Magazines A-Z: Bass Player

Ever wonder why Jack Bruce of Cream, Jethro Tull's Glenn Cornick, Free's Andy Frasier, or Third Power's Jem Targal had such a fat round bass tone yet could play a quick flurry while playing each note distinctly? Well, meet the 1962 Gibson EB Series bass in the December issue of Bass Player magazine!
A recent addition to the library's magazine offerings, Bass Player is filled from cover to cover with profiles of gifted musicians and their instruments. It includes tutorials displayed in notation as well as tab and has extensive reviews of the latest gear and accessories. There are also frequent articles detailing the history of specific bass designs both classic and obscure like the Gibson EB, or, in the same December issue, the Fender P-bass of the 1950's.
Bass Player magazine also includes a record review column called, The Graveyard, where readers are directed to classic recordings featuring groundbreaking bassists. As an example, the December 2011 issue has a review of Blue Cheer's, Vincebus Eruptum and commentary on the playing style of their powerhouse bassist, the late Dickie Peterson.
Even the magazine's advertisements, featuring the latest and greatest of four, five, six, and even seven string basses, can get any bass player ready to walk that beat!

Comments

Glenn Cornick played on the first three Jethro Tull albums (This Was, Stand Up, and Benefit). I doubt that even Tull fans remember his name, but his bass lines on those albums are astounding, creative, and unconventional even by today's standards.