition. Adding 3 new instruments to the competition: Piano, Bass and Drums, the contest grows to reach thousands of aspiring and upcoming new musicians from around the world. The contest kicks off January 21, 2012 and ends May 1, 2012.

The competition is the inspiration of legendary Grammy award winning guitarist/composer and producer, Lee Ritenour, who debuted the International competition in 2010 with the release of his all-star guitar CD, 6 String Theory. The CD has been named Guitar International's "Best Album of the Year," Jazziz' "Publisher's Album of the Year" � and culminated in Ritenour receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from Guitar Player Magazine. The CD features 20 world-class guitarists including George Benson, BB King, Slash, Vince Gill, Robert Cray, and the winner of the 2010 competition Shon Boublil. Lee Ritenour's 2012 album, tentatively titled Rhythm Sessions will feature a 'who's who' of all-star rhythm players, as well as a track with the winners of the 2012 rhythm section competition.

The contest continued to flourish in 2011 garnering hundreds of applicants from over 45 countries and giving 36 semifinalists the opportunity to compete and study at the world-renowned National Guitar Workshop. The 6 finalists attended the esteemed Crown of the Continents Guitar Workshop and Festival where the Final Competition took place. Our 2011 winner, David Browne Murray, is a talented acoustic guitarist from Ireland. With the success of the previous two competitions, it was a natural progression to expand the contest to include piano, bass and drums as well as guitar.

Guitar Entries will be accepted in the genres of Rock, Blues, Jazz/Fusion, Acoustic, Classical/Flamenco or Country. Rhythm Section Entries will be accepted in the genres of Jazz, Fusion, Rock, Blues or Contemporary. Competitors are required to send an online video submission at SixStringTheory.com.

Prizes for the Guitar Competition include Berklee College of Music Scholarships, professional recording and mentoring opportunities, a weeklong stay at the four-star Flathead Lake Lodge in Bigfork, MT for a party of two ($8,000 value), a potential Concord Records recording contract, 36 National Guitar Workshop scholarships, 6 Crown of the Continent Scholarships, Cash, Yamaha Guitars & endorsements as well as other prizes from Monster, D'Addario Strings, and others. There is a special cash prize of $2,500 awarded to the Classical Guitar Finalist (courtesy of sponsor James Stroud), as well as $500 cash prize to each of the 6 Guitar Finalists. Rhythm Section prizes include Berklee College of Music Scholarships, Yamaha instruments; professional mentoring; an opportunity to record on Lee Ritenour's forthcoming album with Concord Music Group scheduled for release May 2012; an opportunity to perform at the esteemed Crown of the Continent Guitar Workshop and Festival in Montana Aug. 26 - Sept. 2, 2012 and other prizes from Monster. Total value of 4 prize packages over $600,000.

To register and for complete contest rules, regulations, and prizes, visit: SixStringTheory.com.



Rotosound Launch Bass String Cleaner


Rotosound Bass String Cleaner
02/07/2012

Rotosound is proud to launch its new, patented string cleaner for bass guitarists. This unique tool has a revolutionary 360 degree cleaning process that revitalises your strings, helping to maintain that crisp new sound.

Cleaning strings has never been so easy. Simply open the Rotosound String Cleaner, slide it underneath the strings, close and secure it and slide it back and forth. It only takes a few seconds and cleans all the strings and the fretboard at the same time.

The microfibres of the pads in the Rotosound String Cleaner get into all the nooks and crannies of the strings and removes dead skin, dirt, oil, and other debris and contaminates on them. There is no need to use any solutions or chemicals that could cause your fingerboard to dry out or ruin the finish of your guitar. The microfibre pads are easy to maintain, simply wash them in warm water with a little liquid soap making the Rotosound String Cleaner very environmentally friendly.

Regular use each time you play your guitar will ensure your strings last three or four times longer, keep your strings neat, tidy and shiny and preserve the tone. It certainly beats buying a new set of strings every few weeks.

The Rotosound Bass String Cleaner is suitable for four and five string basses. Is it small enough to keep in your bass guitar case, ready to use after every play to ensure optimum performance.

The Rotosound Bass String Cleaner is the no hassle, no mess way to clean your bass strings, small investment with a big return.

To find our more about the Rotosound String Cleaners, visit: Rotosound.com.



Ergonomic "DuoStrap" Offers Shoulder Pain Relief For Guitar & Bass Players


GruvGear - DuoStrap
Orange County, CA - 02/01/2012

Gruv Gear, Orange County California-based designer and manufacturer of innovative music products and accessories, launched the first-of-its-kind ergonomic double strap � aptly named the DuoStrap � at the recent NAMM international music products show. Its release had been long anticipated by players worldwide, and already garnered a roster of major musicians on board in its first launch weekend, including legendary guitarists and bassists.

"I initially built my first double shoulder strap around 6 or 7 years ago after getting home from a long tour," shared Damian Erskine, a touring and session bassist who came up with the original concept for the DuoStrap. "We played 4-6 nights a week and most shows were about 4 hours long. I was also using a new 6-string bass that was heavier than I was accustomed to, and I noticed that my fingers were going numb because of the pressure my old strap was putting on my neck (in addition to my back and shoulders getting sore each night). After a few weeks of buying straps, strips of leather, foam & rivets and trying every possible configuration I could think of, I came upon a double shoulder strap concept that not only distributed the weight evenly across both shoulders, but it actually made my instrument more maneuverable and more comfortable to play!"

Jay Baldemor, President of Gruv Gear, notes, "We met Damian about 4 years ago and he became one of our very first Artist Endorsers, right when we were just introducing our first line of products. I had noticed his double strap on one of his YouTube videos some few months after, and being that ergonomics was one of our company's primary focuses, I knew this was something we could develop together and help more musicians achieve pain-free playing. We put our heads together, filed for a patent, and got to work!"

What makes the DuoStrap unique from the few other past attempts to make an ergonomic strap is its intentional approach to help keep the player's position natural. Most of the other double straps that have come and gone usually forced the user to an awkward position, making the instrument even more of a chore to play. The DuoStrap actually encourages a proper playing position, not having the guitar too low or too abrupt an angle, but allowing the player's hands and wrists to rest naturally in a comfortable posture.

The DuoStrap also boasts wider 3.5" strap surfaces where it touches the shoulders, which also aid in distributing the weight. Multiple adjustment points for both the first and second straps allow the player to fine-tune the DuoStrap to the setting that fits their body well, while this "Signature" model strap's soft garment leather ensures the most supple materials keep a gentle touch on guitar surfaces.

Damian adds, "My problem was how to make my strap but in a way that is endlessly adjustable and work with any body type, allow them to have the guitar exactly where and how they want it, and still be comfortable. This is where Gruv Gear really shone! I was already using their V-Cart and was very impressed with both the styling and (more importantly) build quality of everything they did. They took my double strap concept and knocked it out of the park! I couldn't be more proud and excited to have my name on this product. I've used it for years now and I can't go back to any other strap."

Legendary bass player Mike McKinney, who has played in several tours and recordings with Michael Jackson and wrote the famous bass line for "Billie Jean" shares, "After over 30 years of playing in venues from clubs to auditoriums to arenas, I've always felt awkward having my bass sit on one shoulder with one strap. I discovered the DuoStrap from Gruv Gear and fell in love with it � This strap revolutionizes the way you hold the bass and takes the pressure off one shoulder. It's really much more comfortable to stand and there's not much pressure any more. It's much better playing to people when you're comfortable!"

For more information, please visit: GruvGear.com.



Markbass Introduces New Amps & Pedals For 2012


Markbass - Big Bang
Italy - 02/01/2012

Markbass unveiled its new products for 2012 at a press conference at the NAMM show in Anaheim, California on January 19th. Included are three new heads and four new effect pedals. Here's an overview:

Big Bang � a 500W microhead, 4.7 lbs, with a solid-state preamp and a cutting-edge new design of digital power amp that delivers the warmth of analog; aux in, headphone out with level control, and footswitch-controlled mute and EQ filters.

TTE 800 � an 800W version of the popular TTE 500 Randy Jackson signature head, with tube preamp, tube compressor, tube-driven colour (VLE) contour and Tube Technology Emulator power amp. Rich, tubey, vintage tone with less weight, less expense, and more reliability!

MoMark Black 500 / MoMark Black 800 � a sleek black tube preamp head with a choice of either 500W (analog) or 800W (digital) power amps, four-band EQ with two bands of semi-parametric mids, mute switch, VLE and VPF filters and a natural-sounding bi-band limiter.

MB7 Booster � 7-band graphic EQ and clean boost of up to +20 dB; runs on 9V or 12V or 9V battery; true bypass.

MB7 Distorsore � distortion with 7-band EQ for customizing your distorted tone. Runs on 9V or 12V or 9V battery; true bypass.

MB Mini Boost � slim-design clean boost pedal (up to +20 dB) with VPF (low and high boost, mid cut), true bypass; runs on 9V or 12V, fits on any pedalboard!

MB Mini Dist � in the same compact design, a distortion pedal with two tone controls for a wide variety of sounds. True bypass, runs on 9V or 12V.

For more information, please visit: Markbass.it.



Aguilar Amplification Announces The Tone Hammer 350 Super Light Amp


Aguilar Amplification - Tone Hammer 350
New York, NY - 12/26/2011

In this corner, weighing in at only 3 lbs., the new "Light Heavyweight" � the Tone Hammer 350! Sporting the legendary "Aguilar Sound" in a tiny package, the Tone Hammer 350 is a TKO (Tonal Knockout)!

Following on the heels of the massively successful Tone Hammer 500 amplifier, the Tone Hammer 350 retains the big sound of its predecessor within an even smaller footprint. Giving the Tone Hammer 350 its flexible tone-shaping capabilities is Aguilar's Tone Hammer preamp, the same preamp used in the Tone Hammer D.I./preamp pedal, which has become a favorite of bass players all over the world. The Tone Hammer 350 features bass, treble and fully sweepable midrange controls. The Drive control utilizes Aguilar's proprietary AGS circuit which adds subtle distortion and midrange punch to the sound.

Assembled in Aguilar's New York City factory, the Tone Hammer 350 will be released in March 2012 and carry a street price of $499.00.

Aguilar Amplification is a manufacturer of high quality bass amplifiers, speaker cabinets and accessories located in NYC. Many of the world's greatest musicians have chosen to use Aguilar. Our list of endorsers includes George Porter Jr. (The Meters), Tully Kennedy (Jason Aldean), Bill Dickens (Leo Nocentelli), Joe Karnes (Fitz and the Tantrums), Chris Chaney (Jane's Addiction) and Ron Johnson (Warren Haynes).

For more information, please visit: AguilarAmp.com.



Anthony Wellington To Teach Clinic & Private Lessons At Aguilar Factory


New York - 09/28/2011

Anthony Wellington is one of today's most respected bass players, instructors and clinicians. On October 28th he will be teaching 1-hour private lessons at the Aguilar headquarters in New York City. The lessons are $80 each and are expected to sell out quickly � schedule yours today!

This incredible day of private lessons will culminate with Anthony holding a free master class at Aguilar, which is scheduled to start at 7:00pm. Anthony's previous clinics at Aguilar were very successful, with many players commenting that they were the best clinics they had ever attended. Even if you are unable to schedule a private lesson with this bass giant you should absolutely plan to come to Anthony's master class that evening.

Anthony Wellington performs regularly as a member of Victor Wooten's band and has been teaching professionally for over 10 years. In addition to teaching at his own Bassology School in Waldorf Maryland, Anthony is also a regular instructor at Victor Wooten's Bass Nature Camp, Gerald Veasley's Bass Boot camp and online through MusicDojo.com.

Don't miss out on this great chance to study with Anthony one-on-one!

To schedule a lesson:
There are limited lesson slots available. To reserve yours call 212-431-9109 ext 17. You will prepay for the lesson via Anthony's PayPal account. These prepayments are non-refundable. Schedule yours now!

For more information, please visit: AguilarAmp.com.



Carvin Brian Bromberg Clinics





Contemporary Jazz Bass Great Mark Egan Joins The Markbass Family


Italy - 08/09/2011

Markbass is proud to add yet another top bassist to its endorsement roster: Mark Egan. The fact that the gear has his name on it is apparently just icing on the cake. "Markbass amps and cabinets have the sound that I've been looking for," says Mark. "Warm and punchy with great bottom, mid and top. They really let you shape your sound. The setup I am drawn to is the Mini CMD 121P in combination with the New York 604. It has a deep, full, punchy sound and is very portable for carrying around town. I also love the sound of the Chorus Flanger and Riverbero pedals. Great amplification of your sound!"

One of the premier electric bassists of contemporary jazz, Mark Egan has distinguished himself over the past 30 years as an in-demand session player, valued sideman, prolific composer and respected leader. His distinctive fretless sound has graced countless jazz and pop albums, as well as award-winning movie and television soundtracks. A charter member of the Pat Metheny Group, he also played on multi-platinum-selling recordings by Sting, Arcadia and Joan Osborne, and recorded with pop stars like Roger Daltrey, Sophie B. Hawkins, Marianne Faithfull, Judy Collins, Cyndi Lauper and Art Garfunkel, and jazz notables like David Sanborn, John McLaughlin, Gato Barbieri, Freddy Cole, Jim Hall, Mark Murphy and Larry Coryell. A member of the Gil Evans Orchestra for 13 years, Egan has also racked up seven albums as a leader, and ten as a co-leader of Elements, the band he formed in 1982 with Pat Metheny Group bandmate Danny Gottlieb.

Born on January 14, 1951 in Brockton, Massachusetts, Egan began his musical studies on the trumpet at age 10, mainly influenced by his father, an avid player. He continued on the trumpet through high school in jazz bands, R&B groups, high school orchestras, and switched to bass at age 16. In 1969, Egan enrolled in the University of Miami School of Music under the direction of Jerry Coker and also studied privately with the late, great Jaco Pastorius, whose influence remains with him to this day.

While in Florida, Mark formed a band with fellow University of Miami students Clifford Carter, Hiram Bullock, Billy Bowker and Phyllis Hyman. They came to New York in 1976 and soon afterward Mark toured with the Pointer Sisters, Deodato and David Sanborn. In 1977, he hooked up with another U of M schoolmate, guitarist Pat Metheny, and for the next four years toured and recorded with the Grammy award-winning Pat Metheny Group, which also featured Lyle Mays and Danny Gottlieb. Egan subsequently worked with Flora and Airto, Carly Simon, Stan Getz and Jim Hall before forming the group Elements with Gottlieb, Bill Evans and Clifford Carter in 1982. Nearly 28 years later, Elements remains one of the most potent and highly acclaimed contemporary jazz groups in the world with eight recordings and tours in over 27 countries.

While Egan continues to work with Elements, his solo projects represent a more personal side of his musical makeup. Mark's 1985 solo debut, Mosaic (Windham Hill Records) delved into adventurous territory on his exotic custom-made eight and ten string basses. His followup, 1988's Touch of Light (GRP Records), included his Elements mates Gottlieb, Carter and Evans. In 1993, Mark released Beyond Words, which featured famed Brazilian guitarist Toninho Horta.

Egan's passion and visionary approach to contemporary instrumental music led to the creation of Wavetone Records, which he formed in 1992. Dedicated to providing an outlet for creative music projects, Wavetone has released several recordings to critical acclaim, including records by Elements, Joe Beck, Jeff Ciampa, Jeff Laibson/Mark Egan/Danny Gottlieb. The label has also released Egan's Freedom Town (2001), As We Speak (2006) and reissues of his 1985 landmark, Mosaic, and Beyond Words. In addition, Mark has realized his dream with the completion of is own state-of-the-art recording studio, Electric Fields.

On Egan's latest release, Truth Be Told (2010), Egan reunites with longtime colleagues Mitch Forman, Bill Evans, Roger Squitero and drummer extraordinaire Vinnie Colaiuta.

For more information, please visit: Markbass.it.



Stuart Hamm Becomes Bass Department Head At Musicians Institute


Hollywood, CA - 08/01/2011

An established solo artist in his own right and an indispensable sideman to legendary guitarists Joe Satriani and Steve Vai, Stuart Hamm has shaped the way we view the bass guitar today. Drawing from a wide spectrum of genres that merge rock, jazz, fusion, classical, country, and urban sounds, he has released six critically-acclaimed studio recordings all of which showcase a unique playing style that presents the electric bass guitar as a lead instrument both within a solo environment and various ensemble formats.

Aside from work with Satriani and Vai, Hamm is also a member of the trio GHS, a collaboration with guitarist Frank Gambale of Chick Corea's Elektric Band and former Journey drummer Steve Smith. He continues to tour throughout the world with the likes of Greg Howe and Dennis Chambers as well as with his 'bass triple threat super-group' BX3 featuring Billy Sheehan and Jeff Berlin.

Known worldwide as an educator, Hamm has toured for the past two decades as one of the world's premier bass clinicians. He has published two best-selling instructional videos, Slap, Pop & Tap For The Bass and Deeper Inside The Bass, as well as a book of transcriptions, Stuart Hamm - The Bass Book, which contains a collection of Hamm's greatest hits from his first three solo releases. This year, Hamm accepted the position as Program Director for the Bass Program at Musicians Institute, College of Contemporary Music in Hollywood, California.

It seems teaching was something Stuart was destined to fall into eventually, he says, "I come from an educational family, my father was a music professor, he was head of the music department at Dartmouth College and president of the American Musicological Association. My brother teaches at the University of Washington � so I guess at some point in my life academia was expected of me."

But it wasn't just family legacy that inspired Stuart to begin teaching; the merits of education are definitely of value to him personally. "It's the old adage, when you teach you learn a lot more, because it forces you to break things down. And of course there are those light-bulb moments, when you can reach a student, and really see them learn and their light-bulb light up, that's a really inspiring thing to do.�

Although many might think a bass program under Stuart's leadership would be dominated by curriculum focused on playing technique, he was quick to point out that's not all students will learn from the program at MI.

"It's kind of an anachronism that I'm really known for all these bass techniques and some people might think that's what I'm going to bring ... slapping and tapping and stuff... and while certainly we want to encourage modern bass techniques and expanding the instrument, I think the main focus we want in this program is to give you the skills you're going to need to leave here and walk out on Hollywood Blvd and answer an ad and get a gig. Which is not so much about advanced technique, but about knowing how to sing background vocals, being versatile musically, ear training, being able to write a chart, etc. If someone gives you a CD, and says 'Learn these four songs by tomorrow,' we want to give you the tools to be able to do that successfully and get the job."

He said the most visible changes to the program will be seen in the increased emphasis on technology within the curriculum. "The program will reflect a lot of recent technology changes. There's a lot more to being a bass player today, fortunately than just playing bass. There's computer knowledge, networking skills, and so much more."

Stuart emphasized the importance of exposing students to different styles and producing a well-rounded musician. Specializing in one genre limits a musician's ability to find work. He said "I was the same way myself, I was a jazz purist. The reality is, to be a bass player, if you're versatile and open minded, there's a lot of work.

"Where you can get yourself in trouble is when you say 'I only play grunge death metal, I only play melodic black metal...' you know you're limiting yourself. I want to expose students to these kinds of things."

Technology and career skills will be important parts of the curriculum, but so will all the relatively minor but incredibly important skills that fine-tune a bass player. "You know, I was talking to a guy yesterday that was playing on the Warped Tour. They asked him to play with a pick and he'd never played with a pick before. We have a class here on playing metal music, but we don't have one on how to use a pick. The reality is, if you're playing metal music, that's the essence of what that music is about. Learning the right up-strokes and down-strokes to double the guitar line is the basis of what that music is."

In order to build a career as a musician, you need to have the whole package. Stuart added, "You know how it is in LA, when you go to an audition and they ask you 'Can you sing?' If you say 'yes,' that gives you another plus. I think a basic understanding of some of the skills needed to sing background vocals is incredibly necessary as well."

Hamm is realistic about teaching. For current students or students about to enter the program, Hamm says it's really up to them to take all they can from the program.

"Teaching is a funny thing, I'm a father, I have a 12 year old daughter, and I'm here to tell you that you can't teach anybody anything. What you can do is point them in the right direction and it's up to them how much hard work and dedication they want to put into it. A good teacher will inspire you and press upon you the importance of learning things. That's why people come to a school. Nowadays you can watch lessons on Youtube, you can download lessons, but that's no fun. The thing you want to come to school for is the one-on-one sessions with great instructors; access to an environment with people your age that love music. Just being around people your age who love music and are playing music 24/7 is an amazing thing. You learn so much from the people you meet."

The position is something Stuart said he's "definitely excited" about. "Just the energy of being around so many young kids that are so into music all the time is really invigorating. I've had a full varied career, and I've done it. Some would say 'they're all gigs - some just in front of more people.' I've played at Wembley Stadium, at Royal Albert Hall and I've done weddings and jazz duos at Nordstrom's. It didn't matter how big the audience was, I just loved playing music. That's why I continue to do it. I hope to instill that love of music and open mindedness to these students along with the skills that they'll need to go out there and make a career out of it."

For more information, please visit: MI.edu.



Carvin Brian Bromberg "S" Series Basses



San Diego, CA - 04/22/2011

On the heels of the new Brian Bromberg Signature Series B24 and B25 basses, Carvin is excited to announce two additional Bromberg models, the B24S and B25S. These "S" models take the modern design of the B24 and B25, packaged in an affordable plain-top version without the standard AAAA flamed top. This allows you to order your bass with any of the Custom Shop's standard, no charge solid colors, optional metallic solid colors, or optional translucent stains. The B24S and B25S feature Brian's signature 12th fret inlay in mother-of-pearl, a standard white or black headstock logo, and Carvin's heavy-duty locking bridge as found on the SB Series basses. The body is alder, and the neck is Eastern hard rock maple with a headstock that's painted to match the body. New radiused-top RJ2 alnico single coil pickups and active electronics produce amazing sound and punch across the tonal spectrum. Optional new RH2 radiused-top alnico humbuckers help reduce hum and have side-by-side magnets which produce a stronger signal.

The B24S is available on Carvin.com now, and the 5-string B25S will be available online soon. However, you can order either model right now by calling Carvin's helpful sales staff at 800-854-2235.

For more information, please visit: CarvinGuitars.com.



The Rocky Mountain Bass Slam 2011





Aguilar Amplification Welcomes George Porter Jr. To Its Artist Roster


George Porter Jr.
New York, NY - 03/11/2011

Aguilar Amplification is pleased to welcome George Porter Jr., legendary bassist for The Meters, to their endorsing artist roster. George will be using the new Tone Hammer 500 head and two super light SL 112 cabinets.

The Meters brand of New Orleans infused funk has led to classics such as Cissy Strut and Look A Py Py. With The Meters and as a sideman, George has recorded and/or performed with Paul McCartney, Robert Palmer, Tori Amos and Patti Labelle.

Aguilar President Dave Boonshoft says, "We are honored and proud to have someone as influential � and wickedly funky � as George Porter Jr. using our new Tone Hammer 500 head and SL 112 cabinets. With this lightweight rig George proves that only the tone is heavy!"

The SL 112 is now shipping. The Tone Hammer 500 will be released in April 2011.

Aguilar Amplification is a manufacturer of high quality bass amplifiers, speaker cabinets and accessories located in NYC. Many of the world's greatest musicians have chosen to use Aguilar. Our list of endorsers includes Freddie Washington (Steely Dan), Tully Kennedy (Jason Aldean), Nate Query (The Decemberists), Josh Moreau (Katy Perry), Dennis Edwards (Lady Antebellum) and Branden Campbell (Neon Trees).

For more information, please visit: AguilarAmp.com.



Aguilar Amplification Welcomes Dave Swift To Its Artist Roster


Dave Swift
New York, NY - 03/02/2011

Aguilar Amplification is pleased to welcome UK session bassist Dave Swift to their endorsing artist roster. Over the last 20 years, Dave Swift has been one of the busiest session bassists on the UK music scene. His association with Jools Holland has led to his becoming the house bassist for the popular BBC television show, "Later ... With Jools Holland" and the "Jools Holland Show" on BBC radio. During this time he has played with artists as varied as Amy Winehouse, Al Green, Eric Clapton and Paul McCartney.

Of his new rig Swift says, "Now that I've switched to Aguilar gear I couldn't be happier. So far I've been using a DB751 with a DB412 cab and the sound reproduction is incredible! It's so muscular and musical at the same time".

Playing in a wide variety of genres, Swift is often called upon his ability to double on electric and upright basses. "As the house bassist on 'Later ... With Jools Holland' I need amplification that is reliable, looks great and brings out the best in all my basses whether acoustic or electric. Now that I'm using Aguilar it's Job Done!"

Aguilar Amplification is a manufacturer of high quality bass amplifiers, speaker cabinets and accessories located in NYC. Many of the world's greatest musicians have chosen to use Aguilar. Our list of endorsers includes Freddie Washington (Steely Dan), Tully Kennedy (Jason Aldean), Nate Query (The Decemberists), Josh Moreau (Katy Perry), Dennis Edwards (Lady Antebellum) and Branden Campbell (Neon Trees).

For more information, please visit: AguilarAmp.com.



Esperanza Spalding Wins Best New Artist Grammy Award


Cleveland, OH - 02/14/2011

Heads Up International, a division of Concord Music Group, is proud to announce that bassist, singer and composer Esperanza Spalding has won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist. Winners were announced by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 13, 2011, at Staples Center in Los Angeles. All nominations were for albums released from September 1, 2009 to September 30, 2010.

Spalding is the first jazz musician to ever win the Best New Artist Grammy Award. She was nominated along with Justin Bieber, Drake, Florence & the Machine, and Mumford and Sons. Her inclusion in this mainstream category signified her considerable appeal to a broad audience.

"Esperanza is a phenomenal artist, and we're thrilled about her Grammy win," says Mark Wexler, Senior Vice President and Label Manager, Jazz and Classics Group. "All of us at the Concord Music Group are delighted that she's been honored by her peers in the music industry, and we're proud to be a part of her success."

Concord Music Group label manager Gene Rumsey added, "Esperanza embodies everything a 'Best New Artist' should: inspired vision, unique creativity and undeniable talent. The Concord team is extremely pleased to be associated with such an outstanding person and artist. We look forward to what will surely be an important and lasting career in music."

Spalding combines the imaginative flights of a serious improviser with the musical accessibility of a pop star and within two years of her solo debut has beguiled success at nearly unimaginable heights. Esperanza, her 2008 release, spent over 70 weeks on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz chart and was the most successful internationally selling debut that year.

Chamber Music Society, Spalding's most recent release, is a brilliant marriage of string and jazz trio, and a showcase for her eclectic sensibilities along with her vocal and compositional talents. In January 2011, Chamber Music Society hit No. 1 on Billboard's Contemporary Jazz Albums chart.

Other career highlights include two televised performances at the White House, a Banana Republic ad campaign, features in Oprah Magazine and The New Yorker, numerous awards and high profile tour dates, capped by an invitation to perform at the 2009 Nobel Prize Ceremony in Oslo, Norway.

For more information, please visit: EsperanzaSpalding.com.



Markbass Celebrates 10th Anniversary
Launches New Products At 2011 NAMM Show


San Giovanni Teatino, Italy - 02/06/2011

Markbass began celebrating its 10th anniversary at the NAMM trade show in Anaheim, California, January 13-16, with a special event and the launch of some exciting new products.

The line-up of new products:

TTE 500 � A "modern vintage" head with a tube preamp, tube compressor, colour EQ filter (tube-driven VLE) and a special new TTE (Tube Technology Emulator) analog power amp that is designed to sound like a tube power amp. This classy looking head puts out 500W at 4 ohms and weighs 5.1 kg / 11.24 lbs.

Micromark 801 � a slightly larger version of the Micromark, which features an 8� speaker and a bass port. It's a louder, fuller-sounding upgrade, with 50W of power. It weighs 5,2 kg / 11.46 lbs.

MB 1000 � a single rack space stereo power amp that puts out 500W a side at 4 ohms, 300W a side at 8 ohms, or 1000W bridged into 8 ohms.

Ground Stereo Pre � the Alain Caron signature model stereo preamp, which takes the form of a foot pedal, with a wide array of inputs and outputs including a stereo effects loop, stereo balanced DI outputs, aux in and headphone output.

BAS 121 Lite � the Alain Caron signature powered speaker cabinet, which sends an impressive 800W to a 12" woofer and 200W to a 1.25" compression driver. Weighs 16,8 kg / 37 lbs.

Bass Tube Marker � a compact bass distortion pedal that runs on 9V or 12V or a 9V battery.

Markbass MB Octaver � a compact analog octave pedal with separate control for the dry signal, octave down and two octaves down. Runs on 9V or 12V or a 9V battery.

MoMark MVVL-HE - a master module for the MoMark modular amp system, that completes the High End series with gold connectors and top-quality components.

On Friday, January 14th, Markbass was joined by its distributors, artists, dealers, press partners, business associates and friends for an exciting party and concert. The event featured performances by Evan Marien; Michael Manring; Alain Caron with Frank Gambale and Damien Schmitt; Jeff Berlin with Marco Panascia and Danny Gottlieb; Hadrien Feraud with Chris Coleman, Ruslan Sirota and Katis; and the Travis Larson Band with bassist Jennifer Young.

The sister brand of Markbass, DV Mark, made its US debut at the NAMM show, and also launched several new products for 2011. For more information on these products, please visit DVMark.it.

Markbass is grateful to everyone who has played a role in supporting its great success over the past 10 years. Since its start in 2001, the brand has become the world leader in bass amplification and is now distributed in over 45 countries worldwide.

For more information, please visit: Markbass.it.



Aguilar Amplification Announces Artist Series Master Class
With Anthony Wellington


Anthony Wellington
New York, NY - 02/02/2011

Anthony Wellington (Victor Wooten band) will be returning to NYC for a second Aguilar Artist Series Master Class. Attendees will also get to play through the new Tone Hammer 500 amp and the SL 112 and SL 410 cabinets, which made a successful launch at this year's winter NAMM show.

The class, to be held on Tuesday, February 8th, 2011 at 7 PM, will feature Wellington in an intimate setting, sharing the knowledge that has made him one of the most in-demand bass teachers on the East Coast. Years of refining his teaching methods have led him to develop Bassology, Anthony's own instruction method. By early 2008, Bassology was no longer just a method but a dedicated teaching facility in the DC area.

Known in the bass playing community for his tenure as second bassist with The Victor Wooten Band, Wellington is sure to deliver a Master Class that will challenge and inspire.

Attendees should RSVP to info@aguilaramp.com before February 7th, 2011.

Anthony Wellington Artist Series Master Class / Aguilar Factory Tour
Tuesday, February 8th, 2011
599 Broadway, 7th Floor
NYC, NY 10012
Doors Open At 6:30 PM
Clinic At 7 PM � Free!

Aguilar Amplification is a manufacturer of high quality bass amplifiers, speaker cabinets and accessories located in NYC. Many of the world's greatest musicians have chosen to use Aguilar. Our list of endorsers includes Freddie Washington (Steely Dan), Tully Kennedy (Jason Aldean), Nate Query (The Decemberists), Josh Moreau (Katy Perry), Dennis Edwards (Lady Antebellum) and Branden Campbell (Neon Trees).

