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Victor Wooten and Steve Bailey’s BASS EXTREMES Celebrate 30th Anniversary With S’Low Down

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BASS EXTREMES Features Guest Appearances from Ron Carter, Bootsy Collins, Marcus Miller, Oteil Burbridge, Justin Chancellor, Béla Fleck, Edgar Meyer, John Patitucci, Mike Stern, Billy Sheehan, among others…

In celebration of their 30th anniversary, Bass ExtremesVictor Wooten and Steve Bailey featuring Gregg Bissonette – announce the August 26 release of S’Low Down

Today, they share the album’s first single, “Home Bass,” featuring Ron Carter, Marcus Miller, and John Patitucci.

On June 11, the trio will perform a free, live concert from Berklee College of Music at 7pm ET; click here to attend the event.

Recording for S’Low Down, began just before the pandemic at Steve Bailey’s Myrtle Beach, South Carolina studio and continued throughout the next 18 months. In typical Bass Extremes fashion, the music was composed in the studio with Bailey and Wooten each functioning as musician, composer, sound engineer, and producer. The duo utilized conventional and unorthodox approaches, which included spontaneous improvisations as well as melodies and harmonies built upon Gregg’s improvised drum tracks.

The 10-track album, their third and first in two decades, once again expands the trio’s format, featuring an array of top bassists and musicians, including Ron Carter, Bootsy Collins, Marcus Miller, Oteil Burbridge, Justin Chancellor, Linda Oh, Edgar Meyer, John Patitucci, Billy Sheehan, Joe Dart, and more. It also includes some unexpected collaborations, including banjoist Béla Fleck on bass banjo, jazz guitarist Mike Stern on 6-string bass, Howard Levy on bass harmonica, and Jeff Coffin on both bass clarinet and bass flute.

A key to the record’s concept lies in the album’s title. The first of dual meanings is clear, this album is about the ‘Low Down of the bass, while the “S’Low Down” offers deeper implications. “As you get older and wiser you learn how to say more with less,” explains Wooten. “We tell our students that a lot, ‘slow down.” Bailey concurs adding, “For most musicians, myself included, you spend the first part of your career proving what you can play and trying to innovate and get it out there. What this album typifies for me is, been there, done that. Now it’s about what’s the least amount we can bring to the music and still make it work. How we can move slower and actually go faster.”

Formed in 1992, Bass Extremes was an unprecedented morph of a musical album, instructional method, and concert video, all rolled into one. Pushing the “extremes” of what can be done on a 4-string fretted, and 6-string fretless bass, this cutting-edge project changed the trajectory of bass and its community with the idea that two bass players and a drummer IS the band.

With two ground-breaking albums—CookBook (1998) and Just Add Water (2001) – to their credit, their original Bass Extremes became one of the best-selling bass instructional products of all time and launched a cottage industry that allowed the two to double as performers and educators at shows, industry events, clinics, universities, concert worldwide, and the creation of their popular and perpetual ‘Bass Camps.”

Over two decades, Bass Extremes has performed occasional tours and events “filled with joyful grooves and hand-faster-than-the-eye dexterity” (Jazz Weekly). In support of S’Low Down, they will tour for the next year with the next leg being a 17-date U.S. tour beginning August 19, at QC Jam Session Festival in Charlotte, NC. A complete list of dates is below and are on sale here.

BASS EXTREMES: ON TOUR
August 19 – QC Jam Session Festival – Charlotte, NC
August 20 – Plaza Theatre – Glasgow, KY
August 21 – SPACE – Evanston, IL
August 22 – Door Community Auditorium – Fish Creek, WI
August 24 – Buskirk Chumley Theater – Bloomington, IN
August 25 – Music Box Supper Club – Cleveland, OH
August 26 – The Warehouse – Fairfield, CT
August 27 – Sony Hall – New York, NY
August 28 – The Egg – Lewis A. Sawyer Theatre – Albany, NY
August 30 – State Theatre of State College – State College, PA
August 31 – Center for the Arts of Homer – Homer, NY
September 1 – Sherman Theater – Stroudsburg, PA
September 2 – Flying Monkey – Plymouth, NH
September 3 – Jimmy’s Jazz & Blues Club – Portsmouth, NH
September 4 – Higher Ground Ballroom – South Burlington, VT
September 6 – Woodlands Tavern – Columbus, OH

