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  • Reader Spotlight: Dave Tribe

    Reader Spotlight: Dave Tribe

    Meet Dave Tribe, a bassist from Brighton, UK and our player in the spotlight for December 28, 2010. Bio: I’ve recorded with and by Norman Cook, Russell Simins (Blues Explosion), Saul Davies (James), Jonny Milton (Dreadzone, Aswad), Goat, Byron Wallen, Carnival Collective, Sam Flynn, Tics etc. I’ve also gigged alongside The Smiths, Manic Street Preachers,... »

  • Best of 2010: Top 10 Bass Gear

    Best of 2010: Top 10 Bass Gear

    Today, we continue the Best of 2010 countdown with the top 10 bass gear stories of 2010. As with all our Best Of lists, this one is based on reader views. 1. Fleabass Street Bass The Street Bass is an even more affordable version of the already available Touring Bass, which Flea himself is using... »

  • Lester McFarland Bass Solo with Lloyd Jones

    Lester McFarland Bass Solo with Lloyd Jones

    Here’s a sweet bass solo by Lester McFarland with blues guitarist Lloyd Jones from a late-’80s/ early-’90s cable access television show called “Kids for Kids.” Lester is rockin’ out on his old school S.D. Curlee bass while the band just grooves with him. »

  • Jack Bruce Announces West Coast Dates with Tony Williams Lifetime Tribute Band

    Jack Bruce Announces West Coast Dates with Tony Williams Lifetime Tribute Band

    Jack Bruce has announced he will be performing with the Tony Williams Lifetime Tribute Band in January and February 2011. The group, which also features guitarist Vernon Reid, organist John Medeski and drummer Cindy Blackman, will be holding several day residencies in three major jazz venues in New York, Oakland, and Seattle. The group pays... »

  • Best of 2010: Top 10 Bass Reader Spotlights

    Best of 2010: Top 10 Bass Reader Spotlights

    We’re counting down the 2010 Top 10 lists on No Treble this week. Today, we’re featuring the Top 10 Player Spotlight features, based on reader views. Our Player Spotlight feature runs each week, showcasing a bassist from our community. 1. Ryan Madora Meet Ryan Madora, a bassist from Philadelphia, PA and our player in the... »

  • Jaco Pastorius Solo (Reading 1978 – Part 3)

    Jaco Pastorius Solo (Reading 1978 – Part 3)

    Back in June, we featured a two-part video of Jaco Pastorius performing a solo during a Weather Report concert in Reading, PA in October, 1978. Here’s the third and final segment, where the light man had some trouble, but Jaco wowed the crowd. »

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  • Rewind: Holiday Music for Bass, Bass Chords How To, New Bass Gear and Player News

    Here are the most read, most popular stories and features on No Treble for the week of December 19 – 25, 2010. 1. Jingle Bells: Bass Style Here’s a little something to get you in the holiday mood. From Youtuber taolikuenjing comes his rock bass version of Jingle Bells. The fun starts around the 30... »

  • Gear Watch: Aguilar Amplification Tone Hammer 500

    Gear Watch: Aguilar Amplification Tone Hammer 500

    Aguilar Amplification’s latest addition to the world of lightweight amplifiers is the Tone Hammer 500, a 500 watt bass amp weighing in at just four pounds. The amp utilizes the same preamp found in Aguilar’s Tone Hammer D.I./preamp pedal, with bass, treble and sweepable midrange controls. The Drive control uses the company’s proprietary AGS circuit,... »

  • NHØP: 1960’s Sessions

    NHØP: 1960’s Sessions

    This gem of a video showcases the brilliance of Niels Henning Ørsted Pedersen as much as any we’ve seen. If anyone knows where this clip is from, please drop a note in the comments. We’d love to see more. »

  • Alfred Expands Jazz Play-Along Series

    Alfred Expands Jazz Play-Along Series

    Alfred has expanded on their Jazz Play-Along Series to include new volumes with books and play-along CDs tailored for bass clef instruments, and the entire rhythm section. The rhythm section editions contain written parts for bass, piano, and drums, and offers solo opportunities for those instruments. The publisher has also included an easy play-along series... »