We like to call it work, but watching great bass videos and picking the favorites to feature each day on No Treble is more fun than work. Here is the best of the best in 2011, based on reader views.
We featured BassGirl for the first time back in February to rave reviews. The 13 year old (at the time) had only been playing bass for about a year, and was already tackling some tough transcriptions. The future is definitely bright for BassGirl, who owns the #1 slot for most watched video on No Treble in 2011.
Les Claypool joined forces with Rush’s Neil Peart, the Police’s Stewart Copeland and Tool’s Danny Carey to form “Carey Claypool Copeland Peart” or “CCCP.” Les shared the story behind this collaboration in our interview with him, and the story is pretty hilarious.
Bootsy Collins sent us this video, saying “see 18 yr old Bootsy with James Brown”. The video was shot in April 1971, live in Bologna, Italy. Awesomeness.
Here’s a great clip of Esperanza Spalding sporting a Fender fretless and performing live in San Sebastian on July 23, 2009. Is there anything Esperanza can’t do?
This clip comes from the 1979 film, The Kids Are Alright, featuring the isolated bass work of John Entwistle on the Who’s classic “Won’t Get Fooled Again”. Legend!
Recorded during the 2010 Crossroads Festival, here’s the John Mayer Trio performing the Bill Wither’s classic, “Ain’t No Sunshine”. Pino Palladino really lays down a nice groove along with drummer Steve Jordan.
Here’s a new take on Marvin Gaye’s hit “What’s Going On” the way we like it: with James Jamerson‘s bass line loud and clear in this isolated track. Genius at work!
Carl Palmer Band bassist Simon Fitzpatrick performs an all-bass version of the classic Queen tune, “Bohemian Rhapsody” in this video. This was filmed at the Cannery Casino in Las Vegas, during the band’s 2010 tour.
Pino Palladino’s second video in our top ten of the year was from way back in 1984. Pino’s incredible fretless bass playing is loud and clear in this one.
Pablo Motyczak, a bassist from Argentina who goes by the screen name “Motyx” blew us away with his take on Henry Mancini’s “Pink Panther” theme.