For more information, please visit: AguilarAmp.com.



Aguilar Amplification Announces The SL 410 Bass Cabinet


Aguilar Amplification SL 410 Bass Cabinet
New York, NY - 01/18/2011

Aguilar Amplification is pleased to announce the expansion of their super light cabinet line with the SL 410 bass cabinet. The SL series cabinets are the first lightweight bass cabinets with no compromise in tone.

The SL 410 is powerful enough for any size venue from small clubs to concert stages � all while weighing only 69 lbs. (31.30 kg)! The 4 ohm cabinet can handle 1200 watts RMS, features 4 custom-voiced woofers with 11 oz. Neodymium magnets and a phenolic tweeter with variable level control. With a frequency response of 38 Hz�16 kHz, the SL 410 provides the deep lows, strong midrange and smooth treble for which Aguilar is known for.

Speaking of the SL 410, bassist/educator Adam Nitti (Dave Weckl Band, Stephen Curtis Chapman) says, "The SL 410 impressed me with its dynamic range, punchiness and, of course, its light weight. Its footprint is small but the sound is big. This cabinet is a fantastic solution for players who love 4x10s but struggle with the weight of them."

The SL 410 will be released in late February 2011 and will carry a street price of $1299.00.

Aguilar Amplification is a manufacturer of high quality bass amplifiers, speaker cabinets and accessories located in NYC. Many of the world's greatest musicians have chosen to use Aguilar. Our list of endorsers includes Freddie Washington (Steely Dan), Tully Kennedy (Jason Aldean), Nate Query (The Decemberists), Josh Moreau (Katy Perry), Dennis Edwards (Lady Antebellum) and Branden Campbell (Neon Trees).

For more information, please visit: AguilarAmp.com.



Aguilar Amplification Announces The Tone Hammer 500 Super Light Amp


Aguilar Amplification Tone Hammer 500 Bass Amplifier
New York, NY - 12/23/2010

When Aguilar president Dave Boonshoft emerged from the company's tone laboratory one night last month he proudly proclaimed to his wife; "Honey, I shrunk the amp!"

Although they didn't actually use a shrink ray, Aguilar Amplification has created the Tone Hammer 500 - a 500 watt, loud, versatile, and musical bass amp that weighs only four lbs. and easily fits into the accessory pouch of most gig bags.

The legendary "Aguilar Sound" in the Tone Hammer 500 is full-sized though, and is produced by the Tone Hammer preamp, the same preamp used in the Tone Hammer D.I./preamp pedal, a favorite of bass players all over the world.

The Tone Hammer 500 features bass, treble and fully sweepable midrange controls. The Drive control utilizes Aguilar's proprietary AGS circuit, adding subtle distortion and EQ to the sound for that extra punch that can be perfect in a track.

The Tone Hammer 500 will be released in March of 2011 and carry a street price of $699.00.

Aguilar Amplification is a manufacturer of high quality bass amplifiers, speaker cabinets and accessories located in NYC. Many of the world's greatest musicians have chosen to use Aguilar. Our list of endorsers includes Freddie Washington (Steely Dan), Tully Kennedy (Jason Aldean), Yiorgos Fakanas (solo artist), Josh Moreau (Katy Perry), Dennis Edwards (Lady Antebellum) and Ray Riendeau (Halford).

For more information, please visit: AguilarAmp.com.



Aguilar Amplification Announces Master Class With Adam Nitti
And Preview Of Their New Super Lightweight Amp And Cabinets


New York, NY - 12/15/2010

Aguilar Amplification, maker of high-quality bass amplifiers, speaker cabinets and accessories for bassists is pleased to announce the continuation of their Artist Series Master Classes on Tuesday, January 4th, 2011 with endorsing artist, Adam Nitti. The event will also mark the unveiling of Aguilar's new super lightweight amplifier, the Tone Hammer 500.

An in-demand clinician and educator, Nitti is co-founder of the first interactive online music school, MusicDojo.com, in addition to being a staff instructor at both Victor Wooten's Bass and Nature Camp and Gerald Veasley's Bass Boot Camp.

As a bandleader, Nitti has released four albums, the most recent being 2009�s critically-acclaimed, Liminal. He has recorded and/or performed with fusion legends Mike Stern, Scott Henderson and The Dave Weckl Band, blues singer/guitarist Susan Tedeschi and Christian artists Phil Keaggy and Stephen Curtis Chapman.

This event is free to the public and will be held at Aguilar's New York City showroom. Attendees will tour the Aguilar factory and be able try out soon-to-be-released products such as the Tone Hammer 500 super lightweight amplifier and the recently announced super lightweight SL 112 cabinet.

RSVP to info@aguilaramp.com by January 3rd, 2011. Space is limited!

Adam Nitti Master Class and Aguilar Factory Tour
Tuesday, January 4th, 2011
599 Broadway 7th Floor
NYC, NY 10012
Doors open at 6:30 PM
Clinic at 7 PM � Free!

Aguilar Amplification is a manufacturer of high quality bass amplifiers, speaker cabinets and accessories located in NYC. Many of the world's greatest musicians have chosen to use Aguilar. Our list of endorsers includes Freddie Washington (Steely Dan), Tully Kennedy (Jason Aldean), Yiorgos Fakanas (solo artist), Josh Moreau (Katy Perry), Dennis Edwards (Lady Antebellum) and Ray Riendeau (Halford).

For more information, please visit: AguilarAmp.com.



Aguilar Amplification Announces The SL 112 Bass Cabinet


Aguilar Amplification SL 112 Bass Cabinet
New York, NY - 11/02/2010

Aguilar today announces the SL 112 bass cabinet (U.S. street price: $674.95), the first lightweight bass cabinet with no compromise in tone.

At only 25 lbs. (11.34 kg), the SL 112 represents an entirely new path to the world-class Aguilar tone featuring a Neodymium driver with a custom-designed crossover. The SL 112 also features a phenolic tweeter with variable level control and a frequency response ranging from 37Hz�16kHz.

"We spent a lot of time working on the crossover design to arrive at the smoothest possible frequency transitions. The ultra-light ply and subsequent cabinet tuning were also critical factors in achieving the signature tone of the SL 112," says Dave Boonshoft, President of Aguilar. The SL 112 handles 250 watts, 500 watts peak and includes one Neutrik Speakon and two 1/4" inputs.

Aguilar Amplification is a manufacturer of high quality bass amplifiers, speaker cabinets and accessories located in NYC. Many of the world's greatest musicians have chosen to use Aguilar. Our list of endorsers includes Freddie Washington (Steely Dan), Tully Kennedy (Jason Aldean), Yiorgos Fakanas (solo artist), Josh Moreau (Katy Perry), Dennis Edwards (Lady Antebellum) and Ray Riendeau (Halford).

For more information, please visit: AguilarAmp.com.



Marcus Miller Captures A Once In A Lifetime Evening On New Live Recording


Bassist, producer, composer, and all-around musician Marcus Miller has been a student and a leader, a creator and an interpreter, a master and a mentor in the art form of music � from his teen years to the present � with many more miles to go before he sleeps, a profound past paving the way to an as yet unfathomable future. Marcus continues this legacy with A Night in Monte-Carlo, a live audio document of an amazing concert he was commissioned to perform on November 29, 2008 in the "rich man's playground" of Monaco � a performance of music of his choice, much of it from his pen, featuring his arrangements for symphony orchestra. A Night in Monte-Carlo (CJA-32660-02) will be released February 1, 2011 on Concord Jazz, a division of the Concord Music Group. It features Marcus leading both his quartet and the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, with special guests: trumpeter Roy Hargrove as well as singer, songwriter and guitarist Raul Midon. "I was invited by Jean-Rene Palacio, the Artistic Director for the principality of Monaco to present some of my music with the orchestra on the French Riviera," Marcus recalls. No stranger to the area, as he has performed there many times AND played there on his downtime as a race car buff during the Grand Prix, Marcus relished the opportunity of sharing his music in the breathtaking and intimate 600-seat Monte-Carlo Opera House.

"The ceiling and every wall beneath is adorned with the most unbelievable murals," Marcus marvels. "The setting was gorgeous." More amazing were the fabulous musicians of the symphony. "The Monte-Carlo Orchestra was very hip. They were enthusiastic about my music and understood right away the sound I was trying to get," Marcus enthuses. "After the first day of rehearsal, they all lined up to shake my hand! That put me totally at ease and made this the most satisfying experience I've ever had with a symphony. My band and the orchestra became good friends over those three days of rehearsal."

The repertoire for A Night in Monte-Carlo covers nearly a century of music � from two styles of opera to jazz, including a contemporized spiritual and a timeless ballad. The program opened with a BANG with "Blast!" the GRAMMY-nominated Middle Eastern-tinged instrumental of futuristic world fusion funk that has been begging for a symphonic treatment since it was birthed on his ninth album, Marcus (2008). Not knowing what to expect, the audience was taken by surprise when the huge sounds of the orchestra and quartet filled the Opera House with this musical Molotov cocktail.

Next was a version of Miles Davis' "So What," the classic of cool from the master's groundbreaking 1959 LP Kind of Blue. "The original recording has a beautiful Bill Evans solo piano introduction that most musicians never play when they cover the tune," Miller states. "I took that intro and gave it a full orchestration that leads into some nice stretched out playing from Alex Han on alto sax and Federico Gonzalez Pena on piano. I loved the contrast between the orchestra and DJ Logic on turntables. The string players were looking at him like, 'What's that he's doing?' while Logic was glancing over his shoulder, blown away by what they were playing. That's what this was all about."

Next is a beautiful rendition of "I Loves You Porgy" from the Gershwin opera Porgy & Bess that features Miller playing the bittersweet melody on fretless bass � a tasty contrast as couched by the strings. Then the orchestra takes a break as Miller introduces one-man band Raul Midon to the stage to sing "State of Mind," a song that the blind singer/songwriter/guitarist recorded as the title track of the 2005 CD that launched him into the mainstream. Midon often performs the song alone simulating drums on the body of his guitar and the sound of a trumpet with his lips. Here, Marcus accompanies him on bass with Pena adding udu (an African percussion instrument). "What Raul does is amazing and this tune has a great energy," says Miller.

When the orchestra returns, it is to accompany one of the finest living jazz trumpet players, Roy Hargrove, on a song that Marcus composed for the great Miles Davis titled "Amandla," the soaring title track of the acclaimed 1989 follow-up album to the first Miller/Davis collaboration, Tutu. "Roy is one of the baddest trumpet players out there," Miller shares. "We're always passing each other in airports and at festivals. When I hosted the North Sea Jazz Cruise, I made sure to invite him as one of my guests. I had to bring him back for this show. His sound is gorgeous on this tune and he really opens up on his solo." Marcus additionally features Hargrove playing the warmer flugelhorn on a dreamy rendition of the 1941 chestnut "I'm Glad There Is You" � a song Hargrove recorded on his 2000 CD Moment to Moment: Roy Hargrove With Strings.

The second more traditional of the opera pieces follows with a lovely melodic statement from Giacomo Puccini's "O mio babbino caro (Oh, my dear papa)," a highlight from his 1918 one-act opera Gianni Schicchi. Again, Marcus plays the melody - usually associated with a lyrical soprano voice - on the fretless bass, providing a haunting feeing of deja vu for the audience within the Opera House. This leads into the grand finale of the festive Brazilian pop classic "Mas Que Nada." Marcus arranged and produced a soulful version of the song for singer Al Jarreau's 1994 CD/DVD project Tenderness. He reprises that here - propelled with aplomb by drummer Poogie Bell � as a vehicle for all to return to the stage, with Roy Hargrove trading trumpet lines with Raul Midon's "voice trumpet."

A Night in Monte-Carlo closes with two very special pieces. The first is Marcus' reverent yet contemporary interpolation of the spiritual "Amazing Grace" which he calls "Your Amazing Grace" that features him on an instrument that has fast become his most singular voice, the bass clarinet. That is followed by an inspired 11th hour addition, "Strange Fruit," recorded in his Los Angeles recording studio. The chilling portrait of racial hatred that Billie Holiday first performed in 1939 on the stage of Cafe Society, the title metaphorically conjures the bodies of black men, women and child lynch victims hanging from trees in the American south in the not so distant past. It is an image and meditation that Miller brings to highly emotive recall in his musical history lesson for orchestra, crying its blues through his mournful bass clarinet accompanied by the piano of his frequent friend and collaborator Herbie Hancock.

Reflecting on the Monte Carlo concert, Marcus states, "I loved that the audience was full of so many people who had never experienced anything like this. Some were jazz lovers who�d never been to a symphony or vice versa, or young people seeing their first jazz concert. Personally, I was very inspired by the collaboration with the orchestra, so much so that the sound lingered in my mind long afterward. When I returned to my studio in Los Angeles, I arranged and recorded "Strange Fruit" and added it as a bonus track to the Monte Carlo CD as a reflection of the impression this experience has left on me."

Since this recording was made in 2008, Marcus has presented A Night in Monte-Carlo with the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic featuring Lalah Hathaway and Raul Midon for the 50th Anniversary of Jazz a Juan in the summer of 2010, and more recently at the Tokyo Jazz Festival with the NHK Symphony Orchestra featuring Roberta Flack and young trumpeter, Christian Scott. He has tailored each program to include his special guests and plans to continue to do so with various artists for upcoming shows.

For more information, please visit: MarcusMiller.com.



Aguilar Amplification Names Mark Robinett Vice President Of Marketing


New York, NY - 10/13/2010

Aguilar Amplification is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Robinett to the newly established position of Vice President, Marketing. In his new role, Mark joins Dave Avenius and Dave Boonshoft in growing the Aguilar brand and providing marketing direction for new initiatives.

"The addition of Mark Robinett is critical to our overall expansion plans including our entry into new product categories. We are excited to add him to the team and look forward to utilizing his experience as our brand evangelist," said Dave Avenius, CEO of Aguilar.

Robinett joins Aguilar Amplification after over 25 years in the musical instrument (MI) industry. Most recently, he served as director of international marketing for Fender where he successfully worked with both direct territories and distributor-based, international partners. Mark's experience includes multiple positions both inside and outside of the MI industry including Peavey and Modulus Guitars.

Aguilar Amplification is a manufacturer of high quality bass amplifiers, speaker cabinets and accessories located in NYC. Our goal is to make products that sound great and have features that are essential to the most discerning of bassists.

Many of the world's greatest musicians have chosen to use Aguilar. Our list of endorsers includes Freddie Washington (Steely Dan), Tully Kennedy (Jason Aldean), Yiorgos Fakanas (solo artist), Josh Moreau (Katy Perry), Dennis Edwards (Lady Antebellum) and Ray Riendeau (Halford).

For more information, please visit: AguilarAmp.com.



Tascam Introduces TG-7 Tuner


Tascam TG-7 Tuner
Montebello, CA - 10/12/2010

Tascam's TG-7 tuner combines fast pitch detection and a 5" wide backlit LCD display to help musicians dial into perfect pitch. The TG-7, designed for guitar and bass players, has a 1/4" in and thru and fits perfectly on pedalboards and amplifiers. It has a built-in microphone and powerful metronome with internal speaker.

The tuner in the TG-7 uses high speed processing to calculate the pitch. Four tuner modes allow up to 1.25-cent steps on the display for maximum accuracy, and the tuner can be calibrated to an installed piano. They have desktop feet with a clip to attach to a music stand, and a tripod mount is also built-in. The metronome on the TG-7 can be set to various beat accents, and tap tempo allows the musician to find the tempo marking for any song.

The Tascam TG-7 will be available from select Tascam retailers in December 2010.

Features:
- Chromatic tuner
- Metronome with 30-300 BPM range and seven accent values
- 5" Wide backlit LCD display with note value and bargraph displaying pitch deviation
- Four display modes: Bargraph, Fine, Strobe Animation and Needle
- Oscillator for playing pitch
- Built-in speaker for pitch and metronome
- Built-in microphone for acoustic instruments
- Tuner Calibration mode
- Flip-out stand for tabletop use with hooks for music stand mounting
- Tripod mount
- Tuning modes: Guitar, Bass, Chromatic, Drop-D, Drop-G, Open-D, Open-G and five user-definable scales
- 1/4" in and thru jacks

For more information, please visit: Tascam.com.



Tascam Reinvents Trainers With GB-10


Tascam GB-10 Guitar/Bass Trainer/Recorder
Montebello, CA - 09/20/2010

Tascam is reinventing music education once again with the GB-10 Guitar/Bass Trainer/Recorder. Like their CD and MP3 trainers and recorders, the new trainers slow down and loop MP3 files without changing their pitch to help musicians learn new songs and licks. The latest generation features CD-quality recording with overdub to build up an arrangement. The SD card slot includes a 2GB card, and the new tabletop design makes it the perfect tool for music students, hobbyists or professionals to perfect their instruments.

The GB-10 Guitar/Bass Trainer/Recorder has a 1/4" guitar input and effects like amp modeling, delay and reverb for practicing using headphones. Adjust the balance of your instrument to play along with the music. A tuner and metronome are also included for precision playback, and a footswitch input allows hands-free control.

Tascam's GB-10 is the ideal practice tools for any musician, and it's available this month from your favorite music retailer.

Features:
- Instrument trainer / recorder
- 1/4" guitar/bass input
- Guitar/bass effects including amp modeling, delay, reverb, chorus and more
- Records 44.1kHz/16-bit WAV files
- Playback 16 or 24-bit WAV files or MP3 files
- SD/SDHC card media slot with included 2GB card
- Overdub recording allows sound-on-sound build up of an arrangement
- Loop playback using dedicated buttons
- Variable Speed Audition speeds up or slows down playback without changing the pitch
- Chromatic Tuner and Metronome
- USB 2.0 jack for high-speed music transfer
- Dedicated keys and large LCD display for easy operation
- New angled desktop design
- Includes 2GB SD card, AA batteries, USB cable

For more information, please visit: Tascam.com.



Aguilar Amplification Announces The AG 5J-60 Pickups


Aguilar Amplification AG 5J-60 Pickups
New York, NY - 08/30/2010

Aguilar Amplification is proud to announce the AG 5J-60 pickups for 5-string bass.

Modeled after a mid 60's Jazz Bass pickup, the AG 5J-60 pickups bring the dynamic and sought-after tone of a 1963 Fender Jazz bass to today's 5-string basses. The AG 5J-60 uses all the period correct parts, including Heavy Formvar wire and Alnico V magnets.

Aguilar developed a proprietary winding pattern to give these pickups great string-to-string consistency while sounding full and articulate. These pickups complement any bass and are a great match with Aguilar's OBP on-board preamps.

The AG 5J-60 calibrated pickup set is a direct replacement in the Fender Jazz V and many other 5-string basses. Single Neck and Bridge pickups are also available.

The AG 5J-60 pickups will be available in September 2010 and carry a street price of $189.00.

For more information, go to: http://www.aguilaramp.com/products_pickups_AG5J60.htm.

Aguilar Amplification manufactures high quality bass pickups in NYC. Our goal is to make pickups that sound great and satisfy the most discerning bassists.

Aguilar pickups are used by many famous bass players including Justin Meldal-Johnsen (NIN, Beck, and many others), Anthony Wellington (Victor Wooten), Matt Taylor (Motion City Soundtrack), and Matt Novesky (Blue October). For more information, please visit: AguilarAmp.com.



Aguilar Amplification Announces The Filter Twin Dual Envelope Filter


Aguilar Amplification Filter Twin Dual Envelope Filter
New York, NY - 07/02/2010

Aguilar Amplification, an industry leader in creating high-quality amplifiers, speaker cabinets and accessories for discerning bassists, is pleased to announce the Filter Twin dual envelope filter.

The hotly anticipated Filter Twin uses two identical filters sweeping in opposite directions, one up and one down. This unique design creates classic 70's-inspired funk sounds and completely new and original filter tones. Aguilar's Chief Technical Officer, Geof Lipman, says, "Having two filters moving around gives you a more organic, vocal quality. By using two filters you are able to get expressive new sounds that you can't get from other pedals."

The Filter Twin employs an intuitive four-knob layout. The blend control pans between the filters, allowing the user to mix how much of each filter they hear. The threshold control determines how sensitive the unit is to different playing styles, while the velocity controls determine the speed of each filter.

Features:
- Separate velocity controls for each filter
- Blend control allows for panning between filters
- Gig-saver bypass (signal passes even if your battery dies)
- Power: Nine-volt battery or optional universal power supply
- Heavy duty steel construction

The Filter Twin will be available in July 2010 and has a street price of $199.00.

Aguilar Amplification is a manufacturer of high quality bass amplifiers, speaker cabinets and accessories located in NYC. Our goal is to make products that sound great and have features that are essential to the most discerning of bassists.

Many of the world's greatest musicians have chosen to use Aguilar. Our list of endorsers includes Adam Clayton (U2), Hugh McDonald (Bon Jovi), Josh Moreau (Katy Perry), Dennis Edwards (Lady Antebellum), Stu Brooks (Matisyahu), Bryan Donahue (Boys Like Girls) and Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Nine Inch Nails). For more information, please visit: AguilarAmp.com.



Aguilar Amplification Announces The AGRO Bass Overdrive Pedal


Aguilar Amplification AGRO Bass Overdrive Pedal
New York, NY - 05/25/2010

Aguilar Amplification is pleased to announce the AGRO bass overdrive pedal, the newest addition to their family of effects for bassists. The AGRO is based on the saturation channel of Aguilar's celebrated AG 500 bass head. Capable of producing everything from warm, tube-like overdrive to full on distortion, this pedal will give you the grind you need without sucking out your low end.

The AGRO offers a wealth of overdriven sounds within an easy to use, 4-knob layout. The saturation control offers a tremendous range of distortion while the contour control allows you to dial in a scooped or a more aggressive, boosted midrange sound. The presence knob adds the right amount of 'attack' ensuring that your bass remains defined even with the most saturated settings. The output level control guarantees that you�ll be able to get the distortion you want at any volume level.

Features:
- Separate Saturation and output level controls
- Contour control: broad spectrum mid scoop centered around 900Hz
- Presence control: + 6dB/-20dB >4kHz
- Gig-saver bypass (signal passes even if your battery dies)
- Power: Nine-volt battery or optional universal power supply
- Heavy Duty steel construction

The AGRO will be available in June 2010 and has a street price of $179.00.

Aguilar Amplification is a manufacturer of high quality bass amplifiers, speaker cabinets and accessories located in NYC. Our goal is to make products that sound great and have features that are essential to the most discerning of bassists.

Many of the world's greatest musicians have chosen to use Aguilar. Our list of endorsers includes Adam Clayton (U2), Hugh McDonald (Bon Jovi), Josh Moreau (Katy Perry), Dennis Edwards (Lady Antebellum), Stu Brooks (Matisyahu), Bryan Donahue (Boys Like Girls) and Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Nine Inch Nails). For more information, please visit: AguilarAmp.com.



Aguilar Amplification Announces The AG-4J Bass Pickups


Aguilar Amplification AG-4J Bass Pickups
New York, NY - 03/19/2010

Aguilar Amplification is proud to announce the first in a line of premium quality bass pickups, the AG-4J "60's" single-coil bass pickups.

The Aguilar AG-4J pickups are designed to have both clarity and warmth and will reproduce all of the dynamics and nuances in your playing.

This pickup set is modeled after a mid 60's single-coil Jazz Bass pickup. The AG-4J uses all the period correct parts, including Heavy Formvar wire and Alnico V magnets. Aguilar developed a proprietary winding pattern to give these pickups great string-to-string consistency while sounding full and articulate. The pickups complement any bass and are a great match with Aguilar's OBP on-board preamps.

The AG-4J pickup set is for four string basses and is a direct replacement in Jazz Bass style basses. Single Neck and Bridge pickups are also available.

Retail Price: (Set of bridge and neck pickups): $199.00

Aguilar Amplification is a manufacturer of high quality bass amplifiers, speaker cabinets and accessories located in NYC. Our goal is to make products that sound great and have features that are essential to the most discerning of bassists.

Many of the world's greatest musicians have chosen to use Aguilar. Our list of endorsers includes Adam Clayton (U2), Hugh McDonald (Bon Jovi), Josh Moreau (Katy Perry), Dennis Edwards (Lady Antebellum), Stu Brooks (Matisyahu), Bryan Donahue (Boys Like Girls) and Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Nine Inch Nails).

For more information on the Aguilar Amplification AG-4J bass pickups, visit: AguilarAmp.com.



The Rocky Mountain Bass Slam 2010





Mile High Bass Camp Returns With Chuck Rainey


Mojo's Music Academy
Longmont, CO - 02/15/2010

Mojo's Music Academy in Longmont is gearing up for their fifth hosting of the Mile High Bass Camp and sponsoring the Rocky Mountain Bass Slam.

World-renowned bassists Chuck Rainey and Doug Johns will be in Boulder, Colorado this spring for a few days and will be offering some serious music from the low frequencies.

Chuck Rainey (www.chuckrainey.com) and Doug Johns (www.dougjohns.com) are two of the most influential bass players on the scene. They can be found in various bass magazines and all over the internet.

The Schedule For 2010
Friday, April 30th
Chuck Rainey, Doug Johns Duo, and Mojomama will all perform a set of music at the Eldorado Mountain Yoga Ashram in Eldorado Canyon, just outside of Boulder. This is truly something different for everyone to experience. The concert is from 7 PM � 10 PM. $10.00 cover at the door. Visit www.eldoradoyoga.net for directions.

Saturday, May 1st
Chuck Rainey and Doug Johns along with drummer Chris Ceja will host a Groove Workshop for bass players, drummers, and anyone else interested in music. The theme is Groove Concepts for Bass and Drums. Both Chuck and Doug will present a class demonstrating how they approach their role in the band. Everyone has the option to bring their bass, and they may get asked to come up and play a bit. The workshop is from 2 PM � 5 PM at the Boulder Outlook Hotel/Conference Room, www.boulderoutlookhotel.com. Admission is $20.00, and pre-registration is recommended. To register, call: 303.776.3373 or e-mail: paul@mojosmusicacademy.com.

Sunday, May 2nd
The Annual Rocky Mountain Bass Slam
Chuck Rainey and Doug Johns will headline this annual event which celebrates the commitment to the GROOVE and raises money to donate bass guitars to music programs at local schools in Colorado or an individual beneficiary. This is a full day of bass performances, some as solo and some as duo, featuring everything from rock to classical to funk and R&B. This year we have some amazing local talent in the lineup including Kim Stone, Andy Irvine, Jeff St. Andrews, Ron Buckner, Paul Erhard, Jodie Woodward, Joe Pacheco, Glenn Tapia, and Paul Rogalski. The event is scheduled from 1 PM � 6 PM at The Boulder Outlook Hotel. Tickets are $12.00. Pre-sale available by calling the Boulder Outlook Hotel at 303.443.3322, and ask for the Rocky Mountain Bass Slam.

As always, we will be presenting the best in music education and musicianship. All of these events are open invitation for not only bassists and drummers but anyone interested in learning about music. We hope to inspire attendees to practice or listen to music in a new way.

For more information on the Mile High Bass Camp, visit: MojosMusicAcademy.com. To learn more about the Rocky Mountain Bass Slam, go to: RockyMountainBassSlam.com.



Charlie Banacos - August 11, 1946 - December 8, 2009
Lessons With Charlie - By Cliff Engel


On December 8, 2009, the music community lost, Charlie Banacos, one of its most legendary and beloved educators. For the past half-century, Charlie was music instructor nonpareil. Although a pianist who specialized primarily in jazz education, the concepts and techniques Charlie taught were practically universal in application because his methods transcended any single instrument or musical style. Charlie's roster of students featured a distinguished list of award-winning virtuosos. Bassists including Jeff Berlin, Alain Caron, and Jimmy Earl are just a few of the world-renowned musicians to have studied with Charlie. Many of today's best up-and-coming jazz artists either studied with Charlie or with one of his long-time students.

My career as a musician could be split into two different eras, B.C. (Before Charlie) and A.C. (After Charlie). I had the privilege of studying with Charlie for nearly six years spanning from 1994-1999. While attending a summer session at Berklee College of Music in 1993, I was introduced to Charlie's teachings through a number of his students who were studying privately with him while they were also enrolled at Berklee and the New England Conservatory of Music. After that summer session ended, I returned home to pursue a degree in music performance on acoustic upright bass from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas because I didn't have the financial resources, like most other students, required to study at Berklee and live in Boston on a full-time basis. By the end of the first semester of my freshman year, I was very disappointed with the little information I had been taught. The music department at FHSU was so small that it didn't employ even a part-time bass instructor so I, along with all of the other string majors at that time, had to take lessons under the direction of a violinist who did nothing more than assign me a page of Simandl exercises every week.

If I was ever going to take my playing to the next level, I knew I had to get lessons from Charlie. I didn't know if I had much of a chance at becoming one of Charlie's students because Charlie maintained an extremely lengthy waiting list that at any point could be two or more years deep. People would regularly commute for hours from neighboring cities and states in order to attend a 30-minute private lesson with Charlie. I have even heard stories of how some people would fly in periodically from different countries in order to study with Charlie in his local studio. I sent Charlie a copy of my audition tape that I used to gain admittance to Berklee, and a week later I received a letter from him outlining the different areas he thought he could help me strengthen. One of the most notable characteristics that made Charlie a brilliant instructor was his ability to analyze short excerpts of your playing and immediately recognize the weaknesses requiring the most work. He would then assign the perfect homework for you to solidify those areas of your playing.

Over the next six years, I would continue to receive a new lesson from my mentor every two weeks consisting of notated exercises and a cassette tape where he would instruct me on how to practice the lesson material, and he would also outline some additional assignments to record and send to him for critique. Charlie was the first instructor that I ever had who was truly dedicated to the art of teaching music and wasn't teaching just to make a few extra dollars on the side to supplement his performance income like many other instructors. Also, unlike most bass teachers today who spend too much time tabbing the favorite licks and songs of their students, Charlie taught real music and the components that go into making that music. For homework, I would record a few of the exercises he had notated for me in different keys along with a solo over a jazz standard to demonstrate the assimilation of those concepts into real musical application. In addition to recording some of the exercises and a solo with each lesson, Charlie also had me transcribing solos by horn players and pianists. While he certainly advocated the study of bass solos if you were a bassist, we actually spent the vast majority of our lesson time analyzing the lines of players such as Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Sonny Stitt, Joe Henderson, Wynton Marsalis, Oscar Peterson, Chick Corea, and McCoy Tyner.

Charlie's lessons were addictive. I can remember waiting anxiously by the mailbox every two weeks for a new lesson to arrive because I knew it was going to be overflowing with real musical content. On every cassette tape in each lesson, I was greeted by Charlie with his heavy Boston accent, "hey Cliff, what's up man, what's happening out there in Kansas!" Listening to Charlie's voice on the cassette tapes always brought a smile to my face and you couldn't help but be inspired and motivated by his positive energy and encouraging words. His knowledge of jazz improvisation was unparalleled, and he always had classic stories to share about famous musicians which I still often think about. In one particular conversation, we were discussing his packed teaching schedule, and I will never forget him telling me how he only slept for a few hours each night before getting up early every morning to repeat a cycle that lasted for many years. He rarely took days off and even taught on the holidays including Christmas.

