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  • Digital Dream Sequence: An Interview with Dan Briggs

    Digital Dream Sequence: An Interview with Dan Briggs

    Musical diversity is a beautiful thing, and Dan Briggs has it in spades. Besides laying down the low end for the popular prog-metal outfit Between the Buried and Me, the bassist has several projects to express different sides of his playing including ORBS and Trioscapes, the latter of which is gearing up for their sophomore... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Brian Dawley

    Reader Spotlight: Brian Dawley

    Meet Brian Dawley, a bassist from Boston who seems pretty well grounded in life (his list of “important things” is not only short, it is one-third “bass”). And I believe that for the very first time in our Reader Spotlight history, the answer to our “superpower” question also included the “Kryptonite,” which is a pretty... »

  • In Memoriam: Charlie Haden

    In Memoriam: Charlie Haden

    American jazz bassist Charlie Haden, who made waves with artists like free jazz saxophonist Ornette Coleman and pianist Keith Jarrett, has passed away after a prolonged illness, according to a statement from ECM Records. He was 76. Born in Shenandoah, Iowa in 1937, Haden was raised on a farm and started on bass at an... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Charles William Power Jones

    Reader Spotlight: Charles William Power Jones

    Okay, so this week’s spotlight is on a bassist who seems quite cool, starting with his name: Charles William Power Jones. “Cool” is also the word Charles used to describe both the bass and the bassist he saw playing it when he was in the 8th grade. A short time later, he began his musical... »

  • Bass Remix: An Interview with David Pastorius

    Bass Remix: An Interview with David Pastorius

    David Pastorius has been smashing expectations for as long as he’s been playing bass. The last time we talked with him, Pastorius told us about the impact of being the nephew of legendary electric bassist Jaco Pastorius, notably that his influences and style come from another place with an edgier rock sound. Now he is... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Merl Middletown

    Reader Spotlight: Merl Middletown

    Meet Merl Middletown, a bassist whose motto is “from pocket to rocket.” Merl can be found rocking the bass in Florida and elsewhere, clearly loves the music, and doesn’t care about the crazy gear list either (and we mean that in a good way). Merl is No Treble’s reader in the spotlight for the week... »

  • Legend: An Interview with Aston “Family Man” Barrett

    Legend: An Interview with Aston “Family Man” Barrett

    Think of your favorite reggae song and chances are what comes to you is actually the bass line. That’s because the bass line is often the actual musical hook of the song, which leaves people humming for days. No reggae music has reached as many people as the songs of Bob Marley, and no reggae... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Steve Earnhart

    Reader Spotlight: Steve Earnhart

    Meet Steve Earnhart, a bassist otherwise known as “Bald Steve”. Steve started out on bass on a whim, but when he heard Jaco Pastorius and Marcus Miller, he had that aha moment and knew what he wanted to do in life. And he’s been doing it ever since. Steve is No Treble’s reader in the... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Spencer E. Zubrow

    Reader Spotlight: Spencer E. Zubrow

    Meet Spencer E. Zubrow, a bassist who currently attends Berklee and got his musical start by stealing a guitar from his brother before coming to his senses and picking up the bass. Spencer is No Treble’s reader in the spotlight for the week of June 16, 2014. Be sure to check out his “Bernadette” play-along... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Zakk Zodiac

    Reader Spotlight: Zakk Zodiac

    Meet Zakk Zodiac, a bassist from Australia who is about as diverse as they come (and more proof you can’t judge a book by its cover). Not only that, he has an incredibly entertaining story to share. Zakk is No Treble’s reader in the spotlight for the week of June 9, 2014. Enjoy. Bio: A... »