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Bass Musician Magazine Featuring Nathan East / January 2011 Issue



Bass Musician Magazine Featuring Nathan East by Jake Kot –

Nathan East… There are very few bassists, if any, that I will actually draw upon a quote from their site to initiate an introduction about them. But Nathan East will be my exception… he quotes:

“I’ve made friends and music quite beyond anything I might have imagined. I love my life”.

A quick look at this mans discography gives total credence to his opening comment on his site, not to mention it’s almost a lesson in itself on musicianship. This is my second interview with Nathan over the years, and I still manage to get to that “How does one attain that type of musical diversity, popularity, and longevity in this business”? Few attain this, and even fewer excel at it. Add to that the release of Fourplay’s latest CD, Lets Touch the Sky, their “12th” release, which is #1 on Billboards Contemporary Jazz Chart, and…well…what can I say. Good luck matching a career like Nate’s with those kind of experiences and stats…what a testament to this player’s love of his art.

To the younger players out there…watch him and learn. Nathan East is an enigma in this business, referring to the positive aspect of that particular noun…the embodiment of a decade’s long truly successful career, a tough one to pull off in this industry. As you’ll read, he’s a man of few words. But his comments need nothing added to them, they’re right to the point…actually, very akin to his basslines. Less is more at its best.

Jake: Fourplay, who you’ve been with since its inception, has just released their latest CD Let’s Touch The Sky, which I believe is your 13th release. What in your eyes contributes to the longevity of this ensemble…not an easy task in this business?

Nathan: Yes, I think it’s officially our 12th CD and I’m amazed after twenty years together how much fun we continue to have in this quartet. One of the contributing factors to the longevity is the great rapport we have between us and each member’s ongoing desire to keep the standards and levels of creativity high.

Jake: How do you feel the entry of Chuck Loeb, replacing guitarist Larry Carlton, has affected Fourplay’s direction?

Nathan: Larry and Chuck are both great players! Where Larry leans more toward the blues, Chuck pulls the group more toward a jazz direction. We’ve been very fortunate to have such great guitarists in this band!

Jake: Bob James made the statement: “All four of us have been in the business long enough to know that there’s always pressure to compromise”. Could you give me your take on how the business seems to exert this pressure Bob speaks of?

Nathan: I think we all understand the nature of the business and the balance between art and commerce. Sometimes there is pressure to “dumb down” creatively for the sake of moving more units and that’s where you run the risk of contributing to the society of mediocrity.

Jake: What in your opinion needs to happen both musically and compositionally to keep the band progressing, raising the bands standards to yet another level?

Nathan: As we perform more together, we discover new directions and understand each other’s levels of musicianship. This helps us know how far to stretch when we go to compose for the band. Ultimately the challenge is to come up with music that combines virtuosity, elegance and romance in keeping with the Fourplay tradition.

Jake: Your personal tracks for this CD seem, I guess I’ll say a perfect compliment to each individual composition. Can you put into words how you approach a track to attain that type of result?

Nathan: Thank you. I try to see the big picture and approach every song as a new work of art in constant search for the right colors, notes and personality.

Jake: To say that experience is in your corner as a player is almost an understatement. Beyond that experience, what do you feel are the elements that keep your playing at such a musically high level?

Nathan: Well, thank you again for the compliment. The more I learn the more realize how much there is to learn. I continue to be inspired by the musicianship of lots of players. For me, like in sports, just being around great players keeps your level of musicianship high.

Jake: Does the thought of a solo project ever go through your mind these days, and if so, where do you think it would take you?

Nathan: Yes it does however I’ve been letting the music of Fourplay represent to an extent what I would do on my own. I love the collaboration with the guys and their input always takes my music to another level. That said, a solo project is definitely one of the things on my list that I have yet to do in my career.

Jake: The need to diversify as a player these days in my opinion is essential. This is most certainly one of your strengths as you’ve played with the best of the best in the pop, rock, and jazz idioms. Any secret per se in your mind to pass along to help a player position themselves for attaining that kind of personal musicianship?

Nathan: I realized a long time ago that diversity would be essential to a long career. Just like investing, you don’t want to put all your eggs in one basket. Three’s really no secret, it’s primarily exposure to as many different styles and genres that helps you navigate the playing field. I still feel like a student and continue to study all types of music.

Jake: What can we look forward to in 2011 that you’re involved in?

Nathan: Fourplay will tour in support of this CD. I’m also producing some new music for Anita Baker’s upcoming CD. Toto has asked me to join them for their tour dates in Japan and Europe. Looks like another fun year of music ahead!

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Leland Sklar, Over Half a Century of Bass, March 2024



Leland Sklar, Over Half a Century of Bass, March 2024

We all have enjoyed Leland Sklar’s Bass lines for over half a century.

You might remember that we had him on our cover back in 2017 and did an update when he launched his book “Everybody Loves Me” in 2020. It was exciting to hear that The Immediate Family had got back together in the studio to work on their own music in 2019 and are now up to two albums.

Just last December, Magnolia Pictures released a documentary titled “Immediate Family” where we got a behind-the-scenes look at the massive contributions Danny Kortchmar, Waddy Wachtel, Ross Kunckle, Leland Sklar and Steve Postell have made in countless songs that are the very essence of our daily personal musical soundtracks. Seeing the astronomical roster of performers they have supported over many years is very eye-opening. It is a must-see for any music lover!

