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Live Stu X 2

by Stuart Hamm

2 live sets of bass driven instrumental music.
Genre: Rock: Instrumental Rock
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2. Terminal Beach
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3. Katahdin
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4. Outbound
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6. Flow My Tears
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7. Radio Free Albemuth
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8. Lone Star
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9. Intermission
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10. Te Extrano
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11. Yellow Happy
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Stuart Hamm - January 2007

Stuart Hamm
Through his innovative work as a solo artist and his contributions as a sideman to Joe Satriani and Steve Vai, Stuart Hamm has firmly established himself as one of the most influential electric bassists of the past half-century. Extending the non-traditional function of the electric bass previously revolutionized by Jaco Pastorius and Stanley Clarke in the 1970's, Hamm helped to reshape the contemporary concept of the bass guitar as an unaccompanied instrument with the utilization of polyphonic, two-handed tapping, slapping and popping techniques, chords, and harmonics. Although Hamm certainly wasn't the first bass player to debut during the 1980's and employ an unorthodox approach to playing the electric bass, he was undoubtedly at the forefront of his generation who effectively fused the application of these unconventional techniques.

As one of today's leading bassists, Hamm has released four critically-acclaimed studio recordings. On Radio Free Albemuth (1988), Kings Of Sleep (1989), The Urge (1991), and Outbound (2000), Hamm showcased his unique style of playing the bass as a lead instrument both within a solo environment and various ensemble formats on a genre-spanning spectrum of repertoire that merged rock, jazz, fusion, classical, country, and urban sounds.

Live Stu X 2, the fifth solo project produced by Hamm and his first as a solo artist in nearly seven years, was released in January 2007 and features a diverse compilation of classic tracks recorded by Hamm during his set on the first leg of the Bx3 tour in Philadelphia last April as well as a few previously unrecorded pieces that were captured in San Francisco before a live audience in 2004.

In addition to his barrier-breaking solo sessions, Hamm has been hailed for his recording and touring stints with guitar icons Joe Satriani and Steve Vai. His long-time associations with Vai and Satriani garnered Hamm award-winning recognition on a global scale, and as a result, Hamm has received an extensive list of accolades such as being voted "Best Jazz Bassist" and "Best Rock Bassist" multiple times in magazine polls conducted by several major print publications.

Besides his projects with Satriani and Vai, other studio-related productions that have spotlighted Hamm's trademark style and technical facility include his three collaborations as a member of the trio dubbed GHS with guitarist Frank Gambale of Chick Corea's Elektric Band and former Journey drummer Steve Smith.

For the past two decades, Hamm has toured as one of the world's premier bass clinicians. He has also demonstrated his signature techniques and methodologies to avid students through his best-selling instructional videos, Slap, Pop & Tap For The Bass and Deeper Inside The Bass, and a book of transcriptions, Stuart Hamm - The Bass Book, which contains a collection of Hamm's greatest hits from his first three solo releases. (Unfortunately, the instructional videos and book of transcriptions are not currently in circulation.)

Based on the highly successful G3 tours he was a part of in the 1990's which featured guitarists Satriani, Vai, and Eric Johnson, Hamm founded the Bx3 tour in April 2006 that has subsequently taken him along with fellow bass pioneers Billy Sheehan and Jeff Berlin from the United States to Asia. With Sheehan, the most revered bassist in the history of rock music, and Berlin, the legendary jazz bassist and founder of the Players School of Music, Hamm is prepared to embark on a 6-week Bx3 tour which is scheduled to take the distinguished threesome of unparalleled technical virtuosity across the United States from Anaheim to Boston.


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Nick Mason

Live Stu x 2
Stu's bass playing is wonderful, but there isn't enough of it on this CD. Where can I find a recording of Going to California he recently played in Nottingham? I thought it was sublime. I have been a Led Zep fan for nearly 40 years and never heard such an original interpretation of one of their songs.

Matteo

Simply great!!!
No words to describe it. Of course we know Stu Hamm and what he can do but these other musicians are at his top level... A really great groove. Thanks guys for this work.

Alvaro Martín Gómez Acevedo

Another great job from the master
Well, maybe my opinion is biased since I'm a really long-time and rabid Stu fan (he's been my biggest influence as a bass player), but anyway I want to say that this album is simply great. His live tone is awesome (although the Kubicki is far superior to me) and the band sounds really tight, not to mention the tunes, which are a treat for the ears. Aside from the old favorites, I really loved "Te Extraño". Great buy!

Mark Sobus

Jaw dropping!
Killer CD! Quite the display of talent, songwriting, and skill. What we need now is a Bx3 DVD. Great job, Stu!

Dubmania

Unbelievable!
I just saw the BX3 tour here in MPLS, and man... Stu stole the show. Yeah, Billy rocked, Jeff Berlin is a super jazz player, but Stu is, for my money, the best of the best. I've never seen anyone tap like he can, or slap like he can. Super accurate, and has a great sense of humor, too! NOW I need to buy an URGE bass!!!! Damn!

Darth Dixon

The Hamm is in the House
What can you say about Stu Hamm but "Oh My", this is our generations greatest bass player by far. I really dig Sheehan and Berlin but from what I have heard about Bx3, Stu was the man on that tour, I wish I could have gotten to one of the shows. Well, for the next best thing to seeing Stu live, here is "Live Stu X2". I really like this CD as it is full of Stu at his best and we get hear a couple of newer tunes that had not really been released yet. Every track on the CD holds its own as for great music; it's fun, energetic, skillful bass playing at it's best. Stu's accompanying band is great also, If you like really, really good music, and you enjoy a bass player that has not only mastered the instrument, but should be considered a bass god, this CD is for you,

leigh

great cd! great band!

Jim McCarthy

Live Stu is GREAT
Live Stu is the best of one of the best. I had the honor to see Stu at the Minneapolis Bx3 show back in February.
This CD brings the best of the Bx3 show with the best of his prior catalogue.
Keep up the good work, My Man!

Paul Carr

Pure Stu Live
Stu Hamm releases a live CD.The first part from the Bx3 tour and features tracks spanning his studio albums and GHS material. The second featuring collaborations with an unusual combination of percussion, sax and bass.
The album shows the versatility of the bass guitar, whether holding down the bottom end or playing melodically, but still being unmistakeably bass.
This is a great live album for any bass player and unlike a lot of "live" albums he hasn't gone back into the studio and overdubbed any imperfections and therefore detracted from the actual performance, making it even more special.

Boffluous

Consummate player - good live album
Stu Hamm is a craftman musician and an incredible bass player. This live album has a real live feel in that it is vibrant and free-flowing. It contains a mix of jazz fusion, spikey rock and some funky slips. I like the raw edge to it. Backed by players unknown to me, they deliver the goods and were obviously well chosen. Good solid album and worth the $'s - or in my case £'s
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