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John Patitucci | “Line By Line”

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Meet Reviewer Damian Erskine – 

John Patitucci
“Line By Line”

www.johnpatitucci.com

We’ve come to expect greatness from both the NYC jazz scene elite and John Patitucci. John’s lastest release, “Line By Line” has raised the bar on all fronts.  The core trio consists of John, Brian Blade (drms) and Adam Rogers (gtr).  This is a dream team of NY heavies if ever there was one! With additional guest artist, Chris Potter, and a string quartet (including John’s wife, Sachi, on cello).

John’s releases have consistently been among the best jazz releases at any given time (if you need evidence, look at his over 15 Grammy nominations!).  However, almost in direct contrast to some of his earliest recordings, “Line By Line” is very much, a NY sounding trio album (John relocated back to NY in 1996 after having moved to LA in 1980).  Having recently toured with Brian Blade in Wayne Shorter’s band, the trio makes use of space in a very exciting way.. as if the absence of sound were a fourth member of the group.  There is so much interplay and musical intentionality here that one can’t help but to sit back, listen and let these masters do their thing.  In addition, I must say that if you haven’t heard Adam Rogers before, this is a wonderful introduction to one of my personal favorites.

There are a few musical departures here, as well.  While the first half of “Line By Line” is very much a top notch Jazz trio album, we are quickly brought down in intensity with some just astoundingly beautiful acoustic pieces and string arrangements.

“Theme and Variation for 6-string Bass and Strings” is a hauntingly beautiful acoustic piece conceived during his tenure with Chick Corea while “Evidence” is a downright gritty, almost Meters inspired groove with a very Wayne Krantz-esque chorus.  Patitucci masterfully pieced this album together to calm us down just when it is needed and, alternately, gets our heads nodding again when we are in danger of being too soothed.  John Patitucci has proven himself on past recordings to be a masterful bass player and musician.  It hardly seems possible that he could continue to elevate his playing and writing so exponentially with each release.  But he has.

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Artist Update With Mark Egan, Cross Currents

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Artist Update With Mark Egan, Cross Currents

I am sure many of you are very familiar with Mark Egan as we have been following him and his music for many years now. The last time we chatted was in 2020.

Mark teamed up with drummer Shawn Pelton and guitarist Shane Theriot to produce a new album, “Cross Currents” released on March 8th, 2024. I have been listening to this album in its entirety and it is simply superb (See my review).

Now, I am excited to hear about this project from Mark himself and share this conversation with our bass community in Bass Musician Magazine.

Photo courtesy of Mark Egan

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Review: Minuendo Lossless Earplugs Live 17dB

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Review: Minuendo Lossless Earplugs Live 17dB

Minuendo Lossless Earplugs Live 17dB…

Minuendo Lossless Earplugs Live 17dB – Hearing protection has always been front and center on my mind because I love music so much, I cannot imagine my life if I were unable to hear.

You might remember back in 2021, we had a good look at the Minuendo Lossless Earplugs featuring adjustable protection. This system has a lot of very good features but there was always the question of how much sound attenuation to choose.

Now, the great folks at Minuendo have come up with a new version of their earplugs that has a set 17dB noise reduction. You still get a lot of the great features of the adjustables but you just don’t have to think about the specific sound level. In addition, this new version of earplugs comes at a very attractive price point.

For more information, visit online at Minuendo.com

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Review: The Bastard Instrument, A Cultural History of the Electric Bass by Brian F Wright 

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Review: The Bastard Instrument, A Cultural History of the Electric Bass by Brian F Wright 

I was intrigued when The Bastard Instrument showed up on my desk… let’s dig in!

When we dive into the history of our beloved instrument, the bass, we find roots that go back as far as the 15th century. This instrument was a member of the violin family and was for the longest time, an acoustic instrument. As the years passed and music changed, there was a need for the instrument to evolve and the electric bass was born.

Comparatively, the electric bass is a relatively new instrument with its earliest appearances dating back to the 1930s and it is exciting to be an electric bass player while this history unfolds around us. Fortunately for us and future generations to come, Professor Brian F. Wright has taken on the herculean task of documenting the trajectory of the electric bass with this excellent book.

The Bastard Instrument presents an extraordinary amount of fine details about the instrument itself, the development of the amplification to handle its output, the pioneers that dared play it, the rapidly evolving music that flourished because of its presence and so much more. 

When I first started reading this book, I noticed that it felt a tad academic, like a textbook (it might be one someday) or a doctoral thesis, but to present all this information accurately, this approach is more than appropriate. Another detail that might be a bit of a spoiler is that the book only gets us up to the late ’60s. I was left wanting more as we know that so much has happened in the bass world since that time frame; I hope there is another volume in the works to get us up to the present!

All in all, “The Bastard Instrument, A Cultural History of the Electric Bass” is a must-read for all of us who play electric bass and understand its essential place in music.

I found that there was a lot that I already knew but also quite a bit that I was unaware of. I believe that to know and understand where you are, you must know the history of exactly how you got here.

Highly recommended.

The Bastard Instrument is available at Amazon.com (beginning July 2024)

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This Week’s Top 10 Basses on Instagram

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TOP 10 Basses of the week

Check out our top 10 favorite basses on Instagram this week…

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Interview With By the Thousands Bassist Adam Sullivan

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Interview With By the Thousands Bassist Adam Sullivan

Bassist Adam Sullivan…

Hailing from Minnesota since 2012, By the Thousands has produced some serious Technical Metal/Deathcore music. Following their recent EP “The Decent”s release, I have the great opportunity to chat with bassist Adam Sullivan.

Join me as we hear about Adam’s musical Journey, his Influences, how he gets his sound, and the band’s plans for the future

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