Charlie's lessons were intense and could be extremely time consuming if you were to fully integrate his concepts into your own playing. Following my freshman year of college, I quit school until 1998 in order to concentrate solely on Charlie's methods because I knew I would acquire more knowledge from Charlie in one year of private lessons than in four years at the local college. I learned more in the first lesson I had with Charlie than I did in the entire first semester of my freshman year in college. I could spend 4-5 hours per day, 7 days per week just practicing Charlie's techniques, and I would often still feel that I wasn't spending enough time on his material. From lesson #1, Charlie had me practicing everything in every key, and he also made me learn every exercise using two or three different sets of fingerings/shifts so I would be forced to internalize the music and not just memorize a set of fingering sequences or patterns/shapes on the fingerboard. Transposition to all 12 keys is something I have continued to advocate to my students ever since I studied with Charlie, and I think of him every time one of my students asks, "you mean I should learn this in EVERY key?" Charlie also got me into writing solos using his techniques in standard notation and singing solos over changes before attempting to play them on bass. Even though he was a pianist, Charlie recognized that bassists often play phrases based upon the physical design and limitations inherent to the instrument. He always stressed the importance of thinking in terms of notes because I needed to break the bad habit I had formed prior to our lessons of playing the same old patterns I had spent years reinforcing through repetition and muscle memory on the fingerboard. One of the many things I have been able to notice as I have gone back over the years to compare those recordings I made B.C. with those recordings made A.C. is that I no longer sounded like a typical bass player who just runs scale patterns up and down the fingerboard in a haphazard fashion while soloing. The phrasing within the solos gradually became more fluid and horn-like. Now, every time I take a solo, I think of Charlie and all the ways his guidance improved my playing. My only regret is that I didn't continue studying with Charlie for a longer period of time because I eventually returned to college on a full-time basis to finish the degree I had started several years earlier.

Before I started studying with Charlie, I fully intended to obtain a degree in bass performance and tour as a professional musician, but Charlie's dedication to teaching inspired me to become an instructor. Since 2000, I have taught hundreds of bassists through my correspondence lessons and the internet. I have often wondered what I would be doing now had I not been introduced to Charlie Banacos because had I never studied with him, I probably never would have pursued a career in teaching, or at the very least, I certainly wouldn't take it as seriously as I do today. Through the thousands of students that studied with Charlie over the past several decades, his legacy will continue to influence and inspire other music teachers and students for generations to come.

Charlie's Obituary From The Boston Globe
Jazz guru Charlie Banacos, 63, of Gloucester, Massachusetts passed away Dec. 8, 2009 following a brief battle with cancer. He was a pianist, composer, author, and educator, concentrating on jazz. He created over 100 courses of study for improvisation and composition. His concepts of teaching and his courses have influenced educators since the late 1950's. He is the original author of courses named "Hexatonics," "Intervallics," "Tetratonics," "Superimpositions," "Harps," "Overlaps," "Bitonal Pendulums," "Double Mambos," "Twenty-Third Chords," "Tonal Paralypsis," and "Triad Pairs" among others. These and many of his other terms for his courses have become part of the basic lexicon in jazz education. The ear training methods he devised specifically for the improvising musician are imitated in college courses and ear training routines by many educators around the world. His exercises have been used at such institutions as Berklee College of Music, The New School, Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory of Music, Longy School of Music among others. At the time of his death, Mr. Banacos was in the process of consolidating many of his courses along with the assistance of his daughter, pianist Barbara Banacos. When guitarist Mike Stern showed his employer, Miles Davis, some of Banacos' ear training exercises, Davis stated "I know that Banacos. Give me his telephone number. I'm gonna get me some lessons." Michael Brecker once said of Banacos "He's some kind of genius." His students have performed or recorded with Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Maynard Ferguson, Chick Corea, Wynton Marsalis, David Liebman, Wayne Shorter, Michael Brecker, and Joe Henderson, among others. His students and musical associates include Mike Stern, Danilo Perez, Wayne Krantz, Jeff Berlin, Garry Dial, Gerard D'Angelo, Vic Juris, Daryl Rhodes, Michael Brecker, Jerry Bergonzi, Marilyn Crispell, Leni Stern, and Rachel Z among many others.



The Bass Workout - A Playing Workshop For Electric And Acoustic Bassists


The Bass Workout
The Bass Workout is a wonderfully positive environment for learning. Created by Jim Stinnett, the Bass Workout is all about playing, playing, and more playing. "Over the past 20 years at Berklee College of Music, I have developed materials and a style of teaching that has proven highly effective."

In a lab style classroom, all students at the Bass Workout are participating all of the time. Topics include: technique, walking lines, slap, tap, reading, practice techniques, and transcription. All books and materials used at the Workout are given to the students. "My goal is for each student to go away with the knowledge of how and what to practice to reach his or her goals."

Because of the Workout's intimate setting, each student has the opportunity to rehearse and perform with professional players. The Bass Workout faculty includes: Rob Gourlay (bass), Jim Stinnett (bass), Everett Pendleton (guitar), and Tom Arey (drums).

In 2010, Stinnett Music will present 6 Bass Workout sessions:
January 13: Bass Workout Austria
January 29 - 31: Bass Workout
February 19 - 20: Bass Workout California
March 12 - 14: Recording Workout
June 16 - 19: New Hampshire Bass Fest
October 8 - 10: Double Bass Workout

For more information and registration, visit: BassWorkout.com.



Arizona Bass Players Festival & Workshop - March 6 - 7, 2010


Tucson, AZ - 02/13/2010

Get the exciting "Low Down" on the Arizona Bass Players Festival and Workshop! It is a two-day concert and workshop event for all enthusiasts of bass playing (electric bass guitar, the string bass, double bass, upright bass, etc). The workshops are open to registered participants of any age, instrument and performance level. All evening concerts are open to the public (donation at the door).

The Arizona Bass Players Festival and Workshop features the finest bass musicians from around the globe. This year the Festival is featuring local artist, Patrick Neher, an avant-garde multi-media bassist and Professor at the University of Arizona, and David Murray, internationally recognized virtuoso soloist and clinician from Butler University. Each guest artist will give public performances, master classes, and numerous workshops and clinics at the Center for the Arts, Pima Community College West, Tucson, Arizona. There will also be open "jam-sessions," a special clinician's forum on the music business and bass maintenance, and a special free concert where all the clinicians and others playing huge bass-ensemble music in jazz and new music genres, and a performance of the winner of the 2009 Solo Competition, Alexander Jacobsen, who is presently a student at the Curtis Institute of Music, in Philadelphia.

What, When & Where:
Entry to all public concert events is with suggested donation to Arizona Bass Players.

Arizona Bass Players Festival, March 6-7, 2010:
Pima Community College West - Center for the Arts, Recital Hall

Public Concerts:
Saturday, March 6, 7:00 PM: Guest Artist Performance: David Murray in a varied program of music for solo bass and music for bass and piano.

Sunday, March 7, 4:30 PM: Alexander Jacobsen performs classics for solo bass and piano.

Sunday, March 7: All Guest Artists of the ABP Festival Ensembles and Open Jam, featuring duets featuring David Murray and Patrick Neher, and other ensembles, then an open-to-anyone music jam lead by Patrick Neher.

Workshops:
See www.arizonabassplayers.org for updated information on specific workshop schedules. Master classes, warm-ups, and rotational workshops occur throughout each day: March 5 - 8. All workshop events are held in the ASU School of Music and feature our named clinicians. Registration is required by going to www.arizonabassplayers.org or calling 520-743-7229. There are single and multi-day workshop registrations available.

Who:
The 2010 Arizona Bass Players Festival will feature these cross-genre artists / clinicians.

Patrick Neher
A highly skilled concert performer, Patrick Neher has been on the faculty of the Univ. of Arizona School of Music for 24 years. With solo repertory of over 300 works and six solo recordings, he is known as a creative and innovative performing artist who keeps his audience on their toes, never quite knowing what to expect. More information at: www.patrickneher.com.

David Murray
Internationally recognized soloist and clinician, David Murray is a former student of the incomparable virtuoso, Gary Karr. David is presently Professor of Double Bass at Butler University, is principal bassist with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, with Sinfonia da Camera, and he performs at the Bear Valley Festival (California) during the summer. Known for his unique theatrics and highly musical interpretations, David has premiered numerous new compositions of American composers, and has performed in venues throughout Europe, Canada, and the USA. See: www.butler.edu/music/bios-faculty-staff/david-murray.

For more information, visit: ArizonaBassPlayers.org.



Markbass Launches New Products For 2010


San Giovanni Teatino, Italy - 01/26/2010

Markbass has announced its new lineup of bass amplification products for 2010, recently showcased at the Winter NAMM show in Anaheim, California. All of the new products will be manufactured at the Markbass factory in Italy and will be available at Markbass dealers worldwide in the Spring of 2010.

Amp Heads

Last year Markbass introduced a revolutionary modular bass amp system called MoMark, which allows customers to choose the power and features in their amp, and change them anytime. This year, four "ready-to-play" MoMark heads will make it even easier for customers to get in the game. Once they have one of these heads, they will have the option to collect other preamp, EQ and master modules and change their amp up any time they like!

The MoMark SA 500 is a 500W solid-state/analog head with the same features as its predecessor, the SA 450. The MoMark SD 800 is a modular version of the SD 800 (solid state head with an 800W digital power amp), the MoMark TA 500 has a tube preamp with a mute switch and a 500W analog power amp, and the MoMark LMK replaces the two-channel, 500W LMK head.

The Little Mark II (and now Little Mark III) has always been a popular choice for rock bassists. So joining the Little Mark family this year is the cool-looking Little Mark Rocker 500 - a compact amp designed to rock! An onboard tube drive circuit allows you to charge up your tone with whatever type of grit, overdrive or distortion you want.

MoMark Modules

This year there are two new modules that give MoMark users some great new options. The Acoustic In preamp module is designed especially for acoustic instruments, and features two inputs with separate gain controls (one 1/4", one combo XLR/1/4") and switchable 48V phantom power. Sliding one of these preamps into any MoMark head instantly transforms it into an acoustic amplifier!

The EQ 44S-HE module features four bands of semi-parametric EQ, top-end internal components and gold connectors.

Cabinets

It's a big year for innovation in the world of Markbass cabinets. For starters, there's a whole new line called the Club Series. Actually a revival of Marco De Virgiliis' first cabinet line, it's the most lightweight Markbass cabinet series, using slightly thinner Italian poplar, the latest generation of Markbass/B&C custom speakers, and top-grade custom Tolex covering. All but one of them (the 600F32) can sit back in wedge monitor position for better onstage sound.

The Club 600F32 is a re-issue of one of Marco's first products - a front-ported 2x12 with a new 1.25" compression driver and a gloriously full-range sound that takes Markbass fidelity to a new level. The Club 102 is an ultralight 2x10 with lots of punch, the Club 151 is a highly portable cab with unusually defined tone for a 1x15, and the Club 121 1x12 is now the lightest Markbass cabinet but also benefits from the smooth highs of a 1" compression driver and custom horn.

Markbass - New York 804 There are two new additions to the New York Series in 2010. Hot on the heels of the great success of the New York 604 (4x6") is the New York 804, which features four 8" speakers and has the sound and power handling (1000W) to pose a threat to just about any 4x10 on the market!

In response to many requests for a Markbass 2x12 cabinet, there is the New York 122, a rear-ported alternative to the Club 600 F32.

Now Markbass is offering a rear-ported 8x10 with its trademark yellow speakers, the Standard 108HR. It's got the celebrated true-to-the-source tone expected from Markbass, and the aggressive tone and power expected from an 8x10, but it only weighs 89 lbs!

Alain Caron Signature Model Stereo Preamp And Powered Cabinet

Markbass artist and bass legend Alain Caron has teamed up with Marco De Virgiliis to design a signature model stereo preamp and powered cabinet.

Markbass - Alain Caron BAS 121 The BAS 121 is a 700W powered cabinet with a custom 12" woofer, a 6" mid-range speaker and a 1.25" compression driver and custom horn. The cab is designed to produce a very flat response - but its special innovation is the fact that it comes with software that allows you to tune the cabinet to your liking with detailed EQ control.

Alain uses stereo effects, so he uses two cabinets and needs a stereo preamp to use stereo effects. So the Ground Stereo Pre has been designed as a stereo preamp in foot pedal form, with enough ins and outs to suit any need, and four-band EQ for each channel. The pedal can also store EQ presets created with the cabinet software, allowing you to change your cabinet tunings on the fly without a computer.

Accessories

Four new Markbass accessories are designed to improve the lives of bass players:
The Bass Bag 24 is like a gig bag and overnight bag in one - it has room for either two basses, or one bass and clothing, accessories, laptop computer, etc. It's perfect for an out-of-town overnighter gig.

Since Little Mark heads are small and it doesn't make sense to put them in a traditional-sized rack case, there is now a little-sized Hard case for the Little Mark Series!

The Super MoMark Bag is a versatile knapsack-style amp bag with enough storage room for two heads, or a head and a laptop, charts, cables, effects, extra modules and more.

The Super DI Transformer allows you to upgrade any Little Mark DI output with a studio grade DI - it's essentially like putting a Super Pro DI Box inside your amp!

For more information on Markbass and all of their new products for 2010, visit: Markbass.it.



SWR Sound Corporation Introduces Headlite & Amplite


Scottsdale, AZ - 01/14/2010

The legendary SWR tube preamplifier meets Class D power amp technology in this groundbreaking new product! The SWR headlite is a 3.8 pound (1.7 kg), 400 watt dynamo that delivers the tonal clarity SWR amps are famous for, as well as an astonishingly thunderous low-end response for such a diminutive package. But don't let the size fool you � this is a full-featured professional quality bass amplifier!

Ideal as a stand-alone amp in a head/speaker rig or partnered with the amplite � a matching 400-watt power amplifier � in a multiple power amp rig, the headlite is an extremely versatile performance tool for stage or studio. The headlite includes a handy accessory bag designed for a headlite, an amplite and all the necessary cables � or it can be rack-mounted in 1/2 rack space with the optional rack-mount kit.

SWR Headlite Features -
- SWR Tube Preamp with 3-Band Semi-Parametric EQ
- -10dB Input Pad Switch
- Mute Switch with LED Indicator
- Aural Enhancer with Defeat Switch
- True Balanced Line Out (XLR & 1/4") with Ground Lift, Pre/Post Switch and Level Control
- 400 Watts into 4 ohms
- Compression/Preamp Clip Indicator LED
- Shift Switch with LED Indicator for Classic (200 Hz)/Contemporary (600 Hz) Aural Enhancer Positions
- Effects Blend (Wet/Dry) with Compressor Level
- Poweramp Clip Indicator LED
- Speakon Speaker Output Jack
- Preamp Out Jack
- Footswitch Input Jack
- Ground Lift Switch
- Pre/Post Switch and DI Level
- Effects Loop (Send/Return)
- Direct Output Jack
- Black Steel Chassis with Chromed Rails and Controls
- 3.75 lbs.
- Dimensions - Height: 1.75", Width: 8.5", Depth: 9.75"
- One 12AX7 Preamp Tube
- Includes carrying bag
- Optional 2-Button Foot Switch for Mute, Effects On/Off, Plus an Integrated Tuner
- Rackmountable with optional kit

The new SWR amplite is nothing short of revolutionary, providing 400 watts of power in a 3-pound (1.36 kg) package that can be easily "daisy-chained" for multiple power amplifier rigs. The amplite was designed as the partner to our new headlite professional bass amplifier, but is also ideal for pro audio or monitoring applications.

The amplite can be rack-mounted with our optional rack-mount kit - two amplites will provide 800 watts of power in a single rack-space and weigh six pounds (2.72 kg)! - or slipped into a pocket of our optional accessory bag for convenient transport. (Accessory bag included with purchase of a headlite)

SWR Amplite Features -
- 400 Watts into 4 ohms
- Master Volume
- Poweramp Level Meter
- Parallel Speakon Speaker Output Jacks
- Pass-Through Jack
- Neutrik Combo Input Jack (XLR or 1/4")
- Black Steel Chassis with Chromed Rails and Controls
- Weight: 3.0 lbs.
- Dimensions - Height: 1.75", Width: 8.5", Depth: 9.75"
- Rackmountable with optional kit

For more information on the SWR Headlite & Amplite, visit: SWRSound.com.



Peavey Headliner Bass Amp Gives Players High Power & Essential Tone


Anaheim, CA - 01/14/2010

Peavey proudly introduces the Headliner, a new rack-mountable bass amplifier head in the Peavey Tour Series that brings massive power and innovative tone features to demanding bass players.

The Peavey Headliner is a 600-watt bass amplifier head that puts an incredible range of features at players' fingertips. The amp features a seven-band graphic EQ spaced at optimized frequencies, with each slider providing 15 dB of cut and boost, to provide comprehensive tone shaping at precise frequency bands. Players can use the graphic EQ in conjunction with the low and high shelving-type tone controls, or bypass the graphic EQ entirely.

A built-in optical Compressor with level control and bypass allows players to add the right amount of compression to the mix, while the Crunch feature adds a vintage tube effect that distorts only the high frequencies, preserving the all-important fat low end. The amp also features Bright and Contour switches, effects loop, master volume and headphone out. The Compressor and Crunch features are footswitch selectable.

The Headliner features a built-in XLR direct interface that players can use to route the signal to the house sound system or recording device, and an active/passive pickup switch that compensates for hot inputs. Peavey's exclusive DDT speaker protection circuitry senses the onset of clipping and responds with slight compression that allows the amp to retain the tone, headroom and dynamics (bypass switch included).

The Peavey Headliner bass amplifier will be available in Q2 2010 from authorized Peavey retailers.

Features -
- 600 watts maximum lightweight class D power
- Seven-band graphic EQ
- High and low EQ controls
- Pre-shape contour switch
- Bright switch
- Active/passive pickup switch
- Footswitchable optical compressor
- Footswitchable crunch switch adds tube-like tone
- Effects loop
- Master volume
- Headphone output
- Exclusive DDT speaker protection
- XLR direct interface
- Neutrik Speakon and 1/4" combo external speaker jack
- 1 1/2 rack space
- 12 lbs.
- U.S. MSRP $459.99

Founded in 1965, Peavey is one of the world's largest manufacturers of musical instruments and professional sound equipment. Peavey has earned more than 180 patents and produces more than 2,000 products, which are distributed throughout the United States and to 136 other countries. Peavey and its MediaMatrix, Architectural Acoustics, PVDJ, Crest Audio and Trace Elliot brands and affiliates can be found on concert stages and in more than 5,000 airports, stadiums, theme parks and other venues around the world.

For more information on the Peavey Headliner, visit: Peavey.com.



Reggie Washington Joins The Markbass Family


Markbass - Reggie Washington
San Giovanni Teatino, Italy - 01/12/2010

Reggie Washington, a versatile groove master from New York City now living in Brussels, is now a proud member of the Markbass family. "My first time really checking out Markbass equipment was at Bass Day UK '07, and talking with Jeff Berlin," says Reggie. "I could hear and feel my entire Woody bass. That's special from an amp!"

Reggie Washington was born into a musical family in 1962. At a young age he studied cello privately on a music scholarship and played in several orchestras. A highlight in Reggie's young career was performing with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra for four years under conductors Zubin Mehta, James Levine, Morton Gould and Claudio Abbado. While at the High School of Music and Art, he switched to acoustic bass at the insistence of conductor Anthony Diaz. Reggie studied bass classically with William Blossom (NY Philharmonic), jazz with Paul West (Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Williams) and afro-cuban with Victor Venegas (Fania All-Stars). The electric bass came along after spending many musical nights at home with his brother and Marcus Miller.

Over the last 20+ years, he has amassed recording, collaborating and/or touring credits with a diverse and talented melange of artists: Cassandra Wilson, Don Byron, Oliver Lake, Ronnie Cuber, Buddy Williams, Lester Bowie, World Saxophone Quartet, Steps Ahead, Will Smith, Arthur Blythe, M-Base Collective, Meshell N'degeocello, Ute Lemper, Jean-Paul Bourelly, Uri Caine and Cheick-Tidiane Seck. He has performed at almost every jazz and music festival worldwide with award winning artists such as Roy Hargrove, Branford Marsalis, Steve Coleman and Chico Hamilton.

In 2005 Reggie became a leader, and in 2006 he released his debut CD A Lot of Love, LIVE! � recorded at two live concerts with saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, drummer Gene Lake and Belgian musicians (saxophonist) Erwin Vann and (drummer) Stephane Galland. Reggie has been touring with his bands through Europe, playing sold out clubs and festivals all across Europe, UK and USA.

Reggie was profiled in Bass Player Magazine in 2007, and was among the winners of the Rising Stars electric bassist category in the Down Beat Magazine's 2008 Critics' Poll. He was also featured in the April 2008 issue of Jazz Times Magazine in an article entitled "Overdue Ovation; Groove Instincts."

Teaching and passing on knowledge has been an interest and passion for Reggie. He has given private instruction and workshops at the Conservatory of Music in Antwerpen, EZart Music Conservatory in Arnhem and the Institute of Music Performance in London. In August 2008, he participated in the Sligo Jazz Project in Ireland as the electric bass instructor and was a featured artist for the Jazz Fest. Participation in Bass Day UK '07 was a personal highlight in his music career.

To amplify his colorful, deep-grooving bass playing, Reggie has chosen a MoMark amplifier (consisting of an 800W amp frame, S2 preamp, EQ4S EQ module, and M0 master module), a Little Mark Tube 800 amplifier, and two Standard 104HR cabinets. For upright bass he has a Markacoustic AC 121 combo.

What's up for Reggie in 2010?
Live work and touring with Robin McKelle, saxophonist Jacques Schwarz-Bart, J.T. Lewis' Middle Passage, saxophonist Fabrice Alleman Quartet (with string orchestra), and guitarist Jean Paul Bourelly. In addition, he'll be playing gigs and festivals (Qatar, Dijon) with his two bands: the Reggie Washington Jazz Trio, and Music of The Phrase (MoTP). He will also be teaching privately in Brussels and giving master classes and workshops all across Europe.

For more information on Markbass, visit: Markbass.it.



Bass Workout California - February 19 - 20, 2010


San Rafael, CA - 12/10/2009

The Bass Workout is designed to get you practicing the right stuff. Emphasis is placed on correct hand position and developing good practice habits. Left and right hand techniques will be covered in depth. We will build stamina, speed, and fingerboard knowledge through intense workouts. By using play-alongs you will be able to duplicate our practice routines on your own. Reading skills are not necessary to participate, however this session is not for beginners.

Topics will include: Technique, Walking Bass Lines, Slap Technique, Tap Technique, Ear Traning, Reading, Practice Techinques, Chord Melody, and Jazz Improvisation

Faculty: Michael Manring, Todd Johnson, Grant Stinnett, Jim Stinnett

Location: San Francisco - BASS, Bay Area Sound Studios, 85 Mitchell Blvd., San Rafael, CA 94903

Time: 9:00 AM - 8:30 PM

Sponsored by: Zon Guitars & AccuGroove Amplification

For more information and registration, visit: BassWorkout.com.



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Aguilar Amplification Announces The TLC Compressor


Aguilar Amplification - TLC Compressor
New York, NY - 11/02/2009

The TLC Compressor is designed to give musicians the ability to control their dynamics in a flexible and musical way, making it an invaluable musical tool for both recording and live use. Our proprietary Trans Linear Control (TLC) circuit enables us to achieve unprecedented levels of performance in a small package.

The TLC Compressor features a four-knob layout to provide a full set of important features. Using a wide range of attack times and variable threshold and slope levels, you'll be able to dial in just the right sound. Aguilar's TLC Compressor gives you a range of control usually found only in expensive studio compressors.

Features:
- Threshold control: variable from -30 to -10 dBu
- Slope control: variable from 2:1 to infinity
- Attack control: variable from 10ms to 100ms
- Level control: -infinity to -3dBu
- Low Distortion: (less than 0.2 %)
- Gig-saver bypass (signal passes even if your battery dies)
- Power: Nine-volt battery or optional universal power supply
- Heavy Duty steel construction
- Battery life 100 hours

The TLC Compressor will be released in January 2010 and carries a US MSRP of $269.

Aguilar Amplification is a manufacturer of high quality bass amplifiers, speaker cabinets and accessories located in NYC. Our goal is to make products that sound great and have features that are essential to the most discerning of bassists.

Many of the world's greatest musicians have chosen to use Aguilar. Our list of endorsers includes jazz greats such as Nathan East (Herbie Hancock) and John Patitucci, rock and roll heroes like Fieldy (Korn), Matt Rubano (Taking Back Sunday) and Hugh McDonald (Bon Jovi) and the busiest of session bassists like Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Nine Inch Nails) and Ethan Farmer (New Kids on the Block).

For more information on Aguilar Amplification, please visit: AguilarAmp.com.



Evidence Audio Introduces The Forte Instrument Cable


Evidence Audio - The Forte Instrument Cable
San Juan Capistrano, CA - 10/01/2009

Evidence Audio, award-winning supplier of performance-based cable products to the music instrument and studio market, introduces the Forte instrument cable. The Forte offers a musician the best in flexibility, performance and reliability in one package. The Forte's innovative design provides the quality of sound we are known for while maintaining the flexibility of common cables.

One of the largest contributing factors to audio performance is the negative effect of conductor strand interaction. While the best way to eliminate strand interaction is to use solid-core conductors inside a cable, these conductors can reduce the overall flexibility of the cable. The Forte's design greatly reduces the problems created by strand interaction. IGL-ECS conductors are used made from many individually insulated strands of high-purity copper to minimize electrical interaction, electromechanical modulation and skin-effect anomalies.

The Forte additionally benefits from a semi-balanced geometry which avoids using the shield to carry the audio signal. The sound is powerful, dynamic and articulate, and ensures faithful transmission of your signal without coloration or dynamic compression.

Designer Tony Farinella states "Where musicians demand the sound quality offered by Evidence Audio, without giving up the flexibility and feel they are accustomed to with traditional cables, the Forte is the logical solution."

The Forte is available in available from dealers prepared in 10, 15 and 20 foot lengths. A 10 foot Forte cable has a United States MSRP of $105.00. The Forte is also available in custom lengths through authorized Evidence Audio Custom Shops.

About Evidence Audio
Evidence Audio was founded in 1997 to offer the finest musical instrument and studio cables available. The technology is based on 20 years of research in preserving the quality of sound as it passes through electronics. Cables are an area in the production and reproduction realm that can deliver serious improvement (or degradation) for the least amount of money. A void was recognized in the music industry for cable products that could deliver performance on par with their marketing hype. Hence the formation of Evidence Audio to bring performance-based cables at reasonable prices to those of us "laying it down."

For more information on Evidence Audio, visit: EvidenceAudio.com.



Mojo's Music Academy Presents A Weekend Of Bass And Drums
With Doug Johns And Chris Ceja


Longmont, CO - 09/16/2009

November 12, 13, and 14 will provide a chance for Colorado rhythm section players to learn a thing or two from a great bass and drum duo. Bassist Doug Johns and drummer Chris Ceja tour the country as a bass and drum duo. In addition to numerous clubs, clinics, and festival bookings, also look for Doug playing such events as BassQuake, Bass Player Live, and Bass Bash with a host of other stellar bassists. While in Colorado, they will be teaching private lessons, hosting a bass and drum clinic as well as two live performances for the general public. All these events will be taking place in the Longmont/Boulder area.

Their schedule will look like this while they're in town:
Thursday, November 12th - Private lessons with Doug or Chris from 5�9 PM at Mojo's Music Academy in Longmont

Friday, November 13th - Bass and Drum Groove Clinic from 7-8 PM at the Deli Zone in Longmont, open to general public, $12.00

Friday Night - The clinic will be followed by a performance from 8:30�11 PM with Mojomama at the Deli Zone in Longmont, all ages show and open to the public, $5.00

Saturday, November 14th - Private lessons with Doug or Chris from 10 AM � 1 PM at Mojo's Music Academy in Longmont

Saturday Night - Live performance with Mojomama and Watch For Wildlife from 7-9 PM in Boulder at Shoshoni in Eldorado Canyon, all ages show open to the public, $10.00

Please take advantage of all these great opportunities in our backyard. For private lessons, you must call in advance for a time slot. Please pre-register for the clinic on Friday as well.

For more details, please visit: MojosMusicAcademy.com or call: 303.776.3373 for your reservation.



Aguilar Amplification Announces Latin Bass Master Class
Featuring Oskar Cartaya And Ruben Rodriguez


Aguilar Amplification - Oskar Cartaya And Ruben Rodriguez
New York, NY - 09/10/2009

Aguilar Amplification, maker of high-quality bass amplifiers, speaker cabinets and accessories for bassists, is pleased to announce a Latin Bass Master Class on Saturday, September 26th, 2009 at their New York City headquarters with endorsing artists, Oskar Cartaya and Ruben Rodriguez. This master class is free of charge.

Mainstays in the Latin jazz world, Oskar and Ruben will be teaching the history of Latin jazz as well as demonstrating some of the rhythms and techniques that have fueled their playing over the years.

Oskar's credits include Spyro Gyra, Herb Albert, Jennifer Lopez, Celia Cruz, Ruben Blades, Tito Puente and many others. As a solo artist, his band Cartaya's Enclave plays "a gumbo of jazz and funk, Afro-Caribbean percussion and urban street soul attitude." Some of Ruben's credits include Grover Washington Jr., John Scofield, Mavis Staples, Celia Cruz, Gato Barbieri and Willie Colon. Ruben has widely been recognized as one who has revolutionized the sound of contemporary Salsa.

Please RSVP to info@aguilaramp.com. Space is limited!

Oskar Cartaya/Ruben Rodriguez Clinic And Aguilar Factory Tour
Saturday, September 26th, 2009
599 Broadway, 7th Floor
NYC, NY 10012
Doors Open At 12:00 P.M.
Clinic At 1 P.M. � Free!

Aguilar Amplification is a manufacturer of high quality bass amplifiers, speaker cabinets and accessories located in NYC. Our goal is to make products that sound great and have features that are essential to the most discerning of bassists.

Many of the world's greatest musicians have chosen to use Aguilar. Our list of endorsers includes jazz greats such as Nathan East (Herbie Hancock) and John Patitucci, rock and roll heroes like Fieldy (Korn), Matt Rubano (Taking Back Sunday) and Hugh McDonald (Bon Jovi) and the busiest of session bassists like Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Nine Inch Nails) and Ethan Farmer (New Kids on the Block).

For more information on Aguilar Amplification, please visit: AguilarAmp.com.



Industrial Radio Releases 4-String Midi Bass


Industrial Radio
Sydney, Australia - 08/10/2009

Industrial Radio is proud to announce the release of the 4-string Midi Bass, a hybrid bass guitar and MIDI controller.

