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Joe Satriani and Steve Vai seemed to hog all the press in guitar mags during the late '80s and early '90s, as both six-string shredders scored big with fans of hard-rocking instrumental music. But bassist Stuart Hamm also received quite a bit of coverage around that time as well, due to the fact that he played alongside the two aforementioned artists. And while his solo recording career didn't move the amount of units that both Satriani and Vai did (thanks to such popular titles as Flying in a Blue Dream and Passion and Warfare), Hamm has issued sporadic solo albums along the way, with his first-ever live solo album, Live Stu x 2 arriving in 2007. Recorded from performances in both Philadelphia and San Francisco, you'll find renditions of tracks from throughout Hamm's long and winding career, with an emphasis (obviously) on the bass guitar throughout. Included are such early fan favorites as "Terminal Beach" and "Radio Free Albemuth," the latter of which contains some nifty slap funk from Hamm. Additionally, you'll find tracks that focus solely on Hamm and his instrument ("Nostalgia") as well as compositions that fully utilize a band in a rock setting ("Lone Star") and an easy listening jazz setting ("Yellow Happy"). And it all ends on a tranquil note, with the almost lullaby-esque "A New Peace." Stuart Hamm continues to impress with this bass technique, as evidenced throughout Live Stu x 2.

Customer Reviews


As always, Stu Hamm never fails to impress. If your interested in solo bass of any kind, this man is the best alive, and this is by far his best recording.

Its Stu, ofcourse it great. The second best bass player to ever live

No brainer if your a real bass player. The only bass player better than Stu is Victor Wooten, and Stu shows you why he is ranked that high


love the album . . . though i disagree with everyone here any real bass player is going before the guitar to that master himself #1 mingus #2 Jaco #3 Stuart let the rest battle amongst themselves


Born: February 8, 1960 in New Orleans, LA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Bassist Stuart Hamm made a name for himself largely due to his work in the ‘80s, when he accompanied two of hard rock's leading guitarists, Joe Satriani and Steve Vai. Born in 1960 and raised in Indiana, Hamm was born into an extremely musically gifted family (his father is a musicologist and has penned music textbooks, his mother was an opera singer/teacher, and his brother taught Classical Northern Indian Music). After relocating to Virginia as a teenager, Hamm picked up the bass, and began studying...
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