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  • Steve Harris Considered Ending Iron Maiden in the 90’s

    Steve Harris Considered Ending Iron Maiden in the 90’s

    Iron Maiden bassist and founder Steve Harris recently admitted to considering dissolving the band after vocalist Bruce Dickinson quit in 1993. “I was a bit down when Bruce left,” he explained. “I was going through a divorce, probably at my lowest ebb ever, and for a couple of hours I thought about finishing Iron Maiden.... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Scott Kemp

    Reader Spotlight: Scott Kemp

    Meet bassist Scott Kemp, our player in the spotlight for August 3, 2010. Bio: Originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and a graduate of the Humber College Jazz Studies Program in Toronto (2004), Scott Kemp is a busy bassist in Toronto for the last ten years. Scott has recorded four albums (two juno nominations) with the... »

  • Level 42: “Living It Up” 30th Anniversary Release

    Level 42: “Living It Up” 30th Anniversary Release

    Level 42 is celebrating their 30th anniversary with a new 4-CD box set, Living It Up, released today. The set brings together 34 tracks from Level 42’s A-side singles, 10 previously unreleased tracks and two B-sides only available on vinyl. The final disc is new material, recorded in early 2010 by singer/bassist Mark King and... »

  • Al Di Meola with Tony Scherr: Kiss My Axe

    Al Di Meola with Tony Scherr: Kiss My Axe

    Here’s a live video from 1991 featuring Al Di Meola’s band with Tony Scherr on the bass playing the tune “Kiss My Axe”. »

  • Rancid’s Matt Freeman Discusses New Devil’s Brigade Album and Tour

    Rancid’s Matt Freeman Discusses New Devil’s Brigade Album and Tour

    Rancid’s Matt Freeman will be making the switch to upright for his side project, Devil’s Brigade. Devil’s Brigade will be releasing a self-titled debut album on August 31st with a tour to follow through September and October. The project began between Freeman and guitarist Tim Armstrong, who wrote songs between their tours. Devil’s Brigade recorded... »

  • Jaco Pastorius: Jazz Play-Along Volume 116

    Jaco Pastorius: Jazz Play-Along Volume 116

    Hal Leonard has released a new Jazz Play-Along book featuring the music of Jaco Pastorius. As with all books in the Play-Along series, the book/CD set includes melody cues with proper style and inflection, rhythm tracks, choruses for soloing, removable bass and piano parts as well as the full stereo accompaniment tracks. Jaco Pastorius: Jazz... »

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  • Bottoms Up: Breaking Down Paul Chambers’ “Mopp Shoe Blues”

    Bottoms Up: Breaking Down Paul Chambers’ “Mopp Shoe Blues”

    Today I’d like to talk about another historical great who I’m sure is familiar to many, Mr. Paul Chambers (1935-1969). I think I have a treat for some folks who already know about him: a transcription of a tune called “Mopp Shoe Blues” off the record First Bassman. “P.C.”, as he is commonly known in... »

  • Steve Morse’s “Tumeni Notes” (Bass Version)

    This is bassist Paulo Gustavo playing his virtuosic bass version of Steve Morse’s tune “Tumeni Notes”. And pretty much nailing it. »

  • Rewind: The Top 10 Bass Gear, Videos, Players and Columns of the Week

    Here are the most read, most popular stories and features on No Treble for the week of July 25-31, 2010. 1. Video: Bootsy Collins: Stretchin’ Out 2. News: Joey Jordison: Slipknot Will Not Replace Paul Gray 3. Custom Shop: An Interview with Pierre Erizias 4. Gear: Industrial Radio Standard Midi Bass 4 5. Events: Detroit... »

  • Chuck Levin’s Announces Marcus Miller Clinic

    Chuck Levin’s Announces Marcus Miller Clinic

    Marcus Miller will hold a special Master Class at Chuck Levin’s Washington Music Center in Wheaton, MD on August 16th. The clinic will take place two days before Miller’s performance at Wolf Trap, in Vienna, Virginia, as part of his Tutu Revisited Tour. Tickets for the Master Class are $50.00 and available for purchase online... »