The Industrial Radio Midi Bass combines classic bass design with onboard MIDI tracking technology to provide bassists with low latency MIDI tracking.

The Midi Bass offers cutting-edge bassists the opportunity to accurately control synthesizer and sampler technology direct from the bass, both in the studio and live.

The Midi Bass features unique proprietary MIDI tracking technology designed and developed by Industrial Radio.

The MIDI technology is comprised of a series of electronic sensors embedded throughout the bass guitar, including the fingerboard and bridge. When a note is played, sensors detect this and generate a parallel MIDI stream that can be routed to any MIDI compatible device. This is synchronised with the regular bass audio from the magnetic pickups.

This multi-sensor approach to MIDI tracking provides incomparable speed, accuracy and reliability in the process of MIDI tracking.

The Midi Bass features an LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) in the top horn of the bass and specialised controls for easy programming and configuration of advanced MIDI settings.

The Industrial Radio Midi Bass provides superior MIDI controller functionality in a quality instrument, crafted with clinical attention to detail, using only quality hardware. Designed for the professional bassist, the Industrial Radio Midi Bass seeks to provide the best of both the MIDI and classic bass guitar worlds.

Industrial Radio Midi Bass is available direct from Industrial Radio for U.S. $3,995.00 standard plus shipping.

For more information on Industrial Radio, please visit: IndustrialRadio.com.au.



Behemoth Bassist Orion Joins Markbass Family


San Giovanni Teatino, Italy - 08/06/2009

Death metal powerhouse and Behemoth bassist Tomasz "Orion" Wroblewski has joined the Markbass family as an endorsing artist.

The 29 year-old bassist from Warsaw, Poland, is one of many bassists now discovering the power of Markbass for metal music. "Markbass gear simply stands out," says Orion. "What I do with this gear is extreme metal music-and it perfectly fits the expectations of a bassist who is in need of house-crushing sound. And don't be misled by the Markbass gear's light weight-its sound is heavy as hell!"

Orion used Markbass gear for the recording of Behemoth's brand new album Evangelion, which will be released tomorrow in Europe on Nuclear Blast, and August 11 in the US on Metal Blade). He is currently rocking a Markbass rig on tour in the US, where the band has been headlining shows as well as performing alongside Slayer, Marilyn Manson, Cannibal Corpse and others.

Orion's live rig for the current US tour is two SD 800 heads and Standard 106HF, Standard 104HF and Standard 151HF cabinets.

Behemoth were nominated for Fryderyk Awards (the Polish Grammy), and won the UK Metal Hammer Golden Gods (Best Underground Band) award and Terrorizer Magazine's Best Live Band award. They've charted on Billboard and are currently on the cover of all the major metal magazines including Metal Hammer, Zero Tolerance, Decibel, Metalized and more.

So far Orion has performed about 600 shows with Behemoth, and recorded three studio albums, a live album, live DVD, a few EPs, and more. In addition to his work with Behemoth, Orion is a composer, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and music producer, fronts the band Vesania (playing guitar and singing) and plays bass for Black River.

The Behemoth US tour wraps up in Dallas, Texas on August 15. September through November will see the band take their intense live show across Europe.

For more information on Markbass, please visit: Markbass.it.



Aguilar Amplification Announces The Octamizer Analog Octave Pedal


Aguilar - The Octamizer
New York, NY - 08/03/2009

Following the success of last year's Tone Hammer preamp/DI, Aguilar Amplification is continuing their foray into the world of bass effects with the Octamizer analog octave pedal. The Octamizer is designed to give bass players access to a wide range of octave-based sounds with a simple user interface.

Featuring a four-knob layout, the Octamizer has independent volume controls for the clean and octave sounds so you can dial in the desired amount of each. The "Clean Tone" control uses a Full Spectrum Tilt EQ, allowing for the boosting of treble while cutting bass or boosting of bass while cutting treble. This unique circuit allows you to create a clean sound that creates an octave doubling effect or to blend the sounds together for a great thick, snarky synth tone. The Octamizer's "Octave Filter" control is a multi-pole low-pass Filter that lets you shape the octave sound from smooth and deep to edgy and aggressive.

Features:
- Proprietary detector circuit for superior tracking
- Dual Filter Architecture
- Full Spectrum Tilt EQ for Clean sound
- Continuously variable multi-pole low-pass Filter for Octave sound
- Gig-saver bypass (signal passes even if your battery dies)
- Powered by one nine volt battery or optional universal power supply
- Heavy Duty steel construction
- 3 Year Warranty

MSRP: $219.00
Street Price: $159.00

Aguilar Amplification is a manufacturer of high quality bass amplifiers, speaker cabinets and accessories located in NYC. Our goal is to make products that sound great and have features that are essential to the most discerning of bassists.

Many of the world's greatest musicians have chosen to use Aguilar. Our list of endorsers includes jazz greats such as Nathan East (Herbie Hancock) and John Patitucci, rock and roll heroes like Fieldy (Korn), Matt Rubano (Taking Back Sunday) and Hugh McDonald (Bon Jovi) and the busiest of session bassists like Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Nine Inch Nails) and Ethan Farmer (New Kids on the Block).

For more information on Aguilar Amplification, please visit: AguilarAmp.com.



Rotosound Launches Nexus Coated Bass String Range


Rotosound - Nexus Bass Strings
07/16/2009

British string manufacturer Rotosound has a rich history of manufacturing the best, most innovative strings in the business. The company has brought all their expertise, knowledge and experience together to launch the new Nexus coated range of strings.

After extensive research and development, Rotosound has developed a unique microscopic coating process which adds a flexible, protective, black coating to the new Nexus range of strings. The special black polymer coating helps prevent contamination and corrosion, significantly extending the life of the strings. It is silky smooth to the touch and most importantly produces a tone that has to be heard to be believed.

The bass strings have a black polymer coat set over a Type 52 pure nickel alloy wrap. This gives rich mid-tones and offers an alternative to steels with high presence. The gauges available are 40, 60, 80 and 100, and 45, 65, 85 and 105. A single Low B (130) will also be available for five string bass players.

Also available are the Nexus Acoustic sets are clear polymer coated wound, gold series plain strings with a phosphor bronze base. This gives enriched highs and gentle mid-tones and comes in three gauges: 10s, 11s and 12s. In the electric range new Nexus strings also have a black polymer coating over nickel alloy. This adds a lot of warmth compared to conventional nickel strings. There are two sets available here: 9s and 10s.

With fifty years of heritage and legions of fans worldwide, Rotosound take great care to ensure it's strings live up to the Rotosound reputation. All the strings are manufactured using the finest quality raw materials and made to the strictest quality control standards. EVERY string is hand checked for consistency of winding, colour, feel and general quality before being passed, and only then is it worthy of carrying the Rotosound name.

The new Nexus range is available now and is currently being used by top professionals such as Pink's bass player Eva Gardner.

For further information on the range, see: Rotosound.com.



Aguilar Amplification Announces Artist Series Master Class
With Steve Jenkins & Matt Rubano


Matt Rubano & Steve Jenkins
New York, NY - 06/16/2009

Aguilar Amplification, maker of high-quality bass amplifiers, speaker cabinets and accessories for bassists is pleased to announce a special installment of their Artist Series Master Classes on Tuesday, July 14, 2009 with endorsing artists, Steve Jenkins and Matt Rubano.

Steve Jenkins is a popular figure in the modern Jazz and jam/funk scenes. He has toured extensively with guitar heroes Vernon Reid and David Fiuczynski and still maintains a rigorous teaching schedule. Matt Rubano manages to juggle a multitude of NY sessions, VJ-ing on the Fuse Network, and being a member of Taking Back Sunday, who have recently released New Again on Warner Bros. Records.

Close friends and fellow Berklee College of Music grads, Matt and Steve will be discussing different aspects of making a living as a New York session musician as well as demonstrating some of the great bass lines they have written for artists such as Taking Back Sunday, Lauryn Hill, Vernon Reid, The Screaming Headless Torsos, and Steve's own great solo album, Mad Science.

RSVP to info@aguilaramp.com by July 13th, 2009. Space is limited!

Steve Jenkins/Matt Rubano Clinic and Aguilar Factory Tour
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
599 Broadway 7th Floor
New York City, NY 10012
Doors Open At 6:30 PM
Clinic At 7 pm � Free!

Aguilar Amplification is a manufacturer of high quality bass amplifiers, speaker cabinets and accessories located in NYC. Our goal is to make products that sound great and have features that are essential to the most discerning of bassists.

Many of the world's greatest musicians have chosen to use Aguilar. Our list of endorsers includes jazz greats such as Nathan East (Herbie Hancock) and John Patitucci, rock and roll heroes like Willie Weeks (Eric Clapton), Matt Rubano (Taking Back Sunday) and Jeph Howard (The Used) and the busiest of session bassists like Eric Smith (Rihanna) and Ethan Farmer (New Kids On The Block).

For more information on Aguilar Amplification, please visit: AguilarAmp.com.



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Markbass To Give Away A MoMark Bass Amplifier In YouTube Video Contest


Markbass MoMark
San Giovanni Teatino, Italy - 06/04/2009

Markbass is announcing a contest which invites Markbass users to enter YouTube videos of their band in performance for a chance to win a MoMark amplifier of their choice.

Entrants are asked to upload a video of them or their band in a live performance, using Markbass gear. Entries will be judged on the quality of the musical performance, the quality of the picture and sound of the video, the energy of the audience, and the visibility of the rig. All videos entered must be at least 3 minutes long, and must include the words "Markbass Contest" in the video tags. Markbass endorsers, staff, distributors and retailers (or their employees) are not eligible to win.

The contest is now on, and the deadline for submissions is October 1, 2009. On October 2, 2009, Markbass will check the top 10 YouTube search results for "Markbass Contest", in both view count and viewer rating. Out of those top "finalists", the winner will be selected in a vote by Markbass staff and top artists. The winner will be announced on October 3, 2009, and will be notified by email to his or her YouTube account, to make sure the video is in fact theirs. The winner will reply with their address and choice of MoMark frame and modules, and on October 31, 2009, they will be sent their amp! Markbass will feature a photo of the winner and their prize, as well as a link to the video, on its websites and in the next Markbass Magazine. A press release will also announce the winner.

MoMark is a revolutionary new modular bass amp system created by Marco De Virgiliis. It went into production in April in the Markbass factory in San Giovanni Teatino, Italy, and is now shipping worldwide.

Powered by state-of-the-art technology, MoMark gives bassists the freedom to choose the specs and features they want and need in their bass amp. First, customers choose a power amp (250W analog, 500W analog, 600W digital or 800W digital), which comes housed in a light, compact, black ABS chassis. Then, they choose between various options of preamp, EQ and master modules. The three modules slide into the front of the frame and are simply screwed in.

The options and combinations are limited only by the imagination: possibilities range from bare-bones designs (with only gain and master controls, for example) to a wide range of elaborate features, and virtually unlimited tone control. Options will include tube, solid state and hybrid preamps, mute switches, line out level control, semi-parametric, graphic or digital EQ, EQ filters, two-channel designs, gold connectors and much more. The line-up of available modules will increase steadily and respond to customer demand.

Best of all, if and when the user's needs change, they don't need to buy a whole new amp---they simply buy a new module. Select Markbass dealers worldwide will feature a MoMark Testing Tower that will allow customers to compare all the available MoMark options, as well as Markbass cabinets and other heads. Markbass Tester Towers are already in stores in Europe and the U.K., and are being met with a very enthusiastic response.

Since its founding in 2001, Markbass has rapidly become the industry leader in bass amplification by using state-of-the-art technology to give bassists natural-sounding, lightweight and reliable amps, combos and cabinets. Founder and General Manager Marco De Virgiliis pioneered the use of neodymium speakers in bass enclosures, and Markbass set a new benchmark for bass amplification with the popular and critically acclaimed Little Mark II amp head. The MoMark promises to once again take bass amplification to a new level.



Markbass Launches Interactive MoMark Website


San Giovanni Teatino, Italy - 05/19/2009

Markbass is proud and excited to announce the launch of the official MoMark website: www.momark.it.

The most bold and innovative creation to date from Marco De Virgiliis, MoMark is a new modular system that allows bassists to design their own bass amp. It's the ultimate expression of the Markbass philosophy of giving bass players what they want and need!

The MoMark system begins with a powered amp frame and is completed with the selection of Preamp, EQ and Master modules, which simply slide into the frame. Customers choose the power and features of their amplifier, and later have the freedom to modify or upgrade their frame and module selections at any time.

MoMark is in production NOW and shipping worldwide. Select dealers will have a MoMark Tester that will allow customers to compare available Amp Frames and Modules, try them out with different Markbass cabinets, and compare them to other Markbass amps.

The interactive MoMark site guides customers through the process, helping them choose the right Amp Frame and modules to suit their needs. At the end, they come away with a printable PDF of their creation, which they can then keep for reference and take with them to their local Markbass dealer.

Visit www.momark.it today and design YOUR dream amp!



Aguilar Amplification Welcomes Justin Meldal-Johnsen To Its Artist Roster


Justin Meldal-Johnsen
New York, NY - 05/15/2009

Aguilar Amplification, maker of high quality bass amplifiers, speaker cabinets and accessories for bassists is pleased to welcome Justin Meldal-Johnsen to their family of endorsees.

Meldal-Johnsen is currently playing with Nine Inch Nails using the DB 750 and AG 500 amplifiers with DB 412 and DB 810 cabinets, the AGRO distortion preamp and the Tone Hammer preamp/D.I. Justin says of his new gear, "I did a shootout during spring Nine Inch Nails rehearsals with plenty of other great gear, and Aguilar rose to the top. My basses sound amazing through these beastly, beautiful amps and cabinets."

Emerging from L.A.'s alternative boom in the early-nineties, Meldal-Johnsen built a staggering resume within a few short years. With unrivaled versatility, he has recorded and/or performed with Beck, Tori Amos, Macy Gray, Air, Dido, Garbage, Black Eyed Peas, The Dixie Chicks, Mars Volta, Marianne Faithful, Ladytron, Brad Mehldau, Goldfrapp and more.

Aguilar Amplification is a manufacturer of high quality bass amplifiers, speaker cabinets and accessories located in NYC. Our goal is to make products that sound great and have features that are essential to the most discerning of bassists.

Many of the world's greatest musicians have chosen to use Aguilar. Our list of endorsers includes jazz greats such as Nathan East (Herbie Hancock) and John Patitucci, rock and roll heroes like Hugh McDonald (Bon Jovi), Matt Rubano (Taking Back Sunday) and Benny Reitveld (Santana) and the busiest of session bassists like Eric Smith (Rihanna) and Ethan Farmer (New Kids on the Block).

For more information on Aguilar Amplification, please visit: AguilarAmp.com.



Aguilar Amplification Announces Master Class With Gary Willis


Gary Willis
New York, NY - 04/10/2009

Aguilar Amplification, maker of high-quality bass amplifiers, speaker cabinets and accessories for bassists is pleased to announce the continuation of their Artist Series Master Classes on Tuesday, May 12, 2009 with endorsing artist, Gary Willis. An in-demand clinician, Willis has lectured in over 20 countries and currently teaches improvisation and arranging at the prestigious Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya conservatory in Barcelona, Spain. His published works for Hal Leonard include Fingerboard Harmony For Bass, Ultimate Ear Training, and 101 Tips For Bass.

Willis is also a respected bassist and composer who has performed and/or recorded with Wayne Shorter, Allan Holdsworth and Robben Ford. As co-founder of Tribal Tech, Willis released nine critically acclaimed recordings with the legendary fusion group. His latest release as a bandleader is 2007's, Actual Fiction. Willis is also a member of avant-jam-trio Slaughterhouse 3 and the new group, Triphasic.

This event is free to the public and will be held at Aguilar's New York City showroom. Attendees will tour the Aguilar factory and be able try out Aguilar products such as the enormously popular Tone Hammer preamp/D.I and the recently announced DB 751 amplifier.

RSVP to info@aguilaramp.com by May 11th, 2009. Space is limited!

Gary Willis Clinic And Aguilar Factory Tour
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
599 Broadway 7th Floor
New York City, NY 10012
Doors Open At 6:30 PM
Clinic At 7 PM � Free!

Aguilar Amplification is a manufacturer of high quality bass amplifiers, speaker cabinets and accessories located in NYC. Our goal is to make products that sound great and have features that are essential to the most discerning of bassists.

Many of the world's greatest musicians have chosen to use Aguilar. Our list of endorsers includes jazz greats such as Nathan East (Herbie Hancock) and John Patitucci, rock and roll heroes like Willie Weeks (Eric Clapton), Matt Rubano (Taking Back Sunday) and Jeph Howard (The Used) and the busiest of session bassists like Eric Smith (Rihanna) and Ethan Farmer (New Kids On The Block).

For more information on Aguilar Amplification, please visit: AguilarAmp.com.



Aguilar Amplification Announces The DB 751 Bass Amplifier
The Only Amp To Ever "One Up" The DB 750


Aguilar DB 751
New York, NY - 03/25/2009

Aguilar Amplification, manufacturer of high-quality bass amplifiers, speaker cabinets and accessories for bassists is pleased to announce the release of the DB 751 bass amplifier. Aguilar President Dave Boonshoft notes that, "This amp is a logical evolution from the DB 750. The DB 751 gives you access to a myriad of great bass tones thanks to its powerful and flexible EQ."

The DB 751 features an all-new hybrid preamp that combines the legendary tube-driven tone of the DB 750 with active boost and cut for greater EQ control. A perfect combination of raw power and excellent tone, the DB 751 continues the legacy set by the world-famous DB 750. Delivering 975 Watts at 2 ohms and 750 Watts at 4 ohms this amp has the headroom you need to play any size venue.

- Power Output: 975 watts @ 2 ohms, 750 watts @ 4 ohms
- Preamp Section: Three 12AX7s
- EQ Section: hybrid active/passive tone stack: bass: +12 / -12 @ 40Hz; midrange: +12 / -12 @ 750Hz; treb: +12 / -7 @ 4kHz
- Jensen XLR balanced output
- High quality whisper fans with speed control
- Rack Size: Three Spaces
- Weight: 42 lbs
- Includes detachable rack ears

The DB 751 will carry a MSRP of $2695 and will be available at Aguilar dealers worldwide at the beginning of May 2009.

Aguilar Amplification is a manufacturer of high quality bass amplifiers, speaker cabinets and accessories located in NYC. Our goal is to make products that sound great and have features that are essential to the most discerning of bassists.

Many of the world's greatest musicians have chosen to use Aguilar. Our list of endorsers includes jazz greats such as Nathan East (Herbie Hancock) and John Patitucci, rock and roll heroes like Willie Weeks (Eric Clapton), Matt Rubano (Taking Back Sunday) and Jeph Howard (The Used) and the busiest of session bassists like Eric Smith (Rihanna) and Ethan Farmer (New Kids on the Block).

For more information on Aguilar Amplification, please visit: AguilarAmp.com.




Aguilar Amplification Welcomes Adam Nitti To Its Artist Roster


Adam Nitti
New York, NY - 03/11/2009

Aguilar Amplification, maker of high quality bass amplifiers, speaker cabinets and accessories for bassists is pleased to welcome Adam Nitti to their family of endorsees.

Adam has chosen the DB 750, two DB 410 cabinets and a Tone Hammer preamp/D.I. for live performances. "The DB750 is one of the most musical pieces of bass gear I have ever played through. Combined with my DB410 cabinets, this rig is nothing short of "thunderous". Nitti has also adopted an AG500 and DB112 cabinet for studio use. "This setup has quickly become my "must have" rig for studio recording. I really love this setup."

Nitti's pursuit of excellence on his instrument has led to a multi-faceted career. He has recorded and or performed with fusion legends Mike Stern, Scott Henderson and The Dave Weckl Band, blues singer/guitarist Susan Tedeschi and Christian artists Phil Keaggy and Stephen Curtis Chapman. As a composer and bandleader, Nitti has release three albums of his own while his fourth, Liminal, was recently released.

Nitti is also a well respected clinician, author and educator. He is a co-founder of the first interactive online music school, Musicdojo.com and in March of 2009, will return to teach at Gerald Veasley's Bass Boot Camp in Reading, PA. He is also a regular columnist for Bass Musician and Bass Player magazines.

Aguilar Amplification is a manufacturer of high quality bass amplifiers, speaker cabinets and accessories located in NYC. Our goal is to make products that sound great and have features that are essential to the most discerning of bassists.

Many of the world's greatest musicians have chosen to use Aguilar. Our list of endorsers includes jazz greats such as Nathan East (Herbie Hancock) and John Patitucci, rock and roll heroes like Willie Weeks (Eric Clapton), Matt Rubano (Taking Back Sunday) and Jeph Howard (The Used) and the busiest of session bassists like Eric Smith (Rihanna) and Ethan Farmer (Christina Aguilera).

For more information on Aguilar Amplification, please visit: AguilarAmp.com.



The Players School Of Music - One Week Intensive - March 16-20, 2009



Clearwater, FL - 03/01/2009

The One Week Intensive will change your musical life forever. In five days, we will teach you how to practice, what to practice and, as importantly, what not to practice. Amateur and professional musicians will discover new elements of playing that will affect their musicality for years to come.

Each day your classes will include private lessons, ear training, harmony, music principles, live ensembles, and chart reading ensembles.

Five days of practicing, playing, and enlightening musical philosophies virtually guarantees that you will learn in a week what it might take months to learn elsewhere.

For more information on The Players School Of Music and the One Week Intensive, please visit: PlayerSchool.com.

The Players School Of Music
923 McMullen Booth Road
Clearwater, FL 33759
Web Site: PlayerSchool.com
E-Mail: admissions@playerschool.com



Mile High Bass Camp Returns To Longmont
Groove Concepts For Bass & Drums


The Mile High Bass Camp
Longmont, CO - 02/14/2009

World renowned bassists Ray Riendeau and Doug Johns will share their knowledge for a half day on Saturday, May 2nd from 10 AM � 1 PM.

Mojo's Music Academy in Longmont is gearing up for their fourth hosting of the Mile High Bass Camp. Our past guests have included Chuck Rainey, Ray Riendeau, Damian Erskine, Todd Johnson, and Trip Wamsley. As always, we will be presenting the best in music education and musicianship to a room full of not only bassists but also drummers of all abilities and ages, leaving everyone inspired and wanting to get home and practice.

On May 2, we are proud to welcome Ray Riendeau and Doug Johns along with their drummer comrades Chris Ceja and Martin Diamond. The theme is Groove Concepts for Bass and Drums. Both Ray and Doug will present a class with their drummer demonstrating how they approach their role in the band and later combine their teachings into a performance class. Everyone will have the option to play within the class and apply the class material.

Ray and Doug are two of the most influential bass players on the scene right now. They can be found in various bass magazines and all over the internet. Please research these guys and come to class with some direct questions for them to answer. There are no secrets. Bring your bass or bring your drumsticks, and get ready for a lesson of your life. Cost is $40.00.

Saturday afternoon, Ray, Doug, Chris, and Martin are all offering private lessons to be held at Mojo's Music Academy from 2 PM � 7 PM. Cost for a 30-minute lesson is $35.00 or a full hour for $60.00.

To register, call 303-776-3373 or e-mail Mojo's Music Academy at paul@mojosmusicacademy.com.

To learn more about Ray Riendeau and Doug Johns, go to: RayRiendeau.net and DougJohns.com.

For more information on Mojo's Music Academy and the Mile High Bass Camp, please visit: MojosMusicAcademy.com.



Aguilar Amplification Announces Master Class With Gerald Veasley


Gerald Veasley
New York, NY - 02/01/2009

Aguilar Amplification, maker of high-quality bass amplifiers, speaker cabinets and accessories for bassists is pleased to announce the continuation of their Artist Series Master Classes on Saturday, March 7, 2009 with endorsing artist, Gerald Veasley. The clinic, entitled "Improvisation for Everybody," will focus on demystifying some of the concepts and approaches to soloing.

Veasley is a well-respected bassist, composer, producer and educator. He has been voted "Best Electric Bassist" by Jazziz Magazine and his resume includes tenures with Joe Zawinul, Pat Martino, Grover Washington Jr. and Gerald Levert. Keeping active in the field of Music Education, Veasley co-founded the annual Bass Boot Camp to share his passion for music with others.

The event is free to the public and will be held at Aguilar's New York City showroom. Attendees will tour the Aguilar factory and be able try out Aguilar products such as the enormously popular Tone Hammer preamp/D.I.

Please RSVP to info@aguilaramp.com before March 6th, 2009. Space is limited!

Gerald Veasley Clinic And Aguilar Factory Tour
Saturday, March 7, 2009
599 Broadway 7th Floor NYC, NY 10012
Doors Open At Noon
Free Clinic At 1 PM

Aguilar Amplification is a manufacturer of high quality bass amplifiers, speaker cabinets and accessories located in NYC. Our goal is to make products that sound great and have features that are essential to the most discerning of bassists.

Many of the world's greatest musicians have chosen to use Aguilar. Our list of endorsers includes jazz greats such as Nathan East (Herbie Hancock) and John Patitucci, rock and roll heroes like Willie Weeks (Eric Clapton), Matt Rubano (Taking Back Sunday) and Jeph Howard (The Used) and the busiest of session bassists like Eric Smith (Rihanna) and Ethan Farmer (New Kids On The Block).

For more information on Aguilar Amplification, please visit: AguilarAmp.com.



Hartke Welcomes Victor Wooten


Victor Wooten
Hauppauge, NY - 02/01/2009

Hartke is pleased to welcome Victor Wooten to its family of artist endorsees. One of the most revered and respected bassists in the world, Wooten recently used Hartke HyDrive cabinets and LH1000 amplifiers on the SMV world tour, and is now using them on tour with Bela Fleck and Flecktones.

"There are plenty of great amplifiers and cabinets on the market. What's most important to me is having a relationship with the people at the company," says Wooten. "Everyone at Hartke has made my performing something that is personal and easy, and it feels great to join their impressive roster of artists."

Known for his technical virtuosity and his skills as a musician and composer, Wooten has won "Bass Player of the Year" from Bass Player magazine three times in a row, and was the first person to win the award more than once. In addition to a successful solo career and collaborations with various artists, Wooten has been the bassist for B�la Fleck and the Flecktones since the group's formation in 1988.

"Victor is a once in a generation player, who is as impressive a person as he is a performer," says Larry Hartke. "Hartke will be supporting his annual bass camp and other education activities as well as his extremely busy touring schedule. I could not be more pleased to welcome him aboard."

Over the next months, Hartke will also announce to our dealers and distributors a very extensive domestic and international Victor Wooten clinic tour schedule. A well-known clinician who draws strong audience support wherever he goes, Wooten will help our dealers meet and exceed their sales goals in the coming year.

"I love playing clinics and teaching young people about music, and I am looking forward to visiting Hartke dealers all over the world. It's an incredible opportunity to reach people in a direct and personal way," said Wooten.

Samson Technologies Corporation designs, manufactures and distributes high-performance audio, wireless and music accessory products to the music industry, in the United States and abroad. Samson is also the exclusive worldwide distributor of Hartke products and the exclusive U.S. distributor of Zoom recording and signal processing electronics. Samson Technologies is based in Hauppauge, New York.

For more information on Hartke, please visit: Hartke.com.



Hartke's New HyDrive Combos Set The Standard For Contemporary Bass


Hartke HX5410
Hauppauge, NY - 02/01/2009

The new Hartke HX5210 and HX5410 combine our groundbreaking HyDrive speaker design with a professional, comprehensive bass amplifier in a portable, roadworthy enclosure. The result is two pioneering bass combos that are powerful, warm, articulate and incredibly durable.

Hartke's revolutionary HyDrive speakers fuse paper and aluminum cones, delivering the warm tone of traditional paper and the clear attack of aluminum. In these two new combos, the HyDrive speakers are powered by an LH500 amplifier that houses a classic 12AX7 tube preamp circuit for exceptional tone. For additional control, the amplifier sections also provide three band, tone stacking EQ and a built-in limiter.

The HX5410 employs four 10-inch HyDrive hybrid cone drivers with 500 watts being delivered to its internal 4 ohm speaker system. The HX5210 houses two 10-inch HyDrive hybrid cone drivers with 350 watts being delivered to its internal 8 ohm speaker system. Both combos also incorporate a 1-inch titanium compression driver for enhanced high frequency management.

"The HyDrive line has been so incredibly successful, it only makes sense for us to expand it," says Larry Hartke, founder of Hartke Systems. "That's why we designed two large combos with increased power and bigger bass response. The HX5210 and HX5410 will ensure you're heard. And with professional amps built right into the enclosures, you get all the necessary features to make the tone your own."

Thanks to rugged birch plywood construction, perforated metal speaker grills and durable black vinyl covering, the new HyDrive combos are as attractive as they are durable. With a versatile and inclusive design, the new HyDrive HX amps set the standard for contemporary bass combos.

Samson Technologies Corporation designs, manufactures and distributes high-performance wireless, audio and music accessory products in the United States and 106 countries abroad. Samson is also the exclusive worldwide distributor of Hartke products and the exclusive U.S. distributor of Zoom recording and signal processing electronics. Samson Technologies is based in Hauppauge, New York.

For more information on Hartke, please visit: Hartke.com.



ASU School Of Music To Host Arizona Bass Players Festival,
Workshops And Competition March 5 - 8, 2009


Tucson, AZ - 01/22/2009

Get the exciting "Low Down" on the Arizona Bass Players Festival and Workshop! It is a four day concert and workshop event for all enthusiasts of bass playing (electric bass guitar, the string bass, double bass, upright bass, etc). The workshops are open to registered participants of any age, instrument and performance level. All evening concerts are open to the public (tickets at the door).

The 2009 Arizona Bass Players Festival and Workshop will feature the finest performers and clinicians from around the globe. This year the Festival is featuring artists that "cross-over" musical styles: jazz and classical, theatre and classical, jazz and pop, electric and acoustic, fusion and jazz, including: John Clayton, famous jazz-man, composer, arranger, band-leader, teacher, and recording artist from California; Thierry Barbe, the Principal Bassist of the Paris Opera (France) and Professor at the world-famous Paris Conservatory; Irena Olkiewcz, from Poland, is a world-known classical bass soloist and promoter of the Polish Double Bass Society; Ray Riendeau, a touring artist from Arizona is one of the hottest electric bassists on today's pop, funk, and jazz scene: Catalin Rotaru, from ASU School of Music, a superb soloist in Classical and Jazz styles; Joel DiBartolo, former LA side-man, from NAU School of Music; and Patrick Neher, avant-garde multi-media bassist and Professor at the University of Arizona. Each guest artist will give public performances, master classes, and numerous workshops and clinics at the Herberger College of the Arts, School of Music, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona. There will also be open "jam-sessions," a special clinician's forum on the music business and bass maintenance, and a special free concert where all the clinicians and others playing huge bass-ensemble music in jazz and new music genres. The young person's Solo Bass Competition is available now in two categories, Electric and Double Bass, and is for bassists 15 to 22 years of age. More information at www.arizonabassplayers.org/competitionabp.html. First prize in each category will be $1000 in cash or merchandise. Arizona Music Pro, of Flagstaff, Arizona, is sponsoring in part the Electric competition. Our competition winner from 2008, Chunyang Wang, from New York City, will delight the audience on this special Sunday night concert with his energy infused solos.

