Posts Tagged ‘ Bass ’

Karl Clews – Dissident

Karl Clews is an experienced session and touring bassist. In recent years he has become known for his solo bass arrangements of popular tracks on YouTube, from current chart hits to jazz and funk classics and movie themes. ‘I wanted to demonstrate the potential of the bass guitar – technology and playing styles have progressed so rapidly on the bass in recent years, the bass is no longer restricted to playing just the root notes in a band. It’s now capable of playing melody and chords, and can even carry a whole piece on its own’ says Karl. ‘However, there’s still an ‘old-school’ mentality among certain players and listeners who see and hear what I do and have no qualms about telling me I’m playing the bass ‘wrong’. Hence the title of this collection of my originals, ‘Dissident’ – I see myself as one of a growing number of bassists who are fighting the established preconceptions of what a bass should sound like.’

All pieces in this collection are performed using only 4-string electric basses and percussion. Buy this album here.

Brandon Lane – Oldsoulmusic

Richmond, VA bassist Brandon Lane celebrates his recent Masters of Music degree in Jazz Studies from North Carolina Central University with a funk-filled, mightily melodic grooving EP, with a title tells us exactly what’s in store, Oldsoulmusic. Influenced by everyone from Marcus Miller and Stanley Clarke to Stevie Wonder and Earth, Wind & Fire, Lane’s balance of snappy, in your face intensity and simmering chill vibes pays glorious homage to the classic R&B era while infusing his youthful contemporary sensibilities. All songs composed, arranged, produced, mixed and mastered by Brandon Lane.

Oldsoulmusic is available on CDBaby.

Frank Mckinney – It’s All About You

Bassist Frank Mckinney has written several CDs to his credit; they include his self named CD Frank, his sophomore CD entitled, Get ’em Up!, his project called, A Musical Journey and Gotta Get My Groove on Tonight. Further adds to his collection of music are I Can Make You Feel GoodThe Bass Effect, and Essence of the Bass. All are available at CDBaby.

His newest album It’s All About You (2019) is guaranteed to keep your grooving, dancing and smiling. Get it on CDBaby.

Julian Vaughn – Supreme

Hailing from Kansas City bass player Julian Vaughn has reached after The Purpose Project(2010), Breakthrough (2012), Limitless (2015) and Bona Fide (2017) with Supreme (2019) number 5 of his solo projects. Not just a handful but a 5 stars career.

Julian Vaughn plays on the new album bass. He is supported on selected tracks by Darren Rahn, Elan Trotman, Marcus Anderson, Donald Hayes (sax), Adam Hawley, Mike Hart, Andrew Freeman (guitar), Mel Brown (bass), Jeremy Nixon, Jeremy Thomas, Greg Manning, Lew Laing (keyboards), Nicholas Cole, Oli Silk (piano) and Anthony Saunders (vocals).

With Flash Back Friday as opening track Julian continues the glorious times of the 80’s music. The bass in the lead sharing the melody with Darren Rahn on sax is a good way to get to the hit parade. The title Black Dynamite spontaneously reminds me of the original film Shaft with the film music by Isaac Hayes. Is it a coincidence that the saxophonist’s name is Donald Hayes?

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Sekou Bunch – The Next Level

New York City born bass player Sekou Bunch worked together with Tom Browne, when he recorded the hit Funkin’ For Jamaica. has performed and/or recorded with Quincy Jones, Rod Stewart, Stevie Wonder, Roger Daltry, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross, Anita Baker, Ray Charles, Chaka Khan, Paul Anka, George Benson, Wayne Shorter, the Winans, Lionel Richie, Toni Braxton, Freddie Hubbard, Roberta Flack, Liza Minneli and many others.

In 1991 he released his first solo debut album Sekou. His sophomore album The Next Level followed in 2008 on Trippin ‘n Rhythm. The album contains a harmonious balance of covers and original compositions. Starter is a rendition of Sun Goddess, the original 1974 classic collaboration of Ramsey Lewis & Earth, Wind & Fire. Sekou has assembled the perfect team with a strong Everette Harp on sax and an overtopping Stanley Clarke on tenor bass, and vocalists Fred White and Lamont Van Hook serving the typical EWF voicing.

The romantic Smooth Sailing is star-studded with singer Angela Winbush and saxophonist Boney James. The jazz standard Take Five, composed by Paul Desmond and originally recorded by the Dave Brubeck Quartet for their 1959 album Time Out, is a frequently covered cultural asset of the jazz community. On Take Five / In Three George Duke shines on piano, while Sekou with his defined bass caresses the tones with relish.

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Blair Bryant – Cerulean Blue

Kansas City Missouri born bassist Blair Bryant is associated with professional colleagues like Stanley Clarke, Wayman Tisdale or Marcus Miller. A role that Blair would like to grow into and for which he has all the prerequisites.

Although young in years, Blair can already point to a considerable number of releases. He had his breakthrough in 2015 with the debut album New Colours followed by his first Innervision release Gold in 2016 and his second Cerulean Blue in 2018.

On his new album he performs lead bass, guitar bass, piano, keyboards, drums. He is joined by Darren Rahn, Greg Vail, David Davis, Donald Hayes, Ernest Melton (sax), Najee (flute), Zachary Morrow (drums), Derek Greenwood (guitar), Paula Sanders, Nicole Williamson, Alisa Bryant (vocals), Christian Swan (piano), Blake Aaron (guitar), and Preston Smith (trumpet, flugelhorn).

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Brendan Rothwell – Sentiment

UK born and Calgary based bassist Brendan Rothwell has set a clear signal with his debut album Time On My Hands (2016). Now he returns with his sophomore project Sentiment (2019).

Unlike its predecessor, Brendan produced and recorded his new album on his own. The absence of additional input is outweighed by the advantage of cost savings and full control over his own work.

Bass players in the lead are not uncommon particularly in the smooth jazz genre. Examples include late Wayman Tisdale, Julian Vaughn, Chuck Smith, Peter Muller, Marcus Miller, David Dyson, Garry Grainger, Michael Manson, Brian Bromberg, Gerald Veasley, Nate White, Mark Egan, Nathan East, Slim Man, just to name the more well-known.

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