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New Gear from NAMM 2010

THE VIBE OF THIS YEAR’S NAMM SHOW WAS UPBEAT, PERHAPS INFLUENCED BY THE ECONOMIC improvements of the past year. Manufacturers, retailers, and artists were excited by the variety of new products, and getting to check them out in person was an absolute delight. What follows is in no way a... THE VIBE OF THIS YEAR’S NAMM SHOW WAS UPBEAT, PERHAPS INFLUENCED BY THE ECONOMIC improvements of the past year. Manufac ...

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Eventide ModFactor

MY FIRST INTRODUCTION TO EVENTIDE electronics coincided with a flight over a glacier in Anchorage, Alaska in a small two-seater Piper Cub. As I looked over the pilot’s shoulder, I noticed a colorful moving map on his dash. It was an Eventide avionics map display, and it proved instrumental in... MY FIRST INTRODUCTION TO EVENTIDE electronics coincided with a flight over a glacier in Anchorage, Alaska in a sm ...

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Retro-Rama :1983 Spector NS-2JA

THE 1970s WERE A HEADY TIME FOR electric bassists and bass builders alike. The musical and technical innovations of the ’60s had been absorbed into the mainstream, and the dawn of the decade saw the bass taking an increasingly large role in the direction of contemporary music—even before disco... THE 1970s WERE A HEADY TIME FOR electric bassists and bass builders alike. The musical and technical innovations ...

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Bill Willis, 1931–2010

ON FEBRUARY 9TH, 2010 BILL WILLIS died at age 78. Willis was a smooth, solid, and articulate bassist, organist, and vocalist who sparked some of the strongest grooves to come out of the King Records studios, playing with such artists as Charles Brown, James Brown, Hank Ballard, LaVerne... ON FEBRUARY 9TH, 2010 BILL WILLIS died at age 78. Willis was a smooth, solid, and articulate bassist, organist, and voca ...

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Alkaline Trio’s Dan Andriano On Punk Production

DAN ANDRIANO AND ALKALINE TRIO are looking forward to a vital year. The Chicago-bred band just released its seventh studio album, This Addiction, on its own imprint, Hearts and Skulls. Since 1996, the band has practically lived on the road, garnering a rock-solid support base of fans. In... DAN ANDRIANO AND ALKALINE TRIO are looking forward to a vital year. The Chicago-bred band just released its seventh st ...

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Berklee Music Online Slap Bass

THIS MONTH, ANTHONY VITTI AND Lenny Stalworth of Berkleemusic.com and the Berklee School of Music share some tips culled from their new online Slap Bass course. Go to berkleemusic.com to sign up. THIS MONTH, ANTHONY VITTI AND Lenny Stalworth of Berkleemusic.com and the Berklee School of Music share some tips culled from their new online Slap Bass course. Go to berkleemusic.com to sign up.Read Full Article ...

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Fender 50th Anniversary Jazz Bass(2)

FOR THE GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY OF ITS Jazz Bass, Fender has decided to throw a year-long party; for the rest of 2010, the company’s Corona, California factory will be crafting a limited number of 50th Anniversary Jazz Basses. Rather than replicating a single incarnation of the JBass— which has seen... FOR THE GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY OF ITS Jazz Bass, Fender has decided to throw a year-long party; for the rest of 201 ...

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Rufus Reid, Out Front [Motema]

Beefy tone, impeccable technique, likeclockwork time and melodic, adventurous solos have defined Rufus Reid’s work on thousands of recordings, and it’s inspiring to hear the veteran upright player and educator lead a jazz power trio as potent as his new Out Front group. Beefy tone, impeccable technique, likeclockwork time and melodic, adventurous solos have defined Rufus Reid’s work on thousands of recordin ...

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Questions For Tom Kennedy

I FIRST MET TOM KENNEDY WHEN WE were put together in a bass quartet for a week-long gig at a now-defunct jazz club in St. Louis. Four bass players and a piano player—no drums. The double bassists— John Clayton, Todd Coolman, Tom, and myself—entertained the slightly confused, slightly amused, and... I FIRST MET TOM KENNEDY WHEN WE were put together in a bass quartet for a week-long gig at a now-defunct jazz ...

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Beauties & Beasts:Show Us What You’ve Got!

ATTENTION FENDER FANS: IF YOU HAVE photos of a beloved Jazz Bass, we want to see them. Whether pampered and cared for or beaten to bits—like this 1978 Jazz belonging to San Francisco bassist Justin Flores—tweet your pics to @BassPlayerNow, and we’ll post them at bassplayer.com. Be sure to... ATTENTION FENDER FANS: IF YOU HAVE photos of a beloved Jazz Bass, we want to see them. Whether pampered and cared for ...

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