Author: Brian Fox Created: 9/28/2011 10:53 AM
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By Brian Fox on 1/24/2014 12:39 AM
Bass Player Editor Brian Fox blogs from NAMM 2014.
By Brian Fox on 10/3/2013 9:49 AM
Chris Jisi reports on the La Bella Lords of the Low End benefit in NYC.
By Brian Fox on 8/8/2013 3:21 PM

By Chris Jisi



The brave new face of bass was alive and well a few doors north of the former CBGB’s at The Bowery Electric, in New York City’s East Village, on July 8th. The triple bill boasted Owen Biddle and drummer Zach Danziger (minus their Mister Barrington keyboardist, Oli Rockberger); Felix Pastorius with the Hipster Assassins (second bassist Mike Bendy, guitarist John Bendy, saxophonist Chris Ward, drummer Kenny Gronowski, and guest keyboardist William Tatge); and Panagiotis Andreou, keyboardist Jason Linder, and drummer Mark Guiliana—better known as Now Vs. Now (whose critically acclaimed self-titled 2009 CD, was produced by Meshell Ndegocello). 


Owen Biddle


Biddle and Danziger’s set, billed as Edit Bunker, employed video footage and the closing theme from the classic TV sitcom, All in the Family as fodder for their cutting edge, computer-aided improvisation. Decked out in Edith...
By Brian Fox on 6/24/2013 11:29 AM

Aguilar introduced its stylish new Chelsea space with a substantive two-hour master class by John Patitucci. The sleek Aguilar Artist’s Loft at 148 West 24th Street (just east of 7th Avenue) boasts a spacious lounge/showroom area (the rear of which is set up for artist and product photos and videos), plus a separate tuned, carpeted clinic room, where Patitucci and his guest, guitarist Jay Azzolina, held court to a packed house. During a candid session punctuated by four duet performances (three on his Yamaha signature 6-string and one on Aguilar President/CFO Dave Boonshoft’s flatwound-strung vintage P-Bass), Patitucci—steered by audience questions—addressed touch, tone, phrasing, and articulation (“I try for a vocal sound by singing through the bass”), action (“going from my upright to my 6-string is like going from a mini-van to a Ferrari”), muting, Bay Area influences, Wayne Shorter quartet concepts, reading, using space, drummers, his role on the new J. Cole CD, and advice for young upcomers. He also...
By Brian Fox on 6/19/2013 11:20 AM
Sting Personifies Precision on “Back to Bass” Tour

San Francisco, June, 2013

By Jimmy Leslie

Impeccable. That’s Sting the musician, still. The degree of difficulty in his tunes is high, but the cat never misses a note on his instrument or with his voice, both tones are flawless, and he’s in better shape than most a third his age. It’s enough to make anybody envious, or simply piss you off. It can also be a bit lackluster because there never seems to be any real danger that Sting’s going to slip and fall. He’s almost too good for his own good—so comfortable.


By Brian Fox on 7/6/2012 9:41 AM


Boston will be the epicenter of a significant rumble in September when the “New Face of Bass” at Berklee officially debuts, led by a visage quite familiar to readers of Bass Player and attendees of Bass Player LIVE! Steve Bailey has succeeded Rich Appleman as the Chairman of the Bass Department at the renowned Beantown institution. He arrives along with John Patitucci, who will be in residence at the school one week per month. Bailey actually begins his tenure in June, learning the ropes from assistant chair John Repucci during the summer semester.


It will be an insane summer and fall for the fretless bass force, who is already on the road with Victor Wooten’s new septet in support of Victor’s upcoming simultaneous release of two CDs: Words and Tones, a vocal album, and Sword and Stone, an instrumental disc. Steve has been spending hours daily practicing trombone, an instrument...
By Brian Fox on 1/18/2012 12:39 PM
It's ON! Just checked in, got my badge, and am now soaking in a bit of SoCal sunshine before hitting the NAMM Show floor. The show doesn't officially begin until tomorrow, but I know I'll want to get a good lay of the land before the craziness begins. We'll be posting photos, videos, and blogs galore through Sunday, so be sure to check in frequently to see what's caught our eye. We've gotten word of a bunch of new bass products -- should be an exciting few days!
By Brian Fox on 12/21/2011 5:00 PM
As a music journalist since 1982, I’ve been fortunate to speak to many of the greatest bassists of the last fifty years about the original works of art they created on their instruments and as composers. As a professional bassist since 1979, my path has been quite different, meaning I—like the majority of gainfully employed musicians the world over—have mainly played cover songs (and by extension, cover bass lines). Maybe that’s why I’ve been totally captivated over the past month by a collection of internet artists who are reimagining today’s Top 40 the way jazz musicians reinvented Broadway show tunes in the ’50s. It all started innocently at Bass Player LIVE!, when before his excellent effects clinic Tim Lefebvre handed me a CD he had guested on called Think Thoughts by Louis Cole and Genevieve Artadi, an experimental duo he is also performing with live. I spun the disc on the long ride home from a gig in Boston and really enjoyed the pair’s highly musical approach to electronica,...
By Brian Fox on 10/19/2011 10:34 AM
Just days remain before what promises to be an historic Bass Player LIVE!
By Brian Fox on 10/13/2011 11:51 AM
With just about a week to go, Bass Player LIVE! 2011 is shaping up to have the most star-studded lineup in the 12-year history of the event.
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