What, When & Where:
Tickets for all concert events are available at the door on the ASU, School of Music, and more information is available at www.arizonabassplayers.org.

Public Concerts (Festival Registrants are admitted gratis/free to all concerts):
Thursday, March 5, 7:30 PM: Guest Artist Performance: Evelyn Smith Concert Hall, ASU Music, Ray Riendeau with Patrick Neher in a concert of contemporary funk, jazz, and classical music. $8-$15 at the door.

Friday, March 6, 7:30 PM: Guest Artists Performance: Katzin Hall, ASU Music, Thierry Barbe and Catalin Rotaru perform recital pieces and improvisations in a concert of classical and contemporary music. $8-$15 at the door.

Saturday, March 7, 7:30 PM: Guest Artists Performance: Evelyn Smith Music Theatre, ASU: World renowned jazz bassist, composer and pedagogue, John Clayton, and NAU Prof. of Bass, Joel DiBartolo perform a spectacular concert of jazz favorites and new compositions. Collaborations with ASU faculty, Mike Kokour and others. $8-$15 at the door.

Sunday, March 8: All clinicians of the ABP Festival will perform in a Mass Bass SuperJam Concert, 7:30 PM at Evelyn Smith Music Theatre - ASU. FREE Admission for public and Festival registrants (sponsored by ASU Jazz Dept.)

See more of the schedule at www.arizonabassplayers.org.
The public can register for the classes at this site as well.

Workshops:
See www.arizonabassplayers.org for updated information on specific workshop schedules. Master classes, warm-ups, and rotational workshops occur throughout each day: March 5 - 8. All workshop events are held in the ASU School of Music and feature our named clinicians. Registration is required by going to www.arizonabassplayers.org or calling 520-743-7229. There are single and multi-day workshop registrations available.

Competition (15-22 yrs):
See www.arizonabassplayers.org/competitionabp.html for updated information on specific schedule. Competition is on one day, March 8. Registration is required by going to www.arizonabassplayers.org or calling 520-743-7229.

Who:
The 2009 Arizona Bass Players Festival will feature these cross-genre artists / clinicians
(see more at: www.arizonabassplayers.org/festivalguests.html.)

John Clayton
Internationally known performer, composer, and clinician. Numerous recordings and collaborations with all the top jazz artists of the day. See more at www.johnclaytonjazz.com.

Thierry Barbe
A bassist of unparalleled versatility in classical and contemporary genres. Paris Conservatory teacher. See more at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=wABHAnMfY38.

Irena Olkiewicz
Coming from Poland for this special event, this internationally know classical double bass soloist has astounded audiences world-wide with her lyrical virtuosity. See more at www.sottovoce.com.pl/onas_e.html.

Ray Riendeau
Known for his cool funk slap style, Ray is a featured writer for Bass Musician Magazine, he is featured on numerous recordings, and has toured with singer Rob Halford (Judas Priest). More at www.rayriendeau.net.

Catalin Rotaru
ASU bass professor who is equally well versed in classical and jazz music. His latest CD has pioneered transcriptions from the cello repertory, before thought unplayable on the bass! See more at: http://music.asu.edu/faculty/selectOne.php?ID=79&.

Patrick Neher
A highly skilled concert performer, Patrick Neher has been on the faculty of the Univ. of Arizona School of Music for 24 years. With solo repertory of over 300 works and six solo recordings, he is known as a creative and theatrical performing artist who keeps his audience on their toes, never quite knowing what to expect. More information at: www.patrickneher.com.

Joel DiBartolo
NAU's bass professor who specializes in jazz performance. Former member of the Tonight Show Band and touring artist. See more at: http://www.cal.nau.edu/music/faculty/dibartolo.asp.

For more information on the Arizona Bass Players Festival, please visit: ArizonaBassPlayers.org.



Rocky Mountain Bass Slam 2009


Rocky Mountain Bass Slam 2009
Denver, CO - 01/12/2009

The Rocky Mountain Bass Slam celebrates the commitment to the groove and raises money to donate bass guitars to music programs at local schools in Colorado. In 2009, we hope to donate at least two bass guitars to future bass slammers. This year, Ray Riendeau and Doug Johns will be coming in to be part of the slam. These guys are amazing pro players, and they will also be holding bass/drum clinics on Saturday, May 2nd and Sunday, May 3rd in Longmont and Denver.

The 2009 Rocky Mountain Bass Slam will take place on Sunday, May 3rd from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM at Ziggies, 4923 West 38th Avenue, in Denver, Colorado.

For more information on Rocky Mountain Bass Slam 2009, please visit: RockyMountainBassSlam.com.



New Hampshire Bass Fest 2009


Manchester, NH - 12/22/2008

This summer, bassists from around the globe will converge in Manchester, New Hampshire for the 3rd annual New Hampshire Bass Festival located at Manchester Community College, 1066 Front St., Manchester. June 24 - June 27 will be four days of bass bliss. Classes start at 9 AM, and each day, high school students, college students, young professionals, and seasoned veterans will fill the ranks. A festival and music school combined, NHBF 2009 will feature top artists and educators. Todd Johnson - "pioneer of the 6-string bass," Michael Manring, Danny Morris, and Marshall Wood will be among the guests this year that will educate and entertain a host of attendees. Each night at 8 PM, the public is welcome for the evening concert. Admission is $15 for the public and free for students in the community college system. On Saturday, there is a special open house that is free for the public. The open house will feature instruments by master luthier, Chris Stambaugh, as well as special classes and concerts.

For more information on New Hampshire Bass Fest 2009, please visit: NHBassFest.com or call 603.483.8440.




Aguilar Amplification Glows "White Hot" With DB Series Bass Cabinet Color


White Hot DB Series Bass Cabinet Color
New York, NY - 12/15/2008

Aguilar Amplification, manufacturer of high-quality bass amplifiers, speaker cabinets and accessories for bassists is announcing the expansion of their DB series bass cabinets to include a new color: White Hot. The new color will make its debut at booth 5270 during the 2009 winter NAMM show in Anaheim.

Aguilar's DB series cabinets are a proven hit with bass players. They feature extended low-end, smooth treble and a focused midrange that allows the bass to cut through any mix. DB cabinets are available in 112, 212, 412, 115, 210, 410 and 810 speaker configurations. The White Hot tolex cabinets also feature a contrasting burgundy and black grill cloth, silver piping and the famous silver and black Aguilar logo.

White Hot joins the four other eye-catching colors of the DB line: Classic Black, Chocolate Thunder, Monster Green, and Boss Tweed. Aguilar CEO Dave Avenius says of the DB cabinets, "So much of performance, especially for rock music, is about a fashion show. Why should guitarists have all the cool-looking gear?"

Aguilar's White Hot bass cabinets will be available at Aguilar dealers worldwide beginning January 2009. MSRP $699-$2099 depending on the model.

For more information on Aguilar Amplification, please visit: AguilarAmp.com.



Michael Pope Design Releases Ultra-High Performance Bass Preamplifier





Aguilar Amplification Names Dave Avenius CEO
The Beginning Of A New Era For Aguilar


Dave Avenius
New York, NY - 12/10/2008

Aguilar Amplification, manufacturer of high-quality bass amplifiers, speaker cabinets and accessories is proud to announce the appointment of Dave Avenius to the position of CEO. Mr. Avenius has a long history at Aguilar, starting as West Coast Regional Sales Manager in 2000 before moving to Aguilar's New York City headquarters in 2002. Since then, Mr. Avenius has managed artist relations and sales and marketing for the company, most recently serving as chief of operations.

Owner and current CEO Dave Boonshoft will continue at Aguilar in the capacity of President and CFO. "2008 was our best year ever," reports Boonshoft, "Dave Avenius has been instrumental in our recent growth and he has the knowledge and leadership abilities to bring Aguilar to a new level of prominence in the marketplace. We are expecting great things from him in his new position."

Aguilar Amplification is a manufacturer of high quality bass amplifiers, speaker cabinets and accessories located in NYC. Our goal is to make products that sound great and have features that are essential to the most discerning of bassists.

Many of the world's greatest musicians have chosen to use Aguilar. Our list of endorsers includes jazz greats such as Nathan East (Herbie Hancock) and John Patitucci, rock and roll heroes like Willie Weeks (Eric Clapton), Matt Rubano (Taking Back Sunday) and Jeph Howard (The Used) and the busiest of session bassists like Eric Smith (Rihanna) and Ethan Farmer (New Kids On The Block).

For more information on Aguilar Amplification, please visit: AguilarAmp.com.



Aguilar Amplification Announces Master Class With John Patitucci


John Patitucci
New York, NY - 12/01/2008

Aguilar Amplification, maker of high-quality bass amplifiers, speaker cabinets and accessories for bassists is pleased to announce the continuation of their Artist Series Master Classes on Saturday, January 10, 2009 with endorsing artist, Jazz-great John Patitucci.

The event is free to the public and will be held in Aguilar's New York City showroom. Attendees will tour the Aguilar factory and be able try out Aguilar products such as the recently released, Tone Hammer preamp/D.I.

During his illustrious, 25-year career, the multiple Grammy winner has recorded and/or performed with Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, B.B. King, Natalie Cole and Joao Gilberto among many, many others. His work on Chick Corea's seminal Elektric band and Akoustic Band albums cemented his reputation as a musician of extraordinary depth that is equally adept on both electric and upright bass.

Please RSVP to info@aguilaramp.com before January 9th, 2009. Space is limited!

John Patitucci Clinic And Aguilar Factory Tour
Saturday, January 10, 2009
599 Broadway 7th Floor NYC, NY 10012
Doors Open At Noon
Clinic At 1 PM

Aguilar Amplification is a manufacturer of high quality bass amplifiers, speaker cabinets and accessories located in NYC. Our goal is to make products that sound great and have features that are essential to the most discerning of bassists.

Many of the world's greatest musicians have chosen to use Aguilar. Our list of endorsers includes jazz greats such as Nathan East (Herbie Hancock) and John Patitucci, rock and roll heroes like Willie Weeks (Eric Clapton), Matt Rubano (Taking Back Sunday) and Jeph Howard (The Used) and the busiest of session bassists like Eric Smith (Rihanna) and Ethan Farmer (New Kids On The Block).

For more information on Aguilar Amplification, please visit: AguilarAmp.com.



Markbass Releases Powerful Bass Amp Plugin For Mac And PC


Markbass Mark Studio 1
San Giovanni Teatino, Italy - 11/14/2008

The innovative Italian bass amp manufacturer Markbass, after shaking up the industry with their popular Little Mark II amplifier and a varied product line of high-quality and lightweight amps, cabinets and combos, are reconfirming their reputation for lateral thinking and cutting edge technology by introducing a dynamic recording plugin called the Mark Studio 1.

The plugin, one of very few on the market that accurately model bass amps and speaker cabinets, was based on three Markbass amp heads and six Markbass cabinets, and incorporates six different microphone choices, plus control over compression, mic position, tweeter level, room ambience, and more. The amps featured are the all-tube Classic 300, the tube-preamp R 500, and the solid state (with tube compressor) TA 501. The cabinets modeled in the plugin are the Standard 151HR (rear-ported 1x15"), Standard 152HR (rear-ported 2x15"), Standard 104HR (rear-ported 4x10"), Standard 104HF (front-ported 4x10"), Standard 106HF (front-ported 6x10") and Classic 108 (sealed 8x10").

Users can combine and adjust any combination of heads, cabinets and microphones, and store their settings in one of 64 user presets. They can also browse through 64 factory presets, which have been designed by project engineers as well as top Markbass artists.

The plugin can be applied to a bass track either during or after recording, and a "standalone" version, which operates on its own without recording software, is also included. Both Mac and PC versions are offered.

The plugin gives users a wide array of sound choices for bass, providing a convenient, high-quality alternative to recording with bass amps and cabinets, and accessing more exciting, realistic sounds than are generally achieved by simply recording "direct". The plugin is useful to not only bassists, but producers, engineers, songwriters, and anyone who uses hard disk recording software to create music.

The Mark Studio 1 plugin was designed in collaboration with Overloud Technologies and product manager Paolo Costa, a Markbass artist and one of the top session bassists in Italy. The DSP modeling was created at Studio Logic in Milan, Italy, using actual Markbass amps and cabinets in order to faithfully capture their sonic properties. The sessions were supervised by sound engineer Renato Cantele and sound designer Max Costa, both experts in computer science and sound. In order to create the most accurate and realistic emulations possible, they created the sound models by using non-linear convolution instead of standard DSP techniques, in order to more accurately "clone" the sound. Six of the most popular microphones were used, including dynamic, condenser and ribbon mics. These were carefully evaluated, both individually and in combinations, as were their positions relative to the speakers. This involved a lot of playing, listening and comparing: all in the cause of accurately capturing the true sound of Markbass amps and cabinets in a plugin.

Markbass was founded in 2001 by Marco De Virgiliis and in a short time has become a leading force in the international bass amplification market, manufacturing all of their high-quality products in Italy.

For more information on Markbass and the Mark Studio 1 plugin, please visit: Markbass.it.




Victor Wooten's Groove Workshop Demonstrates The Legendary Bassist's Visionary Approach To Becoming A Better Musician


Victor Wooten
Expanding on the groundbreaking concepts he introduced in his book, The Music Lesson - A Spiritual Search For Growth Through Music (Penguin), master bassist Victor Wooten lays out his unique philosophy of teaching and learning music in Groove Workshop, an exciting new DVD from Hudson Music. The 2-disc set features nearly five hours of material, including a complete master class where Victor - along with bassist/educator Anthony Wellington and six bass students - uses his personal experience and expertise to delve deeper into rarely discussed, yet vitally important, aspects of music making.

While traditional music education focuses primarily on developing technique and note-perfect performance, professional musicians like Victor know that there's much more to making music than just playing the right notes. On Groove Workshop, Victor redefines the essential elements of music and demonstrates how to apply them in fresh, creative, musically relevant ways.

Chapters and content include:
- Notes: Sometimes even the "right" notes can sound wrong. But applying chromatic scales and playing within the musical context can make "wrong" notes sound right.
- Grooving: Why feel and emotion are important in music and an explanation of the elements that need to be present for a good groove to happen.
- Articulation/Duration: How changes in articulation can affect the feel and help create a more professional sound.
- Dynamics: How to use dynamics to connect with your audience.
- Rhythm/Tempo: Victor's suggested rhythmic exercises along with the creative use of metronomes and drum machines will improve a player's sense of time.
- Tone: Understanding the role of tone quality and how to adjust it for different situations.
- Phrasing: Utilizing singing, breathing and imagination to create more natural, more musical phrases.
- Space/Rest: A discussion and demonstration of why space is such an integral part of playing music.
- Listening: Learning to trust your ears and why listening may well be the most essential aspect of playing music.

Victor's open approach will provide effective improvement to any player's musical skills and, as the students on the DVD show, many of the most important lessons can be learned amazingly quickly. Also featured on Groove Workshop are several solo performances by Victor, as well as duets with Anthony Wellington.

Available at leading music stores, Groove Workshop carries a suggested retail price of $39.95. View free video clips at www.hudsonmusic.com or, for additional information, please contact Hudson Music at tel: (888) 796-2992, fax: (914) 246-5282, e-mail: hudsoninfo@aol.com, Internet: www.hudsonmusic.com. Hudson Music DVDs and books are distributed by the Hal Leonard Corp., 7777 W. Bluemound Rd., Milwaukee, WI 53213, tel: (414) 774-3630, fax: (414) 774-3259, Internet: www.halleonard.com.

Hudson's popular bass-related DVDs include Bass Day 1998 with Andy Gonzales, Michael Manring, Rocco Prestia and Victor Wooten as well as Rocco Prestia: Live At Bass Day 1998 and Victor Wooten: Live At Bass Day 1998.




SWR Unveils Spellbinder Blue Bass Combo!


SWR Spellbinder Blue Bass Combo
Scottsdale, AZ - 09/22/2008

In keeping with SWR's ceaseless mission to provide high-end state-of-the-art bass amplification to aspiring and professional players alike, we're proud to announce the release of the new Spellbinder Blue combo amplifier.

The Spellbinder Blue is a perfect blend of old and new; incorporating the classic SWR Baby Blue tube preamp with a 160-watt Class "D" switch mode power amp and an SWR-designed 10" neodymium driver. It's all housed in a stylish and lightweight (27 lbs.) Italian poplar cabinet.

We showed early prototypes of this amplifier to our old friends Stanley Clarke and Tom Lieber�purveyors of the sonic magic that is Spellbinder�and they were impressed enough to include it in their exclusive line of high-quality bass products.

Other Spellbinder Blue features include an Eminence super-tweeter with level control, Neutrik combo input jack (XLR or 1/4"), phantom power, -10dB input pad, SWR's Aural Enhancer circuitry, a three-band semi-parametric active EQ section with bypass, compression with ratio control, side-chain effects loop with blend control and line out with line/direct switch and level control.

The SWR Spellbinder Blue: proof positive that exceptional things do come in small packages!

For more information on the SWR Spellbinder Blue Bass Combo, please visit: SWRSound.com.




Aguilar Amplification Artist Series Master Class With Anthony Wellington


Anthony Wellington
New York, NY - 09/17/2008

After the successful launch of the Aguilar Artist Series Master Class with jazz bassist Avishai Cohen, Aguilar Amplification is pleased to announce their second installment with renowned bassist/educator Anthony Wellington.

The class, to be held on Saturday, October 25, 2008 at 1 PM will feature Wellington in an intimate setting, sharing the knowledge that has made him one of the most in-demand bass teachers on the East Coast. Years of refining his teaching methods have led him to Bassology. By early 2008, Bassology was no longer a teaching method but a dedicated teaching facility in the DC area.

Known in the bass playing community for his tenure as second bassist with The Victor Wooten Band, Wellington is sure to deliver a Master Class that will challenge and inspire. For this event, attendees are invited to bring their basses with them as well as a manuscript book.

Attendees should RSVP to info@aguilaramp.com before October 24, 2008.

Anthony Wellington Artist Series Master Class / Aguilar Factory Tour
Saturday, October 25, 2008
599 Broadway 7th Floor NYC, NY 10012
Doors Open At Noon
Clinic At 1 PM - Free!

For more information on Aguilar Amplification, please visit: AguilarAmp.com.



Aguilar Amplification's Tone Hammer Preamp/D.I. Now Shipping
The Essential Preamp/D.I. For Every Bassist's Tool Box


Aguilar Tone Hammer
New York, NY - 09/02/2008

Aguilar Amplification is pleased to announce that shipment has now begun for their highly anticipated preamp/D.I., the Tone Hammer. This unit, which made its debut at the winter NAMM show in January 2008, was designed to be more than just a "preamp in a pedal." Having more functionality than a standard D.I. or overdrive unit, Aguilar's Tone Hammer is an essential tool for every bassist's arsenal.

Dave Boonshoft, Aguilar CEO, states, "We are very proud of the Tone Hammer. The flexibility that it gives to working bassists is unparalleled." Bassist Dan Lutz (Robben Ford) echoes Boonshoft's sentiments; "It's a killer D.I., a versatile preamp, and a great overdrive. It's a tool that will prove invaluable for the most demanding players."

Starting with the warm, organic sound that Aguilar is known for, the Tone Hammer adds fully sweepable midrange frequencies, in addition to treble and bass controls to its preamp section, for maximum tonal sculpting.

To give this tone shaping unit the ultimate flexibility we are introducing our proprietary Adaptive Gain Shaping circuitry (AGS). AGS allows the player to kick in an additional gain structure and EQ curve with the "stomp" of a button. You can now easily go from modern slap sounds to vintage warmth or overdriven tones. 18-volt operation gives the Tone Hammer plenty of headroom to reproduce the most dynamic playing styles. With the Tone Hammer's pristine D.I. you are set to hit the studio or the stage.

- 3 Band EQ with fully sweepable midrange
- Adaptive Gain Shaping circuitry (AGS)
- D.I. with selectable pre/post operation; balanced XLR
- 18-Volt operation via batteries, phantom power or optional power supply

The preamp/direct box so strong and powerful it could only be called the Tone Hammer! Available now at Aguilar Dealers worldwide.

Aguilar Amplification, manufacturer of high quality bass amplifiers, speaker cabinets and accessories is located in NYC. Our goal is to make products that sound great and have features that are useful to discerning bass players.

Many of the world's greatest musicians have chosen to use Aguilar. Our list of endorsers includes jazz greats such as Nathan East (Herbie Hancock) and John Patitucci, rock and roll heroes like Willie Weeks (Eric Clapton), Matt Rubano (Taking Back Sunday) and Jeph Howard (The Used) and the busiest of session bassists like Eric Smith (Rihanna) and Ethan Farmer (Christina Aguilera).

For more information on Aguilar Amplification, please visit: AguilarAmp.com.



Bernhard Lackner Trio Austria Tour & Clinic


Nashville, TN - 09/02/2008

Nashville-based Austrian bassist Bernhard Lackner will be returning to his homeland October 8-10 for 3 shows with his trio and a clinic that is sponsored by Hemage Bass and La Bella Strings. The trio will feature U.S. drummer Scott Pellegrom and Austria's Christian Wegscheider on keyboards.

October 8
Show - 9 P.M.
Treibhaus, Innsbruck

October 9
Show - 8 P.M.
Pssst, Jenbach

October 10
Clinic Sponsored By Hemage Bass & La Bella Strings - 5 P.M., Porg, Volders
Show - 8 P.M., Porg, Volders

For more information on Bernhard Lackner, please visit: BernhardLackner.com.



Euro Bass Day 2008





Aguilar Amplification Announces Factory Tour And Private Clinic With Avishai Cohen


Avishai Cohen
New York, NY - 07/25/2008

Aguilar Amplification, maker of high quality bass amplifiers, speaker cabinets and accessories for bassists is pleased to announce their first in-house clinic on Saturday, August 30, 2008 with endorsing artist, Jazz-great Avishai Cohen.

This free of charge event will be strictly "first come, first seated" as space is limited. Attendees will get a chance to get a tour of the Aguilar factory and try out Aguilar products such has the forthcoming Tone Hammer Preamp/DI pedal.

Cohen's recently released trio album, Gently Disturbed, has won critical praise for his lyrical compositions and stellar upright bass playing. The Avishai Cohen Trio will be in New York City for a four-night stand at the legendary Blue Note from August 28-31, 2008. For more information about Avishai Cohen, visit: AvishaiMusic.com.

Attendees MUST RSVP to info@aguilaramp.com before August 22, 2008.

Avishai Cohen Clinic And Aguilar Factory Tour
Saturday, August 30, 2008
599 Broadway 7th Floor
New York, NY 10012
Doors Open At Noon
Clinic At 1 PM

For more information on Aguilar Amplification, please visit: AguilarAmp.com.



Aguilar Amplification Welcomes Anthony Wellington To Its Artist Roster


Anthony Wellington
New York, NY - 07/11/2008

Aguilar Amplification, maker of high quality bass amplifiers, speaker cabinets and accessories for bassists is pleased to welcome Anthony Wellington to their family of artist endorsers. Wellington's stature in the bass community has grown significantly over the last 8 years as a member of The Victor Wooten Band. Trail-blazing bassist Wooten chose his long-time friend to not only be his bass tech but also to be his second bassist. What started as two friends jamming on a few songs a night has now grown into an entire show featuring a two-bass ensemble capable of jaw-dropping technique and incredible musical sensitivity.

Aside from his outstanding playing credentials, Wellington is also a dedicated and passionate educator who recently opened his own Bass-centered school called Bassology. With the culmination of years spent teaching, Bassology is a chance for bassists off all playing levels to learn the bass from technical, musical and spiritual standpoints.

Anthony Wellington is currently using an Aguilar AG 500SC amplifier, a DB 410 and a DB 115 cabinet on the road with the Victor Wooten Band. "Since I started using Aguilar, we get so many compliments on my sound. It's the first time that I've plugged my bass into a rig, set it flat and get the sound I was looking for without any effort. It's what my bass is supposed to sound like!"

Wellington recently gave an in-depth interview to Aguilar discussing his musical background and his teaching methods at the Aguilar Amplification website - AguilarAmp.com.

Aguilar Amplification is a manufacturer of high quality bass amplifiers, speaker cabinets and accessories located in NYC. Our goal is to make products that sound great and have features that are essential to the most discerning of bassists.

Many of the world's greatest musicians have chosen to use Aguilar. Our list of endorsers includes jazz greats such as Nathan East (Herbie Hancock) and John Patitucci, rock and roll heroes like Willie Weeks (Eric Clapton), Matt Rubano (Taking Back Sunday) and Jeph Howard (The Used) and the busiest of session bassists like Eric Smith (Rihanna) and Ethan Farmer (Christina Aguilera).

For more information on Aguilar Amplification, please visit: AguilarAmp.com.



The SWR Marcus Miller Professional Bass Preamplifier


SWR Marcus Miller Professional Bass Preamplifier
Scottsdale, AZ - 06/20/2008

SWR has unveiled the ultimate tool for bassists - the Marcus Miller Preamp, created in collaboration with one of the most influential bassists of his generation.

Miller himself calls it "The missing link between your bass and a great sound!" The Marcus Miller Preamp is one of the most versatile devices a bassist can use in his arsenal, with features painstakingly customized by Miller himself, working closely with SWR engineers, to reflect his own distinctive tonal range while considering the needs of bassists of all styles.

SWR Marcus Miller Professional Bass Preamplifier The single-channel preamp has two selectable inputs for easy instrument changes and two 12AX7 tubes (tube DI and preamp). The versatile wealth of controls include three-band semi-parametric tube-driven EQ with sweepable mids, gain, Miller-modified SWR Aural Enhancer circuit with pull defeat, EQ bypass switch, mute switch, Bass Intensifier circuitry with level and frequency cutoff controls, SWR studio-quality tube-driven compressor with pre or post EQ "Comp Position" switch, boost feature with volume control and compression blend, side-chain effects loop with blend control, master volume, selectable line out for tube DI, post-EQ or compressor position out.

The Bass Intensifier, EQ bypass, effects loop and boost can all be controlled using the included four-button footswitch.

For more information on the SWR Marcus Miller Preamp, please visit: SWRSound.com.


The SWR Marcus Miller Professional Bass Preamplifier - Part 1


The SWR Marcus Miller Professional Bass Preamplifier - Part 2




The Fender B-1200 Tube Bass Amp Head


Fender B-1200 Tube Bass Amp Head
Scottsdale, AZ - 06/20/2008

The TB family provides professional bass amp solutions for players who are looking for a thick, natural and balanced tone that sits fat in their live or studio mix. Based on the critically acclaimed TBP-1 tube bass pre-amp, the key to its creamy tone is a passive tone stack, the back bone of classic Fender guitar and bass amps. A passive tone stack has an interactive nature, with each knob affecting the others, resulting in big warm notes that represent the natural sound of the bass being played. The TB 1200 head delivers 1200 watts at 2 Ohms, ideal for running multiple cabinets while staying cool. Over-drive, Vari-QTM, FX Loop and Mute are all accessible via the TBFS-4, 4-button footswitch (included).

For more information on Fender, please visit: Fender.com.



The Fender 810 Pro Bass Cabinet


Fender 810 Pro Bass Cabinet
Scottsdale, AZ - 06/20/2008

The 810 PRO is the biggest, baddest cabinet a bass player can take into battle. Refinements include (4) chambered and ported sections of 2x10" Fender Special Design Eminence cast-frame drivers that deliver a pulverizing punch across the largest stages. Slide rails across the back make it easier to slide it in and out of a vehicle. The positioning of the handles and wheels is ideal for moving a large cabinet with ease. The high-frequency compression driver horn can be adjusted using the attenuator located on the back.

Rated at 2,000 watts program (1,000 watts continuous), the thunderous 810 PRO will make your guitarist tremble in fear!

For more information on Fender, please visit: Fender.com.



The Fender 610 Pro Bass Cabinet


Fender 610 Pro Bass Cabinet
Scottsdale, AZ - 06/20/2008

The 610 PRO cabinet takes its cue from our popular 810 PRO cabinet, affording a similar sonic power and prowess in a package small enough to transport in most vehicles. Three chambered and ported sections of 2x10" Fender Special Design Eminence cast-frame drivers deliver power and focus that can handle most any musical application. The 610 PRO is preferred by bassists who find an 8x10 too large for medium-size venues. Slide rails across the back make it easier to maneuver in and out of a vehicle. The positioning of the handles and wheels is ideal for moving a large cabinet with ease. The high-frequency compression driver horn can be adjusted using the attenuator located on the back.

Rated at 1,600 watts program (800 watts continuous), the 610 PRO delivers stadium power with around-the-town portability.

For more information on Fender, please visit: Fender.com.



The Fender 215 Pro Bass Cabinet


Fender 215 Pro Bass Cabinet
Scottsdale, AZ - 06/20/2008

The 215 PRO cabinet takes its design cues from our popular 810 PRO cabinet. Using the same footprint as the 610 PRO, the 215 PRO delivers the giant wallop of (2) large 15" Fender Special Design Eminence cast-frame drivers responsible for the big, round sound of old-school rock. The high-frequency compression driver horn adds brilliance and can be adjusted using the attenuator located on the back. Slide rails across the back make it easier to maneuver in and out of a vehicle. The positioning of the handles and wheels is ideal for moving a large cabinet with ease. Powerful, focused and deep tone at your fingertips.

Rated at 1,600 watts program (800 watts continuous), the 215 PRO delivers old-school tone in high-volume.

For more information on Fender, please visit: Fender.com.



The Tony Smith Experience Bass Camp 2008





The New Hampshire Bass Fest 2008





Rocky Mountain Bass Slam 2008





The Bass Club Of Georgia


Atlanta, GA - 05/20/2008

The Bass Club of Georgia Workshop-Concert
May 31 - June 1, 2008
10 AM - 4 PM At Emory University's Schwartz Center

Faculty: Robert Kassinger - Chicago Symphony
Robert Kassinger was appointed to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1993. Prior to Chicago, Rob performed as assistant principal bass with the Colorado Symphony and also played with the New Orleans Symphony. In addition to his busy schedule with the Orchestra, he is an active chamber musician. Rob performs with the Revolution Ensemble, the Orion Ensemble, Fulcrum Point, Ars Viva, Music of the Baroque, the Callisto Ensemble, MusicNow, and broadcasts on WFMT and WTTW. Most recently he has been a featured guest with Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble, and has performed Schubert's "Trout" Quintet with Daniel Barenboim.

