Jonas Hellborg has been involved with an exceptional number of projects and recordings on a worldwide scale – several of which can be listed as the best jazz fusion of the last 30 years. Hellborg taught himself to play bass at age 12 and soon became fascinated by the free jazz phenomenon. In 1982 he released his first solo effort. It was around this time that he joined John McLaughlin’s new Mahavishnu Orchestra – one of the jazz fusion movement’s most important groups – playing and touring with the band for 3 years. But it’s Hellborg’s recordings for his own Bardo and Day Eight labels that best showcase his talents; Solo bass releases, duo efforts and trios with some of the world’s most renowned musicians. Among the celebrated artists and bands with whom he has played and recorded are Bill Laswell, Ginger Baker, PiL, , Buckethead, Mattias “IA” Eklundh and Michael Shrieve. Hellborg’s most important collaboration over the last 15 years has been that with Indian Kanjeera virtuoso V. Selvaganesh.
TM Stevens records and tours with his band Shocka Zooloo, a power trio that to date has released seven albums. Stevens is a luminary figure in the world of music and here his list of collaborators speaks for itself: Miles Davis, James Brown, John McLaughlin,The Pretenders, Tina Turner, Cyndi Lauper, Narada Michael Walden, Steve Vai, 2Pac and Living Color to name only a few. He also records and tours the world regularly with his band Shocka Zooloo. The flamboyant performer’s skill and proficiency globally as a bassist and vocalist is legendary. He has unbelievable energy, stunning stage presence and knows how to win a crowd over within minutes. TM has continued to do a healthy amount of session work during the 21st century, including a posthumous album by rapper Tupac Shakur.
Blackbyrd MkNnight was the Band Director, lead guitarist, and a songwriter for George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic/P-Funk All Stars. In the early stages of his career, Blackbyrd worked with Jazz musicians, such as Charles Lloyd, Sonny Rollins, and Herbie Hancock. He then directed his path towards funk when he joined George Clinton & The Pfunk in 1978. Other than working with Pfunk artists such as George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, and Bernie Worrell, Blackbyrd has also worked with Miles Davis, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ron Wood & Bernard Fowler of the Rolling Stones, Bill Laswell, HR of Bad Brains, Macy Gray, and Fishbone to name but a few. Blackbyrd has appeared on a slew of television shows including Saturday Night Live and the David Letterman Show. His recent work has been with Will Calhoun from Living Colour and Melvin Gibbs from The Rollins Band and was just recently cited by Outkast as being their inspiration for the guitar parts on their hit “Bombs over ”.
Paul Rose is without doubt one of the most talented guitarists in the world today. Jazz, blues, country and folk styles all play a part in Paul’s eclectic guitar playing. He was elected as best guitarist of the when he was just 16 years old. This was an award which still means a lot to him because the man who chose him as the winner was the legendary Rory Gallagher. In 1995 Paul won the “Guitarist Of The Year” award from Guitarist Magazine (UK). In addition to working steadily as session-musician over the years his main focus is his own projects where he plays with renowned musicians such as Michael Schenker and Ted McKenna. Paul is now breaking into the German market having played several highly successful tours there over the last 2 years, combined with the new CD & DVD. It is looking highly likely that Paul is facing a future just as spectacular as his musical gift.
As famous for his foot-long beard as he is for his deep-pocketed grooves, Lee Sklar is one of the most sought after and prolific bassists in the world. Sklar has more than 2000 albums to his credit starting with James Taylor in the 60’s, Linda Ronstat in the 70’s, Phil Collins in the 90’s and is now currently a member of Toto. From 1972 to 1977 he was a member of the studio session mafia simply known as „The Section“ who played on just about every rock pop album of that era – His playing can been heard on hits by The Doors, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Hall & Oates, Donovan, Jackson Browne, and Joe Cocker to name just a few. More recently, Sklar has taken on projects with Matchbox 20, Kid Rock and Lisa Loeb. Throughout his career television and motion picture directors have also called upon Sklar and his talents countless times – He has played on soundtracks to TV shows such as Hill Street Blues and Knight Rider, and also on many motion picture soundtracks including Forrest Gump, Ghost, Kindergarten Cop, and My Best Friend’s Wedding.
Steve Bailey is famous for his pioneering work with the six string fretless bass. He was voted runner up for „Bass Player Of The Year“ in 1994 and 1996. Bass Player magazine has called him „the Christopher Columbus of the six string fretless bass“. His career includes many years in the LA studios working on albums in a plethora of styles as well as numerous TV shows and commercials.
In 1992 Steve formed the cutting edge bass duo, BASS EXTREMES, with fellow bassist Victor Wooten, releasing DVDs, CDs and transcription books, in addition to seven books and three DVD’s of his own. His latest solo album, ‘So Low….. Solo’ is a critically acclaimed work featuring Steve’s innovative techniques in an unaccompanied setting. Steve has toured and recorded with a huge range of artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Jethro Tull, The Rippingtons, and Willie Nelson.
Ryan Martinie’s complex and aggressive playing is explicitly stamped over every release by metal band Mudvayne. His sharp attack, pulled from a myriad of techniques and ideas, has not only expanded the metal bass player’s repertoire in general, but given Ryan the reputation of a unique and endlessly innovative player. In his early days, Ryan studied jazz bass and there is a big influence of funk and flamenco in his playing. His musical contributions – from his own octave tapping to flamenco style rolls in a heavy context – have established him as one of his generation’s finest. Martinie’s trademark sounds are his unique heavy fingering and tapping technique. Someone said once: „Rock has Flea, but metal has Ryan Martinie“.
Earl Slick’s status as legendary sideman to David Bowie – though magnificent, with his work on ‘Stay’ being one of the highlights of ’s career – doesn’t take into account the rest of this classic guitarist’s superb history.
He has played for The Cure’s Robert Smith, Whitesnake’s David Coverdale as well as forming the band Slinky Vagabond with ex- Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock. Between record sessions and tours with , Slick also became a hired gun for Leo Sayer, Ian Hunter and was even personally invited by John Lennon to play on his Double Fantasy album, Lennon’s final studio work. He also formed his own solo band – Seven solo albums spanning 35 years have showcased his smooth yet unrestrained playing technique, all double stops and tasteful riffs.
Mordy Ferber’s history of playing is a tale in itself – from having to play for two years in the Israeli army band as part of a three year military conscription, to playing with Jerry Lewis and a host of top Israeli singers.
After emigrating to the on a scholarship to Berklee College of Music in and drawing inspiration from the exceptional jazz scenes there, he moved to to begin his solo career. As a master jazz improviser he’s had the opportunity to play with Michael Brecker, Peter Erskine, Eddie Gomez and Jack DeJohnette. Mordy currently does commission work for television shows and movies. His work has been used on many television shows such as the Sopranos, Six Feet Under, Jack Ass, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and Everybody Loves Raymond.
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