bass & pen


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I'm a bassist, songwriter and music journalist.

This site has been up since 2004, and is currently undergoing some long overdue maintenance. Feel free to check back often as I add items new and old, and release new music & videos in 2021.

For your viewing pleasure... tune in to my YouTube channel, and thank you for 10 million channel views!

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The Archive page contains my old blog posts from the past.

The Articles page contains selected reprints of my published work.

 


selected writings:

 

"I didn't know anything about Joni Mitchell; I hadn't even heard her music." - bassist Jaco Pastorius

My in-depth piece explores Jaco and Joni's unique musical relationship, and includes a special contribution from drummer Peter Erskine, who shares his thoughts on playing on the Mingus album.

Read my article on Joni's official site here: JoniMitchell.com

 

Chris Squire A Wonderous Journey

"Most bass players were just playing the roots. With Chris it was like he jumped over the fence and saw it from the other side."  - Yes guitarist Steve Howe

I wrote a 2015 cover feature on Yes bassist Chris Squire for Bass Player Magazine shortly after his untimely death. It was drawn from my conversations with Yes members Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Rick Wakeman and Alan White, as well as my older interview with Chris from back in 2013.

Read my Bass Player article here: Chris Squire: A Wonderous Journey

 

Larry Graham The Godfather Of Funk Bass"You've got to keep yourself healthy. Spiritually, physically, and in every aspect of life actually, keep your mind clean." - bassist Larry Graham

I titled my Larry Graham cover feature "The Godfather Of Funk Bass". Although I'd worked in the studio with Larry on one of his solo albums years earlier, I didn't have a chance at that time to ask him about his storied career. In 2010 I made up for it and tracked him down for this interview. I also asked Marcus Miller if he'd like to contribute his own thoughts about Larry to my article, to which he gladly obliged.

Read it on the Bass Musician Magazine site here: Larry Graham: The Godfather Of Funk Bass

 

Aerosmith Tom Hamilton by Rick Suchow

"Everybody comes into an album with a bunch of riffs, or even demos of fully written songs, and everybody wants to hear their ideas coming out of those two little pieces of skin in Steven's throat." - Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton

When Aerosmith got together for their last studio album, I called Tom to get the lowdown on the lowdown. It was a great conversation.

Read my cover story here: Aerosmith's Tom Hamilton: Time Traveler

 

Bass Player The 100 Greatest Bass Players

Bass Player Magazine's 100 Greatest Bass Players

In 2017 I joined a dozen of my fellow BP writers past and present for this ambitious project, and after a few weeks of back-and-forth discussions and debates we came up with the definitive list of the 100 best of all time.

Read the article reprint on the Guitar World website here: The 100 Best Bass Players Of All Time

 

"Bill is one of the people in my heart all the time when I play." - bassist Eddie Gomez

Years back when Chick Corea announced that he'd be playing a two week tribute to Bill Evans at the Blue Note in NYC with Evans' old trio mates Gomez and drummer Paul Motian, I reached out to Eddie for a cover story for Bass Musician Magazine. We talked about Bill, Chick and a whole lot more.

Read my article here: Eddie Gomez: Modern Master Of Bass

 


recent song release:

"Heartbeat Away" by the Santana Twins feat. Shawn Davis (Rick Suchow - Larry Lange)

"What do you expect when you have a song written by veteran songwriters Larry Lange and Rick Suchow, produced by the Santana Twins, and sung by the sensational vocalist Shawn Davis? You get a modern day Freestyle banger... 'Heartbeat Away' is nothing short of an instant classic!!!"  - Traxsource
 

Check out my latest song, "Heartbeat Away", co-written with Larry Lange. It was recorded and released by The Santana Twins featuring Shawn Davis for Cutting Records (released June 2019).

"Heartbeat Away" reached #15 on the Amazon Top 20 Dance chart.

 


recent production release:

New album in 2020: Sol Vibrations: Latin Dance Movements

"As" featuring Camille / Produced by Rick Suchow & Tommy Uzzo for Modern Jazz Dance Classics / Staubgold Records (compiled by Jeff The Fish)

"Bring on the sunshine with these brand new flavors from Catalonia, France, Brazil, Cuba, Uruguay, Japan, the UK and US... Includes Camille's great version of Stevie Wonder's "As'', Alex Wilson's version of Chaka Khan's "Aint Nobody" as well as the Catalan hit of the summer "La Rumba Me Va" by Antoine Tato Garcia!" - Sounds Of The Universe

You can listen to the entire album here:

Sol Vibrations: Latin Dance Movements on YouTube

 


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