Rufus Reid - Jazz Great
Rufus Reid, one of today's premiere bassists on the international jazz scene, with his reputation firmly established in the education arena, now adds composition to his vitae. Rufus participated in the BMI Jazz Composer's Workshop for five years which has empowered him to move more deeply into the composing arena. He won the Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Award for his composition, "Skies Over Emilia." His composition, "Whims of the Blue Bird" is the result of this award's commission. This has led to further commissions. He is writing for string orchestra, jazz ensembles large and small, and double bass ensemble pieces.

Joseph Patrick Moore - Electric Bass
For more than a decade Joseph Patrick Moore has been touring, recording, and establishing himself as an artist with a unique voice and a diversity of talents. His skills as bassist; composer; arranger; producer; author; educator and founding partner of Blue Canoe Digital illustrate why he is a highly sought after musician.

Mark Bernat
Mr. Bernat has appeared as soloist in major concert halls throughout the U.S, Europe, Israel, and China. Mr. Bernat is a former member of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra where he was its youngest member working with such conductors as Zubin Mehta, and Leonard Bernstein. Mr. Bernat is also a former faculty member of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the University of Texas-Austin School of Music. Presently Mr. Bernat is serves on the faculty at Emory University and is director of The Bass Club of Georgia.

David Goodwin - Orchestra director at Druid Hills High School.

Faculty and Student Concert, Master Classes, Bass Ensembles. Fee: $75. Includes lunch both days. For further information contact Mark Bernat at: mkbernat@yahoo.com or call (678)230-5937.

Send Check To:
The Bass Club Of Georgia
P.O. Box 49045
Atlanta, GA 30359



Aguilar DB 285 JC Cabinet Now Shipping
Cabinet Co-Designed With Legendary Bassist Jack Casady


Jack Casady
New York, NY - 05/05/2008

Aguilar Amplification is pleased to announce that their new, DB 285 JC cabinet is now shipping. The DB 285 JC was designed with legendary Hot Tuna/Jefferson Airplane bassist Jack Casady who was looking for a portable cabinet that would reproduce the dynamics and articulation in his playing. Aguilar CEO Dave Boonshoft worked closely with Jack to get just the right blend of deep bass, accurate midrange, and smooth treble. The result of their collaboration is the "Little Jack"; a cabinet that is perfect for any bassist who wants big studio quality sound in a package that is easy to get around.

The powerful cabinet handles 300 watts RMS into 4 ohms and houses two 8" cast frame woofers and one 6.5" midrange driver for a full range of tones. With a wide frequency response and a sensitivity rating of 95 dB 1W 1m, the DB 285 JC is designed to pick up subtle nuances in your playing style.

The Aguilar DB 285 JC is available at Aguilar dealers worldwide and carries a US MSRP of $849.00.

Aguilar Amplification, manufacturer of high quality bass amplifiers, speaker cabinets and accessories is located in NYC. Our goal is to make products that sound great and have features that are useful to discerning bass players.

Many of the world's greatest musicians have chosen to use Aguilar. Our list of endorsers includes jazz greats such as Nathan East (Herbie Hancock) and John Patitucci, rock and roll heroes like Willie Weeks (Eric Clapton), Matt Rubano (Taking Back Sunday) and Jeph Howard (The Used) and the busiest of session bassists like Eric Smith (Rihanna) and Ethan Farmer (Christina Aguilera).

For more information on Aguilar Amplification, please visit: AguilarAmp.com.



Mojo's Music Academy - Mile High Bass Camp Returns To Longmont


Longmont, Colorado - 03/17/2008

Mojo's Music Academy in Longmont, Colorado is gearing up for our third hosting of the Mile High Bass Camp. On May 3rd and 4th, we are proud to welcome world renowned bassists Todd Johnson and Trip Wamsley to the academy as they share their knowledge during two full days of master classes, performance classes, and private lessons. Both host clinics regularly and are great educators as well as players. They will present a master class and later in the day combine their teachings into a performance class. Their classes will focus on modern techniques for bass, groove studies, and improvisation. Everyone will get a chance to play within the class and be accompanied by Todd and Trip.

Todd Johnson is recognized as a pioneer of the 6-string bass. With his Zon signature model 6-string, Johnson uses an innovative technique where he plays chord changes and bass lines simultaneously, giving him an uniquely rich and full sound that proves extremely useful in both solo and small combo work.

Trip Wamsley plays everything from pop-rock to funk, R&B, and zydeco. He studied with Michael Manring in 1991 and 1992. Recent live appearances include dates with Steve Lawson, Michael Manring, BassQuake 2003 and 2004, and many other bass festivals in the U.S. and abroad.

On Saturday May 3rd from 10 AM - 6 PM, master classes and performance class will be held along with a free concert that evening. Cost is $95.00 per person. Seating is limited to a maximum of 20 people. On Sunday May 4th from 9 AM - 4 PM, private lessons are available with both bassists. Separate cost of private lessons TBA. Bassists can sign up for just one day or both days.

Mojo's Music Academy is designed to bring you the best in music education and access to world class musicians right in your hometown. Our past guests have included Chuck Rainey, Ray Riendeau, and Damian Erskine. As always, we will continue to present bass wisdom and musicianship to a room full of bassists of all levels and ages, leaving everyone inspired and wanting more bass friendly events.

For more information on Mojo's Music Academy and the Mile High Bass Camp, visit: MojosMusicAcademy.com or contact Paul Rogalski at: paul@mojosmusicacademy.com.



The Contemporary Music Project Presents Cuba In Mexico -
Percussion, Bass, And Rhythm Section Workshops - June 30 - July 6, 2008


Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico - 03/15/2008

Percussion, bass, and rhythm section workshops in Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico with Roberto Vizcaino (congas and timbales), Alejandro Carvajal (bata), and Feliciano Arango (bass).

Roberto Vizcaino Guillot is a master congero, timbalero, and multiple percussionist. He has performed with Chucho Valdes, Gonzalo Rubalcala, Cubanismo, and many other groups. A dedicated teacher as well as a performer, Roberto is on faculty at the Conservatorio de las Rosas in Morelia.

Alejandro Carvajal Guerra is a renowned batalero and rumbero whose musical and family roots go back to the Yorubas of Africa. Trained in the tradition as a child by his father, Alejandro is now recognized as one of the most knowledgeable bataleros in Cuba. He is on faculty at the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana.

Feliciano Arango was the original bassist for the timba group, NG La Banda for 16 years. He was the epicenter of the new TIMBA sound at its inception. Arango's bass lines transcend the traditional role of marking the rhythmic and harmonic structure of the arrangement. Each one stands alone as a melodic composition. He currently leads his new group Los Hermanos Arango, a fusion of traditional afro-cuban rhythms with jazz influenced harmony and arrangements.

Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico is a beautiful colonial city in the mountains of central Mexico. Rich in culture and nightlife, it is a safe and inexpensive alternative to studying in Cuba.

Our percussion programs include daily classes on congas with Roberto Vizcaino and bata classes with Alejandro Carvajal. Participants can also arrange for private lessons on timbales, congas, and bata. Contemporary Music Project will supply good instruments and high-quality teaching materials.

The rhythm section workshop includes daily bass classes with Feliciano Arango and percussion classes with Roberto Vizcaino, then combined rhythm section rehearsals with both teachers in the afternoon. Contemporary Music Project will supply percussion instruments, amplifiers, and teaching materials for class, but we do recommend bassists bring a small practice amp as well.

For more information on Cuba In Mexico, visit: The Contemporary Music Project or contact Don Skoog at don@contemporarymusicproject.com or Cherina Mastrantones at czm26@optonline.net.



AccuGroove Synergy Bass Amplifier


Santa Clara, California - 01/10/2008

AccuGroove is pleased to announce the unveiling of their exciting new pre-production Synergy bass amplifier at the 2008 winter NAMM show; booth 1270 in Hall E.

Synergy is incredibly light, amazingly simple, extremely powerful and has crushing tone. This amp is pure sonic bliss allowing you to hear the true sound of your instruments.

AccuGroove Synergy Amp
- Hybrid design with Tube (12AX7) input stage preamp
- 1000W @ 2 ohms; 775W @ 4 ohms; 450W @ 8 ohms
- Fs +0dB, -5dB: 20Hz-20kHz
- Damping Factor: >500
- Class H amplifier & High Frequency Switch Mode Power Supply

Front Panel
- 1 - 1/4" Passive input
- 1 - 1/4" Active input (-12Db)
- Mute Switch with LED Indicator
- EQ Bypass Switch with LED Indicator
- Input Gain (Volume) Control with LED peak Clip Light
- Perfectly dialed in 4 band EQ:
- Bass 40Hz +/-12dB 12dB
- Lo Mid 400Hz +/-12dB 12dB
- Hi Mid 4.4KHz +/-12dB 12dB
- Treble 9KHz +/-12dB 12dB
- Master Gain (Volume) control w/ 3 LED Signal & Clip indicator
- Power on/off Switch with LED Indicator

Rear Panel
- Speaker Outputs: 2 Neutrik Combo Speaker Jacks (Speakon & 1/4")
- 1/4" Tuner out
- 1/4" Effect Send (Parallel) Pre-EQ
- 1/4" Effect Return (Parallel) Pre-EQ
- Jenson XLR balanced output with a ground lift switch & volume
- I.E.C. filtered Power Connection
- Fuse (internal)
- Circuit Breaker
- Quiet Cooling fan (on side)

Size
- 10 lbs.
- 17" x 13" x 3.5"
- 2 rack spaces
- Optional Rack Ears

For more information on AccuGroove, visit: AccuGroove.



Gospel/R&B Powerhouse Andrew Gouche To Headline WesFest 3 Benefit Concert - Net Proceeds Go To The Wes Wehmiller Endowed Scholarship Funk At Berklee College Of Music


Bassist/producer Andrew Gouche, a pioneering voice in the gospel and R&B music communities, will headline WesFest 3: A Concert to Benefit the Wes Wehmiller Endowed Scholarship at Berklee College Of Music, the third annual WesFest benefit concert, at Paladino's in Los Angeles on February 25, 2008. The show is the centerpiece of a continuing fundraising drive for the Wes Wehmiller Scholarship fund, and all net proceeds will be donated to benefit that fund.

The scholarship fund honors Wes Wehmiller (1971-2005), a Berklee graduate ('92) and highly accomplished bassist, athlete, and photographer who died of thyroid cancer in January, 2005. Established by his family and friends, the Wes Wehmiller Endowed Scholarship is awarded annually to a continuing student at Berklee who best exemplifies the excellence and grace Wes showed as a bassist and as a human being. The WesFest concert series has raised over $22,000 for the fund to date.

Andrew Gouche is the most recognized bassist in gospel, achieving widespread acclaim for years of work with The Rev. James Cleveland, Andrae Crouch, and The Hawkins Family. He's also a premier player in the pop and R&B arena, working with everyone from megastars like Michael Jackson, Julio Iglesias and Madonna, to hip-hop artists such as Coolio, Warren G. and Montell Jordan, to R&B legends The Temptations, Smokey Robinson, Patti LaBelle, and the legendary Chaka Khan, for whom he recently served as Musical Director on a year-long tour. Gouche's own band, Prayze Connection, pushes the boundaries of gospel music into the rhythms and versatility of the secular music it inspires, without losing its soul.

"The only thing deeper than Andrew's groove and overall musical excellence," says WesFest 3 producer Bryan Beller, "is the positivity and spirituality in everything he does. The energy he brings to his music is a perfect fit for the WesFest concert series, and we're thrilled and grateful to have him headlining the event."

In addition to headliner Gouche, the event will feature four additional acts: Original WesFest headliner and virtuoso guitarist/composer Mike Keneally (fronting the first Los Angeles performance of the official Mike Keneally Band lineup in nearly a year), newly-formed rock powerhouse Mother Eff (featuring WesFest veterans Colin Keenan, Rick Musallam and Griff Peters), the slinky, sultry soul of singer/songwriter Kira Small (also a WesFest veteran), and Danny Mo and the Exciters, featuring Wehmiller's Berklee Bass Professor and close friend Danny Morris, as well as 2007 Wehmiller scholarship award winner Claire Finley.

Event Details:
WesFest 3: A Concert to Benefit the Wes Wehmiller Scholarship at Berklee College Of Music
February 25, 2008
Paladino's
6101 Reseda Blvd.
Tarzana, CA 91335
(818) 342-1563
Doors open at 7:00 PM

This year's complete list of performers is as follows:
- Andrew Gouche (http://www.myspace.com/andrewgouche)
- The Mike Keneally Band (http://www.keneally.com)
- Danny Mo and the Exciters (featuring 2007 Wehmiller Scholarship Award Winner Claire Finley)
- Kira Small (www.kirasmall.com and www.myspace.com/kirasmall)
- Mother Eff (www.mothereff.com)

Ticket Information
- $30 per pair of tickets in advance (advance tickets are available until February 18, 2008)
- $20 for single tickets in advance
- $30 for single tickets at the door

Ticket orders and donations will be accepted via check or credit card. Complete ordering instructions and procedures can be found online at: http://www.weswehmiller.net/wesfest3.html.

For any questions about ordering tickets or donating to the fundraising drive, please contact Peter Gordon directly at (818) 380-3041 or pgordon@berklee.edu.

For additional biographical information on Wes Wehmiller, and more information on the WesFest concert series, as well as new details about WesFest 3 as they become available, please visit the official Tribute To Wes Wehmiller Website at WesWehmiller.net.



WesFest 2 DVD To Raise Money For Wes Wehmiller Scholarship At Berklee College Of Music


WesFest 2: A Concert to Benefit the Wes Wehmiller Scholarship at Berklee College Of Music, has been released on DVD, and marks the official start to this year's annual fundraising drive for the that scholarship. All net proceeds from the sale of this DVD will benefit the fund.

The fund is named in honor of Wes Wehmiller, a Berklee graduate ('92) and highly accomplished bassist, athlete, and photographer who died of thyroid cancer in January, 2005. The Wes Wehmiller Scholarship is awarded annually to a continuing student at Berklee who best exemplifies the excellence and grace Wes showed as a bassist and as a human being. WesFest 2 originally took place on March 6, 2007, at The Gig in Los Angeles, CA. It was the second annual event in the ongoing WesFest concert series, which has raised over $22,000 to date for the scholarship.

The DVD runs seventy-five minutes and contains live performances captured in professional-quality multi-track audio and video from the following WesFest 2 performers:
- Stu Hamm [www.stuarthamm.net] - virtuoso solo bassist and WesFest 2 headliner
- The Dirty Janks - late 60's/early 70's-style psychedelic funk and groovalicious grease, featuring keyboardist Arlan Schierbaum, guitarist Rick Musallam (Mike Keneally Band), bassist Dorian Heartsong (Powerman 5000) and drummer Joe Travers (Zappa Plays Zappa touring band, Mike Keneally Band)
- Danny Mo & The Exciters - featuring 2006 Wehmiller Scholarship award winner Will Snyder, Berklee Bass professor Danny Morris, and legendary R&B drummer James Gadson (Bill Withers)
- Jude Crossen [www.myspace.com/judecrossen] - power pop and even more powerful lead vocals from L.A. session ace and Berklee grad Jude Crossen
- Jariya [www.myspace com/jariyamusic] - all-female eclectic trio blending rock, jazz and electronica, featuring Eve Buigues on searing lead vocals
- The WesFest All-Stars - debut frontman (and frontwoman) performances from WesFest veterans Griff Peters [www.griffpeters.com] and Tristana Ward (featuring Kira Small [www.kirasmall.com])
- Janet Robin [www.janetrobin.com] - acclaimed veteran Los Angeles singer/songwriter, in a solo performance that righteously opened the show
- I, Claudius - Wes Wehmiller's former rock band returns, louder and heavier than ever, featuring singer Colin Keenan and guitarist Griff Peters.

Bonus DVD features include:
- Intro To Wes (a biography of Wes Wehmiller set to still pictures and music)
- Tribute To Wes (a slideshow that was shown at WesFest 2)
- Band Biographies (pictures, information and weblinks for each performing act, set to music)
- Carrying It On (featuring mission statements for both WesFest and Berklee College Of Music, and invitations to further the goals of WesFest and the scholarship fund, set to music)

The DVD will sell for $25, which includes shipping and handling domestically and internationally. Orders can be placed via check or money order to:

Onion Boy Records
PMB #307
7051 Highway 70-S
Nashville, TN 37221-2207
Re: WesFest 2 DVD

Credit card and PayPal orders can be placed via PayPal to wesfestdvd@onionboyrecords.com. Complete ordering instructions and procedures can be found online at www.weswehmiller.net/wesfest2dvd.html.

"The WesFest 2 DVD, even more so than last year, captures the spirit of the event and empowers the possibility for Wes to inspire future musicians," says DVD producer Bryan Beller. "This year's performance shows growth in the size of the event, the quality of the show and recording, and the impact we're able to have as an organic, living community. The WesFest concert series truly has taken on a life of its own not only for those who knew Wes, but for those who are just now being introduced to him."

For ordering information and all press inquiries, please contact Bryan Beller at (818) 599-0262, or via e-mail at wesfestdvd@onionboyrecords.com.

For biographical information on Wes Wehmiller, and more information on WesFest 2, please visit the official Tribute To Wes Wehmiller Website at WesWehmiller.net.



International Bass Night





MTD Introduces New MTD Nickel Roundwound Electric Bass Strings


MTD Nickel Roundwound Electric Bass Strings
Toronto, Canada - 11/16/2007

Power Group Ltd., a Toronto based distributor of fine musical instrument and professional audio products, in conjunction with Michael Tobias Designs, announce the introduction of 7 new sets of premium nickel wound electric bass guitar strings.

These new premium nickel roundwound strings are available in 4, 5 and 6-string sets in addition to single strings for the Low "B", Hi "C", and Hi "F". MTD 4-string sets come in the following gauges: Light (40-60-80-100), Medium Light (45-65-80-100), and Medium (45-65-85-105). MTD 5-string sets are available in Medium (45-65-85-105-130X) and Custom Medium (45-65-85-105-135X) while 6-string sets are packaged in Medium (30-45-65-85-105-130X) and Custom Medium (30-45-65-85-105-135X).

"I've been stringing my handmade basses with premium MTD steel strings since 1994, and I have to say that bassists the world over have asked for nickel strings for a long time, and I have finally found a string that meets our standards!" states Michael Tobias. "These new nickel strings offer the player the dynamic response of steel strings with the inherent warmth and feel players seek from nickel wound strings. We also are offering an exposed core "B" in a nickel string - that's pretty rare, actually."

Ron Larcombe, President of Power Group Ltd. states, "With these new nickel strings, we have a complete string solution for the electric bassist - the classic MTD steels and now the MTD nickels. We feel so strongly about the quality of these strings we've re-designed the packaging to better reflect the "premium" position these strings will hold in the market."

MTD nickel strings will be priced from $42.00 MSRP for a 4-string set to $68.00 MSRP for the 6-string sets.

For more information on the MTD nickel roundwound strings, please contact Power Group Ltd. by e-mail mtdsales@power-music.com or phone 1-888-276-9372.



Master Bassist Bakithi Kumalo "Gets Amped"


Aguilar CEO Dave Boonshoft With Bakithi Kumalo
New York City - 11/07/2007

Legendary Paul Simon bassist Bakithi Kumalo is now exclusively using bass amps and cabinets from Aguilar Amplification. His rig of choice is the DB 750 hybrid bass head and GS 410 cabinets.

A native of Soweto Township outside Johannesburg, South Africa, Bakithi Kumalo's musical career has been characterized by a series of serendipitous events, ranging from his debut gig as a precocious seven-year-old filling in for the bassist in his uncle's band to his enlistment into Paul Simon's group during the recording sessions of the pop star's landmark Graceland album in 1985.

Kumalo's work on Graceland opened the doors for him to pursue other avenues including, recently, recordings with Herbie Hancock, Randy Brecker, and Cyndi Lauper. Plus, he hooked up with former Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart who took the bassist on tour with him.

The DB 750 bass head is a ground-breaking hybrid amplifier with a discrete mosfet output section and an all-tube preamp. A perfect combination of raw power and enormous headroom, the DB 750 sets the precedent for all hybrid heads. This head develops 750 watts of high fidelity tone in 4 ohms, 975 watts into 2 ohms. The GS 410 was designed to give bass players the full, punchy tone they want at any volume. Its focused sound makes this a great cabinet for all playing techniques - fingerstyle, pick, slapping, or tapping. The efficient design of the GS 410 allows it to sound musical even at the most crushing volumes.

Dave Boonshoft, Aguilar's CEO, is thrilled that Bakithi is now using Aguilar gear. Bakithi is happy too saying, "I've never had such great tone before."

For more information, please contact Aguilar at 1-800-304-1875 or info@aguilaramp.com.
Web Site: www.AguilarAmp.com



The Mile High Bass Camp Returns To Longmont


Longmont, Colorado - 09/12/07

Mojo's Music Academy in Longmont, Colorado is gearing up for their second hosting of the Mile High Bass Camp. Back in July, Ray Riendeau and Chuck Rainey offered their bass wisdom and musicianship to a room full of bassists of all levels and ages, leaving everyone inspired and wanting more bass-friendly events.

On November 10th and 11th, Ray Riendeau returns to Mojo's Music Academy and will be accompanied by Damian Erskine. Both world renowned bassists will present a master class and later combine their teachings into a performance class. Everyone in attendance will have the opportunity to play within the class and be accompanied by Ray and Damian.

Ray Riendeau has demonstrated some of the most amazing slap bass skills and is best known for touring with the band Halford featuring Rob Halford of Judas Priest. Damian Erskine, nephew of legendary jazz drummer Peter Erskine, grew up around all the heavy jazz musicians including Jaco Pastorius from the Weather Report years, and he is currently touring with guitarist Tony Furtado.

Both of these bassists have lots to offer to the bass community. Their classes will focus on modern techniques for bass, groove studies, and improvisation. They both host clinics regularly and are great educators as well as players.

Zon Guitars is sponsoring the event as both players are endorsed by Zon and will be playing these incredible instruments.

- Saturday, November 10th: 10:00 AM � 6:00 PM - Master classes and performance class plus free concert in the evening. Cost is $95.00 per person. Limited seating of 20 people maximum.

- Sunday, November 11th: 9:00 AM � 4:00 PM - Private lessons available with Ray and Damian. Separate cost of $37.00 for a 30-minute lesson or $68.00 for a 60-minute lesson.

Participants can sign up for just one day or both days.

Mojo's Music Academy is designed to bring you the best in music education and access to world class musicians.

Mile High Bass Camp
November 10-11, 2007
Mojo's Music Academy
230 Primrose Ct. #1
Longmont, CO 80501
MojosMusicAcademy.com



Tascam Unveils The MP-BT1 MP3 Bass Trainer


Tascam
09/10/07

Tascam's MP-BT1 is the first MP3 player designed for musicians. Based on the award-winning CD-BT1mkII, this fun mobile bass trainer includes enough memory to store up to 240 songs. Bass parts can be slowed down, looped, and even eliminated to help you to learn new riffs. Playback MP3s using Variable Speed Audition, which slows down the speed without changing the pitch, and sections can be seamlessly looped while practicing tricky passages. Songs can even be pitched up or down to match the tuning of your bass so you don't have to re-tune for every song.

The bass input lets you to rock along with multi-effects including a bass canceller so you can play along with your favorite bands. A tuner, metronome, and rechargeable battery are also built-in. All of this is packed into an MP3 player smaller than a stomp box so stuff it in your backpack, gig bag, or back pocket and hit the road.

The MP-BT1 uses a high-speed USB connection to load up MP3s and charge the built-in battery. Zip through your MP3 collection using a data wheel, dedicated buttons, and a graphical LCD display. A rechargeable 9-hour lithium ion battery is built into the unit, and an optional power supply is also available.

Put 240 songs in your gig bag with the MP-BT1, the first MP3 player for musicians.

- 240-song memory capacity (based on average 4-minute MP3 encoded at 128kbps)
- Variable Speed Audition changes the speed of the MP3 playback without changing the pitch
- Pitch control in 1% steps so you don't have to re-tune
- Seamless looping for practicing tricky passages
- High-impedance 1/4" bass input
- Built-in multi effects for bass
- Bass canceller on MP3 playback
- Bass range booster & enhancer on MP3 playback
- 1/8" headphone output
- Built-in rechargeable battery with 9-hour reserve
- 128x64 graphic LCD display
- USB jack
- Auto power off and hold function
- Dimensions (W x H x D): 3.1" x 4.3" x 1" (78 x 110 x 25.5 mm) excluding protrusions
- Weight: 7.8 ounces (220g) including lithium ion battery



Tascam Announces The Release Of The CD-BT2 Bass Trainer


Tascam
09/10/07

The new CD-BT2 is the latest introduction in the portable CD trainer line - a product category literally invented by Tascam. Like the wildly-popular original CD-BT1 bass trainer, musicians have the ability to slow down the speed of a CD without changing the pitch - allowing artists, musicians, students, and music teachers to practice, learn and teach fast licks, rhythm parts and solos from their favorite bass players. With its ultra-compact design and new functionality, the new CD-BT2 trainer from Tascam is the most user-friendly trainer ever. The new CD-BT2 bass trainer completes our all-new lineup of trainers for the musician, student, teacher, and artist on the go.

The new CD-BT2 bass trainer features an all new improved ultra-compact design, comprehensive LCD display with graphical user interface, album title/track title indication by CD-text, expanded effect banks for user preset, chromatic tuner, and Tascam's pioneering VSA (Variable Speed Audition, pitch control without affecting key) feature lets music fans learn up a continuous mix of their favorite songs anywhere they go.

With Tascam's legendary ease of use, pioneering features such as integrated pitch and key control, bass canceller with selectable canceling pan point and selectable frequency range, and seamless integration with CD-DA/CD-R/CD-RW disc playback, users can now discover the licks their favorite artist really played.

- Portable CD bass trainer (more compact than previous CD-BT1MKII)
- CD-DA/CD-R/CD-RW disc playback
- 10 second anti-shock memory
- Comprehensive 128 x 64 dot matrix LCD display with graphical user interface
- Album title/track title indication by CD-text
- Elapsed time/remain time display with bar meter
- +16 to -50% pitch control in 1% steps
- VSA (Variable Speed Audition, pitch control without affecting key)
- Key control: +/-6 semi-tone, in semi-tone steps with +/-50 cents fine tune
- Single play and continuous play
- Single loop, all loop, and seamless in-out loop
- Flash back function (instant review up to 5 seconds prior playback)
- Bass canceller with selectable canceling pan point and selectable frequency range
- 10 effect banks for user preset
- Chromatic tuner with calibration (435 to 445Hz)
- 3 octaves tone oscillator
- Metronome (BPM: 40 to 220, Beat: 2 to 6)
- 1/4" bass input
- Bass/mic input volume
- Bass/mic input level meter indicator on LCD display
- CD level meter indicator
- Footswitch connector
- 5 selectable functions by foot switch (flash back, rewind, FF, bank, effect on/off)
- 1/8" stereo line output
- 1/8" stereo headphone output
- Headphone volume
- Mono monitor for CD (L+R, L, R)
- Sprit monitor (left ch: CD, right ch: input or vice versa)
- Battery operation
- Optional power supply PS-P520



Bassists Converge In Atlanta For BassUp! 2007


Atlanta, GA - 08/20/07

On Saturday, September 29, 2007, at the Atlanta Bass Gallery (814 Marietta Street, Atlanta, GA 30318), bassists Jeff Schmidt, Trip Wamsley, Joseph Patrick Moore, Gary Wilkins, Russ Rodgers, Bernhard Lackner, Christopher Cardone, Myron Carroll, and Darren Michaels headline the fourth annual BassUp! event.

BassUp! is a show focused on bass-centric music. Held in Atlanta, this 2007 event marks the fourth annual coming together of bassists to meet, share knowledge, and perform. If you are a bassist or bass enthusiast, you do not want to miss this show! Clinics will be held in the morning followed by performances in the afternoon and throughout the evening. BassUp! will also feature giveaways and a raffle for a bass. The show is all ages and admission is $10 for the entire day's events.

Returning as part of this year's festivities is the BassUp! Solo Bass Open Mic, which will take place on Friday, September 28, 2007 at 8 PM at Urban Grind Coffee Bar (962 Marietta Street, Atlanta, GA 30318). This is a chance for the beginner, up-and-comer, or pro bassist to perform solo bass live! Admission is free and all ages are welcome so come out and see the new players on the scene. Visit the BassUp! web site, www.bassup.net, for more information or contact the event organizer, Darren Michaels, via e-mail at darren@darrenmichaelsbass.com or phone at 404.452.4032.



The Players School Of Music - One Week Intensive





Gallien-Krueger Introduces Hybrid Tube Bass Head


Gallien-Krueger
Stockton, CA - 07/24/07

This summer, Gallien-Krueger will begin shipping the much anticipated Fusion 550 bass head, which is the first GK product to incorporate tubes into the design. The Fusion 550 features a uniquely designed six stage tube preamp paired with a 500 watt version of the high current solid state power amp used in the 1001RB-II. The rich warmth of tubes, combined with the quick, punchy power that GK bass amps are known for is an experience like no other. And as if that wasn't enough, GK takes the next step in innovation by adding motorized knobs which allow you to store two different tone settings, such as one for slap and one for finger style playing, and footswitch between them. Possibly a first for a fully analog bass amplifier! The Fusion 550 also features an updated version of GK's exclusive 50 watt Horn Bi-Amp System. Dial in the horn where you like it and as you adjust your volume with the master control, the ratio between the woofer and tweeter is preserved. The EQ section is an active tube version of the solid state EQ from the legendary GK 800RB amplifier. Other features include Deep and Bright switches and a Contour with two frequency selects. The rear panel includes Neutrik Speakon and 1/4" connectors, effects loop, tuner out, footswitch input jack, and a transformer isolated DI for hum-free operation. The Fusion 550 uses a toroidal transformer for maximum reliability and efficiency. Yeah tube amps have been around for decades, but you�ve never heard one like the Fusion 550.

Power Amp:
- Solid State
- 500 watts @ 4 ohms, 350 watts @ 8 ohms
- 50 watt Horn Bi-Amp System
- Toroidal Transformer

Pre Amp:
- Tube (three 12AX7's)
- Motorized knobs (footswitchable)
- Gain, Master and Horn Level controls
- Four-band Active EQ
- Variable Contour with 500Hz-800Hz Mid Frequency select
- Deep and Bright switch
- Mute switch (foot-switchable)
- 1/4" Input jack
- Active/Passive switch (-10dB)

Rear Panel:
- Effects Loop & Tuner out
- Transformer isolated DI with Level control and Pre/Post switch
- Speakon outputs (Horn Bi-Amp compatible)
- Two 1/4" Speaker outputs (full range only)
- Rear-vented temperature controlled fan

Physical Specs:
- 19"W x 5.25"H x 9.75"D
- Three rack spaces
- 25 lbs.

