We caught up with Justin Meldal-Johnsen to talk shop about his new Fender signature series and to learn more about his obsession with Mustang basses.
Between the Buried and Me is back with a concept album that is so massive, it’s set to come out in two parts. On both parts, bassist Dan Briggs’ classically-honed chops are an aural highlight of this metal master stroke.
When most musicians pick up their instruments, they dream about performing concerts at sold-out venues, aspire to record albums that are spun on repeat, imagine their playing being studied and emulated, and yearn to be adored and admired by hoards of ravenous fans.
Whether providing low-end liftoff to the trio and sextet of pianist Vijay Iyer or lending ballast to his Borderlands Trio, Rosetta Trio, and Rhom-bal Quartet, acoustic bassist Stephan Crump is wary of labeling the music he performs. Better to let the listener decide.
Take a close listen to the haunting title track from Sky Trails, the latest album by folk-rock legend David Crosby, and you still might miss it: the subtle, sinewy wisp of a bass melody, rendered mostly in quarter-notes and long sustains, and grafted to the song’s spectral acoustic guitar line as though each is part of the same instrument.
Glenn Hughes has been on an emotional rollercoaster these past few years.
For most modern music fans, the mere mention of Swinging London—the youth-driven cultural zeitgeist that took place across the Pond a half-century ago—usually inspires Austin Powers-like flashback visions of miniskirts and Nehru jackets, psychedelic-colored Rolls Royces, and hobnobbing pop stars.