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Review: Mister Barrington – II


Matt O’Donnell Managing Editor At the beginning of 2011, then-Roots bassist Owen Biddle, along with keyboard wizard Oli Rockberger and drum machine (you know, but not really) Zach Danziger released the self-titled Mister Barrington debut. While there wasn’t a whole lot of over-the-top promotion, some people froze for a second. …

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Review: Lettuce – Fly


Brent-Anthony Johnson Bass Frontiers Staff Contributor Pure Groove. There. That’s the entire review. Okay… Lettuce is a funky (funk, funky, funky) septet with special guests that brings the acid-jam-horn-band into the new century. This, their third release in a strong twenty years and counting history, is head-boppin’ goodness all the …

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Review: Craig Shoedler – Giorni a Venezia


Brent-Anthony Johnson Bass Frontiers Staff Contributor I first met Craig in 2001 just after the release of his By The Water. Since then I’ve become a true fan of his approach to the electric bass guitar. His playing is actually “pretty” in so many ways! Also, he’s always been really …

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Review: Terri Lyne Carrington – Mosaic

Brent-Anthony Johnson Bass Frontiers Staff Contributor Impossibly good drummer, vocalist, arranger and producer Terri Lyne’s 2011 ensemble release Mosaic (Concord Jazz) features an all-star, all-female cast of players and vocalists who vibe, mother, and command the absolute best from the fourteen-track CD. The incredible Miriam “Mimi” Jones and Esperanza Spalding …

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Review: Jamie Ousley – A Sea of Voices


Ty Campbell Bass Frontiers Staff Contributor The new release “A Sea of Voices” from Jamie Ousley, a typical piano, bass, and drums jazz trio is flowing with smooth bass lines, melodic piano lines, and really fine improvisation. The artists that Jamie has on “A Sea of Voices” speak to each …

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Review: Hal Leonard The Ultimate Bass Songbook


Ty Campbell Staff Contributor The Ultimate Bass Songbook contains 70 songs from all different genres of music. Complete with tunes from Jaco, Aerosmith, The Clash, Guns and Roses and more. Bass Riffs from tunes such as Nirvana’s “Come As You Are” to “Peter Gunn” and Iron Maiden’s “Run to the …

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Review: Tom Randles – Destination Music City


Matt O’Donnell Managing Editor Does it surprise anyone that in Nashville, with its dubious title of Music City, that even the NBC television affiliate, WSMV, has had its evening news broadcast infiltrated by one of its secretly most talented instrumentalists? Didn’t think so. With that, I draw your attention to …

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Review: Hal Leonard Jazz, Bass On Top


Lee Francis Contributor Jazz, Bass On Top, is an instructional book written by Andy McKee that focuses on the modern techniques of the upright bass. The book covers the advancement of players from high-action single note lines, which were due to the lack of microphones and amplification, to the more …

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Review: Polcat

Ty Campbell Bass Frontiers Staff Contributor This new debut CD from Polcat is in a word (or two in this case), simply amazing. The Polcat CD contains 10 tunes that will get your groove going. Full of everything from a couple of smooth jazz ballads to tunes that seem to …

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