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Bass Musician Magazine Q&A with Jason Raso

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Jason RasoName:
Jason Raso

Born In What City:
Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Current Band(s) I Play With:
The Jason Raso Quartet

CD’s I’ve Released/ Been a Part Of:
The Bassman Cometh (2001), Live On Planet Bop (2002), Detour (2005), Groovespeak (2007), The Red Arrow (2011), Slingshot (2013)

Describe – The Way I Play Bass:
I strive to be a complete musician – a supportive accompanist, a strong soloist and improving composer.

Why I Decided to Play Bass:
My brother suggested I play – when you’re 12 and your older brother tells you to do something, you do it.

My Musical Influences:
Alain Caron, Stanley Clarke, Jaco Pastorius, Billy Sheehan, Charles Mingus, Stuart Hamm, Marcus Miller

My Favorite Musical Styles:
Jazz, funk and soul.

My Bass(es):
Spector Coda 4, Spector Coda 4 Deluxe Fretless, Fodera Monarch 4 Standard

My Amps and Other Gear:
TC Electronic RH450 Head, RS210 Cabinet

I am Endorsed By:
Spector Basses, TC Electronic, DR Strings

One Piece Of Advice I Can Share With Other Bassists:
Play music you truly love.

jasonrasoslingshotfinalart3Favorite Quote or Life Philosophy:
“There’s a wreck yard in the mind of a quitter” – Sly Stone

Most Amazing Gig so Far:
Hometown show at River Run Centre

Dream Gig:
Stevie Wonder or Prince

What Would I Be Doing If I Weren’t a Musician:
I hope I never have to figure that out!

Here’s What I Have Coming Up This Year:
This year I am starting work on my very first solo bass album. My Quartet is also performing shows in support of our “Slingshot” CD release.

Find Me Online:
Website jasonrasomusic.com
Twitter twitter.com/rasobass
Facebook facebook.com/pages/Jason-Raso/128964057118884

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Interview With Bassist Ciara Moser

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Interview With Bassist Ciara Moser

Bassist Ciara Moser…

Ciara and I sat down for this interview a few months after the launch of her debut album, “Blind. So what?”

Blind since birth, she is a powerhouse of talent; she is not only a professional bassist, but also composes music, and is a producer and educator. I am just blown away by her talent and perseverance.

Join me as we hear about Ciara’s musical journey, the details of her album, how she gets her sound, and her plans for the future.

Visit online:

www.ciara-moser.com 
IG @ moserciara
FB @ ciara.moser

Photos by Manuela Haeussler

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Interview With Bassist Travis Book

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Interview With Bassist Travis Book

Interview With Bassist Travis Book…

Bluegrass music has had a very solid following over many years and I am always happy to hear from one of the pioneers in that genre.

Travis Book plays bass for the Grammy award-winning band “The Infamous Stringdusters” and has recently released his first solo album “Love and Other Strange Emotions”. As if he wasn’t busy enough, Travis also hosts a podcast, Plays a Jerry Garcia music show with Guitarist Andy Falco, and is constantly gigging locally in his neck of the woods.

Photo, Seyl Park

Visit Online:

www.thetravisbook.com
www.thestringdusters.com
FB @ TheTravisBook
IG @ travisbook

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Interview with Malcolm-Jamal Warner

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Interview with Malcolm-Jamal Warner

Malcolm-Jamal Warner…

I am pretty sure that everyone is aware of Malcom-Jamal Warner’s work as an actor. What may be less known is his work as a director, poet, musician, and most importantly for us, a bass player. With four albums of his own, Grammy nominations and wins, as well as a sizable amount of ongoing live gigs, Malcolm is dedicating a serious amount of his attention to his music.

Join me as we hear about Malcom’s musical journey, projects, his gear choices, and plans for the future.

Here is Malcom-Jamal Warner!

Photos: Dwain Govan @dwain_go / Conrad Montgomery Mckethan @eyeconimages

Visit Online:

malcolmjamalwarner.com
IG @malcolmjamalwar
Twitter @malcolmjamalwar 
Facebook: Malcolm-Jamal Warner

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Interview With The Labex Funk Project

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Interview With The Labex Funk Project

Interview With The Labex Funk Project…

Time really flies when you are having fun! Just over a decade ago, I had the pleasure of interviewing Michel “Labex” Labaki for our July 2013 cover.

At that time, much of our conversation concerned his personal approach to bass playing and his techniques. Fast forward to now and I am pleased to discover Michel’s new endeavor, the Labex Funk Project.

Join me as we meet the band:
Kynion Lanier on vocals
Pablo Batista on percussion
Jake Brightman on Guitar
Daniel Gonzalez on Drums
And Michel “Labex”Labaki on bass

As a bonus, we have the band’s producer Phillippe Dib in on this video chat as well.

Here is the Labex Funk Project!

Visit online:

michellabaki.com
www.facebook.com/MichelLabexLabaki/
www.instagram.com/michellabaki
www.youtube.com/c/MichelLabaki
FB @LabexFunkProject
IG @ Labex Funk Project

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Interview With Bassist Tony Newton

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Interview With Bassist Tony Newton

Bassist Tony Newton…

I am always learning new details about Bass history when I get the opportunity to talk with seasoned players like Tony Newton. Tony, a Detroit native, came up in the golden years of Motown and laid down the low end for countless performers and studio sessions; he has performed on over 25 gold and platinum hit recordings.

As time went by, and the whole Detroit scene dwindled, Tony relocated to LA where he worked a busy schedule, even going back to school to learn about music theory and composition.

Over the years he performed on many historic hit recordings and tours with Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson(music Director), the Temptations, Aretha Franklin, The Funk Brothers and more, as well as working with veteran rock guitarist, Gary Moore in the British group G-Force.

Presently, Tony is super busy and on the verge of releasing a movie titled “Mars Quest” among his numerous other projects.

Join me as we get to enjoy all the history and knowledge that Tony has to share along with the details about his new Signature bass from BITE Guitars named “The  Punchtown Bass”.

Here is Tony Newton…

Photos: Mary K. Brand, Mitch Snyder, Haneefa Karrim, Hans Adamsen

Visit Online:

tonynewtonmusic.com/
FB @ TonyNewtonMusic Artist
YTB @ antoniotonynewtonmusic

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