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Bob Babbitt 1937-2012

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As we seem to be saying a lot this year, there are no words to describe the loss the bass (and musical) community sustained today. Bob Babbitt, one of the two legendary bass players for the Motown band, The Funk Brothers, passed away yesterday. He had been suffering from complications …

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Nathan East debuts at #1, sits-in with The Roots 2/9

Bassist Nathan East’s album ‘Reverence,’ released via Yamaha Entertainment Group, debuts at No. 1 on both the Jazz Albums and Contemporary Jazz Albums Billboard charts. It follows the “genre-crossing footsteps” of Nathan’s eponymous Grammy-nominated debut album, which also debuted at No. 1. “Lifecycle,” the jazz single off the album featuring …

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Nathan East’s cinematic cover of “Serpentine Fire”

(New York, NY): Bass legend Nathan East has released a cinematic cover of “Serpentine Fire” via Stereogum. The track was originally recorded with Nathan’s brother Marcel in 1991 with Eric Clapton on guitar and Phil Collins on drums. Moogie, Nathan’s longtime engineer, who mixed the original version of the Earth, Wind & Fire cover, discovered …

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