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Review: VOLTO! Incitare Release!


The long awaited release “Incitare” from VOLTO! is here! Incitare is an Italian word meaning to incite and or urge. Well, I strongly urge you to check this out. The first thing that really stood out for me, besides the superb musicianship was the actual mix of the recording. It …

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Review: Jason Raso – Slingshot


Brent-Anthony Johnson Bass Frontiers Staff Writer Bassist/guitarist doubler composer Jason Raso is back with a grooving, swinging, bumping outing with his sexy quartet. This time, the new thing is called Slingshot, and it features seven tasty Raso penned tunes and an eighth written by saxophonist Brent Rowan. This time out, …

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Review: T.S. 5 One For All


Brent-Anthony Johnson Bass Frontiers Staff Writer From the opening groove of Power’s Out to the closing notes of Bones, The T.S. (bassist and band leader Tim Seisser) 5 brings deep harmonic and rhythmic concepts to contemporary instrumental music with a New Century Urban Jazz feel and sound. This is a …

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Review: Yellowjackets – A Rise In The Road


Brent-Anthony Johnson Bass Frontiers Staff Writer Like many of our readers, I was very interested to hear how the Yellowjackets was going to fill the bass chair after the 2012 departure of the incredibly able Jimmy Haslip – who co-founded the group with keyboardist Russ Ferrante, drummer Ricky Lawson, and …

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Review: Hal Leonard’s Bass Hanon by Scott Barnard


Ty Campbell Bass Frontiers Staff Writer Bass Hanon, from Hal Leonard, a book with 75 exercises to build endurance and flexibility for bass players does just that. Split into three parts, Bass Hanon covers core technique, harmonic technique, and advance study. Covered in core technique is left handed exercises, pull-offs, …

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Review: Bernard Lackner – Transistion


Brent-Anthony Johnson Bass Frontiers Staff Writer Man, I really dig Bernhard Lackner! As the bassist extraordinaire/composer prepared to roll-out his 4th release as a leader, he again recruited the musical talents of drummers Marcus Finnie and Derico Watson; saxophonist Jeff Coffin, guitarist Scott Bernard and pianist Michael Whitaker along with …

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Review: Mike Matthews – Mosaic


Ty Campbell Bass Frontiers Staff Writer Mosaic, the new release from Mike Mathews, has a nice blend of smooth jazz, swinging blues, funk, and bop. From the first tune starting out with a fairground/circus theme, appropriately entitled Fairground and transitioning to smooth jazz, then into the second tune Transition which …

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Review: Derrick Hodge – Live Today


Matt O’Donnell Managing Editor You don’t understand how long and rough the wait for this album was. The first surface ripples of a Derrick Hodge album called “Live Today” date back to just around Thanksgiving 2011. Derrick had been all over the place as a sideman to that point, perhaps …

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