S’Low Down Tracklisting with Special Guests
1. Ready, Set , Slow (Bootsy Collins)
2. Home Bass (Marcus Miller, Ron Carter, John Patitucci)
3. The Chrome Addict (Oteil Burbridge, Howard Levy, Béla Fleck, Jeff Coffin)
4. Mess That Up? (Matt White, Mike Stern)
5. Ping Pong (Edgar Meyer)
6. Oh Tell Billy (Oteil Burbridge, Billy Sheehan)
7. Patchwork (John Patitucci)
8. Silent Night In Tunisia (John Patitucci, Joe Dart, Whit Browne, Mike Pope)
9. Justin Time (Justin Chancellor)
10. S’Low Down

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New Album: Orlando le Fleming, Wandering Talk

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New Album: Orlando le Fleming, Wandering Talk

Bassist, band leader, and composer Orlando le Fleming continues to make music that crosses genres as readily as he crosses the Atlantic, with this new album ‘Wandering Talk’, to be released physically on 23rd August via the UK’s premiere jazz label, Whirlwind Recordings.

After 20 years in New York City, he’s back in his native UK, forging new pathways and renewing old partnerships. His love for the acoustic tradition continues unabated alongside his deep affection for the robust, muscular electric fusion that emerged in the 1980s, and he has received critical acclaim from media including The Guardian, Financial Times, Jazzwise, and All About Jazz among others. He has also toured and recorded with some of the world’s greatest jazz musicians including Branford Marsalis, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Antonio Sanchez, Ari Hoenig, and Wayne Krantz.

The Romantic Funk project was born in New York’s legendary 55 Bar to explore that legacy: now the new album ‘Wandering Talk’ builds on the critical acclaim generated by ‘The Unfamiliar’ (2020), building on the framework with a set of collaborators that brings together London and New York, past and present, acoustic, and electric, and merges it all into a spectacular whole.

Following the same principles that served the project in NYC, le Fleming booked four Friday nights at London’s renowned Vortex Club to workshop the music that would become the album, with a rotating cast of players which he honed down into the final line-up. Old London friends Tom Cawley (piano/keys) and James Maddren (drums) completed the rhythm section. New acquaintance Nathaniel Facey was picked from the ranks of the UK’s brightest young saxophone players. NYC stalwart Philip Dizack flew in from the US to play trumpet and reaching back to Orlando’s school days and forward to his own family, one-time classmate Chris Martin (Coldplay) and his own daughter Nadia combined to provide vocals on a special setting of Rumi’s poetry.

As before, the music combines fusion’s flash and fire with a contemporary sensibility. This time, Orlando’s questing spirit sends his superb band forward to investigate fresh areas of creativity in dynamic and texture.

Visit online at orlandolefleming.com

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Album: John Entwistle, Rarities Oxhumed – Volume Two

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Album: John Entwistle, Rarities Oxhumed – Volume Two

Rarities Oxhumed – Volume Two is the second of the series of posthumous releases coming from John Entwistle.

Rarities Oxhumed – Volume Two is a compilation that was curated by drummer Steve Luongo, who served as John Entwistle’s producer, bandmate, business partner and good friend for many years. As Luongo states, “When I agreed to do two volumes of John Entwistle rarities, I knew volume two had to be even better than volume one. It is!” The collection of songs on Volume Two are from his years with the John Entwistle Band and include re-mastered versions of studio tracks including “Endless Vacation”, alternate mixes of tracks like “Sometimes”, and live tracks including The Who cuts “Real Me”, “Long Live Rock” and an epic version of “Young Man Blues”. The latest preview track to be released is the Who cut “Had Enough.”

Listen to “Had Enough” here: push.fm/ps/hadenough

Rarities Oxhumed – Volume One was quickly embraced by longtime fans as it featured gems like “Bogey Man” featuring Keith Moon, “Where You Going Now” (demo for the Who), and a raw live version of “Trick of the Light” recorded during the John Entwistle Band’s final tour in 2001. Deko Entertainment is thrilled to have been able to bring both volumes of this unearthed music of John Entwistle to the fans and forever solidify him as one of the greatest rock musicians ever.

For more information, visit online at dekoentertainment.com/john-entwistle

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Album Review: Mark Egan, Cross Currents

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Mark Egan, Cross Currents…

It is exciting every time I get a new album from Mark Egan as he is such an amazingly versatile player and I never know what to expect (except for excellent artistry!) In his latest release, Mark has teamed up with Shawn Peyton on drums and Shane Theriot on guitar to bring us “Cross Currents”.

This collection of eleven tracks transports me to the Gulf Coast (New Orleans specifically). Mark’s fretless basses lay down a solid groove and lots of juicy solo work for this rootsy collection of funk, ambient, swamp-rock, second line, ballads, Cajun and even Indian Raga.

