Charles Mingus – Triumph of the Underdog

Charles Mingus stood for many things. He was just not a musician, composer and bass player. He was an individual voice that spoke loud and clear. When I first read about the work of this great composer and bassist it was in a copy of Bass Player Magazine  which I had lying around a room in […]

Black Sabbath – Back To Earth

Upon what is normally a sombre day of reflection dedicated to those who have put themselves in the lines of fire and for freedom, a happy piece of news for the heavy metal community. After much speculation and news that new music was being written, the original Earth / Black Sabbath lineup of Ozzy Osbourne, Tony […]

Blue Rodeo, Cuddy and Keelor

When I started to take an interest in bass, among the first half-dozen bass players I could really hear well was the rich Fender tone of Blue Rodeo’s Bazil Donovan. I thought his catchy line on “Diamond Mine” was rather cool even if repetitive. It is easily recognizable even today. A nicely simple yet profound piece […]