Posts Tagged ‘ Bass ’

Roberto Vally – Pure Lines

Brooklyn born, L.A. based, and world influenced bass player Roberto Vally calls as his influences Paul Jackson, Stanley Clarke, and Jaco Pastorius. He has played with Michael Franks, Bobby Caldwell, Paul Brown, Boney James, Boz Scaggs, Arturo Sandoval, Michael Lington, and Randy Crawford. Meanwhile you can add the rest of the smooth jazz cats to this list.

His first solo album was Boom Boom Boom (2013), described by Vally as an eclectic mix of chill, lounge, world, and smooth jazz. His sophomore album Pure Lines (2017) just hits the stores. The album is a collaboration of Roberto Vally and Jeff Carruthers, who performs keyboards, guitars and programming.

As additional musicians are mentioned in the liner notes Dave Karasony (drums), Enrique Martinez (accordion), Andrew Neu (sax), Marc Antoine (guitar, vocals), Michiyo Kitagawa (sax), Tom Schuman (keyboards, piano), Gregg Manning (keyboards), Ramses Araya (percussion), Paul Brown, Carlyle Barriteau, Federico Ramos (guitars), Nick Cedillo (trumpet, sax, trombone), Fabiana Passoni (vocals), and Christine Carruthers (background vocals).

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Brendall Rothwell – Time On My Hands

True greatness comes from the precision in the details. Bassist Brendan Rothwell seems to have come out of the blue to follow this motto. With his debut album Time On My Hands (2016) he is now in the spotlight.

Brendan performs on this album bass, keyboards, guitar and programming. Among the supporting musical friends he rounds up are Poogie Bell and Chris Bailey (drums), Sheldon Zandboer (synth, piano, programming), Luc Desharnais (pedal steel) and Chris Andrew (synth, additional piano).

The album starts with the Intro (Wake the Bass). Quiet like a panther purrs his bass to keyboards chords. The Song of Songs from the Old Testament inspired both religious and secular love poetry over many centuries. This Is the Love is Brendan’s personal praise of love.

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Mitchell Coleman Jr. – Perception

12963863_902379359861112_7432377261375069394_nWith the release of his first solo CD effort, ‘Soul Searching’, and single ‘Genesis’, an instrumental jazz/funk fusion collection that interweaves music inspired by his much admired influences, Mitchell Coleman Jr. has fulfilled a lifelong dream of creating the music he hears in his heart and feels in his soul – and sharing it with the world.

His new album Perception has definitely a funky attitude and is now on sale at Amazon.com.

John Dillard – Let’s Ride

Hailing from Rochester, NY bassist John Dillard counts to his influences famous names such as Jaco Pastorius, Marcus Miller or Nathan East. He currently performs with Stephanie Mills, LeJuene Thompson, Brian Simpson, Matt Marshak, Jeff Kashiwa, The Sax Pack, Nick Colionne, and Four80East. Now he starts his own career with the debut album Let’s Ride

While John plays on his album bass and keys, he is supported by Quantavius Dillard and Richard Jenkins (drums), Lovell Bradford and Oli Silk (Rhodes), Lin Rountree (trumpet), Buff Dillard (trombone), Joe Lindsay, Reggie Graves, Matt Marshak and Marc Antoine (guitars), Marcus Anderson (sax, EWI), Gabriel Bello (synth), Ard Sherrod Jr. (sax), Paul Whitley (keys and organ), Chad Lawson (keys) on selected tracks.

Mix deep funk with with spoken words of Quentin Tailey and heavy slides on bass and you get Funk This – The Intro. A glooming business card with what could be. Playing funk is probably the most fun thing to do with a bass guitar. This wisdom heeded John and presents the funky Let’s Ride.

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Tony Saunders – Appaloosa

AppaloosaTony Saunders is an American bass player and synthesizer player in the genres of jazz, gospel, R&B, Pop and world music. He is a composer, arranger, music producer, and head of his own studio, Studio 1281.

His new CD Appaloosa was released January 22, 2014. It features Tony on Bass, Grammy winners Howard Hewett, Bill Champlin and Tony Lindsay on vocals. The CD has 7 instrumentals and 6 vocal songs. Tom Politzer from Tower of Power, Rock Hendricks from Paul Hardcastle’s Jazz master series also grace the CD with their Sax playing. Longtime friends of Tony’s, Fred Ross and Sakai, background singer with Train, also sing their hearts out on the duet “The Question Is”.

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John King – Just Another Day

Just Another DaySt. Louis bass player John King is called the Pharaoh of Funk. He plays a 5 string Ken Smith. He currently performs with Boom, Good 4 The Soul, Park Avenue Trio, Denise Thimes. His newest album is entitled Just Another Day.

It’s just available at CDBaby.

Peter Muller – No Mind

PM booklet“The new album explores my favourite musical worlds from Soul to Jazz, Fusion to R&B – but Funk is the red line that holds it all together. This is where I come from and the reason I started making music!”

This is what Peter says about his new work – and you definitely can hear it!”No Mind” is full of pulsating Funk, meeting with Jazz, Fusion, Soul and R&B. The unique Muller sound in one hot brand new album! Is this mainly a “Bass CD? “Not the right term” says Peter. “Of course the bass is really upfront and plays a main role, because it’s my instrument . But the tunes are not especially written for bass, they can be played on any instrument. And I’m supported by really awesome musicians!” Peter’s suberb and energetic bass playing combined with his writing, arranging and production skills make “No Mind” an outstanding musical and sonic experience. “It was a real intense time, from the first steps of composition and demo recording till the final mastering.”

While looking for new sounds and ideas, and after producing some songs for the Australian singer and songwriter Nick Gibbs, he discovered that Nick’s vocals would be an interesting flavor on the new album.”I always wanted to have vocals on my own album as well and after I met Nick it was absolutely clear to me that he is the right person. His voice is just perfect for what I’m doing, and with his amazing creativity he contributed as a composer as well.” Continue reading