CD Review: John Mayer "Paradise Valley"
2/13/2014 8:11:00 PM
Paradise Valley is John Mayer’s most country & western album yet, but that doesn’t stop veteran session ace and longtime Mayer band member Sean Hurley from stepping out from the traditional roots role with some bass flair.
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CD Review: Saintseneca "Dark Arc"
2/13/2014 8:09:00 PM
As the weird Americana, psych-folk hipster revival pushes maximum saturation, Columbus, Ohio combo Saintseneca is out to prove that good old-fashioned rock has a place in all this, too.
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CD Review: Five Finger Death Punch "The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Vol. 2"
2/13/2014 8:06:00 PM
Part deux of 5FDP’s audacious groove-metal epic reveals the band’s weird knack for pop songcraft—as though the buzzsaw blade of Vol. 1 was tempered with a dash of, dare we say, emo (a genre guitarist Zoltan Bathory openly despises).
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CD Review: Jack Johnson "From Here To Now To You"
2/13/2014 8:03:00 PM
Mellow surf-rocker Jack Johnson is back with his sixth album that features the rich, laidback bass playing of longtime collaborator Merlo Podlewski.
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CD Review: Paul McCartney "New"
2/13/2014 7:52:00 PM
The title of Macca’s potent latest sets up the premise: Present a pile of new songs to four young producers— Paul Epworth (Adele), Mark Ronson (Amy Winehouse), Ethan Johns (Kings of Leon), and Giles Martin (son of George)—who can bring a fresh sound and perspective.
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CD Review: Kenny James "Invisiblemann, Vol. 9: Global Funktion
12/3/2013 7:40:00 PM
On this disc of funky chill-out music, producer/multi-instrumentalist Kenny James uses fretted and fretless basses to put the bottom under an old-school mélange of grooves that harks back to the heyday of Massive Attack and Thievery Corporation.
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CD Review: Aaron Germain "Chance"
12/3/2013 7:39:00 PM
On his new album Chance, the San Francisco Bay Area’s Aaron Germain brings his impressive chops to a set of compositions demonstrating his take on jazz, blues, and fusion.
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CD Review: Philip Sayce "Steamroller"
12/3/2013 7:30:00 PM
On his fourth solo album, blues guitar virtuoso Philip Sayce unveils his most driving work yet, which features the inspired playing of bassist Joel Gottschalk.
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CD Review: Cass McCombs "Big Wheel and Others"
12/3/2013 7:28:00 PM
As restless and peripatetic as his music, singer-songwriter Cass McCombs also has a deep Rolodex.
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CD Review: Randy Klein's Two Duos "What's Next?"
12/3/2013 7:25:00 PM
Pianist-composer Klein alternates between duets with metal/jazz guitarist Alex Skolnick and with Boris Kozlov, best known in some circles for being the longtime anchor—on upright, of course—of New York’s Mingus Big Band.
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CD Review: Nine Inch Nails "Hesitation Marks"
12/3/2013 7:23:00 PM
NIN’s trademark synth and electronic sounds get a straightforward rock boost on this album courtesy of none other than bass guru Pino Palladino.
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CD Review: Randy Brecker "The Brecker Brothers Band Reunion"
12/3/2013 7:18:00 PM
You always remember your first professional gig, and for Will Lee, that was the jazz-funk fusion group Dreams, which in 1971 featured 25-year-old trumpeter Randy Brecker and his younger brother Michael on saxophone.
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CD Review: Elvis Costello & The Roots "Wise Up Ghost"
12/3/2013 7:15:00 PM
Proving what happens when old-school hip meets old-school hip-hop, the Roots team up with Elvis Costello on this eclectic and soulful mash-up.
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CD Review: Tony Grey "Elevation"
12/3/2013 7:11:00 PM
For his fourth solo outing, Tony Grey—whose mastery of the 6-string ranges from effortless neck-scaling solo flights to panoramic collages of chordal melodies, loops, and effects—shares the spotlight with seven 6-stringers of another kind: guitarists John McLaughlin, Mike Stern, David Fiuzynski, Reb Beach, Nir Felder, Fabrizio Sotti, and Tomayasu Hotei (aided by the supple stickwork of David Throckmorton on all but one track).
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CD Review: George Duke "Dreamweaver
12/3/2013 7:01:00 PM
The unexpected death of keyboard giant George Duke in August shook the music world, with especially heavy reverberation in the bass community.
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