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Recommended Listening With Damian Erskine : Adam Nitti | “Liminal”

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Meet Reviewer Damian Erskine –

Adam Nitti
“Liminal”
www.adamnitti.com

First, a definition:
“Liminal – of, relating to, or being an intermediate state, phase, or condition”

If this is an intermediate phase for Adam, I can’t wait to see where the road takes him!

Let me start this review with a story:

In 2001, I attended the Victor Wooten Bass/Nature camp.  It was an all around wonderful experience but one teacher really left an impression on me more than any other.  Adam had not only an incredibly kind and warm demeanor and a way of explaining things in a way in which you immediately “got it” but he really walked the talk in so many regards…  for example, in an epic bass jam with Adam, Steve Bailey, Victor, JD Blair and Reggie Wooten on Guitar, Adam was the only guy who would step back and simplify to best serve the music and provide a foundation.  He is as capable as any up there of trading licks and blowing chops, but he put the music first.  I watched him intently and just kept thinking ,”Man..  this guy’s musical ego is REALLY intact and he’s doing everything to make the music FEEL good regardless of whether or not he gets overshadowed in the process”.  Now THAT impressed me far more than any solo played that night.  That is why Adam is such a wonderful MUSICIAN (and why he’s such a busy one!).  It’s this approach that really comes through in this (long awaited) release…

There is studying a plenty to be done by bass players here!  Adam’s bass lines are supremely interesting, his soloing is masterful and his pocket is deep, but Adam seems to command a higher level of musicianship and that translates throughout every member of the band.  There is a common thread of groove and southern comfort (not the drink) in these compositions with plenty of room for group dynamics and interaction.  I was also immediately struck by the tasty B-3 work on the album and was pleasantly surprised to see Johnny Neel’s name.  I had the pleasure of playing with Johnny a few years ago at a festival in Idaho (I think?) and he is one of those guys that just emotes pure joy, taste and love in his music.  A prefect fit, in my opinion, for Adam’s album.

For those looking for a good study, look no further.  Amazing slap work, tasteful tapping, sweeping arpeggiatic runs, solos that leave your jaw on the floor and some of the coolest bass lines and grooves I’ve heard in some time.

And for those just looking for some good music, it doesn’t feel much better than this!  My wife, who has an extremely critical ear, walked by as I was listening to “Redemption Street” and actually said, “wow…  that feels nice!  Who is that?”.  If that doesn’t convince you, you obviously haven’t met my wife!

This is Nashville’s A-list doing what they do best!  This is also what is so special about Nashville…  Music coming out of Nashville is inherently “listenable” and it’s a rare album that can serve both the needs of us as musicians to:
(a) enjoy a musical journey and float along for the ride
but also
(b) as technicians who need something to chew on, transcribe, analyze and dig into in our quest for technical mastery.

This album serves us well in every regard.  Alpha and Beta..  it’s all there!

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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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markegan.com
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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

Photo, Laura Baker

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