Bass and more

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Playlists & Streaming

Check out these playlists featuring hours and hours of John Goldsby’s recordings as a leader and sideman. Plus — jazz bass history, bowing techniques and a huge sampling of WDR Big Band albums.

Albums and Books

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Segment, a Goldsby/Test/Dekker collaboration, comes directly from the heart of the legendary WDR Big Band. Recorded in June 2020, as part of the WDR celebration of small group music, the album offers a broad range of big-hearted, focused, joyful music from one of the world’s busiest jazz rhythm sections.

The Innkeeper’s Gun

The Innkeepers Gun captures Goldsby, drummer Jason Tiemann and alto saxophonist Jacob Duncan in the middle of their 2009 European tour, and features jazz originals by Goldsby and Duncan, plus a cover of the hit pop tune “Paparazzi” from Lady Gaga.

The Visit

The duo setting in jazz frames the essence of the music—improvisation, interplay, adaptability and fantasy. Two musicians traveling the roads between accompaniment and solo, lyricism and harmony need to assert their musical will, but be completely flexible—sometimes changing course in a heartbeat.

Live at the Nachbar

The Nachbar, (the German word for “neighbor”), regularly features live jazz, and has become an insider’s tip in the mid-west, known for unpretentious, yet state-of-the-art improvised music. Live at the Nachbar with Jacob Duncan, John Goldsby, and Jason Tiemann remains in the “Best Live Jazz Albums of 2008” category.

Space for the Bass

Space for the Bass explores the versatility and potential of the most grounded instrument in jazz—the acoustic bass—in the open musical environment of duo, trio and quartet performances. This program features old and new friends, who are among the top players on the jazz scene today.


Bass Notes

John Goldsby writes: Bass Notes is a study method for bassists to learn more about walking bass lines. I have transcribed my bass lines from 10 standard jazz compositions exactly the way I played them on the Jamey Aebersold Play-Along Series. A CD is included so you can hear my bass line with the rhythm section (piano and drums) and follow along or play-along with the transcription.

The Jazz Bass Book

The first in-depth look at the wonderful world of jazz bass playing. Designed for bass players and jazz fans alike, The Jazz Bass Book–Technique and Tradition is the first comprehensive reference of its kind. Part player’s manual, part history, and part biography, The Jazz Bass Book looks at all facets of jazz bass, providing expert guidance on technique, practice methods, and jazz theory, and insight into improvisation and overall musicianship.

Jazz Bowing Techniques for the Improvising Bassist

For bassists who want to improve their jazz bowing. Learn from the masters: Paul Chambers, Jimmie Blanton, Eddie Gomez, Slam Stewart and more. Techniques and practice methods to help you swing with the bow.