Now, I am thrilled to bring you a special chat with Leland Sklar where we go more in-depth into the bass side of his musical journey.

Photos: Header, Rob Shanahan – Cover Photo, Jay Gilbert/Chris Schmitt

Skin In the Game – 
from new album Skin In The Game

The Toughest Girl In Town – 
from new album Skin In The Game

Fair Warning – –
from the self-titled album The Immediate Family

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Ricky Phillips, STYX Bass And More – February 2024



Ricky Phillips, STYX Bass And More, January 2024

Ricky Phillips, STYX Bass And More…

This Week’s Top 10 Basses on Instagram

I have always been a huge Styx fan. Their music kept me awake during countless nights studying and gave my imagination a place to escape when I had a moment to take a break. 

I had the immense opportunity to chat with STYX bassist Ricky Phillips for our August Cover in 2017 and follow his projects as time passed. Now, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to catch up with Ricky as he has been super-busy over the past six years. 

Join me as we take a deep dive into the band’s most recent album “Crash the Crown” and EP “The Same Stardust”. Ricky shares some insights into the herculean team effort behind the scenes and the musical process that keeps them ever so busy and how he has updated his sound. 

Without further ado… Here is Ricky Phillips!

Photo: Jason Powell

“Crash of the Crown” lyric video

“Reveries” lyric video

“Save Us From Ourselves” lyric video

“Sound the Alarm” lyric video

“Too Much Time On My Hands” Zoom video 2020

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Jeff Pilson, Foreigner Low End – January 2024



Jeff Pilson - Bass Musician Magazine - January 2024

Jeff Pilson, Foreigner Low End – January 2024…

Those of us who were around back in the 70’s remember how certain songs on the radio resonated with us. It turns out that many of these iconic melodies came from Foreigner and they were part of our personal soundtracks! 

After all these years, the band is going as strong as ever with Jeff Pilson firing away on bass midstream into a 2-year farewell tour. 

I am excited to be able to bring you all the details about Jeff’s musical Journey, the farewell tour in progress, how he gets his sound and his plans for the future.

Cover Photo: Krishta Abruzziini / Video Photos: Krishta Abruzzini, Karsten Staiger, Gina Hyams

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Rodney O’Quinn, Rockin’ Hard Through the Years – December 2023



Rodney O'Quinn, Rockin’ Hard Through the Years – December 2023

Interview With Foghat Bassist Rodney O’Quinn…

Rodney O'Quinn - Bass Musician Magazine - December 2023-v2

Many rock fans have enjoyed music by Foghat, who originally formed in London back in 1971.

Over the many decades of playing, the band members have changed, leaving behind only Roger Earl as the only original member. Bassist Rodney O’Quinn left the Pat Travers Band and joined the group in 2015 and has been laying down the low end for this iconic quartet keeping the Foghat legacy alive. With a new album titled “Sonic Mojo” which dropped on November 10th, the band is as busy as ever and there is lots of very tasty music to come.

Join me as we learn of Rodney O’Quinn’s musical journey, how he gets his sound, and his plans for the future.

Jake Coughlin
Video Thumbnail, Tom Apathy
Photos used in the video: Kerry Quinn, Chuck Lanza, Kim Granger, Kenneth Strohm, Jake Coughlin, Jay Jylika

1st Single from Sonic Mojo – Official “Drivin’ On” 

2nd Single from Sonic Mojo – “She’s a Little Bit of Everything Official Video

 “Road Fever”- California Mid State Fair – Paso Robles, CA – 7-27-22

“Stone Blue” – Rodney O’Quinn Bass/Lead Vocals – Don Odell’s Legends – Woonsocket, R.I – 10/15/22 – The Stadium Theater

The Earl’s Court – Season 2, Episode 7: Funny Guys 

“I Just Want to Make Love to You” – CasinoRama – 6-9-23 

FOGHAT “Somebody’s Been Sleepin’ in My Bed” – Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT – 1/28/22

“I Just Want to Make Love to You” – California Mid State Fair – Paso Robles, CA – 7-27-22

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Suzi Quatro, Eternal Powerhouse – November 2023



Suzi Quatro, Eternal Powerhouse – November 2023

Interview With Bassist Suzi Quatro…


It is always exciting to have the opportunity to talk to an artist who has been prolific for decades.

Suzi Quatro has been rocking our world since the sixties and has been super-creative as a bassist, musician, actress, singer, songwriter, author, radio show host and so much more. Most recently, Suzi released a new album titled “Face to Face” where she joined forces with KT Tunstall and together they are a force of nature. (See our video with Suzi about the album release)

Join me as we hear about Suzi’s musical journey, her many projects, how she gets her sound and her plans for the future.

Here is Suzi Quatro…

Suzi Quatro & KT Tunstall – “Truth As My Weapon” (Official Music Video)

“Shine A Light” music video (from the upcoming album)

“Bad Moon Rising” music video (from 2022):

Bass-Solo / Live in Prah? 1979

Glyserine Queen / Bass solo – Tampere Finland

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Video – Andrew Whitton
Cover and Header Photo – Courtesy of Suzi Quatro

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