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September 1, 2016 - 06:04PM

Last month, we looked at some famous bass intros from the early years of R&B, but there are many more gems to be found.

September 1, 2016 - 02:58PM

At the turn of the 21st century, lightweight, high-powered amps became the rage when switch-mode power supplies and Class D amp topology wer...

June 29, 2016 - 04:07PM

After our recent R&B vacation in Miami, let’s once again search the genre for early bass lines that eschewed the familiar walking patterns o...

June 8, 2016 - 07:59AM

This month, we’re heading back to Miami for more fun in the sun and soul-shaking grooves.

May 3, 2016 - 04:23PM

Studying the great American art form of R&B, I often find inspiration from traveling to different parts of the country and digging into the ...

May 3, 2016 - 10:54AM

During the prenatal development of the electric bass, there undoubtedly came a moment when Leo Fender realized a string would also need to b...

April 4, 2016 - 10:32AM

When examining 1950s R&B, you are never far from the border it shares with rock & roll.

March 9, 2016 - 06:02PM

Once upon a time, rhythm & blues music was simply an extension of swing and boogie-woogie, offering no hint that one day the same term would...

February 19, 2016 - 11:34AM

This month we’ll examine another classic bass pattern from the early years of R&B—one that has no particular name, but is perhaps best recog...

January 15, 2016 - 11:21AM

Welcome to the first installment of my new column, R&B Gold.

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