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Tony Levin Interview – New Album From LEVIN MINNEMANN RUDESS: “From the Law Offices of Levin Minnemann Rudess”
Article by Eric Larson, © Copyright 2016 FretlessBass.com
It was an honor to catch up recently with Tony Levin, the legendary bassist, who is an extremely busy man. Tony was the first bassist to answer our “18 Fretless Questions” many, many years ago, and has always been very approachable and friendly to FretlessBass.com. We can’t thank him enough for taking the time to tell us about the new album from LEVIN MINNEMANN RUDESS: From the Law Offices of Levin Minnemann Rudess.
FB: I’ve been listening to the new album from LEVIN MINNEMANN RUDESS: “From the Law Offices of Levin Minnemann Rudess” which was released July 15, 2016. I am very impressed! Much thanks for letting me listen to it pre-release.
How does the writing and recording of this album compare to the last album?
Tony Levin: We took a lot more time on this album, for the writing process. Partly because we were all on the road much of 2015, with various tours. Also, we’d got a sense on the first album of how the other players would react to the pieces, and so, at least in my case, Continue Reading
Featured Song – Farlanders “Mirror” – Sergey “Grebstel” Kalachev on Bass Article by Eric Larson, © Copyright 2016 FretlessBass.com A while back I discovered an amazing Russian fretless bass player named Sergey “Grebstel” Kalachev. He has played with many people over the years but most notably with Russian singer Inna Zhelannaya and Farlanders. Here is a… Continue Reading
MuteMath Bassist Roy Mitchell-Cárdenas – A Brief Interview Article by Eric Larson, © Copyright 2016 FretlessBass.com If you have never heard MuteMath I suggest that you check them out. I was first told about this Grammy nominated band from New Orleans by a friend of mine. I had never heard of them. I listened to… Continue Reading
Sting Police 8-String Hamer Explorer Fretless Bass One of the coolest fretless basses ever made, in my opinion, is Sting’s red fretless Hamer 8-string Explorer bass with maple neck and unlined fingerboard, circa 1980. I don’t believe there is much known about this bass, but from various pictures it does appear that he played… Continue Reading
Featured Song – Yesterday, Today – Dan K. Brown, The Fixx Amazing bass from an amazing bassist. Dan K. Brown playing fretless bass on “Yesterday, Today” with The Fixx from the Ink Album. Continue Reading
Pedulla Guitars 40th Anniversary Interview With Michael Pedulla Article by Eric Larson, © Copyright 2015 FretlessBass.com For the past forty years the sound of Pedulla basses has been embedded in music of all genres. From Anne Murray to Eagles to Kiss. From Lynyrd Skynyrd to Elton John to Brooks & Dunn. From Mark Egan to… Continue Reading
Joseph Patrick Moore – The RockTronix Interview Article by Eric Larson, © Copyright 2015 FretlessBass.com We first contacted Blue Canoe Records ten years ago, and in 2007 bassist and label founder Joseph Patrick Moore was gracious enough to participate in our “18 Fretless Questions interview”. Moore’s musical journey started at the early age of seven,… Continue Reading
18 Fretless Questions Interview: Terje Gewelt Article by Eric Larson, © Copyright 2015 FretlessBass.com Check out the FretlessBass.com exclusive “18 Fretless Questions” interview with Terje Gewelt, upright and fretless bass player from Norway, and owner and founder of record label Resonant Music. Gewelt is an international musician, who has played and studied bass in places such as Oslo, Los… Continue Reading
Mark Egan Interview – About Now Album, Tour, and More – Part 2 Article by Eric Larson, © Copyright 2015 FretlessBass.com I recently interviewed Mark Egan, focusing on his latest solo album About Now, and also covering some new projects that he is working on. This particular project was released in the spring of 2014,… Continue Reading
Jaco: A Documentary Film – Produced by Metallica’s Robert Trujillo Article by Eric Larson, © Copyright 2015 FretlessBass.com Jaco Pastorius was arguably one of the best bass players to ever live, if not the best. Metallica’s Robert Trujillo is producing a long overdue documentary film on the late great Jaco, and has started a pledge… Continue Reading
Mo Foster – A History of His Fender Jazz Fretless Bass Article by Eric Larson, © Copyright 2015 FretlessBass.com I have been in touch with the legendary bassist Mo Foster recently. I was telling him that I was a bit of a fretless bass collector, but assured him my collecting was not an addiction (I… Continue Reading
Pedulla Guitars and Basses Celebrates 40 Years Article by Eric Larson, © Copyright 2015 FretlessBass.com I’ve been working with the fine folks at Pedulla Guitars to learn more about their basses, and to learn more about their story. This year, 2015, happens to mark their 40th anniversary in business. The story is a very interesting… Continue Reading
Featured Song – Jaco Pastorius and Joni Mitchell – “Overture-Cotton Avenue” – Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter – 1977 Article by Eric Larson, © Copyright 2015 FretlessBass.com A dissection: Many people consider Jaco Pastorius to be one of the best bass players to ever live, if not the best. Though his life was short, his impact is… Continue Reading
Check out this great article posted in the Wall Street Journal Jan 2015 on Nathan East, his home, his family, and his career. Continue Reading
Pedulla Guitars at NAMM 2015, January 22-25, Anaheim, CA – Schedule and Details Article by Eric Larson, © Copyright 2014 FretlessBass.com If you’re going to NAMM 2015 be sure to check out Pedulla Guitars. The folks at Pedulla sent us some details on their schedule and attractions. We have been told that Michael Pedulla has… Continue Reading