“This bassist from Rome is active in many styles, from pop to jazz, from blues to progressive. He’s now created a project called Naked Truth that is interesting both for the sounds that it offers, and the story of its creation. Between East and West, it’s a multicultural interweaving of modern technology and quality music.
GC (Giulio Cancelliere): First of all, it should be mentioned that Naked Truth never played all together in the recording of this album.
LF: Exactly. I know it seems strange and almost unreal that it’s possible to record a whole CD this way. I don’t think it’s the first time it’s been done… but it’s still a new way of working, and one that is innovative and creative in certain ways. We played in July at the Jazzmatazz festival in Genoa, but with Nils Petter Molvaer instead of Cuong Vu, who ended up being the trumpeter in the group. Anyway, it was our first time playing together. Instrumental music offers a lot of room for group expression if you’re sensitive and listen well. By the way, we will be doing an international tour in December, including Italy.
GC: Speaking of music, the first impact that I got from the disc was of the sound, before the melody lines and harmonic architecture: great dynamics, and a strong contrast between structure and freedom. Was this the main idea on which you built the project?
LF: The fact that we were all coming from different worlds and experiences, but still united by common tastes, allowed for a consensus to be reached about the sound. The only certainty I had going into this project was that we wanted to avoid the jazz concept of having three partners that take turns soloing. If I were to express it visually, I could say that instead of creating a pyramid with the soloist on the top, our sound is expressed horizontally, with progressive stratifications, where the lines cross without an identifiable hierarchy.
GC: What amps and effects did you use?
LF: Markbass amps---and in particular, their Mark Studio 1 software: a plugin that emulates many Markbass heads and cabinets. I also used many Markbass effect pedals and a Zoom multi-effect. Although I use many effects, sometimes I use them more subtly than others: sometimes just to make the sound warm and “tube-like”, sometimes more drastically to completely transform the bass timbre."
Fernando Lamadrid: Bajo Rubén García: Teclados Rodrigo "El niño" Diaz: Bateria Enrique Rodriguez "Enriquito": Trompeta Roberto Lorenzo Elekes: Trombon
Markbass artist Barend Courbois (Blind Guardian) playing through his Little Mark Tube 800s and Standard 104HFs.
Alberto Rigoni plays "Doctor Who", one of the songs from his latest album BASSORAMA (http://albertorigoni.bandcamp.com) through his Little Mark Tube head.
Markbass top-artist Michael League from Snarky Puppy talks of his story and career, his first encounter with Markbass etc. during his visit at our factory.
Video shooting/editing by Alessandro Petrini www.alessandropetrini.com
Markbass top-artist Richard Bona talks about his Ninja signature rig.
Jeff's column on Bass Guitar magazine is a great chance for readers to ask him questions about bass playing and music theory.
Finland's Riffi magazine has reviewed the Markbass Big Bang head, saying it is "one of the finest in its class"
Jennifer Young has been featured on the cover of Bass Musician magazine's February issue.
Jeff Berlin is interviewed in the last issue of Czeck Rep's Muzikus magazine.
Markbass Artist Lorenzo Feliciati has been nominated by CriticalJazz.com as "Artist of the Year 2012"
In this in-depth interview (translated from Polish), Maurizio discusses his background, his style, bass playing, and his gear.
"Great to see a company listening to their users and taking some ideas onboard."
Italian magazine Chitarre reviews the Big Bang on its November 2012 issue.
Premier Guitar magazine has reviewed the Big Bang in its December 2012 issue. "This amp has an analog quality that coats the highs and attack—almost as if there’s a post-EQ “warmth” circuit that processes the tone."
Premier Guitar has reviewed the MB7 Booster pedal in its October issue's pedal feature.
Bass Player magazine has reviewed the Big Bang in its October 2012 issue. "With its headroom, tone controls, and extra features, the Big Bang is sure to make a lot of noise when it hits."
France's Bass Part magazine have reviewed the Combo 121 Lite: "This amp will be the first choice for many jazz, funk, reggae or modern pop players."
Spanish magazine Bajos y Bajistas has included interviews with Markbass artists Igor Saavedra and Dany Noel in their latest issue.
Norway's MP magazine has reviewed the TTE 500 and New York 151 RJ, praising the rig for its sound, build quality, light weight and value.
UK's Guitar & Bass magazine has reviewed the Bass Tube Marker, finding "the sort of warmth you really would associate with an overdriven valve amp."
Bass Player magazine's June 2012 issue features a review of the Randy Jackson signature rig.
The latest issue of Spanish magazine Bajos & Bajistas features Markbass artists Michael Manring and Fernando Lamadrid
Bass Player magazine has reviewed the latest release from Markbass artist Lorenzo Feliciati.
Australia's Mixdown magazine included the Little Mark Rocker 500 and the TTE 500 in a recent amp survey, and had lots of good things to say!
Tom Kennedy has been featured on the cover of Bass Musician magazine's March issue--which also includes a story on Evan Marien.
Lorenzo discusses versatility, bass virtuosity, gear, and his new projects, Naked Truth and the Neon Karma Trio.
Italian bass shredder and Markbass artist Dino Fiorenza, interviewed in Guitar Club
"If you are in need of an amp that sounds great, has an awesome tone, and the reliability of a solid-state power amp, then the TTE 500 is well worth checking out."
"The AC 121’s sound is big and three-dimensional. ...The straight acoustic tone is very rich and detailed, with lots of air around the high end and plenty of tight bass."
England's iGuitar webzine has reviewed the new Randy Jackson signature model head and cabinet.
Lorenzo Feliciati is interviewed in the October issue of Italy's Strumenti Musicali, discussing his new project, Naked Truth.
"Advances in technology and an investment in quality materials mean you can pack a heck of a lot of wallop into a small enclosure."
"It's built like a tank and it has a lot of tonal variety and personality lurking beneath its trio of controls."
"This little yellow beastie has just one calling in life: to thicken up your low end and make you funky."
“The TTE 500 is an incredibly dynamic amp... strikes the perfect balance between tube tone and solid-state reliability.”