Bass Guitar Players
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Monday 30 March 2009
I am responsible for projecting a young musician into the limelight. My film, The Bass Player, gives voice to a Muslim woman who grew up in America's bible-belt and is currently studying for an MA in London.
Wednesday 11 February 2009
Better late than never, perhaps, but recognition and fame for the various members of the Buena Vista Social Club was, nevertheless, more than a little tardy. It was the American guitarist Ry Cooder who brought some of these fabled Cuban musicians out of retirement for a famed collaboration in 1996, and a subsequent 1997 album, Buena Vista Social Club. Such key members as Compay Segundo (vocals, guitar), Ruben Gonzalez (piano), Ibrahim Ferrer (vocals) and now Orlando Lopez (bass) have since died. Lopez, at the age of 63, was a comparative youngster in the band.
Friday 08 August 2008
Travis's frontman Fran Healy was watching TV one afternoon in 1999, with the sound turned down. Something about swing beat was on MTV. Healy reached for his guitar and began to hum along to the silent video, working his fingers around the chords of a new song. "When it naturally got to a sort of chorus-y part, I started singing, 'Swing... If you swing, swing, swing, swing'," Healy said.
Friday 08 August 2008
Here's how to back-handedly insult a nation and get away with it.
Monday 21 July 2008
For a band that has mislaid much of its original fanbase, this Las Vegas foursome remain in exceptionally high spirits. Panic At The Disco were at the forefront of emo, and responsible for some of the genre's most irritating habits – not the supposed interest in suicide, but the pretentiously long song titles, rambling verbiage and whining.
Sunday 20 July 2008
Alto-saxophonist Figes – who studied with Elton Dean and Keith Tippett – has an inclination to hard, rhythmical swing, and a contrasting gift for composing memorable, sensitive tunes.
Friday 11 July 2008
Warren Zevon was the renegade West Coaster. While his mid-Seventies Los Angeles peers were taking it easy and running on empty, Zevon's albums swilled with troubling tales of mercenaries, psychopaths and bent lawyers.
Friday 04 July 2008
Recorded around the same time (1969) as the recently reissued Brotherhood Of Breath albums, but never previously released, Up To Earth features similar combinations of top UK jazzers (bassist Danny Thompson and sax men John Surman and Evan Parker) with the remnants of pianist Chris McGregor’s expatriate South African band (trumpeter Mongezi Feza, saxist Dudu Pukwana and drummer Louis Moholo).
Sunday 22 June 2008
While many bands name-drop Nick Drake, the Beach Boys and the Velvets (fine and proper, but getting predictable), my interest in this Texas trio was assured when bassist Steve Terebecki announced that White Denim "would really like to turn into XTC".
Thursday 10 April 2008
Didn't you used to be famous? Aren't you, in fact, Kim Deal – a quarter of one of the most influential bands ever and currently in the throes of your third long-awaited comeback of the decade? I would never have guessed.
Monday 24 March 2008
The bassist and composer Israel López played a leading role in the evolution of Latin music, successively nurturing both the mambo and the improvised Cuban form known as the descarga, and paving the way for the international phenomenon that is salsa. Known invariably by the nickname "Cachao", he was, too, an innovative arranger; one who successfully synthesised his own country's musical traditions with those emanating from the American mainland to create an alluring sound which continues to seduce those who encounter it.
Monday 28 January 2008
In a gig of few surprises, Scotland's most laid-back band reveal they have gone political; well, a little bit. "We've had a new prime minister since we played here last," the garrulous Norman Blake points out. "We met him once, he said he liked Big Star – he must have been briefed."
Sunday 13 January 2008
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