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Category Archives: CDs

The Great Jerry Jemmott: Jaw-dropping Session Bass from 1972


Tonight I grabbed a couple of CDs from the shelf for the drive to and from San Francisco (yes, I still play CDs on occasion). One was a 1972 album by Hammond organ master Richard “Groove” Holmes called American Pie. (Originally issued on Groove Merchant.) Groove Holmes is infamous for veering too far into pop […]

Some favorite fretless bass guitar tracks


I love the sound of the fretless bass guitar. Apparently the modern version of this instrument was invented in 1961 by Bill Wyman, bass player of the Rolling Stones, though it was popularized starting in the early ’70s  by Jaco Pastorius, best known for his work with Weather Report. Jaco kicks of my selection of […]

Some favorite acoustic bass tracks


Time to highlight a few of my favorite recorded tracks by some of the greatest upright bass players of all time. The first is by Milt Hinton, nicknamed “The Judge.” If any single person can be said to have created modern acoustic jazz bass, it’s Hinton. He’s the most-recorded jazz musician of all time. The […]

Review: Cirque du Soleil: The Beatles LOVE at the MGM Mirage, Las Vegas


“The Beatles LOVE” is Cirque du Soleil at its Vegas essence, made even better with a beautifully remixed and reimagined soundtrack of the greatest pop songs ever recorded. I’m not much of a Cirque du Soleil fan, though somehow over the years I’ve seen at least a half dozen of their productions. Most were in […]

Beatles Remasters: Reviewed by Lefsetz on a PC?


I’ve never heard of Bob Lefsetz, though his biographer certainly thinks highly of him: From Lefsetz’ blog… Bob Lefsetz is the author of “The Lefsetz Letter.” Famous for being beholden to no one and speaking the truth, Lefsetz addresses the issues that are at the core of the music business: downloading, copy protection, pricing and […]