This trio is super-tight and the musicianship is flawless as each member has ample opportunity to shine. Even though each player is very talented in their own right, I feel that the collective energy is greater than just the sum of the players on this album. Each musician contributed to composing music for this project but the lion’s share are Mark’s original pieces.

I spent the summer of 1981 in New Orleans and this wonderful music takes me back to those fond memories. I participated in a wacky raft race on Lake Ponchatrain and this opening track elicits images of fun, sunshine, music, and great food.

This is another superb album that everyone will enjoy. Get your copy today! Cross Currents is available online at Amazon.com. Visit Mark online at markegan.com.

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New Project: NEMESIS CALL Announce “Kingdom of Shred” Album

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ALBERTO RIGONI’s New Project NEMESIS CALL Announce “Kingdom of Shred” Album, Feat. Super Talented Guests Such as Mike Terrana, Alexandra Zerner + Many Others

Worldwide known Italian bassist and composer ALBERTO RIGONI (soloist, BAD As, Kim Bingham, Vivaldi Metal Project, etc.) announces the new album “Kingdom of Shred” of his new project NEMESIS CALL. 

Alberto says: 
“Even if my latest album “Unexpected Lullabies”, dedicated to my newborn Vittoria Parini Rigoni, was released on June 4th 2024, I felt the need to compose new music (yes, I really can’t stop!). This time will be quite challenging because I’m willing to release an instrumental shred/prog/rock/metal/melodic album, that will feature many talented top-notch musicians such as drummer Mike Terrana, Alexandra Zerner, Alexandra Lioness, Aanika Pai (11 years old!), Keiji by Zero (19 years old!), SAKI and many others TBA/TBC). It won’t be easy to manage all such great musicians but I will make it! Are you ready to face a new prog experience? The album will be released in Digipack CD and in high-quality digital format approximately at the beginning of 2025 or maybe for Christmas!.”

As an independent artist, Alberto Rigoni has launched a fundraising campaign to support the project. Support at www.albertorigoni.net/nemesiscall. 20% of the income will be donated to Lega del Filo d’Oro (www.legadelfilodoro.it/it), an Italian association that helps deaf and blind children!

Visit online at www.albertorigoni.net | albertorigoni.bandcamp.com | facebook.com/albertorigonimusic | www.badas.rocks

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New Album: Los Lonely Boys first new album in 11 years, Resurrection

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New Album: Los Lonely Boys first new album in 11 years, Resurrection

Today, Los Lonely Boys announce the release of their first new album in 11 years.

Out August 2nd via BMG, Resurrection marks a return to form for the GRAMMY-winning, multi-platinum trio of Texican brothers, who have performed everywhere from the GRAMMYs telecast to the World Series to recent tours with The Who. Lead single “Wish You Would” conjures the group’s classic sound, combining breezy guitar leads with hard-earned doses of wisdom.

“It’s something we think people need to hear—especially the youth,” says bassist/vocalist Jojo Garza, speaking on “Wish You Would” and Resurrection. “When we’re young, we think we have it figured out. When you get older, you start to see things differently. Having kids of our own, we see their ambitions and ideas of what they want to be, so we want to be good parents. The message is, ‘Be careful what you wish for. There could be a false light, and we don’t want you to get hurt’.”

After an extended break from recording, Los Lonely Boys are making a triumphant return with Resurrection. Rejuvenated and more cosmically attuned than ever before, the album rekindles the sonic fire that bonds the Los Lonely Boys brotherhood, while also paying respects to Texas legends like Stevie Ray Vaughan and Freddy Fender, among others. The album was recorded at guitarist/vocalist Henry Garza’s home studio in St. Angelo, TX, and El Paso’s Sonic Ranch (Fiona Apple, Bon Iver, Snarky Puppy etc), and mixed live in Chicago by Chris Gelin at Opus Audio Labs. 

This year Los Lonely Boys will also celebrate the 20th Anniversary of their self-titled debut, which reached double-platinum status and yielded the gold-certified, generational smash “Heaven,” which earned them a GRAMMY Award for Best Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and performance on the awards telecast. The brothers’ follow-up Sacred bowed at #2 on the Billboard 200, paving the way for fan favorites ForgivenRockpango, and Revelation. Along the way, Los Lonely Boys collaborated with legends such as Santana, Willie Nelson, and Dr. John. 

Even as they’ve been away from the studio, Los Lonely Boys have continued to tour tirelessly for decades, and this year they’ve hit the road again for an extensive, months-long run across the US. They will also perform on select shows alongside long time friends Los Lobos. Find tickets here. Pre-order Resurrection

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