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July 20, 2016

This month, let’s look at some great moments in R&B—made great simply because they are intros where all you hear is bass!

July 20, 2016

Let’s face it: You’re a pattern-seeking machine.

June 29, 2016

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 29, 2016

Spies, mathematicians, pro football quarterbacks, chess grandmasters, and bass players are brilliant at recognizing patterns.

June 29, 2016

“David came up with the opening theme, starting on E, and Mick thought of starting with the guitar feedback before playing the first note,” ...

June 8, 2016

This month I’m going to talk about a thumb technique that isn’t quite as pronounced as slapping, but also not as subdued as playing palm-mut...

June 8, 2016

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

June 8, 2016

Red Mitchell’s search for identity inspired him to create an immediately recognizable sound.

May 3, 2016

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

Red Mitchell told me that jazz was a “search for your own identity.”

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