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Posted on 30 Apr 2012

Album Review – Pies en la Tierra...

Pies en la Tierra is an Ecuadorian Jazz ensemble featuring bassist Cayo Iturralde.  Their latest release, “Anomalia”, is an elegant fusion of Ecuadorian and Latin Rhythms with jazz harmonies and modern arrangements.  Each member shows a high degree of interpretation and improvisation demonstrating the strength the group.  Finely produced, the albums weaves an exquisite tapestry as each musician plays... Read More »
Posted on 24 Apr 2012

Album Review: ‘Onwards’ –...

Alex “Apollo” Ayala is a Puerto Rican double bassist who has been steadily building a reputation for musical prowess in his home country in recent years, and one whose name is now beginning to gain currency further afield. ‘Onwards’ is his first album as band leader and for it he is accompanied by pianist Luis Marin and drummer Raul... Read More »
Posted on 19 Apr 2012

Interview-Vincenzo Maurogiovanni

In 2007 Vincenzo Maurogiovanni was named best European rising bass player, and has continued to show his diversity of talents since then winning 1st prize at Bassmaster international in 2010, and releasing two highly acclaimed solo albums.  We caught up with Vincenzo on what has brought him to this point and future projects.   BPU: When did you get... Read More »
Posted on 17 Apr 2012

Album Review: Day Of Awakening – Open...

Day of Awakening is the fulfillment of a life long dream for musician Brian Buckalew.  Crafted using only computer generated instruments, “Open Heart” is an airy, ambient, relaxing album that at times seems to be the soundtrack to an epic movie.  Listening to the disk provokes a strong emotional response, fueling ones inspiration. Buckalew describes the disk as Yanni... Read More »
Posted on 12 Apr 2012

Say It With Your Strings Winner- Jared...

Jared Jackson along with 16 other bass players entered ‘Say It With Your Strings’ contest. Bass Players around the world were able to submit their video covering a track from Jermaine Morgan’s album ‘The Journey Continues.’ Jermaine brought on three judges, Justin Raines, Alan “Snoop” Evans, and Nate Holleman to decide the winner. Jared’s outstanding entry caught everyone’s attention... Read More »
Posted on 09 Apr 2012

Album Review: Colin Edwin – PVZ

 Album Review: Colin Edwin – PVZ Porcupine Tree are one of the most successful Progressive Rock bands of the past two decades and bassist Colin Edwin has subsequently become a respected figure in contemporary prog circles as a result. ‘PVZ’ is his second solo album and is as equally indebted to the atmospheric explorations of Edwin’s side project, Ex-Wise... Read More »
Posted on 05 Apr 2012

Bassics- Chord Tones PT II

Chord Tones – Part Two   As you will recall in the first lesson I talked about chord tones and their use in building bass lines. We established that chord tones actually form the basis of chord changes and that a basic chord is built by utilising the 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th points of the scale. Chord tones... Read More »
Posted on 04 Apr 2012

Album Review: Fabio Zaganin – Rumble...

Rumble Fish is the debut album of technically gifted bassist Fabio Zaganin.  While Zaganin is new to me, it seems that he is a much sought after bassist and educator in his native Brazil where he has been featured in magazines such as Bass Player and Bass Musician.  Sticking mainly to Rock and Blues styles, Rumble Fish is an... Read More »
Posted on 03 Apr 2012

Bass Boost- Laura Anderson

      Dean P Nutt:  Great job Laura! You look very comfortable with your Bass, good finger work & solid playing. As I would suggest to any Bass player, try the one finger per fret approach (spread over 4 frets) to strengthen all your fingers & spend as much time with your instrument as possible. Other than that,... Read More »
Posted on 02 Apr 2012

Interview- Timothy Lefebvre

Timothy Lefebvre needs no introduction. A exceptional bass player who’s work has never gone unnoticed.  Timothy has played with many artists such his current band Rudder, Chris Botti, Sting, Wayne Krantz, John Mayer and many more. We caught up with Timothy and asked him about the new Zoom B3 Bass Multi-Effects Pedal that he worked on and more. BPU:When... Read More »