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  • King Curtis Live at The Shea Stadium, with Chuck Rainey

    King Curtis Live at The Shea Stadium, with Chuck Rainey

    Last night, we featured a King Curtis video from the archives, with Jerry Jemmott. Today, we have another treat… a live clip of King Curtis and his band, opening for The Beatles at Shea Stadium in 1965. This time, Chuck Rainey is holding down the low end. »

  • King’s X Releases “Live In London”

    King’s X Releases “Live In London”

    American rock band King’s X has released their first-ever live concert DVD, Live in London. The release, offered in a deluxe 2 CD/1 DVD box set or as a 2 CD release, was filmed in January 2009 at the Electric Ballroom in London. The band, featuring bassist/vocalist Dug Pinnick, guitarist/vocalist Ty Tabor and drummer/vocalist Jerry... »

  • RIP Charles Fambrough

    RIP Charles Fambrough

    After a long battle with liver disease, jazz bassist Charles Fambrough has passed away. The Philadelphia-based player had a storied career, playing with Grover Washington, Jr., Airto Moreira, McCoy Tyner, Wynton Marsalis, and more. He also spent two years in Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. “McCoy showed me how to play with endurance. Art gave me... »

  • The Lowdown with Dr. D: Mastering a Difficult Passage with Repetition

    The Lowdown with Dr. D: Mastering a Difficult Passage with Repetition

    In the course of mastering a difficult passage, we will end up playing the passage many, many times. However, if we do so blindly, we just waste our time. In fact, such mindless repetition can be detrimental. Additionally, if our mind wanders, then it is unlikely that we are actually improving the passage, so again... »

  • Victor Wooten & Anthony Wellington: Dynamics Duet

    Victor Wooten & Anthony Wellington: Dynamics Duet

    Victor Wooten and Anthony Wellington have a long working history, or as Anthony says, he’s the “long time holder of the coveted ‘2nd bass’ position in the Victor Wooten Band”. Here’s the bass duo performing a nice piece from Vic’s Groove Workshop DVD. »

  • Rewind: Best of 2010, Rare Jaco Pastorius Video, Bass Chords and New Gear

    Here are the most read, most popular stories and features on No Treble for the last week of 2010: December 26, 2010 to January 1, 2011. 1. Best of 2010: Top 10 Bass Player Spotlights We’re counting down the 2010 Top 10 lists on No Treble this week. Today, we’re featuring the Top 10 Player... »

  • Roger Waters Live “The Wall” DVD Rumored

    Roger Waters Live “The Wall” DVD Rumored

    It looks like Roger Waters is planning on releasing a new live DVD of his current “The Wall” tour. As NME.com reports, the former Pink Floyd bassist posted a message on his website stating all six of the upcoming shows at London’s O2 Arena will be filmed. Though there has been no official confirmation of... »

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  • Gear Watch: Wren and Cuff Phat Phuk B Bass Boost Pedal

    Gear Watch: Wren and Cuff Phat Phuk B Bass Boost Pedal

    Wren and Cuff has released the Phat Phuk B, a JFET/germanium single circuit hybrid booster pedal designed specifically for bass. The pedal is not designed to be “transparent,” the company explains, as the germanium transistor adds a little grit to your sound. The JFET transistor is placed at the input to keep things “impedance-friendly,” depending... »

  • A Perfect Circle: Weak And Powerless

    A Perfect Circle: Weak And Powerless

    Just before their latest reunion tour, A Perfect Circle played the Jimmy Kimmel show. Here’s Matt McJunkins laying the foundation on the song “Weak and Powerless” from their second album, Thirteenth Step. »

  • 12 Medium-Easy Jazz, Blues & Funk Etudes

    12 Medium-Easy Jazz, Blues & Funk Etudes

    12 Medium-Easy Jazz, Blues & Funk Etudes is a new series of books by Yellowjackets sax man Bob Mintzer written for all instruments, including bass. Designed for beginner- to intermediate-level musicians, this book covers 12 jazz, blues and funk etudes composed by Mintzer in a variety of jazz styles, tempos, and time signatures. A play-along... »