Berklee Bass Talk: Is It Necessary To Play Live To Improve?

ed-lucie-150x150Berklee Bass Talk: Is It Necessary To Play Live To Improve? Ed Lucie is the Associate Professor of the Berklee College Of Music Bass Department, and he will be happy to answer your questions. So feel free to ask away, and we will forward your questions to Ed. __________________________________________ Q:  Is it still necessary for […]

Verdine White: The Eternal Dance Goes On – Bass Musician Magazine, September 2013

09-2013-Bass Musician Magazine - Verdine White-smallVerdine White: The Eternal Dance Goes On (Click on Cover for PDF View)   In this era of too many overrated artists, and too many albums that have the shelf life of pre-washed salad, the lasting impact of Earth, Wind & Fire on musical culture really can’t be overstated. Conceptualized by drummer Maurice White, and […]

Thomas Wictor: Interviewing A Bass Journalist Story

Thomas WictorThomas Wictor: Interviewing A Bass Journalist Story An odd, curious thing occurred in our little world of bass about a year and a half ago. As most of you know, the popular website Talkbass.com is a hot spot for low-enders to visit and write about what they do, who they like, and talk shop. One […]

Berklee Bass Talk: Swinging With The Drummer– Push, Pull Or Line It Up?

buddy-richBerklee Bass Talk: Swinging With The Drummer– Push, Pull Or Line It Up? Ed Lucie is the Associate Professor of the Berklee College Of Music Bass Department, and he will be happy to answer your questions! So feel free to ask away, and we will forward your questions to Ed.   Q: When drummers swing, […]

Foreigner’s Jeff Pilson: Rock Journeyman by Rick Suchow: Bass Musician Magazine June 2013

jeff-pilson-bass-musician magazineForeigner’s Jeff Pilson: Rock Journeyman by Rick Suchow: Bass Musician Magazine June 2013… It’s been nearly a decade since bassist Jeff Pilson joined Mick Jones’ re-tooled incarnation of Foreigner, and here in 2013 the party goes on for the iconic rockers who first delivered mega-hits like “Cold As Ice” and “Feels Like The First Time” […]

Cassie Taylor: Born Of The Blues

CTfeatCassie Taylor: Born Of The Blues… Is it possible to be born with grit in your DNA? In the case of bassist-singer Cassie Taylor, whose album Out Of My Mind drops today, the answer is decidedly yes. She’s the daughter of award-winning blues innovator Otis Taylor, and it seems she’s well on her way to […]

Berklee Bass Talk: Throw Away The Metronome?

metronomeEd Lucie is the Associate Professor of the Berklee College Of Music Bass Department, and he will be happy to answer your questions! So feel free to ask away, and we will forward your questions to Ed. Q:  Is the ability to play with good time something that can be improved with practice, or is […]

3 Doors Down Bassist Charged With Vehicular Homicide

Todd-Harrell-150x1503 Doors Down Bassist Charged With Vehicular Homicide… Todd Harrell, bassist and founding member of the multi-platinum selling band 3 Doors Down, has been charged by Nashville police with vehicular homicide. Police say Harrell’s speeding car clipped a pickup truck on Interstate 40, sending it down an embankment and killing the truck’s driver, 47-year old […]

Paul McCartney To Re-Release Wings Over America Live Album

PM150For fans of Paul McCartney’s solo career, the just-announced reissue of his excellent Wings Over America live set from 1976 has been a long-awaited and much anticipated event. Like other recent re-releases from his solo catalog, Paul is giving Wings’ long lost live album the deluxe treatment in a big way, with a four-disc box […]

Eric Clapton: Old Sock (Bassists: Willie Weeks, Paul McCartney)

OldSock2RICK’S PICKS: Eric Clapton: Old Sock (Bushbranch Records) / Bassists: Willie Weeks, Paul McCartney     The Album: Eric Clapton has worn many musical personas over the years, tying them all together with his gritty guitar and distinctive vocal. So it goes with his new set Old Sock, Eric’s 20th studio album. The beauty of […]

Tony Levin: Mr. Deep

Tony Levin-Stick-MenIf there were ever a bassist who excelled at thinking outside the box, it’s Tony Levin. A session veteran with over 500 album credits, he has pushed the boundaries of bass playing farther than most, from his unique approach to crafting lines to the actual instruments and tools he delivers those low frequencies on. He’s […]

Chris Squire Takes A Straight And Stronger Course… by Rick Suchow: Bass Musician Magazine March 2013

03-March-13-Bass-Musician-Magazine-V2-smallChris Squire Takes A Straight And Stronger Course… by Rick Suchow: Bass Musician Magazine March 2013 I’m not really sure when the term “progressive rock” came to be, or for that matter, the more user-friendly “prog-rock”. Back in the day, when Yes first landed on everyone’s musical radar, the only term I recall using was […]

