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John Beasley: Everyone Loves John

Read "John Beasley: Everyone Loves John" reviewed by Scott Mitchell

Keyboardist John Beasley (aka “The Bease" to friends and family) is a musician's musician and one of the busiest professionals in the game. His biography and list of credits are so broad and deep that they could fill an NFL playbook.

If NASA or MIT were to invent a device that could measure creative and ...


Matt Penman: Down on James Farm

Read "Matt Penman: Down on James Farm" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Matt Penman and his bass have inhabited a variety of musical places and spaces in recent years, all of them on a very high level. That speaks to his abilities on his instrument, and his adaptability to diverse situations. He of the fluid hands, rich sound and steady, melodic pulse always comes through. That's why he's ...


Damian Erskine: Playing the Groove

Damian Erskine: Playing the Groove

Bassist Damian Erskine has released two albums as a leader over the past couple years, including So To Speak (Self Produced, 2010), a fusion album with Latin underpinnings. He's also been playing with his uncle, Peter Erskine, in the veteran drummer's New Trio, performing a series of concerts during 2010 south of the border, in the ...


Anthony Jackson and Yiorgos Fakanas: Interspirits

Read "Anthony Jackson and Yiorgos Fakanas: Interspirits" reviewed by Ian Patterson

It may come as a surprise to anyone wading through bass guitar giant Anthony Jackson's discography, which mind bogglingly totals over three thousand recordings, that he has never recorded a solo album. The legendary bassist--who has played with an astonishing variety of artists of the caliber of Chick Corea, Roberta Flack, the O'Jays, Buddy Rich, Paul ...