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  • Reader Spotlight: Rick Reese

    Reader Spotlight: Rick Reese

    Meet Rick Reese, a bassist from Nashville, TN and our player in the spotlight for November 30, 2010. Bio: Born in Baltimore, MD in 1969, Rick has been playing bass for 27 years. His innovative style is a unique blend of jazz improvisation, funk punctuation with driving energy of rock and roll. A graduate of... »

  • An Interview with Percy Jones

    An Interview with Percy Jones

    Percy Jones is one of the definitive figures who carved out a role for the fretless bass and helped establish its place on the contemporary music scene. Best known for his work with jazz-fusion band Brand X, Percy collaborated with likes of Phil Collins and Robin Lumley. Brand X’s early 70’s debut Unorthodox Behaviour established... »

  • Marcus Miller and Larry Graham: Release Yourself

    Marcus Miller and Larry Graham: Release Yourself

    Bass history was made when Marcus Miller and Larry Graham performed together at BillBoard Live Tokyo in September. Luckily for everyone who wasn’t there, a fan caught the duo performing “Release Yourself” on camera. »

  • Esperanza Spalding to Host New PBS Show

    Esperanza Spalding to Host New PBS Show

    PBS has just announced bassist, vocalist and composer Esperanza Spalding has been asked to host a new program, “Find The Beat”. The show’s format will include Spalding joining a group, band or solo musician to explore the roots of their music, cultural connections and music history. “Find The Beat” is a joint venture of PBS... »

  • System of a Down Reunites for 2011 Tour Dates

    System of a Down Reunites for 2011 Tour Dates

    System of a Down has announced new tour dates, which will be the group’s first performances since August 2006. The shows will be scattered through Europe in June with more dates in the works. An official statement from the band’s website explains “We have no master plan of sorts — we are playing these shows... »

  • The Treatment: Gaining Familiarity With a New Tune (Part 2 of 2)

    The Treatment: Gaining Familiarity With a New Tune (Part 2 of 2)

    My jazz students and I often work through a process we call “The Treatment.” It’s a tune-based approach and I view it as a preparation for high-level study of improvisation. Once you can navigate a tune using the Treatment, you can more easily work on musical and artistic elements of improvisation. I adjust the Treatment... »

  • Michael Manring: Adhan

    Michael Manring: Adhan

    Here’s bassist Michael Manring performing a solo piece entitled “Adhan”. Manring often uses the EBow in his performances. For this tune, he uses two. »

  • Rewind: Teen Town Duo, Building Orchid, New Bass Gear and Awesome Bass Videos

    Here are the most read, most popular stories and features on No Treble for the week of November 21-27, 2010. Video: Will Lee and Darryl Jones: Teen Town Custom Shop: The Making of Orchid (Part 1) Gear Watch: Luthman Introduces Jazzette Bass Ask Damian Erskine: My Sense of Groove Player Spotlight: Jeff Clark Player News:... »

  • Bela Fleck & the Flecktones Announce Holiday Tour

    Bela Fleck & the Flecktones Announce Holiday Tour

    Bela Fleck and the Fleckones are hitting the road for a special holiday tour of western USA and Canada, with Jeff Coffin and special guest Alash Ensemble. The “original Flecktones” have been hard at work on their next album, due out in late Spring 2011. The original Flecktones include Bela Fleck, Victor Wooten, Futureman and... »

  • Daniel Ziegler: All Bass Version of “Little Wing”

    Daniel Ziegler: All Bass Version of “Little Wing”

    We love new arrangements of Jimi Hendrix tunes, especially when performed as solo bass pieces, and performed well. That’s just what bassist Daniel Ziegler did in his take on the Hendrix classic “Little Wing”. »