Archive for the 'Bassists' Category

March 24th 2016
The Jazz Session #461: Chris Lightcap

Posted under Bassists & Podcast


Bassist Chris Lightcap released the album Epicenter in 2015 with his band Bigmouth. In this interview, Lightcap talks about the past, present and future of Bigmouth; his many other projects; why New York City has been such a big influence on his writing; and why it sometimes takes him years to really listen thoroughly to an album he likes. Learn more at

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May 11th 2015
The Jazz Session #454: Mimi Jones

Posted under Bassists & Podcast & Record Labels & Vocalists


Bassist and vocalist Mimi Jones has a new album called Balance on her own Hot Tone Music label. In this interview, Jones talks about building community and why she started her own label; the life challenges that led to this album; the power of names; and her extensive upcoming touring schedule. Learn more at Also, be sure to check out the other new Hot Tone releases by Camille Thurman and Shirazette Tinnin.


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June 9th 2014
The Jazz Session #440: Max Johnson

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Bassist Max Johnson is a busy man. In demand on New York City’s bluegrass scene, he’s also part of several bands focusing on improvised music. In this interview, Johnson discusses three recent albums: Big Eyed Rabbit (Not Two, 2014), The Prisoner (NoBusiness, 2014), and The Invisible Trio (Fresh Sound New Talent, 2014). He also talks about the influence of his drummer father; how he became involved in bluegrass; and why he nearly quit school because of one person but decided to finish because of another. Learn more at

CONCERT TONIGHT: Max is playing in New York tonight, June 9th 2014 at 11:00 pm at the McKittrick Hotel, 530 W 27th St. The show is free, and features Thomas Heberer on trumpet, Michael Attias on alto saxophone, Ingrid Laubrock on tenor saxophone, Max Johnson on bass and Ziv Ravitz on drums.

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June 2nd 2014
The Jazz Session #439: Giacomo Merega

Posted under Bassists & Podcast


Electric bassist Giacomo Merega‘s two newest projects are both trio recordings: The Surface Of An Object (Rudi Records, 2014) and Crows And Motives (Underwolf, 2014). In this interview, Merega talks about expressing the concept of “surface” in music; why he chose the electric bass and how he is crafting his own sound; free improvisation versus composition; graphic scores and whether seeing them changes one’s appreciation of a piece of music; and his concert series. Learn more about the series on its Facebook page and at the Prospect Range site.

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April 28th 2014
The Jazz Session #435: Reuben Radding

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Reuben Radding is a bassist and photographer. In this interview, he talks about his long road to photography; why he gravitates toward risk in his art; the battles over music terminology; and his own personal path away from music and back again. Learn more at and follow him on Twitter at @ReubenRadding.

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Photo credit: Rich Woodson

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September 10th 2013
The Jazz Session #422: Vijay Iyer, Mary Halvorson, Stephan Crump, Nicky Schrire & the Atlas preview

Posted under Bassists & Guitarists & Jazz News & Pianists & Podcast & Podcast New Season & Vocalists

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I’m celebrating my 40th birthday with four new mini-interviews. Vijay Iyer talks about Holding It Down, his new album with Mike Ladd; Mary Halvorson introduces her septet recording Illusionary Sea; Stephan Crump‘s Rosetta Trio is back with Thwirl; and Nicky Schrire discusses her duo album Space and Time. Plus, Brad Linde returns with a preview of the upcoming season of jazz at the Atlas in Washington, D.C.

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September 17th 2012
The Jazz Session #405: John Geggie

Posted under Bassists & Jazz Or Bust Tour & Podcast

Ottawa bassist John Geggie’s two most recent recordings are Geggie Project and Across The Sky, both released in 2010. In this interview, recorded in Ottawa on the Jazz Or Bust Tour, Geggie talks about the impact of radio on his early jazz education; exploring the role of the bass; the functions and limitations of institutions in teaching jazz; and his approach to composition. Learn more at

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May 17th 2012
The Jazz Session #373: Stranahan, Zaleski & Rosato

Posted under Bands & Bassists & Drummers & Pianists & Podcast

Anticipation (Capri Records, 2012) is the new CD by drummer Colin Stranahan, pianist Glenn Zaleski and bassist Rick Rosato. In this interview, conducted before the trio’s recent live show at Small’s in NYC, the three talk about their mutual appreciation of one another; the shared taste in music that animates their collaboration; and their individual paths into jazz. Learn more at, and

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February 20th 2012
The Jazz Session #348: The Wee Trio

Posted under Bands & Bassists & Drummers & Podcast & Vibraphonists

The Wee Trio is James Westfall (vibes), Dan Loomis (bass) and Jared Schonig (drums). Their new album is Ashes To Ashes: A David Bowie Intraspective. In this interview, the trio talks about why they chose David Bowie — and why they were initially reluctant to do so; how they managed an 8,000-mile tour across the United States; and what makes the trio work as a unit. Learn more at and follow them on Twitter at @weetrois.

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December 12th 2011
The Jazz Session #328: Michael Bates

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Michael Bates’s new album is called Acrobat: Music For, And By, Dmitri Shostakovich (Sunnyside, 2011). In this interview, Bates talks about the appeal of Shostakovich the man and the composer; how he used Shostakovich’s music as a starting point for his own compositions and improvisations; and the new trio music he’s been working on. Learn more at

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