Gallien-Krueger
2234 Industrial Dr.
Stockton, CA 95206
Gallien-Krueger.com



Gallien-Krueger Expands Neo Series Bass Enclosure Line


Gallien-Krueger
Stockton, CA - 07/24/07

Gallien-Krueger will be expanding their popular Neo Series line of bass cabinets this summer with the introduction of the Neo 410, Neo 210 and Neo 115-II. Current models in the series include the Neo 112, Neo 212 and Neo 412. The Neo Series enclosures use GK's own Neodymium magnet equipped Paragon loudspeakers which provide higher power handling at a fraction of the weight of standard ceramic magnets. The cabinet design utilizes front slotporting for enhanced low-end response and individually tuned chambers for each loudspeaker to eliminate standing waves. The Neo 210 is designed to be played in either an upright position or tilted back like a floor monitor. The cabinets are covered with black vinyl and include recessed spring-loaded handles, a rugged silver steel grill and custom interlocking corners for stacking. The Neo 410 and Neo 115-II have removable castors.

Neo 410
Configuration: 4x10" Paragon Neodymium Woofers
Power Handling: 800 Watts RMS
Impedance: 8 Ohms
Sensitivity: 103 dB
Maximum SPL 132 dB
Frequency Resp (-3dB): 30 Hz to 19 kHz
Porting: Front-Slot Ported
Dimensions (WxHxD): 23.5" x 26.5" x 18.5"
Weight: 78 lbs.

Neo 210
Configuration: 2x10" Paragon Neodymium Woofers
Power Handling: 400 Watts RMS
Impedance: 8 Ohms
Sensitivity: 98 dB
Maximum SPL 124 dB
Frequency Resp (-3dB): 47 Hz to 19 kHz
Porting: Front-Slot Ported
Dimensions (WxHxD): 23.5" x 19.5" x 18.5"
Weight: 45 lbs.

Neo 115-II
Configuration: 1x15" Paragon Neodymium Woofer
Power Handling: 400 Watts RMS
Impedance: 8 Ohms
Sensitivity: 99 dB
Maximum SPL 127 dB
Frequency Resp (-3dB): 45 Hz to 19 kHz
Porting: Front-Slot Ported
Dimensions (WxHxD): 23.5" x 26.5" x 18.5"
Weight: 63.5 lbs.

Gallien-Krueger
2234 Industrial Dr.
Stockton, CA 95206
Gallien-Krueger.com



Gallien-Krueger Releases RBX Series Bass Cabinets


Stockton, CA - 07/24/07

Gallien-Krueger has begun shipping the all new RBX Series bass enclosures to dealers earlier this summer. The 810RBX, 410RBX, 210RBX and 115RBX cabinets are loaded with Paragon loudspeakers designed and manufactured by Gallien-Krueger. The 410RBX, 115RBX and 210RBX feature front slot-porting for enhanced low bass response and isolated speaker chambers to eliminate standing waves. The 810RBX uses a sealed design for that classic rock & roll tone. The 210RBX is designed to be played in either an upright position or tilted back like a floor monitor. The cabinets include black carpet covering, recessed, spring-loaded handles, a rugged steel grill and custom interlocking corners for stacking. The 410RBX and 115RBX have removable castors. The 810RBX includes a dolly style handle and wheels for easy transport and rear mounted slide rails to help protect it from road wear.

810RBX
Configuration: 4x10" Paragon Woofers
Power Handling: 800 Watts RMS
Impedance: 4 Ohms
Sensitivity: 99 dB
Frequency Resp (-3dB): 36 Hz to 19 kHz
Porting: Front-Slot Ported
Dimensions (HxWxD): 26.5" x 49" x 17.5"
Weight: 149 lbs.

410RBX
Configuration: 4x10" Paragon Woofers
Power Handling: 800 Watts RMS
Impedance: 8 Ohms
Sensitivity: 99 dB
Frequency Resp (-3dB): 54 Hz to 19 kHz
Porting: Front-Slot Ported
Dimensions (HxWxD): 23.5" x 26.5" x 18.5"
Weight: 91.5 lbs.

210RBX
Configuration: 2x10" Paragon Woofers
Power Handling: 400 Watts RMS
Impedance: 8 Ohms
Sensitivity: 99 dB
Frequency Resp (-3dB): 63 Hz to 19 kHz
Porting: Front-Slot Ported
Dimensions (HxWxD): 23.5" x 19.5" x 18.5"
Weight: 54 lbs.

115RBX
Configuration: 1x15" Paragon Woofers
Power Handling: 400 Watts RMS
Impedance: 8 Ohms
Sensitivity: 101 dB
Frequency Resp (-3dB): 50 Hz to 19 kHz
Porting: Front-Slot Ported
Dimensions (HxWxD): 23.5" x 26.5" x 18.5"
Weight: 70.5 lbs.

Gallien-Krueger
2234 Industrial Dr.
Stockton, CA 95206
Gallien-Krueger.com



Mile High Bass Camp


Longmont, Colorado - 05/16/07

Mojo's Music Academy is bringing music legend Chuck Rainey to Longmont, Colorado.

On June 30th and July 1st, the Mile High Bass Camp at Mojo's Music Academy will feature Chuck Rainey and Ray Riendeau as instructors for a full weekend of electric bass master classes, performance classes, and more.

Widely associated with soul, pop, funk, and R&B, Chuck Rainey has been a star electric bassist since the 1960's. Rainey's forte has been a heavy, steady pulse and vigorous support, fitting into a rhythm section, and locking onto a groove with a vengeance. Without any argument, he is the most recorded bass player in the history of recorded music and is the most imitated by bass players as a whole. Rainey's discography includes recordings with Aretha Franklin, Quincy Jones, Steely Dan, Ray Charles, Etta James, Sam Cooke, The Jackson 5, Paul Simon, and the list goes on. The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inducts the legends of rock music on a yearly basis, and as of 2003, Rainey's bass lines and rhythm influence are the documented backbone of the original hit recordings of the following artists and the year they were inducted: Aretha Franklin (1987), Marvin Gaye (1988), The Jackson 5 (1997), The Rascals (2000), and Steely Dan (2001). For more information on Chuck Rainey, visit: ChuckRainey.com.

As a clinician, Ray Riendeau has demonstrated his concepts to students throughout the United States and Europe at events such as Bass Day - L.A. , the National Guitar Summer Workshop, The School of Bass - AZ, and Bass Day - New York 2001. Riendeau is a bassist most known for his work with singer Rob Halford (Judas Priest). As a member of the band Halford, Riendeau recorded two studio cds, one double live CD, and toured around the world, most notably playing to a sold out crowd at Madison Square Garden. Riendeau has 4 solo albums in his catalog showing all his talents as a bassist of the modern world. For more information on Ray Riendeau, visit: RayRiendeau.net.

The Mile High Bass Camp will involve 20 bass students of all levels of experience. All students will take part in all the offerings throughout the day. Bring your bass and have some low frequency fun.

- Ray Riendeau master class and applied studies.

- Chuck Rainey master class and applied studies.

- Combined performance class and evening concert.

Total Cost - $175.00

Each instructor will offer private lessons throughout the day on Sunday.

Separate scheduling and rates apply for private lessons.

Mile High Bass Camp
June 30th & July 1st, 2007
Mojo's Music Academy
230 Primrose Ct. #1
Longmont, CO 80501
MojosMusicAcademy.com



An Ultimate Night Of Bass





New Hampshire Bass Fest 2007


New Hampshire - 04/10/07

New Hampshire Celebrates Music With A Focus On The Bottom End

This summer, bassists from around the globe will converge in Manchester, N.H. to perform, teach, listen, and participate in the first annual New Hampshire Bass Fest 2007. A festival and educational program combined, the NHBF 2007 will feature top shelf artists and educators. Rufus Reid, Michael Manring, Steve Bailey, and Seth Horan are among the guests who will educate and entertain a host of attendees. High school students, college students, young professionals, educators, and seasoned professionals will fill the ranks.

The NHBF will feature exhibits by premier luthiers and manufacturers. NHBF exhibitors will include: Asetta Strings, Bergantino Audio Systems, Best Bass Gear, Lembo's Music, Ristola Instruments, Skjold Guitars, Stambaugh Musical Design, and Stinnett Music. These vendors will display their various products and offer substantial event discounts.

What is the New Hampshire Bass Fest? New Hampshire Bass Fest 2007 is a festival / music school for all instruments. However, these Bass(es) don't swim.

New Hampshire Bass Fest
June 20 - 23, 2007
New Hampshire Community Technical College
1066 Front St.
Manchester, NH
NHBassFest.com



Aguilar Introduces The DB 112 Bass Speaker Cabinet


Aguilar DB 112
New York City - 04/03/07

The new DB 112 combines the full low-end extension of the GS 112 with the punchy midrange of the DB series cabinet line. A custom heavy-duty cast frame Eminence driver is mounted in a rear ported 13 ply Baltic Birch enclosure to create a high-efficiency cabinet that is both focused and musical. Because of the DB 112's forward midrange frequencies, it and will sound louder onstage than other cabinets of similar size. Available in the 4 different colors of the DB line (Chocolate Thunder, Classic Black, Monster Green, and the new Boss Tweed), the DB 112 will sound great and look cool on any stage.

Specifications:
One 12" cast frame woofer, 56 oz. magnet
Power handling: 300 watts
Impedance: 8 ohms
Phenolic tweeter with integral phase plug
Custom crossover with variable tweeter control
One Neutrik Speakon and two 1/4" inputs
Frequency response: 42 Hz to 16 kHz
Sensitivity: 102 dB @ 1W 1M
Deluxe Strap Handle
Metal Corners, Rubber Feet
Dimensions: 14" H x 19" W x 19" D
MSRP: $659.00

For more information, please contact Aguilar at 1-800-304-1875 or info@aguilaramp.com.
Web Site: www.AguilarAmp.com



San Francisco Bass Weekend 2007


San Francisco Bass Weekend
San Francisco, CA. - 03/26/07

Cory Combs, Drew Waters, Jason Muscat, Damian Erskine, and Matt Aiken are hosting the second annual San Francisco Bass Weekend that will be held on June 9th and 10th, 2007 in San Francisco's Mission District.

The Bass Weekend will be an organized, intensive, fun, and challenging two-day workshop for bassists looking to improve techniques, strengthen concepts, and build their musical foundation, regardless of level.

Each day will feature practical and informative classes taught by core teachers, covering a wide variety of bass-related topics, including groove concepts, sound, improvisation, theory, technique, and practice methods.

The core teachers, Combs, Waters, Muscat, Erskine, and Aiken, are skilled professional players, teachers, recording artists, band leaders, and composers, each familiar with a wide range of musical styles.

Both days will end with guest clinics that are presented by some of the most respected and technically gifted bassists working today.

On Saturday, June 9th, Jean Baudin will inspire with his 11-string tapping followed by bass legend and solo bass pioneer Stuart Hamm.

On Sunday, June 10th, the 2005 Bass Extremes Solo Bass Competition winner Jeff Schmidt will perform a virtuosic set followed by the always amazing and awe inspiring Michael Manring.

In addition, AccuGroove and Zon Guitars will have gear there to try out, and both Mark Wright and Joe Zon will be on hand to answer questions.

Each day will begin at 12:30 PM and conclude at 6:00 PM.

To keep class sizes small, enrollment will be limited to 45 participants so enroll early!

For more information on the San Francisco Bass Weekend, visit: Ellorywerks.com/basscamp.htm.



Bass Legend Stu Hamm To Headline WesFest 2 Benefit Concert


Hollywood, CA - 01/13/07

Legendary bassist and solo artist Stu Hamm will headline a long list of performers at WesFest 2: A Concert to Benefit the Wes Wehmiller Endowed Scholarship at Berklee College Of Music. This second annual WesFest benefit concert, to be held at The Gig in Los Angeles on March 6, 2007, will also feature 2006 Wehmiller Scholarship winner Will Snyder and original WesFest headliner Mike Keneally. The concert is the centerpiece of a continuing fundraising drive for the Wes Wehmiller Scholarship fund, and all net proceeds will be donated to benefit that fund.

Established by the family and friends of John and Paula Wehmiller, the scholarship fund honors Wes Wehmiller (1971-2005), a Berklee graduate ('92) and highly accomplished bassist, athlete, and photographer who died of thyroid cancer in January, 2005. The Wes Wehmiller Scholarship is awarded annually to a continuing student at Berklee who best exemplifies the excellence and grace Wes showed as a bassist and as a human being.

A groundbreaking virtuoso bassist and fellow Berklee alumnus ('80), Stu Hamm has worked with Steve Vai and Joe Satriani among others, and has released four acclaimed solo albums. Recently he's been on the road with the bass supertour B3, featuring Stu, Billy Sheehan, and Jeff Berlin. Stu was an important early influence on Wes Wehmiller, and while at Berklee, Wehmiller paid homage to Hamm in a tribute band performance of the famous Steve Vai-Stu Hamm "Classified" 1984 band material.

Wehmiller's later playing was more R&B influenced, and the first annual Wehmiller Scholarship Award Winner, Will Snyder, will honor that influence by playing a set of classic R&B material along with Wehmiller's Berklee Bass Professor and close friend Danny Morris and renowned L.A. drummer James Gadson (Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers).

"I had the honor of being Wes' teacher at Berklee," says Morris. "Twelve years later I had the honor of being Will Snyder's teacher. The reward of teaching oddly enough comes in the reciprocal effect that one actually learns from their students. Wes Wehmiller exemplified to me the concept of 'less is more'. Many of the wonderful qualities of Wes are well apparent in Will. Come out on March 6th and hear 2006 scholarship recipient Will Snyder's groove. Dance to the music!"

Event details:
WesFest 2: A Concert to Benefit the Wes Wehmiller Scholarship at Berklee College Of Music
March 6, 2007
The Gig (www.liveatthegig.com)
7302 Melrose Ave.
Hollywood, CA 90046
(323) 936-4440
Doors open at 7:00 PM

This year's complete list of performers is as follows:
- Stu Hamm (www.stuarthamm.net)
- Danny Mo and the Exciters (featuring 2006 Wehmiller Scholarship Award Winner Will Snyder and drummer James Gadson)
- The Dirty Janks
- Jariya (www.myspace.com/jariyamusic)
- Janet Robin (www.janetrobin.com)
- Jude Crossen (www.myspace.com/judecrossen)
The WesFest All-Stars - featuring performances by WesFest veterans:
- Mike Keneally (www.keneally.com)
- Ali Handal (www.alihandal.com)
- Kira Small (www.kirasmall.com)
- Griff Peters (www.griffpeters.com)
- Bryan Beller (www.bryanbeller.com)
- Tristana Ward
- I, Claudius

Ticket information:
- $30 per pair of tickets in advance (advance tickets are available until February 28)
- $20 for single tickets in advance
- $30 for tickets at the door

Ticket orders and donations will be accepted via check or credit card. Complete ordering instructions and procedures can be found online at: http://www.weswehmiller.net/wesfest2.html.

For any questions about ordering tickets or donating to the fundraising drive, please contact Peter Gordon directly at (818) 380-3041 or pgordon@berklee.edu.

The original WesFest event took place on February 16, 2006, at The Gig in Hollywood, CA, with eight bands performing live in a three-hours-plus concert. WesFest raised over $12,000 and served as the inaugural event for an annual concert series and fundraising drive for the scholarship.

For additional biographical information on Wes Wehmiller, and more information on last year's WesFest, as well as new details about WesFest 2 as they become available, please visit the official Tribute To Wes Wehmiller Website at www.weswehmiller.net.



Markbass Kicks Off 2007 With A Round Of Innovative New Products


San Giovanni Teatino, Italy - 01/12/07

Not one to rest on his laurels, Markbass General Manager Marco De Virgiliis is set to introduce several exciting new products at next week's NAMM show in Anaheim, California, January 18-21, 2007.

Two years after introducing its most popular amplifier, the ultra-light Little Mark II, De Virgiliis and his team have now taken the company's state-of-the-art technology to new heights.

The F1 is a 500-watt amplifier that is half the size of the Little Mark II (one rack space) and weighs a mere 4.4 lbs. Its digital power amp and solid-state preamp offer incredible clarity and astonishing power for such a tiny unit. The amp also includes four bands of EQ, VLE and VPF filters, a balanced line out, and an effects loop.

The Markbass Classic Series takes its inspiration from the amps that defined the rock bass sound but upgrades the tone with an infusion of Markbass core values (loyalty to the source!) and updates the design using top-quality components and the latest lightweight technologies. Central to this undertaking are tubes in the amplifiers and closed (or sealed) cabinets.

The Classic 300 is an all-tube amplifier that includes a microprocessor that re-biases the tubes every time the amp is turned on and diagnoses tube failure. This amp will be a cause for celebration among tube amp aficionados, who will appreciate the combination of vintage tone with modern quality and reliability.

The R500 is built for those who like to rock with a gritty tube preamp and a very loud 500W solid state power amp.

The Classic Series cabinets, the CL 104 (4x10), CL 106 (6x10) and CL 108 (8x10), are all closed cabinets (no bass ports, no tweeters) with B&C 10" neodymium woofers that were designed especially for these models.

Lastly, a new and shining example of the Markbass philosophy: the Minimark. This is an ultra-compact, lightweight (20.7 lb.) 150W combo sporting two 6" woofers and a piezo tweeter. It can be connected to any 8 ohm extension cabinet to obtain 250 watts of power, and its super-quiet balanced line out make it both gig and studio-ready.

In the short five years since its founding, Markbass has quickly established itself as an industry-leading bass amp manufacturer, renowned for its high quality, light weight, superior reliability and great value. Already well-known around the world, Markbass was launched in the U.S. at Guitar Center in August of 2006. More than 30 GC stores are stocking the brand so far with more are being added every month.

For more information, visit www.markbass.it.



Line 6 Unveils Ultra-Compact LowDown Studio 110


Line 6 - LowDown Studio 110
Calabasas, CA. - 11/01/06

Line 6, Inc., the leader in digital modeling instruments and professional recording products for musicians, announced today the newest addition to the LowDown line of bass amplifiers, LowDown Studio 110. With superb tone and flexibility for live and studio use, LowDown Studio 110 offers incredible sonic flexibility in a convenient 1-foot cube with 75-watts and a custom-designed 10-inch speaker.

"Studio 110 offers pure rock bass tones in an affordable combo designed for the gigging and recording bassist on the go," said Darrell Smith, manager of amplification and sound design, Line 6. LowDown Studio 110 has four essential bass amp models and an incredible bass synth that deliver dialed-in tones for everything from classic funk to modern rock and beyond.

LowDown Studio 110 also features a modeled vintage studio compressor, headphone out, CD/MP3 in for jam-along, a studio quality XLR direct out with Line 6's exclusive Bass POD amp and cab modeling that's the "go to" for studio direct recording and a line level Preamp Out. "Using the LowDown Preamp Out, you can easily take your tone from studio to stage simply by jacking into the house or rehearsal studio rig," explained Smith.

MSRP: LowDown Studio 110 (1x10 � 75-watts) $349.99, ($249.99 Street)

Also Available:
LowDown LD150 (1x12 � 150-watts) w/ Tilt Back monitor design $399.99
LowDown LD175 (1x15 w/horn � 175-watts) $499.99
LowDown LD300 Pro (1x15 w/horn � 300-watts) $599.99

About Line 6, Inc. - Incorporated in 1996, Line 6 is a music gear manufacturer dedicated to developing music products to inspire creativity both on the stage and in the studio. Headquartered in Calabasas, California, Line 6 currently has a presence in over 60 countries worldwide with offices in California and the United Kingdom. In just under seven years, Line 6 has grown from an original team of 10 to over 200 employees. As the pioneer of digital modeling guitar amplifiers, Line 6 has created award-winning products for guitarists, bass players, and engineers, working both on stage and in the studio. For more information, visit www.line6.com.



Bass Day UK 2006


Manchester, U.K. - 11/01/06

Bass Day UK 2006, the U.K.'s largest bass event, will take place on Sunday, November 19 at Life Cafe, 23 Peter Street, Manchester M2 5 QR. Doors open at 12:00 PM, curfew at 11:00 PM.

The all-day bass extravaganza will draw hundreds of bass enthusiasts from all corners of the globe to Life Cafe in Manchester city centre. Following last year's successful Bass Day UK, this year's all-day event allows the public to meet world-class musicians in an informal, casual setting, giving them opportunities to learn and gain advice from professional players. Leading bass players from all over the world come together to showcase and demonstrate their talent, during performances and master-class sessions.

Bassists include:
Jonas Hellborg (Sweden, McLaughlin duets, Billy Cobham, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Ginga Baker, and many more)
Adam Nitti (USA, Dave Weckl band, Scott Henderson, Peter Erskine, Jimmy Herring, Kirk Covington, Wayne Krantz, and many others)
Yolanda Charles (UK, Robbie Williams band)
Yossi Fine (USA, David Bowie band)
Janek Gwizdala (USA, Mike Stern trio)
... and more!

With so many different musicians, the public is exposed to a broad selection of musical styles, bass playing techniques, and advice. From students and beginners to professional musicians, the event provides great enrichment opportunities.

Next to the artists, a wide range of name brands are represented. Creator of the Jazz bass Fender, all instrument manufacturer Yamaha, Eden Amplifiers, Rotosound Strings, as well as Dawsons Music, Bass Centre, luthiers Shuker and Overwater and many more take part in this event. Visitors can try out the latest models of production as well as custom built instruments, effects, amps, and the like at various stands over two floors of the venue.

For the latest updates, program, and additional information, please visit the Bass Day UK web site at www.bassday.co.uk.



Bassists Converge In Atlanta For BassUp! 2006


Atlanta, GA. - 10/18/06

On October 22, 2006, at the Atlanta Institute of Music (5985 Financial Drive, Norcross, GA 30071), bassists Adam Nitti, Trip Wamsley, Darren Michaels, Brady Muckelroy, Russ Rodgers, Gary Wilkins, and Bernhard Lackner headline the third annual BassUp! event.

BassUp! focuses on bass players and the bass community in Atlanta and aims to unite the bass community while encouraging people to see the compositional and melodic possibilities of the electric bass alongside its traditional role. The show is all ages welcome and will include clinics, performances, and giveaways. Clinics will begin at 1:30 PM and are free admission. The performances begin at 4:30 PM and admission is also free.

New to this year's event is the Solo Bass Open Mic which will be held at Mocha Match Coffee Bar (627 East College, Ste. F, Decatur, GA 30033) on Friday, October 20, 2006. It's a chance for the beginner, up-&-comer, or professional bassist to perform solo bass live. No audition is required. Check the web site for sign-up information.

You won't want to miss this celebration of the bass and gathering of the Atlanta bass community! Visit the BassUp! web site, www.bassup.net, for more information or contact the event organizer, Darren Michaels, via e-mail at darren@darrenmichaelsbass.com.



Bozeman Bass Bash - October 3 - 7, 2006


Bozeman, MT. - 08/17/06

Billy Sheehan, Bob Babbitt, Manny Yanes, and Rob Kohler will be teaching at the 15th annual Bozeman Bass Bash (BBB). The BBB is a non-profit educational workshop for bassists of all levels. It is a wonderful opportunity to learn from the masters while getting your hands on the latest in bass gear. Registered attendees have a chance to win a variety of brand name prizes. Don't miss this exciting event October 3rd thru the 7th.

Billy Sheehan was voted the "Best Rock Bass Player" 5 times in Guitar Player magazine's Readers Poll, an honor which placed him in their "Gallery of Greats." His trademark style of playing can be heard with Mr. Big, Niacin, and Steve Vai. This is a clinic you won't want to miss. Stevie Wonder, Gladys Night, Marvin Gaye, the Funk Brothers, and Smokey Robinson share something in common: the bass mastery of Bob Babbitt. His bass lines are the foundation of over 200 top 40 hits. This musical legend's addition to the Bash should be a historical event. After touring with the Neville Brothers, Patti LaBelle, and Robert Palmer, Manny Yanes has come to beautiful Montana to record his album. Manny has become a welcome visitor to the Bozeman music scene, and we are excited to have his talents at this year's event. Rob Kohler is a faculty member at the Stanford University Jazz Workshop and has just released a solo CD titled, A Thousand Faces. A native Montanan, Rob taught many of the local bass players. Rob will have a fresh new approach as he returns to the event after a 4 year absence. As a fun addition, the company "uglybassplayer.com" will be at Music Villa with clothing and novelties. 2006 is guaranteed to be a memorable year, with unique insights and ground breaking performances. We want to extend a welcome to everyone interested in bass, and we hope to see you there!

All events except the Livewire Radio Show will be hosted at Music Villa, 539 E. Main, Bozeman, MT.

Pre-registration is going on now! This year's event is $60 per attendee and includes a free BBB t-shirt. Check the web site regularly for scheduling, updates, and any other pertinent details.

For more information please log onto www.BozemanBassBash.com, e-mail bassbash@msn.com, or call Geno Kreis or Ron Schimpf at 406-587-4761 (Music Villa).

The following companies have helped make this years BBB possible: Music Villa, DiMarzio, J. D'Addario Strings, Ibanez, Peavey, Ampeg, uglybassplayer.com, and Insty Prints.



Bass Specialties To Host Grand Opening Celebration


First and Only Retail Store in Philadelphia Area to Cater to Bassists

Bass Specialties
Bensalem, PA. - 08/10/06

Bass Specialties, the first � and only � bass guitar retail store in the Philadelphia area will host a grand opening celebration from noon until 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9. The store is located at 2846 Street Rd. in Bensalem, Pennsylvania.

The event will include appearances by noted bassists Gerald Veasley and Anthony Wellington. Manufacturer's representatives also will be on hand to demonstrate and answer questions about their products. Bass Specialties will provide local bassists access to a large selection of quality basses and bass gear, including M Basses, Roscoe and Lakland basses and Aguilar amplification.

Owner and bassist Glenn Marrazzo was inspired to start Bass Specialties after attending well-known bassist Victor Wooten's Bass Nature Camp and several of Gerald Veasley's Bass Bootcamps. He is not new to business ownership or the bass: he co-owns Centre Fruit Gourmet in Morrisville and is the bassist for popular dance party band Exit 28.

Marrazzo's vision is to make Bass Specialties into a resource the Philly bass community can tap into for top-notch gear, instruction, information and support including the presentation of bass clinics that will feature guest artists. The Bensalem store is conveniently located to the Philadelphia and metro area, along with south and central New Jersey.

The store will be open Monday � Friday from 10:30 a.m. � 6 p.m., Saturdays noon to 5 p.m. and will be closed on Sunday. After hours appointments also will be available.

For more information about Bass Specialties, contact Glenn Marrazzo toll-free at: 877-244-4079 or visit: www.BassSpecialties.com.
E-Mail: info@bassspecialties.com



Aguilar DB Series Head Cases


Aguilar Amplification
New York City - 7/12/06

Aguilar Amplification continues to expand the look and functionality of their new DB series products.

Many bassists wanted to rack their Aguilar heads in a sturdy case that would match the killer looks of their new DB series cabinets.

Aguilar is pleased to now offer two head cases. The HC 500 is designed to fit the AG 500 and AG 500SC heads, while the HC 750 fits the DB 750 head.

They are made from the same 13-ply Baltic Birch as the DB series cabinets. Available in Chocolate Thunder, Classic Black and Monster Green, these head cases provide great protection and stage presence.

For more information, visit: AguilarAmp.com.
E-Mail: info@aguilaramp.com



The Lodo Bass Bash


Swallow Hill Music Association - Denver, Colorado - 7/06/06

WHAT: Lodo Bass Bash
WHEN: Friday-Sunday August 4, 5 & 6
WHERE: Concerts at Dulcinea's 100th Monkey (717 E. Colfax, Denver); Clinics at Swallow Hill (71 East Yale Ave., Denver)
CONCERT TICKETS: Friday: $10 Adv/$12 Day of; Saturday Concerts $10 Adv/$12 Day of workshops
CLINICS REGISTRATION: Saturday: $30 Adv/$35 Day of; Sunday: $25adv/$30 Day of
EVENT PACKAGE (Includes concert tickets and clinic registration): $65
INFO & BOX OFFICE: SwallowHill.com, 303.777.1003

Since 1979, Swallow Hill has been presenting some of the best roots music in the Rocky Mountain Region. As part of the Community Partner Program, a pilot initiative that aims to foster Colorado's dynamic roots and folk music community, Swallow Hill is proud to present the first annual Lodo Bass Bash. A non-profit event designed to allow bassists to meet and greet other bassists from around the world, learn from bass masters and see some of the latest in bass equipment. The 2006 Bass Bash, a whirlwind musical weekend with entertainment featuring workshops and performances by masterful world class electric bass players. Produced by local bassist and multi-instrumentalist Chris "C3" Cardone, this year's event headliners include: multi-genre performer Darren Michaels, 20-year music veteran and 10-string bassist Stewart McKinsey from California, Marc Grabowski from Colorado, Trip Wamsley, and Yves Carbonne from France, known as the only performer in the world who plays a 10-string fretless sub-bass. The concerts will also feature Christopher "C3" Cardone, Gregory Bruce Campbell of Montana and Nuclear Rabbit's Jean Baudin, along with an All Star Mega Jam at the end of each concert.

Concerts begin on Friday, August 4 at 8 p.m. and continue on Saturday, August 5 at 8 p.m. at Dulcinea's 100th Monkey. Workshops begin Saturday, August 5 at 10 a.m. featuring master classes by Yves Carbonne, Jean Baudin, Carey Nordstrand of Nordstrand's Guitars, Darren Michaels, Gregory Bruce Campbell, Stewart McKinsey and Trip Wamsley. In addition, drawings, giveaways and a silent auction are also scheduled to take place.

For tickets and more information, visit SwallowHill.com or call (303) 777-1003. Discounts are available for Swallow Hill members.

About Swallow Hill Music Association:
Helping people make music for over 27 years, Swallow Hill Music Association is one of the largest institutions of its kind in the United States as a source for folk, roots and acoustic music. With more than 2,100 members�some of whom are also volunteers�, Swallow Hill provides a place to celebrate music that is rarely heard elsewhere in the Rocky Mountain Region. Three concert venues house more than 150 performances a year, featuring some of the world's great artists as well as up-and-coming new talent. The Julie Davis Music School at Swallow Hill provides a valuable and affordable extra-curricular educational resource to the community with more than 50 music instructors involved in more than 240 adult classes and 70 children's classes annually.



Markbass Finally Hits The USA!


Markbass
The much-anticipated arrival of Markbass amplifiers on American soil will begin in August at the Guitar Center.

Five years after the company was founded in San Giovanni Teatino, Italy, the world's largest marketplace will finally hear the Markbass sound for itself and enjoy an exciting lineup of ultra-lightweight, ultra-reliable amps, cabinets and combos.

"We'll start with the most popular Markbass models, and eventually we'll be carrying the entire Markbass line in the coming months," says Ed Ocean, Bass Products Buyer for Guitar Center. "We look forward to a long and bright future together with Markbass, and have been excited about this partnership since its inception."

August will mark the beginning of a new era in bass amplification for Americans!

"Markbass is committed to serving the needs of bass players. That's why the amps are being so warmly received," says International Promotion, Marketing and Artist Relations Manager Peter Murray. "Marco and his team have spent many years applying cutting-edge technology to these specific needs: a true, clear and honest sound, headroom to spare, ultra-light amps that are easy to transport, and affordable products that will work every time without fail. Technology and intelligent design have provided the solution."

