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  • Rewind: Unreleased Jaco Pastorius Performance, New Bass Gear, Lessons from Scott LaFaro and RIP Gerard Smith

    Rewind: Unreleased Jaco Pastorius Performance, New Bass Gear, Lessons from Scott LaFaro and RIP Gerard Smith

    Here are the most read, most popular stories and features on No Treble for the week of April 17 – 23, 2011. 1. Jaco Pastorius: Unreleased “Teen Town” Live Video 1978 Here’s some amazing and really rare footage of Weather Report performing Jaco Pastorius‘s “Teen Town”, filmed live in Reading, PA in 1978 by a... »

  • Gail Ann Dorsey With David Bowie: Under Pressure

    Gail Ann Dorsey With David Bowie: Under Pressure

    Sometimes it’s the simplest bass lines that stick with you the most. Here, bassist Gail Ann Dorsey proves it as she plays the iconic riff to “Under Pressure” with David Bowie at Madison Square Garden in 1997. »

  • Hal Leonard Releases Jazz Bass On Top by Andy McKee

    Hal Leonard Releases Jazz Bass On Top by Andy McKee

    Hal Leonard has released Jazz Bass on Top: A Guide to Left-Hand Technique by Andy McKee, an instructional book for double bass aimed at improving fingerboard facility through 50 jazz songs. Presented in order of difficulty, the tunes range from “The Girl From Ipanema” to “Teen Town,” and teach walking bass lines as well as... »

  • 2011 Montreux Jazz Festival Lineup Announced

    2011 Montreux Jazz Festival Lineup Announced

    The lineup for the 2011 Montreux Jazz Festival has been announced, and it will be a solid year for bass lovers. A few of the bassists set to perform include Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding, Larry Graham, Bootsy Collins, Christian McBride, Richard Bona and Marcus Miller, who will be performing as part of a tribute to... »

  • Les Claypool with Gov’t Mule: Greasy Granny’s Gopher Gravy

    Les Claypool with Gov’t Mule: Greasy Granny’s Gopher Gravy

    After the passing of Allen Woody, Gov’t Mule played with a host of bassists, resulting in two albums and culminating an a 6+ hour concert that was released as The Deepest End. This performance is from that concert, and has Primus’s Les Claypool jamming with the group on “Greasy Granny’s Gopher Gravy” parts 1 and... »

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  • Rockin’ Your Stage Sound: A Musician’s Guide to Professional Live Audio

    Rockin’ Your Stage Sound: A Musician’s Guide to Professional Live Audio

    Hal Leonard’s latest book in their Music Pro Guides series is Rockin’ Your Stage Sound: A Musician’s Guide to Professional Live Audio, a step-by-step guide to improving your stage sound. The book, penned by professional live-sound engineer Rob Gainey, features over 170 stage tips, including 100 tops from players in nationally recognized acts. Topics including... »

  • Carvin Releases Brian Bromberg Signature Bass

    Carvin Releases Brian Bromberg Signature Bass

    After showing the prototype at NAMM, Carvin has released the Brian Bromberg Signature Bass series, available in 4 and 5-string versions. The new Bromberg B24 and B25 models feature neck through construction with alder bodies and maple necks. AAAA flamed maple tops come standard, though you can get a solid color finish. The fingerboard is... »

  • Charles Mingus’s 89th Birthday Celebrated With Streaming Performance

    Charles Mingus’s 89th Birthday Celebrated With Streaming Performance

    Today marks the 89th year since Charles Mingus was born. The outspoken bassist/composer left a wealth of music in his wake, which is preserved through the work of the Charles Mingus Institute. Among the groups dedicated to keeping his music alive is the Mingus Orchestra, a 10-piece group held down by bassist Boris Kozlov. In... »

  • Nathan Williams: Pick Up The Pieces

    Nathan Williams: Pick Up The Pieces

    Yesterday, we featured a performance by Average White Band, performing “Cut the Cake” live. Today, another AWB tune – “Pick up the Pieces” – this time performed as a solo bass looper arrangement by Nathan Williams. »

  • Harriet Tubman Releases “Ascension”, Featuring Melvin Gibbs

    Harriet Tubman Releases “Ascension”, Featuring Melvin Gibbs

    Harriet Tubman, the group formed in 1998 by bassist Melvin Gibbs, guitarist Brandon Ross and drummer J.T. Lewis has released their latest effort, entitled Ascension. The album, recorded live in 2000, is an interpretation of John Coltrane’s 1966 release of the same name. True to form, the group pushes the musical boundaries with this release,... »