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Leighton Allen

Bass Invaders: Leighton Allen Leighton Allen’s career in the music biz kicked off in earnest when he recorded with producer Cam Blackwood at London’s Miloco Studios for Sony Artist Kelvin Jones. Yet for all his achievements, he’s shied away from a solo career and the showboating chops so prevalent today. Leighton’s a busy working bassist, but his diligent approach means he happily abides away from the hordes of young bass gun slingers who often grab people’s attention. His formative days were spent listening to bass players like Pino Palladino and Meshell N’dgeocello. “My playing style is influenced by people...

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Wayne Jones Audio

A feature-packed powered cabinet that’s designed with the pro performer in mind. Design For those not familiar with Wayne Jones Audio, the Australian company boasts a product range that caters for high-end bass cabinets. This 2x10 powered cab houses two custom-made 10-inch speakers with aluminum cast frames. Behind the sturdy metal front grille, there’s also a 1.75-inch JBL tweeter. The cabinet itself is constructed from lightweight poplar ply that’s been internally braced and finished with a black ‘carpet’ covering that helps insulate it from the slings and arrows of outrageous misfortune (or “roadies” as they are also known), and...

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Kat Bax

Kat Bax has a distinguished CV, laying down the lines with Tricky and many others. Don’t be fooled by the soft demeanour of Kat Bax. Her gentle nature might lead you to believe she is equally as delicate on the bass, but watching some live footage of her shredding through the rich catalogue of Tricky hits proves quite the contrary. Having acclimatised to the ‘godfather of trip-hop’s’ tireless work ethic, Kat is currently making a name for herself on the London music scene with the likes of John Ashby and J’danna. “I stopped playing with Tricky a couple of...

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Pigtronix Infinity Looper

This feature-packed looper from Pigtronix offers two independent stereo loops, USB access and a 24bit HD recording engine. Design There are two independent stereo loopers that control the heart of the Pigtronix Infinity. Get to grips with these and you can really start to explore the sounds and editing features on offer, which for us bassists equates to 9 memory slots, analog pass through, up to 32GB of memory and the ability to record stereo audio at 24-bit/48kHz. The Pigtronix boffins have certainly squeezed an awful lot of bells and whistles into what is a reasonably compact package. The...

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Phil Donkin

We talk to British jazz bassist, Phil Donkin. A jazz-friendly double bassist with cult followings in the UK, New York and Germany, Phil Donkin is fast making a name for himself as one of the most in demand young musicians working in the genre today. His debut album, The Gate, features Grammy-award nominated saxophonist Ben Wendel, drum wizard Jochen Rückert, and rising piano star Glenn Zaleski. “I’d been thinking about making an album for a long time,” says Phil. “There weren’t any recordings that I’d played on as a sideman that really reflected my bass playing in the way...

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