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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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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