For many years a double bass player influenced more by jazz and classical music than rock, the late Jack Bruce brought an acute melodic awareness to the bass guitar from the moment he picked one up.
Born in 1943, by the time he was 30 Bruce was a veteran of Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated. the Graham Bond Organization—an incarnation of which featured the young John McLaughlin— John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, innumerable sessions and, of course, the supergroup Cream, in which he created a mesmerizing, blues- and jazz-laced rock spectacle alongside Ginger Baker and Eric Clapton.
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THUMBS AHOY! MIX AND MATCH: ADVANCED SLAP
Welcome! For the last year or so we’ve been working on some very advanced slap bass techniques.
Cat Popper has earned her stripes as a bassist with a long list of big names—so a solo career is long overdue. We meet the reluctant star...
The Foo Fighters return with a new album, Medicine At Midnight, with the low end taken care of as always by the great Nate Mendel. Has he fallen for a five‑string yet? Find out here...
LAKLAND Skyline J-Sonic
A classically-styled Jazz with a sonic twist... does that sound interesting? You bet it does, says Mike Brooks
KIND OF BLUE
Fusion artist extraordinaire and sometime Pat Metheny alumnus Mark Egan brings us up to date with his new album, Electric Blue, recorded with his long-time drummer colleague Danny Gottlieb
I SPY…MIX AND MATCH ARPEGGIOS
Hey there, bass players! We’ve recently dedicated two columns to arpeggios, and for good reason. Whether you’re creating a groove or walking through changes, we do our jobs better by gracefully outlining the notes of the chord and clearly defining the harmony.
HONE YOUR SKILLS: DIG DEEPER WITH YOUR BASS THINKING
Last month we looked at inversions, which are chords where the lowest note is something other than the root. Using the third, the fifth, or even the seventh in the bass—in other words, the lowest note in the chord— offers us a whole lot more interesting options as bass players.
BASSIST Of The YEAR
Meet Danny Sapko, voted by you as Bassist Of The Year 2020!
Haim Sweet Haim
“It’s just me, with no bells and whistles,” explains Este Haim of the bass behind her trio’s acclaimed music
Stephen ‘Thundercat' Bruner – 'Bass Traverses Different Worlds'
Want to learn the secrets of the universe? Then you’d better join us as we sit down with Stephen ‘Thundercat’ Bruner, the pre-eminent bassist of his generation. This one goes deep!
HOW SELF-DEFENSE DIFFERS FROM COMBAT SPORTS
TO LAUNCH THIS COLUMN, I’LL BRIEFLY INTRODUCE MYSELF AND MY OBJECTIVES. MY NAME IS LITO ANGELES, AND MY LIFE’S PASSION IS MARTIAL ARTS.
Why You Should “Fill Your Cup” With Wisdom From This Russian Close-Quarters-Combat System!
THE GREATEST INFLUENCER
PC gaming would look very different without CIVILIZATION.
JEET KUNE DO COMMUNITY BIDS FAREWELL TO TAKY KIMURA
MEMBERS OF THE MARTIAL ARTS COMMUNITY — AND FOLLOWERS OF THE ARTS OF BRUCE LEE, IN PARTICULAR — SUFFERED A LOSS ON JANUARY 7, 2021, WHEN SEATTLEBASED INSTRUCTOR TAKY KIMURA PASSED AWAY AT AGE 96. HE HAD BEEN THE MOST SENIOR LIVING STUDENT OF LEE AND ONE OF ONLY THREE PEOPLE (ALONG WITH DAN INOSANTO AND THE LATE JAMES YIMM LEE) CERTIFIED BY LEE TO TEACH. “SPEAKING FOR MYSELF — AND I KNOW BRUCE WOULD HAVE FELT THIS WAY, AS WELL — IT WAS A PRIVILEGE TO HAVE HAD TAKY AS A PART OF MY LIFE,” SAID LINDA LEE CADWELL, LEE’S WIDOW.
Movies & TV Shows
Movies & TV Shows
Listening in as two icons talk about their problematic fave: America.
PROOF KOBE DIDN'T HAVE TO DIE!
Fog-bound pilot didn’t know which way was up!
HOW BRUCE LEE CONQUERED THE RAT
According to Chinese astrology, 2020 was the Year of the Rat — which kind of explains the bad luck we all had! Turns out rats are not compatible with and can be countered by goats.
PROTECT YOUR NUTS!!! Get Your Balls in Gear
There is one defensive measure that men universally master – protecting one’s nuts.
A bumper crop of albums made for contemplating mortality.