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Armand Sabal-Lecco

Band: Mass Mental / Al Di Meola / Paul Simon
Gear: SVT-4PRO
Website: www.armandsaballecco.com/

Born in Ebolowa (Cameroon), bassist and composer Armand Sabal-Lecco was first inspired musically by his siblings Roger and Felix, both reputed contributors to their native country’s rich musical history. As just a teenager, Armand rose to prominence in mid-‘80s Paris among the pioneering new wave of African musicians who helped redefine the sound of the world music genre.

Since then, as a specialist in creating musical bridges between cultures, Armand’s artistic savoir faire has generated both praise and demand from an impressive list of high profile artists including Sir George Martin, Peter Gabriel, Mercedes Sosa, Ringo Star, João Bosco, Ziggy Marley, Manu Dibango among many others. He has composed for world-renowned artists of the stature of Carole King, Jeff Beck, Stewart Copeland and Herbie Hancock. Featured on Stanley Clarke’s 2011 Grammy Jazz Album of the Year was Armand’s piece “Fulani”. He has also received NARAS recognition for his outstanding work on the Grammy Awarded albums “Out of the Loop” and “Return of…” by The Brecker Brothers, Paul Simon’s “Rhythm of the Saints” and Alejandro Sanz’s “Unplugged”.

Armand has also contributed as lead singer on feature film hits like Blood  Diamonds and advertising campaigns for international brands. Armand’s most recent project Positive Army is a strong bass-driven tapestry of contagious songs to celebrate the infusion of African groove alchemy with jazz harmonies. The new “Positive Army” CD (Pamtumatrack, 2012) showcases Armand’s eclectic career and creative influences as well as a tasty cast of international music luminaries as guests.

Dave Larue

Band: Dixie Dreggs

Gear: SVT-4PRO

Website: www.myspace.com/dixiedregs

In a class and category all its own, the Dixie Dregs’ jam/jazz/country/rock fusion, steeped in soul and exceptional technical proficiency, all but defies definition. While the Dregs never had a hit single, they were nevertheless nominated for two Grammys, in … more »

Dave Fowler

Band: The Boxmasters / Lorrie Morgan

Gear: SVT-7PRO

Dave Fowler knew from a very young age that he wanted to be a bassist. Playing with musicians like Warren Haynes in Western North Carolina as a teenager helped Dave understand the importance of being a bass player and the … more »

Nikolai Fraiture

Band: The Strokes

Gear: SVT-CL

Website: www.thestrokes.com

Heralded as the leaders in the garage rock revival of the early 2000s, The Strokes and their retro lo-fi guitars-bass-drums were hyped as the saviors of rock. Their 2001 EP The Modern Age was ground zero for a record label feeding frenzy … more »

Danny Morris

Band: Cleveland Jones / Thaddeus Hogarth / Calypso Hurricane

Gear: V4BH

Website: www.momethod.com

Known for his warm muted tone, Professor Danny “Mo” Morris has been playing bass for most of his life and has been an educator at Berklee College of Music since 1988. He has taught thousands of students, many of whom … more »

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