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Remembering Bass Player Bill Miele

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Remembering Bass Player Bill Miele

R.I.P. Bill Miele JANUARY 22, 1952 – APRIL 25, 2023

By Neal Weiss, Whaling City Sound

Remembering Bass Player Bill Miele: “His Strength And Courage Through Recent Years Made Evident How Much Of A Life Force Music Was For Him.”

Bill Miele… If we are lucky, sometimes an artist, visual, musical, or otherwise, produces work that just pierces us, and seems to go right from outside of us directly into our eyes, ears, brain, heart, or soul. That was my reaction to hearing Bill Miele’s electric bass in a jazz piano trio setting almost 40 years ago. I was blown away at how what he played went right into me, right through me: “Exactly what I would play if I could do that” was and remains my thought. Every note was perfect: a clear, defined tone and always in the exact right place to anchor and drive the rhythm. 

Shortly after that first hearing, I was overjoyed to see that Miele became the regular bassist with Bobby Greene and Coleus, a steadily working jazz and fusion band that played several times a month in the New Bedford area. It meant I could hear him often, always with other great players. He also played and occasionally recorded with many in the Providence scene, including John Allmark, Greg Abate, the late Matt Quinn, and Dan Moretti among others. It was the lack of available CD recordings that featured Bill and a few others like pianist John Harrison that drove me to start Whaling City Sound. It is not an accident that WCS003 (“The Psychic Horns”) and WCS005 (“A Killer Wail” by The Whaling City Sound Superband, made up of former members of Coleus) were among our earliest efforts. He is also on a few later and recent releases. 

Bill was a very private person, with an extremely dry sense of humor and a calm, understated demeanor. His last years with the Jim Robitaille Trio were an inspiration. Bill was very sick and in pain, but his playing conveyed an energy that was palpable and life-affirming. Jim Robitaille said it best: “His strength and courage through it all in recent years made evident how much of a life force music was for him.”

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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

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tonynewtonmusic.com/
FB @ TonyNewtonMusic Artist
YTB @ antoniotonynewtonmusic

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