Global Bass Online May 2000
Welcome to our second issue of Global Bass Magazine
A lot has happenedsince our first issue and we thought we would just take a moment to share some of it with you. First with regards to that first issue, we want to thank all those who graced our pages. Orin Isaacs, our Cover Story, has come on board as an occasional writer with his column FUNK 101. Orin will also be interviewing his buddy Victor Wooten as our Cover Story in our next issue as well. Speaking of Victor, I can’t recommend his Yin & Yang album highly enough, it is a masterpiece. Orin will walk with Victor through the whole album for you. With these two monster players exchanging notes, we should all learn a thing or two!
In this issue we have as ourCover Story an intriguing interview with one of the most innovative and interesting individuals I have every met. Dann Glenn, a.k.a The Mad Professor of Bass, talks to us at length about his fascinating world, from Vietnam to the hectic whirlwind of life in Hollywood, his dear friend Jaco Pastorius, his recording career, his performance career (which comes up sounding like a who’s who of the music industry), tales of his friends and those not so friendly and the 9 truly incredible solo albums he has produced, including his newest ‘Little Toy Horns’. What we end up with is probably one of the most controversial interviews you will ever read in Bassdom. I am already receiving tons of e-mails on this one, saying it is the most refreshing and ‘real’ interview they have ever seen. This from readers and those in the industry as well!
Next, we haveTony Levin with us again, as he sits in a crowded van with the likes of Larry Fast on tour promoting his new Waters of Eden solo project. Also, on board this month is our new correspondent from Australia, Katie Owen, talking to Marcus Blake bassist for the Rollins Band. Then we share a CAB with progressive jazz/fusion giant Bunny Brunel, and move to taking in a few ideas and thoughts on the State of Bass Playing with the legendary Carol Kaye.
We also welcome relative newcomer recording artists Brent Anthony Johnson & Steve Clarke and our web master (or webster as he refers to himself),Marty Straub chats it up with killer acoustic player Mark Peterson. We will also be going into an in-depth series of articles over the next few months regarding TouchStyle instruments, with reviews on various recording artists such as Mark Cook from ‘99 names of god’, Steve Hahn and Ozone Quartet, all users of either the Chapman Stick or Warr guitars. Also exciting news from Bunker Guitars regarding a soon to be released TouchStyle instrument set to shake up the musical world.
So how would you like to be the bassist for Vic Fontaine on Star Trek’s Deep Space Nine? Well Luther Hughes, our guest acoustic player counts that gig one of the many he has held over the years. Find out what its like being a ‘holodeck bassist’ in our chat with him.
So there you have it, a summary of things that have been and things as they are. We have gone from 23,000 new readers in our first issue to over 51,000 as this one comes into being. Not bad for a bunch of boneheads with a dream.
As to the future? Well suffice it so say, it will be crowded! We have artists lining up at the door for interviews. Victor Wooten as our front cover for the next issue and Jeff Berlin for the one after that. You wouldn’t believe us if we told you who we have lined up in the months to come! The response to this venture has been phenomenal, much better than we imagined, and infinitely more than we ever expected.
And finally for the big news…
Global Bass will soon be available in hard copy !
We have had countless requests for a ‘read it in the can’ version of this magazine. Laptops have proven to not be quite that portable! This is just to let you know that we have been doing a lot of thinking regarding the hardcopy version of this magazine. The fact of the matter is it costs like crazy to print one of these suckers. You know that price you see on the right hand corner of all those other mags? Well a large portion of that price is set aside just to pay for shipping and handling.
We would like to try something slightly different however.
We would like to offer you a copy of Global Bass Magazine in effect ‘for free’. In fact we would like to offer you EVERY copy of Global Bass Magazine for free. The only cost would be the mailing charges.Nothing else! So if you would like to receive a copy of the upcoming hard copy Global Bass, all you have to do is e-mail us at editor and we will send you all the info you need to receive as many issues of Global Bas as you would like. We offer a multitude of way to do this, but heck, once you ask, we’ll tell ya! Again the only cost will be the mailing costs, which ain’t much! So think about it, and while you’re at it, let us know what you think of this issue. Tell us who you’d like to see interviewed, you’re thoughts on the interviews we’ve included this month and features you’d like to see. We will be including more lessons and transcriptions in the issues to come. Oh, and incidentally, your reward for reading this far is your chance to win one of 4 copies of the new album by Tony Levin ‘Waters of Eden’. The answer to the prize-winning question is…the original title for ‘Waters’ was to be ‘The Passionate Bass’. All you have to do is be one of the first four to e-mail us at contest @ globalbass . com, and you will be notified if you win. We will print the winners names in the next issue of Global Bass. As well, if you take the time and look through the many pages of this e-mag you will find another contest where you can win one of 25 copies available of our Cover Story Dann Glenn’s ‘Little Toy Horns’. A killer album that will either make you quit playing or send you into 6 months of serious woodshedding!
So enjoy, and let us know what you think!
Warren Murchie Editor
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