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 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 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,...
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