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Interview with Wayne Krantz

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Interview with Bassist Wayne Krantz

Wayne Krantz should be a household name, not only among guitarists, but bassists as well.

The same method he has used with his book “An Improvisers OS” can be used with an instrument to open up your creativity. Wayne is getting ready to kick off a tour that you don’t want to miss. Check out is latest release “Good Piranha/Bad Piranha” featuring Keith Carlock, Tim Lefebvre, and Nate Wood

How are your teaching methods different than others, especially in the area of soloing?

Years ago I wrote a book, “An Improvisors OS”. It’s a method for exploring scales and chords in a creative way without relying on patterns and memory. I used that with students a lot. These days I’m into ear playing, so I try to encourage that.

For all bassists alike, current and aspiring, how can your methods for guitar be applied to bass?

Pretty straightforwardly. The role of bass is different than guitar, practically speaking, but in art, music is music.

Can you give us some insight on your latest release, where the inspiration comes from, and the other musicians involved?

It’s a live in the studio record with some creative editing. It’s what my 2 recent trios were up to lately. Cover songs as a jumping off point. The guys all thoroughly understand where I’m coming from so we can cover a lot of ground. It’s a nice ride, I think.

Who are some of your influences?

These days I listen to Blues, mostly. Old stuff. Nothing later than Hendrix, who’s been a revelation. In the old days it was California and English rock, then jazz guitarists, old and new.

Advice to bassists aspiring to become better rounded musicians?

Don’t get hung up in the bass-and-drum-club mentality. That’s an important connection but if it stops there it’s too limited for most modern stuff. Think globally within the band. Think compositionally, think of form. Don’t always sustain until the next note – rhythm and groove require rests, lots of them

To Stream a Preview of Good Piranha/Bad Piranha, visit:

label.abstractlogix.com/?p=1387

waynekrantz.com

Wayne Krantz Trio – Anthony Jackson (Bass), Keith Carlock (Drums)

Itinerary:

2015

Feb 11                   The City Winery                              Nashville, TN

Feb 12                   Smiths Olde Bar                             Atlanta, GA

Feb 13                   Smokey Joes Cafe                          Charlotte, NC

Feb 15                   Miraverse-Manifold                      Pittsboro, NC

Feb 18                   Sellersville Theater                        Sellersville, PA

Feb 19                   The Iridium Jazz Club                   New York, NY

Feb 20                   The Iridium Jazz Club                  New York, NY

Feb 21                   Jammin Java                                   Vienna, VA

 

ASIA TOUR: Feb 25-March 20

Mar 24                   Jazz Alley                                     Seattle, WA

Mar 25                   Jazz Alley                                     Seattle, WA

Mar 26                  Yoshis                                           Oakland, CA

Mar 28                  Ramona Mainstage                   Ramona, CA

Mar 31                  Catalinas Jazz Club                    Los Angeles, CA

Apr 01                   Catalinas Jazz Club                   Los Angeles, CA

Apr 02                   The City Winery                         Chicago, IL

Apr 03                   Dakota Jazz Club                       Minneapolis, MN

Apr 04                   The Jazz Kitchen                        Indianapolis, IN

EUROPEAN TOUR:  MAY 7 – MAY 30

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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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