Category Archives: Jazz

How bass Solos Ruined Jazz

Bass solos suck. Let’s face it, the ponderous, unwieldy bottom feeder is the least interesting jazz instrument, lacking even the visual appeal of drum solos. … says Alan Kurtz at In his opinion, one man changed it all: Scott LaFaro. … Continue reading

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Ray Brown about playing without amplification

In talking about Blanton before you were mentioning the difficulties bassists had in big bands because of the lack of amplification. Now, you had to play very fast with Dizzy Gillespie. Did you have amplification by that time? How did … Continue reading

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Ron Carter Trio at YouTube

Today, it’s bass legend Ron Carter’s 75th birthday. (sorry, I’ve got a wrong information …  his 75th birthday is on May, 4. … however, the concert video is worth watching:) YouTube: Ron Carter Trio at festival Jazz sous Les Pommiers … Continue reading

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Charles Mingus jazz documentary

Kevin Ellington Mingus is working on a documentary film on his grandfather, jazz great Charles Mingus. The feature-length documentary is the journey of a grandson searching for the truth behind the legend of the grandfather he never knew. Surrounded by … Continue reading

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Link Tips

“Double Basseast” its the title of bassist Hagai Bilitzky’s weblog. He is a specialist in classical arabic and middle east music, and has written a method odor double bass and middle eastern music – “A Perfect Match ” The “eastern … Continue reading

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Youtube tip: The Impossible Gentlemen


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Workshop with John Goldsby

Lando Music and John Goldsby will present this Workshop on Jazz Double Bass History and Techniques on Saturday, Dec. 3. Since 1994, John Goldsby  has been a member of the Westdeutscher Rundfunk Big Band (the Cologne Radio Big Band). From 1980 … Continue reading

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Video Tip: Ron Carter Masterclass

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Piano Jazz Shorts

Piano Jazz Shorts, a radio show hosted by Marian McPartland, is available as a free download: South Carolina Educational Radio Network: Piano Jazz Shorts Podcast/NPR. Among the guests are bassists Eddie Gomez and Esperanza Spalding.

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Quote of the day

“I can concentrate better on sound when I’m not using up my brain space with sight” Esperanza Spalding on playing with her eyes closed, NY Times magazine

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