We know many of you have been waiting patiently for the arrival of Markbass in the U.S., and we'd like to thank you for your patience and continued interest. Starting in August, ask for Markbass at your local Guitar Center. We want to help you sound better, play better, and make better music!

For more information about Guitar Center, please visit their website at: GuitarCenter.com.



Bass Master Gerald Veasley "Gets Amped" By Aguilar


Aguilar Amplification
New York City - 6/16/06

Renowned bassist Gerald Veasley is now exclusively using bass amps and cabinets from Aguilar Amplification. His rig of choice is the legendary DB 750 Hybrid bass head and GS 410 cabinets. In addition to being a world famous solo artist and the leader of the Heads Up Big Band, Gerald has toured and recorded with many great jazz artists, including Grover Washington Jr. and Joe Zawinul. Gerald is also the bassist featured in the Jaco Pastorius Big Band. He is a well-known jazz educator, who conducts the "Bass Boot Camp" held annually.

The DB 750 bass head is a ground-breaking hybrid amplifier with a discrete mosfet output section and an all-tube preamp. A perfect combination of raw power and enormous headroom, the DB 750 sets the precedent for all hybrid heads. This head develops 750 watts of high fidelity tone in 4 ohms, 975 watts into 2 ohms. The GS 410 was designed to give bass players the full, punchy tone they want at any volume. Its focused sound makes this a great cabinet for all paying techniques - finger style, pick, slapping, or tapping. The efficient design of the GS 410 allows it to sound musical even at the most crushing volumes.

Pictured is Gerald Veasley with his DB 750 head, GS 410 cabinets, and Aguilar CEO Dave Boonshoft.

For more information, visit: AguilarAmp.com.
E-Mail: info@aguilaramp.com



Three Legendary Bassists, One Extraordinary Tour


Stu Hamm's bass version of the highly successful G3 features Billy Sheehan, Jeff Berlin, and himself. Each member presents the expertise and brilliance that made them all household names to every serious bassist and fan of great musicianship the world over. Between these three bassists they possess accolades that are almost innumerable, including Best Rock Bass Player 7 times in Guitar Player, #1 Bassist awards in readers� polls in Germany, Japan, Korea, Italy, and many other countries.

Stu Hamm (Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, G3)
- Best Jazz Bassist (three years in a row) and Best Rock Bassist (two years in a row) in Guitar Player magazine.
- Hamm is one of Fender's premier artists/clinicians, and his Hot Licks instruction video Slap Pop & Tap continues to be one of the best selling bass videos on the market

Billy Sheehan (Steve Vai (current), G3 (Current), Mr. Big (current), David Lee Roth, White Snake)
- Best Rock Bass Player" 5 times in Guitar Player an honor which placed him in their "Gallery of Greats" (alongside Jimi Hendrix, Paul McCartney, Geddy Lee and Eddie Van, etc.)
- On January 27, 1999 Billy's handprints and signature were preserved in cement on the Hollywood Rockwalk at Guitar Center
- In Japan, Billy has won the prestigious "Player Magazine" (Japan's #1 Music mag) Readers Poll for Best Bass Player an unprecedented 14 consecutive times

Jeff Berlin (Billy Cobham, John McLaughlin, Jermaine Jackson, Isaac Hayes, Bill Bruford, Yes, Allan Holdsworth, Toots Thielemans, Larry Coryell, Arturo Sandoval, Michael and Randy Brecker, & Mike Stern)
- Founder of the Players School of Music in Clearwater, Florida
- Featured in Bass Player Magazine, Downbeat, Musician, International, Chitarre
- Has appeared on many television and radio shows worldwide
- New CD Lumpy Jazz

For more information, visit: Bx3Tour.com.



Stinnett Academy Of Music


Announcing an exciting new educational experience for high school students, college students, & adults.

Jim Stinnett, Berklee College of Music Professor, author of ten publications and numerous CDs, offers challenging, hands-on music instruction. Stinnett Academy will begin an eight week spring semester February 1, 2006. Initial class offerings will include:
- Music Reading For Guitar And Bass
- Ear Training / Theory
- Fretboard Harmony
- Jazz Ensemble
- Funk-Fusion Ensemble
- Bass Ensemble
- Guitar Ensemble
- Ensemble Techniques
- Jazz Improvisation
- Tapping Techniques

All Classes will be held at SAM, 145 North Rd. Candia, New Hampshire. Classes will be filled on a first-come first-serve basis. Registration for spring semester closes January 20, 2006.

For information and registration, visit: http://www.stinnettacademy.com or phone: 603.483.8440.



Gallien-Krueger Fusion 550


Gallien-Krueger - Fusion 550
Gallien-Krueger Introduces First Tube/Solid State Hybrid Bass Head

Gallien-Krueger, the king of solid state bass amps, introduces its first bass head featuring an all tube preamp. The Fusion 550 bass head incorporates a uniquely designed six stage tube preamp paired with a 500 watt version of the high current solid state power amp used in the 1001RB-II. The rich warmth of tubes combined with the quick, punchy power that GK bass amps are known for is an experience like no other. And as if that wasn?t enough, GK takes the next step in innovation by incorporating motorized knobs which allow you to store two different settings. This gives you the ability to dial in a separate overdriven or slap tone and footswitch between them. A first for a fully analog bass amplifier! The Fusion 550 also features a simplified version of GK's exclusive 50 watt Horn Bi-Amp System. Dial in the horn where you like it and as you adjust your volume with the master control the ratio between the woofer and tweeter is preserved. Other features include tube driven four band active EQ and voicing filters with a frequency select for the contour control. The rear panel features include Neutrik Speakon and �" speaker output jacks, effects loop, tuner out, and a footswitch input jack. Also on the rear panel is a DI output which uses an isolated transformer for ultra-quiet operation. The Fusion 550 should begin appearing in stores around June 2006.

MSRP - $1199

Power Amp
500 watt Class G solid-state power amp
50 watt Horn Bi-Amp System
Toroidal transformer

Pre Amp
Six stage all tube preamp (three 12AX7's)
Footswitchable two channel motorized gain, master and horn level controls
Tube driven four band active EQ
Contour control with 500hZ-800hZ mid frequency select
Deep and bright switch
Mute switch
�" input jack with active/passive switch (-14dB)

Rear Panel
Effects loop & tuner output
Active DI with level control, pre/post and ground switch
Two Horn Bi-Amp compatible Speakon outputs
Two �" speaker outputs (fullrange only)
Rear-vented temperature controlled fan

Dimensions
19" Wide x 5.25" tall x 9.75" deep
Three rack spaces
24.5 lbs.

For more information, visit: Gallien-Krueger.com.



Lemur Music Haunted Open House



Lemur Music
32238 Paseo Adelanto, Suite B
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Call us! 1-800-246-BASS
RSVP to: lemur@lemurmusic.com



Zon's Sonus Custom TJ6


Zon Guitars
REDWOOD CITY, CA - September 29, 2005
Developed in conjunction with 6-string electric bass pioneer Todd Johnson, Zon Guitars proudly introduces the new Sonus Custom TJ6 6-string bass guitar. The Sonus Custom TJ6 is a 34" scale bass that features an alder body core capped with a master-grade quilted maple top, an extended cutaway that offers complete access to the highest registers, a composite, bolt-on neck with a phenowood fingerboard which spans beyond 26 frets, Bartolini pickups, a piezo bridge, and Hipshot Ultralite tuning keys. In order to attain a crystal-clear, piano-like tone with a well-focused low end, the neck pickup has been installed closer to the bridge. Other unique characteristics of the TJ6 include a raised ramp positioned between the pickups and a conveniently-located pop-up battery compartment located within the control cavity.

According to Todd Johnson, "Joe and the team at Zon have created the instrument of my dreams. It's the perfect balance of beauty, inspiration, innovation, function, and playability. The clarity of sound and sustain are simply unsurpassed."

Zon Sonus Custom TJ6 Sonus Custom TJ6 Specifications
Body: Two-piece alder body core with master-grade quilted maple top, transparent black, extended cutaway
Neck: Composite, bolt-on design, flat urethane finish
Fingerboard: Extended phenowood with 26 narrow frets, side and face dot markers
Nut: Graphite
Scale length: 34"
Standard Finish: Polyester Gloss
Pickups: Two Bartolini wide aperture, passive, dual-coil designed exclusively for Zon
Electronics: ZP-2D active system made for Zon by Polyfusion with master volume, pickup blend, bass, treble, and midrange controls
Bridge: Zon machined brass piezo bridge
String spacing at nut: 2.125"
String spacing at bridge: 3.250"
Tuners: Hipshot Ultralite
Hardware: Black
Other: Ramp between pickups, pop-up battery compartment within control cavity

Zon Guitars, located in Redwood City, California, has been at the forefront of bass design for more than two decades. Its Mosaic Pro, Sonus, and Legacy basses are handcrafted in its Redwood City facility by artisans with a passion for building fine-quality instruments.

Zon Guitars
780 Second Ave.
Redwood City, CA 94063
Phone: 650-366-3516
Fax: 650-366-9996
E-Mail: customerservice@zonguitars.com



Bass Day U.K. 2005





European BassDay 2005


September 28, 2005
The 4th European BassDay will be held on November 6, 2005 at the Festhalle in Viersen, Germany.

International bass players will be on hand for solo performances and/or group performances to provide an all-day international event created by bassists for bassists, demonstrating all kinds of different music styles and techniques.

The Festhalle in Viersen is a perfect location with different stages (mainstage for the mainshows, roundroom for smaller gigs, and basement for the workshops) and the possibility for 35 exhibitors to display their products.

Artists Confirmed As Of 9/27/05

Mainstage:
Stefan Redtenbacher's Funkestra (UK)
Hellmut Hattler With Band (HATTLER) (DE)
Lorenzo Feliciati With HAZE (IT)
Final Jam With (almost) All Bass Players, Director: Lorenzo Feliciati

Roundroom:
Kristoffer Gildenl�w (Pain of Salvation) With Special Guests (SE)
Jon Reshard With Band (USA)
Wojtek Pilichowski With TTRII (PL)
Claudio Zanghieri (IT)
Stevie Williams With Band (UK)

Basement Workshops:
Markus Setzer (DE)
Yves Carbonne (FR)
Ufo Walter (DE)
Jaques Bono (DE)
Ron Baggerman (H)

More Bass Player At The Stands:
Charlie Moreno (ES)
Nano Osibio (DK/Ghana)
Cedric Waterschoot (BE)
Martin Engelien (DE)
Jay Tee (H)
Phillip Rehm (DE)
Jan-Olof Strandberg (FI)
Mario Bartone (DE)
Adrian Maruszczyk (DE/PL)

Pre-book tickets at 20 euro or 25 euro at the door (Students 10 euro)

For further information including exhibitors and to book tickets, go to: http://www.european-bassday.com.



Bassists Converge In Atlanta To Celebrate Bass-Centric Music


September 28, 2005
On September 18, 2005, at Smith's Olde Bar in Atlanta, GA, bassists Darren Michaels, Brady Muckelroy, Trip Wamsley, and Adam Nitti headlined the second annual BassUp! event.

BassUp! focuses on bass players and the bass community in Atlanta and aims to unite the bass community while encouraging people to see the compositional and melodic possibilities of the electric bass alongside its traditional role. The show included clinics, performances, and giveaways. Clinics were led by Adam Nitti and Trip Wamsley followed by performances that included Brady Muckelroy and Darren Michaels.

These pictures have been submitted by event organizer, Darren Michaels. Visit the BassUp! web site, www.bassup.net, for more information on next year's event.


BassUp! 2005
Darren Michaels - Brady Muckelroy - Trip Wamsley - Adam Nitti


BassUp! 2005
Adam Nitti


BassUp! 2005
Trip Wamsley


BassUp! 2005
Brady Muckelroy


BassUp! 2005
Darren Michaels


BassUp! 2005
The Crowd



Line 6 Variax Bass 705


Line 6 Variax Bass 705
July 23, 2005
Line 6 announces the Variax Bass 705, a five-string bass addition to the Variax family of instruments. Variax Bass 705 models vintage and modern electric basses, an acoustic upright, plus synth bass tones.

Variax Bass 705 provides instant access to sounds never before available in a five-string configuration. Its simple, stand-alone operation offers 24 authentic bass sounds all in a single instrument. Its output can be sent direct to any standard bass amplifier, mixing console, or recording device.

"Variax Bass 705's simple layout combines the best of passive and active electronic controls in one practical, problem-solving, pro quality system," said Rich Lasner, director of instrument product lines, Line 6. "No other bass enables artists playing live or in the studio to instantly call up a five-string version of a classic 4-string, vintage 8-string, or acoustic upright. Plus, the low B-string extends the synth sounds into a range only keyboard players are normally able to reach," explained Lasner.

Variax Bass 705 uses Line 6's patented guitar modeling technology to offer bassists instant access to models of a world-class collection of the greatest bass instruments and sounds in recorded history. Variax Bass 705 features an alder body, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, and sealed chrome tuners. Custom-fitted gig bag and direct box with 1/4-inch and XLR outputs included. Available in black or sunburst finishes.

Specifications:
Practical, instantly familiar controls
Contoured alder body
Maple neck with rosewood fingerboard
21 medium profile frets
1.8" nut width
34" scale length
10" fingerboard radius
Standard 1/4" guitar cable output jack
Digital I/O RJ45 jack for future updates and additional sounds

Included XPS-DI direct box and power supply features:
1/4" standard guitar cable output for connection to any bass rig
XLR balanced output for sending signal to a recording console or house PA
Powers the Variax Bass using included TRS cable

Powered by XPS-DI or on-board batteries (six AA or one 9-volt)
Custom-fitted heavy-duty gig bag
Available in Black or Sunburst

For more information, visit: Line6.com.



DigiTech JamMan Looper


DigiTech JamMan
July 23, 2005
Almost two decades ago DigiTech developed the PDS 8000 pedal for loop-based audio performance. Now DigiTech takes looping from the original 8-second volatile recording memory of the PDS 8000 straight into the 21st century with the innovative JamMan pedal, which is capable of saving up to 6.5 hours of loops and sample phrases. The JamMan Looper/Phrase Sampler is an effects processor dedicated to loop creation, manipulation, playback and overdubbing, based on the classic Lexicon JamMan rackmount effect. The new JamMan offers tremendous loop capabilities at resolutions up to CD-quality 44.1 kHz in a compact, easy-to-use stompbox format specially tailored to the needs of guitarists and performing musicians.

The DigiTech JamMan is equipped with a full complement of input and output connections. Inputs include a low-impedance XLR jack, along with a 1/4" instrument-level jack, each with a dedicated level control. A 1/8" Aux Input jack can accept signals from external sources such as CD or MP3 players. A 1/4" output (compatible with amps, mixers or headphones) is provided, as is a USB port for connecting the JamMan to a computer -- this allows the JamMan to serve as a Compact Flash card reader, as well as enabling loop WAV data to be transferred to and from a computer for unlimited archiving of material. An optional FSX3 footswitch can be connected to the footswitch jack for controlling loop select up and down, as well as the loop auto-recording arming function for complete Hands-Free use.

Loops can be recorded using any of the inputs, and unlimited overdubs can be added to any loop; overdubs can be erased, and there is one level of undo/redo available. Auto Record allows the JamMan to begin recording as soon as it detects signal at its input.

When recording from the Aux Input, three additional record modes are available for creating backing tracks and loops: Center Cancel removes any material that is common to the left and right channels -- material panned to the center (usually this would be lead vocal or solo instruments). In Full Range Simulation mode, an EQ curve is applied to the incoming Aux Input audio; the curve allows full-range audio to be played back through a guitar amp/speaker with sound more like a hi-fi recording. In Center Cancel and Full Range Sim mode, both center cancellation and equalization are applied to the Aux Input signal.

A Rhythm (metronome) function is built-in, with user-adjustable tempo and time signature. Tap tempo is supported, and loops will automatically slow down or speed up to match the tempo. There are nine different combinations of upbeat and downbeat Rhythm sounds. A separate level control sets the volume for the Rhythm part. Tempo and time signature can be saved with each loop. Loops can be set for single-play or infinite loop playback.

Two different Stop modes are provided, which determine how the current loop ends playback. In Stop Mode, the loop stops playing as soon as the Stop button is pressed. In Finish Mode, the current loop will play to its end, then stop. With room for 99 onboard loops, and an included removable Compact Flash card with over 24 minutes of storage (optional cards support up to 6.5 hours of record time), there is no need to ever throw away a loop, allowing users to build up a large loop library, or to archive loops for songs or for later use. Stored Loops are "protected" to prevent them from being inadvertently modified, but users can still add overdubs to them.

The JamMan features two footswitches for complete on-the-fly foot control over loop creation and playback. The two footswitches control record, playback, overdubbing, loop stop, undo/redo, loop clear and tempo. The JamMan comes ready for action, with an included Compact Flash card and power supply. DigiTech provides a full six-year warranty on the JamMan pedal.

Specifications:
Removeable CompactFlash Type 1 Memory (up to 2GB)
USB connection
Records up to 99 loops
Cycle through loops using the Select knob or optional footswitch
XLR, 1/4", 1/8" connections for a microphone, guitar, amplifier, CD player and more
CD-quality 44.1kHz sampling rate
Two wide-spaced foot switches
Create repeating or single-use phrases
Dual 7-segment display
Metronome with multiple rhythm sounds and time signatures
Three selectable stop modes
Rugged metal chassis
Automatic Recording
Loop Protection
Power Supply Included

For more information, visit: DigiTech.com.



Evidence Audio Introduces The Melody Signal Cable


Evidence Audio Melody Cable
July 14, 2005
San Clemente, California � Evidence Audio, award-winning supplier of performance-based cable products to the Music Instrument and Studio market, introduces the Melody signal cable for use with instruments, as well as for studio, pedal-board and rack wiring. The Melody is built by designer Tony Farinella to be what he calls a "coax cable done right."

Based on years of research in cable theory and design and most importantly time spent listening, the Melody incorporates fundamental features pioneered by Evidence Audio that allow signal transmission with minimal degradation. It is designed to pass audio with as little change as possible for an honest presentation of associated equipment and playing styles.

A few of the features of The Melody Cable are:

- Solid Core primary conductor to eliminate the electromagnetic effects of strand interaction, resulting in dynamic bass response and focused midrange

- IGL� (Increased Grain Linearity) Copper used to overcome distortions caused by copper impurities - allows high frequencies to be extended while still smooth and musical

- Spiral shield with perfect conductor geometry - minimizes strand interaction on the ground path relative to braided shields which can collapse dimensionality

- 98% Shield coverage for outstanding noise rejection in any environment

- Low capacitance for use in long runs without high frequency attenuation

Designer Tony Farinella states "I wanted to build a cable within reach of more people that was demonstrably better than generic cables re-badged with a brand-name and sold for $40-$70. The Melody is also a nice option for players who want something a little smaller for pedal boards, or don't have the budget to use 200 feet of Lyric HG on a large rack installation."

The Melody is available in available from dealers prepared in 10, 15 and 20 foot lengths. A 10 foot Melody Cable sells for $61.00. The Melody is also available in bulk for customers who wish to build their own racks and pedal boards for $2.30 per foot.

About Evidence Audio
Evidence Audio was founded in 1997 to offer the finest Musical Instrument and studio cables available. The technology is based on 20 years of research in preserving the quality of sound as it passes through electronics.

Cables are an area in the production and reproduction realm that can deliver serious improvement (or degradation) for the least amount of money. A void was recognized in the music industry for cable products that could deliver performance on par with their marketing hype. Hence the formation of Evidence Audio to bring performance-based cables at reasonable prices to those of us "laying it down."

For more information, visit: www.evidenceaudio.com.



Line 6 Bass PODxt Live


Line 6 Bass PODxt Live
May 18, 2005
The newest addition to the POD family, Bass PODXT Live, is a multi-effect floor processor that provides bass tone and professional features in one rugged, stage-ready unit. With features from Line 6's Bass PODXT, Bass PODXT Live delivers a range of stompbox, studio, synth effects, bass amplifier and cabinet models, plus a digital Variax Bass 700 input, and USB computer connectivity.

Bass PODXT Live can be used as a multi-effect pedal for any bass amp, a complete direct PA solution, or creative recording device for studio work. Bass PODXT Live provides over 50 models of stompbox, synth, and studio effects. Bass PODXT Live includes a must-have collection of compressor, chorus, flanger, distortion, synth, filter, rotary, and delay effects.

Bass PODXT Live also delivers a comprehensive collection of bass amp models. Based on the most prized bass amplifiers in history, Bass PODXT Live features 28 amp models, 22 cab models and 4 microphone model options providing a complete tonal palette for any type of live gig or studio session. The effects can be positioned in front (stomp), and behind (post) the amp and cab models. Bass PODXT Live also features a dedicated compressor, 6-band semi-parametric EQ, plus discreet dry and modeled outputs.

Bass PODXT Live provides access to 64 channel memories via gig-ready channel footswitches. Features also include a large backlit display, dedicated stompbox on/off switches, combination volume/expression/wah pedal, tap tempo/silent tuner switch, an expression pedal input, 1/4-inch analog Amp/Line outs, headphone out, aux input for CD/Mp3 playback, MIDI, and USB computer connectivity for digital I/O.

In addition to the standard analog bass input, a Line 6 Variax modeling bass digital input seamlessly integrates Variax's collection of basses with Bass PODXT Live's assortment of amps, cabs, and effects. This entire setup can be instantly transformed into virtually any setup imaginable with just the press of a footswitch.

For more information, visit: Line6.com.



A Quartet Of Choices From The Prodigious Brian Bromberg


Brian Bromberg
March 29, 2005
Four diverse album releases showcase the versatility and virtuosity of one of music's most respected bassists.

Acclaimed musician-producer Brian Bromberg recently released his thirteenth solo album, Metal, through the Artistry Music record label and the prolific, diverse and uniquely gifted bassist has three more albums � Choices, It's About Time, and Brian Bromberg - scheduled for re-release over the next few months. One would be hard pressed to find another artist who moves between musical genres with such aplomb and has deservedly garnered the same level of respect and praise from fellow musicians and the media as Bromberg has. Within the jazz arena, Bromberg has maneuvered back and forth amongst the hard-line traditional jazz world and the commercial contemporary jazz genre with unequaled grace and accomplishment. His partnership in the new Artistry Music label has provided him the rare opportunity to explore his creative muse in new musical directions as well as give a second chance to some of his previous releases, which warrant another listen.

Bromberg calls last year's Choices album the best smooth jazz album he's ever recorded. The collection will be reissued by Artistry Music on May 24. Produced by Bromberg, who wrote or co-wrote the music, the album was revamped after the meticulous professional went back to the lab to make it even better. Half of the record was remixed and the entire disc was re-mastered. The title track, featuring Bromberg on his guitar-sounding piccolo bass accompanied by keyboardist Jeff Lorber, will be serviced to smooth jazz radio. One song on the original album was replaced with "Relentless," a smooth jazz radio hit featuring sax star Richard Elliot. The track originally appeared on the Oasis Smooth Jazz Awards CD and was never before released on a Bromberg album.

Metal marks new territory for Bromberg. The answer to his award-winning 2002 release, Wood, the collection is a truly unique rock fusion record that astoundingly was recorded without guitars. All the melodies and rhythms that sound like guitars were played by Bromberg on a piccolo bass. Although you'd never know it by listening to the album, it was recorded by just Bromberg and drummer Joel Taylor, along with keyboardist Dan Siegel, who appears on two tracks. Bromberg produced and composed the material, which recalls guitar gods and rock fusion greats. The record is unlike anything that's been done before and captures an entirely new dimension of the virtuoso bass player, who unveiled the B� line of basses that he designed with Dean Guitars at January's NAMM convention. Jim Roberts, founding editor of Bass Player magazine and author of American Basses, wrote in the album's liner notes, "And when it comes to hearing it all, and playing it all, nobody does it better than Brian Bromberg... Maybe I'm prejudiced, but you can always tell that Brian is a bass player at heart � even his most wailing 'guitar' solos display the logic that comes from a deep knowledge of harmony. And you can tell that he knows jazz, too, because of his attention to thematic development and contrasting solo voices."

It's About Time was Bromberg's "first real hardcore, New York-kind-of-jazz record that is still approachable," according to the musician, who produced the acoustic project in 1991. Scheduled to be re-released on April 5, the album has been remixed and re-mastered and now sounds as if it was recorded with today's state-of-the-art digital recording and mastering equipment. Bromberg, who recorded the collection while playing a 300-year-old acoustic bass, was joined on the record by such jazz stalwarts as Freddie Hubbard, Ernie Watts, Mike Garson, Mitchell Forman and David Bromberg.

Mining his extensive catalogue even further, Bromberg's 1993 self-titled album will be re-released this summer (date soon to be announced). It's a Bromberg-produced smooth jazz collection that boasts guest appearances by Lorber, Lee Ritenour, Kirk Whalum, and Toots Thielemans. "One of the greatest things about having our own record label is having the opportunity to reissue some of my music that may have slipped through the cracks for a variety of reasons," said Bromberg. "It's important that we give this music the chance to be heard."

Earlier this year, Bromberg earned his first gold record for the production work he did on Chris Botti's When I Fall in Love album. Bromberg is a much in demand producer after the success he's had producing Jeff Kashiwa, Richard Smith, Kim Waters, Alan Broadbent, and Jeff Berlin, amongst others.

Bromberg, along with soul singer-songwriter Rahsaan Patterson, their long-time manager Lucille Hunt and veteran marketing executive Denny Stilwell launched Artistry Music earlier this year with the release of Patterson's third album, After Hours. Based in Los Angeles, the label is distributed in the United States by Ryko Distribution.

Contact: Rick Scott 310-398-0260
E-Mail: greatscottpr@pacificnet.net



Zon's Mosaic BB5 - Strong, Solid And Traditional


Zon Guitars
REDWOOD CITY, CA - January 15, 2005
Zon Guitars proudly introduces the new Mosaic BB5 model 5-string bass guitar. Sporting very traditional body lines, the Mosaic BB5 was designed in collaboration with Vital Information bassist extraordinaire Baron Browne. The Mosaic BB5 is a 35" scale bass that features an ash body, a three-piece, bolt-on maple neck with maple fingerboard, and Zon's new flat finish. Equipped with Seymour Duncan Jazz Bass-style pickups and passive electronics, the Mosaic is voiced for a classic Jazz Bass* tone. Enclosed mini tuners and Zon's 19mm brass bridge complete the appointments.

According to endorsee Baron Browne, "...this instrument is the closest to my beloved Fender Jazz that I've played. It is my Fender and more. With both volume controls up to full, the bass is very punchy, allowing one to get a Motown-y tone plucking near the neck or a Tower of Power-bottom-yet-percussive sound closer to the bridge. Those who are fond of a more Pastorius-bridge-pickup tone while turning back the front pickup will be pleased to find a nice low-mid slicing warmth without sounding too 1k nasal. This bass has an active presence to it without having active electronics in it."

Zon Mosaic BB5 Mosaic BB5 Specifications
Body: Swamp ash
Neck: 3-piece quartersawn maple, bolt-on design, flat oil finish
Fingerboard: Maple with side and face dot markers
Nut: Graphite
Scale length: 35" with 22 narrow frets
Standard Finish: Urethane flat natural
Pickups: Two Seymour Duncan Custom Shop single-coils designed exclusively for Zon
Electronics: Passive, with neck pickup volume, bridge pickup volume, and master tone control
Bridge: Zon machined brass
String spacing at nut: 1.875"
String spacing at bridge: .750"
Tuners: Gotoh GB-7
Hardware: Black
Options: Fretless with or without lines (no dots on fingerboard's face)

Zon Guitars, located in Redwood City, California, has been at the forefront of bass design for more than two decades. Its Mosaic Pro, Sonus, and Legacy basses are handcrafted in its Redwood City facility by artisans with a passion for building fine-quality instruments.

*Jazz Bass is a registered trademark of Fender Musical Instruments.

Zon Guitars
780 Second Ave.
Redwood City, CA 94063
Phone: 650-366-3516
Fax: 650-366-9996
E-Mail: customerservice@zonguitars.com

Media Contact:
Tom Mulhern
Tom Mulhern & Associates
Phone: 408-842-3200
E-Mail: tmulhern@mulhern.com



Loud, Clear And Light As A Feather


Markbass
ANAHEIM, CA � February 17, 2005
Italian bass amp manufacturer Markbass created a major buzz at the recent NAMM show January 20-23, unveiling its new line of amps and cabinets and celebrating a growing endorser list, which now includes bass legend Jeff Berlin.

The company's 2005 product line sports a cool yellow and black design and a clear and powerful sound, in an unbelievably light package.

Using state-of-the-art neodymium speaker technology, new digital power supply circuitry - which allows for impeccable bass frequency reproduction - and rugged-but-light materials has allowed Markbass to build amps and cabinets that defy all expectations in the weight department. Working bass players everywhere will rejoice at the prospect of being able to lift a 500W amp or a 2x10 cabinet with one hand.

But this achievement would be a hollow one if the amps didn't deliver sonically, and although these amps are amazingly light - the 500W heads weigh in at less than 6 lbs. � their sound is supremely heavy. Tight and full low end, detailed, aggressive mids and musical highs are the most impressive assets of the entire Markbass product line. These amps allow the true character of any bass to shine through without coloration.

The word is spreading quick in the bass world, and players in all styles of music are jumping on the bandwagon. Bass legend Jeff Berlin wrote an email to Markbass president Marco De Vigiliis within five minutes of playing through a 1x15 combo. "The tone is just exquisite," Jeff wrote. "Low mids with a sweet high end that doesn't sound brittle. I'm really knocked out with the sound. The little 15 put out a lot of volume as well, with no change to the tone at all." Other endorsers include Matt Bissonette (Joe Satriani), Printz Board (Black Eyed Peas), Brandino (Aretha Franklin, Outkast) and Linley Marthe (Joe Zawinul).

Included in the product line are five amp models�all rated at 300W @ 8 ohms or 500W @ 4 ohms. Consumers have a choice between solid state and tube preamp models; the TD501 also includes a tube compressor. The new LMK amp has two channels for use with two basses and/or two different amp settings. There are eleven cabinet varieties, ranging from the imposing Standard 106F (six tens, 1200W, 98lbs.), 4x10s, 2x10s, and 1x12s, through to incredibly compact 2x10 and 1x15 models. The combos are light, compact and powerful, and convey the same great tone quality as the larger rigs; there's a unique 3x10 combo, a 2x10 that can lean back as a wedge monitor, a huge-sounding 1x12, and the Mini CMD 121P, which sounds many times bigger than it looks!

At the Frankfurt Musikmesse trade show in April, Markbass will unveil yet more new models including the SD 800 amp - 800W of power at 4 ohms, weighing only 7 lbs!

Press contact:
Peter Murray
International Promotion and Marketing
peter@markbass.it
Tel. (416) 604-9146
www.markbass.it