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July 21, 2015

You know it all—you just don’t know what to do with the information.

June 18, 2015

“It’s A C7b9 chord, and you’re playing an Effin’d natural!” the piano player is giving you the ray, which means you’re either about to get f...

May 7, 2015

Sassy sings the clever gershwin lyric, “what a kick, how i buzz.

April 15, 2015

Many bassists play “any ol’ go-to-hell note,” as New Orleans legend Pops Foster famously said.

March 17, 2015

What’s the difference between a scale and a mode, and does it matter? The answer is two-fold.

March 6, 2015

In may 1957, paul chambers went into columbia records’ 30TH Street Studio to lay down new tracks with his employer at the time, trumpeter Mi...

January 27, 2015

“I’ll play it and tell you what it is later.”

January 13, 2015

HOW IMPORTANT IS A BASS INTRO? IT’S A MATTER OF MUSICAL LIFE or death! In the pregnant moments before the intro, the band is poised and read...

November 4, 2014

Michael Mudcat Ward has been supplying the thump for New England-based blues artists Sugar Ray & the Bluetones since 1978, and has become on...

November 4, 2014

In the beginning, there was an intro. A Bass Player played an introduction and set the mood for an entire song.

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