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Van Morrison: Born To Sing: No Plan B (Bassist: Paul Moore)

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RICK’S PICKS: Van Morrison: Born To Sing: No Plan B (Exile) / Bassist: Paul Moore

 

The Album: The Belfast songmaster’s first new album in four years is a jazzy, bluesy, soulful affair, and as always, unmistakably Van Morrison. Unfortunately, it’s a hit or miss affair as well, and the second half of the album just seems to run out of steam. There are some grand moments before we get there though, and Van recovers in time for the brilliant closer “Educating Archie”. Morrison offers up his cynical view on subjects like money and capitalism, as he searches for peace of mind and takes shelter in the things he knows to be life’s truths. At 66 years old, Van is cranky yet optimistic, weary yet philosophical, and a man who has seen it all but still surprised by what he sees.

“Money doesn’t make you fulfilled / Money’s just to pay the bills / It’s need not greed / Open the door to your heart,” he sings on the album opener, while in “Goin’ Down To Monte Carlo” he looks for an escape: “Playing in the background in the restaurant, some kind of phony pseudo jazz / I don’t care I’m trying to get away from people / that are trying to drive me mad.” The poignant “End Of The Rainbow” is a wistful look back, as Van sings “No pot of gold at the end of the rainbow / No social ladder to climb around here / No panhandlers going to stake any claim here / Goldmine is not what it’s worth, know the score.” However, songs like “Retreat And View” and “If In Money We Trust” fall flat, and on “Mystic Of The East” it’s as though Morrison curled up on his sofa with a rhyming dictionary.

Musically he sticks with a core 6-piece band, and they compliment him well, with nice solos throughout– particularly by Paul Moran (piano) and Chris White (tenor) on “Close Enough For Jazz”. For me, it would be nice if Van would put down that damn alto sax he’s so fond of, but hey, he’s Van The Man and he can do what he wants.

The Bassist: Paul Moore is again excellent, as he was on Morrison’s 2008 release Keep it Simple. His playing is solid and responsive to the moody vocalist, and even gets a chance to stretch out with a 12-bar acoustic solo on “Goin’ Down To Monte Carlo”.

Best Tracks: “Goin Down To Monte Carlo”, “Close Enough For Jazz”, “Educating Archie”

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Working-Class Zeros: Episode #3 – John Patitucci IG Video, The Summer Festival Gig, iPads on Stage

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WORKING-CLASS ZEROS With Steve Rosati and Shawn Cav

In this episode we cover John Patitucci’s IG video about saying ‘no’ to the gig, the Summer Festival gig, and iPads on stage (sure it’s awesome but is it necessary?)

These stories from the front are with real-life, day-to-day musicians who deal with work life and gigging and how they make it work out. Each month, topics may include… the kind of gigs you get, the money, dealing with less-than-ideal rooms, as well as the gear you need to get the job done… and the list goes on from there.” – Steve the Bass Guy and Shawn Cav

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Interview With Bassist Curly Hendo

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Interview Wity Bassist Curly Hendo

Bassist Curly Hendo…

Hailing from Sydney, Australia, bassist Curly Hendo has been super busy. Starting with dance from a young age, Curly took up bass shortly after and has been going strong ever since. She has collaborated with numerous acts worldwide and is an in-demand session/touring bassist and musical director.

Join me as we learn about Curly’s musical journey, how she gets her sound, and her plans for a very bright future.

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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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New Album: Ben Mortiz, MORENO

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New Album: Ben Mortiz, MORENO

The Chilean bassist, producer and sociologist, Ben Mortiz, celebrates the launch of his latest studio work, “MORENO” an album that mixes jazz, soul, and funk following the characteristic Latin style of  Mortiz. The artist completely produced the album under the label “Fallen Lab Records” in the south of Chile.

“MORENO” brings deep and smooth sounds, expressing a sophisticated and elegant Latin vibe. You will find meditative harmonies and joyful melodic voices. The record’s core is the human vibration that Mortiz feels from the Latin American music. The Caribbean rhythms and strong Latin percussions are the musical glue in every song that emerges with the force of the electric bass.

“MORENO” creates a real connection between corporal reactions and mind sensations, always in reference to the originality of Mortiz to fuse modern and classic Latin sounds.

For more information, visit online at danielbenmortiz.com/

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New Gear: Phil Jones Bass X2C Dual Compressor/Effects Loop

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New Gear: Phil Jones Bass X2C Duel Compressor/Effects Loop

Step Into X2C With Phil Jones Bass Dual Compressor/Effects Loop…

Phil Jones Bass latest pedal innovation is the X2C Dual Compressor with Dual Effects Loop for performance and recording. The X2C incorporates advanced compressor circuit technology and provides comprehensive tone control with a dual crossover feature which divides the signal into frequency bands ranging from 100Hz to 500Hz, ensuring exceptional clarity and dynamics in tone refinement. 

With insert jacks on each band, the X2C unlocks limitless creativity, enabling players to use various FX pedals for custom tone sculpting. Additionally, it functions as an electronic crossover, ideal for driving high-performance, 2-way bass rigs.

PJB’s Dual-Band compression design is more flexible than standard single-band compressors and provides a more natural and transparent sound. It also provides greater control over shaping and managing dynamics where standard compressors affect the entire frequency spectrum of an audio signal.  

PJB’s dual compressor enables the player to shape specific frequency ranges of an audio signal which allows for compressing the low frequencies while preserving the high frequencies, or vice-versa. Treating the low-end with a dedicated band also allows for heavy compression without affecting the midrange frequencies, which carry the attack of the sound. 

Effects can be plugged into the insert jacks on the X2C and controlled separately. As an example, the lows can be adjusted separately for an overdrive pedal while the highs can be controlled for a chorus. 

Dividing the audio spectrum into fundamental frequencies and harmonics is also effective in the enrichment of slapping techniques. The low frequencies can be compressed without changing the dynamics of the “slap”. By controlling the low frequencies and focusing the attack on the slap the amplifier will sound louder while avoiding overloading of the amp or speakers. The low band can be compressed without the harmonics being affected. In addition, the send jacks can go to different amplifiers/speakers for a bi-amplification set up.

Compact and potent, the X2C embodies studio-grade excellence, setting a new standard for dynamic processing in an uncompromising, portable pedal. The street price is $359.99.

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