Robben Ford: Bringing It Back Home (Bassist: David Piltch)

Robben-FordRICK’S PICKS: Robben Ford: Bringing It Back Home (Provogue) / Bassist: David Piltch   The Album: Guitarist Robben Ford returns to his blues roots on this latest release, and assembles an A-list quartet to help out. It’s the music he started with, years before he became a well-known name in the jazz -pop world with […]

12-12-12 The Concert For Sandy Relief (Bassists: Darryl Jones, Willie Weeks, Pino Palladino, Greg Smith, others)

121212RICK’S PICKS: Various Artists: 12-12-12 The Concert For Sandy Relief (Columbia) / Bassists: Darryl Jones, Willie Weeks, Pino Palladino, Greg Smith, others.     The Album: Released this week, just over a month after it aired to millions around the globe, there are still some who have not yet heard this concert– including, of course, […]

Steve Lukather: Transition (Bassists: Lee Sklar, Tal Wilkenfeld, Nathan East, Renee Jones, John Pierce)

Steve-LukatherRICK’S PICKS: Steve Lukather: Transition  (Mascot Records) / Bassists: Lee Sklar, Tal Wilkenfeld, Nathan East, Renee Jones, John Pierce     The Album: Toto co-founder and session veteran Steve Lukather releases his seventh solo album, and it’s a gem. The man clearly has an innate ability to tap into a deep well of emotion and […]

Early Allman Bros. With Bassist Berry Oakley To Be Released

Berry-OakleyEarly Allman Bros. With Bassist Berry Oakley To Be Released… The Allman Brothers Band is set to release two high-quality vintage recordings of their early incarnations on February 12.  One of rock’s most iconic live acts, and members of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame,  the Allmans fortunately recorded many of their live shows and […]

Joe Lovano w/ Us Five: Cross Culture (Bassists: Esperanza Spalding, Peter Slavov)

LovanoRICK’S PICKS: Joe Lovano w/ Us Five: Cross Culture (Blue Note Records) / Bassists: Esperanza Spalding, Peter Slavov     The Album: This is Lovano’s third consecutive release with his Us Five group, following 2009′s Folk Art and 2011′s Bird Songs, and it is a brilliant work that highlights the ensemble’s improvisational telepathy and Joe’s […]

Anthony Jackson, Christian McBride and John Patitucci Among Bassists at Newport Jazz 2013

aj-bmmAnthony Jackson, Christian McBride and John Patitucci Among Bassists at Newport Jazz 2013… The lineup for the 59th annual Newport Jazz Festival, which will take place in late summer, was announced yesterday. The legendary event, held in Newport, R.I., will again feature an incredible array of jazz bassists taking part in the festivities, either as featured […]

Geezer Butler & Black Sabbath Return With New Album

Geezer-ButlerGeezer Butler & Black Sabbath Return With New Album… Rock legends Black Sabbath have announced the title of their new album, 13, which will be released this June.  The original Black Sabbath–Ozzy Osbourne (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar) and Geezer Butler (bass)–have recorded the album primarily in Los Angeles and were joined at the sessions by drummer […]

Chris Squire & Yes To Perform Classic Albums In Entirety

chrissquireChris Squire & Yes To Perform Classic Albums In Entirety: The iconic and Grammy-winning rock band Yes will present a triple-header concert tour this year, performing three of their classic albums in their entirety in one evening. The group will be playing “The Yes Album”, “Close To The Edge” and “Going For The One”, which are […]

The John Patitucci Interview, Part Two by Rick Suchow

Bassist-John-Patitucci-Bass-Musician-MagazineThe John Patitucci Interview, Part Two (Click to Read Part 1 in the December 2012 Issue of Bass Musician Magazine) Last month’s Bass Musician featured Part One of my interview with bassist John Patitucci. Here is the second part, which picks up after John explains the musical concepts he stresses to students and the importance of having […]

Alicia Keys: Girl On Fire (Bassists: Bruno Mars, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Steve Mostyn, James “Malay” Ho)

Alicia-150RICK’S PICKS: Alicia Keys: Girl On Fire ( RCA Records ) / Bassists: Bruno Mars, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Steve Mostyn, James “Malay” Ho The Album: Girl on “low flame” might be more accurate, as Alicia mostly misses the mark on her fifth studio album. Girl On Fire suffers from lazy writing and frequent overproduction, and […]

Marvin Gaye: Trouble Man 40th Anniversary Expanded Edition (Bassists: Wilton Felder, Ron Brown, others)

Trouble-ManRICK’S PICKS: Marvin Gaye: Trouble Man 40th Anniversary Expanded Edition (Hip-O-Select / Motown) / Bassists: Wilton Felder, Ron Brown, others     The Album: Forty years ago Marvin Gaye was faced with the challenge of following up not only his biggest selling album ever, but one of Motown’s as well, the groundbreaking What’s Going On. […]