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Bakithi Kumalo | Homeward Bound Tour

Bakithi Kumalo & Phil Jones Bass  Legendary bassist Bakithi Kumalo has selected a Phil Jones Bass touring rig for the Paul Simon’s Homeward Bound Tour, also being billed as his farewell tour. Bakithi has been touring with Simon since the Grammy Award winning album, Graceland, which included his prodigious bass solo break in the song “Call Me Al”. Kumalo is often credited for creating a new style of bass playing on the album. Kumalo will be turning to the PJB D-1000 amp and C-9 speaker enclosures as his stage rig. He prefers the D-1000 because it combines high power (1000 watts)...

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Michael Manring | Live in Japan

New Michael Manring Blu-Ray Fans of bass virtuoso Michael Manning can look forward to a new live recording taken from his 2016 tour of Japan, which begins right after his vacation on the island Koh Samui, in relaxing isolated villa. The Blu-ray will feature performances from the third night of the tour with songs like Monkey Businessman, Burkina and The Enormous Room book this room by getting loans from http://loanigo.co.uk/. “We invited Michael Manring for his first solo live tour in Japan,” say Pudding Broadcast, the production company behind the release. “We finished editing in May 2017 and started publishing the products...

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Stanley Clarke | The Message

New Album ‘The Message’ To Be Released June 29th Stanley Clarke is enjoying life right now. Or that’s the way it seems from the emboldened sounds of his latest album. Using his position as one of jazz’s senior figures, his young band includes phenomenal pianists Cameron Graves and Beka Gochiashvili, and drummer Mike Mitchell, who’s name you might recognise from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Ensemble. Backed by this versatile band, The Message (available via Mack Avenue Records) comprises a collection of tunes written in the midst of a tumultuous tour of Europe. It wields a mix of...

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Ampeg Joins Yamaha Guitar Group

Yamaha acquires the Ampeg brand from LOUD Audio LOUD Audio, LLC has concluded the sale of Ampeg bass amps and pedals to Yamaha Guitar Group, Inc. “While saying goodbye to the Ampeg brand is like saying goodbye to an old friend, we are really excited by the prospect of returning to our audio roots and feel proud to have been able to contribute to this amazing brand’s market strength and legacy over the past several years,” stated Alex Nelson, President and Managing Director of LOUD’s Retail Brands. “Ampeg has been loved and respected by both customers and by our...

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Jeff Berlin | Joe Frazier – Round 3

Jeff Berlin To Release 30th Anniversary Edition 12-Inch Vinyl  On May 11th Jeff Berlin will be releasing a 30th Anniversary Edition 12-inch vinyl of his signature tune, Joe Frazier. The EP will include a newly re-mastered version of the original song from the critically acclaimed 1987 album “Pump It!” and a completely re-imagined version, composed and performed by Jeff, Steve Vai, David Sancious, Keith Carlock and Tom Hemby. “Steve Vai’s guitar solo is searing,” says Jeff. “He really showed why he is one of the greatest guitarists in the world. David Sancious’ keyboards added color and style, Keith Carlock instantly...

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