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2011 Readers’ Favorite Bassists – #6: Tal Wilkenfeld

Tal Wilkenfeld

Tal Wilkenfeld, last year’s #1 player on No Treble had a less busy year in 2011, but still made the top ten list.

The always popular bassist wowed readers with her live performance with Ben Harper and Jackson Browne of “Steal My Kisses“, as well as another live performance with Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page, playing a medley of “Bolero”, “Immigrant Song” and “Peter Gunn”.

News of Tal getting back into the studio was welcome news to No Treble readers.

And of course, the video featuring BassGirl playing her transcription of Tal’s bass line and solo to Jeff Beck’s “Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers” was the #1 video on No Treble for 2011.

Check out our complete Tal Wilkenfeld archive.

2011 Top 5 Most Viewed Tal Wilkenfeld-Focused Features:

Ben Harper, Jackson Browne and Tal Wilkenfeld: “Steal My Kisses” Live

1. Ben Harper, Jackson Browne and Tal Wilkenfeld: “Steal My Kisses” Live

When I found out this video existed (much less the performance), I was highly jealous of the entire audience who was able to witness it (Ben Harper + Tal Wilkenfeld!) Luckily, someone in the audience was able to capture it for the rest of us. In this video, Harper, Jackson Browne and Tal perform Harper’s…

Jeff Beck Live with Tal Wilkenfeld and Jimmy Page: Bolero, Immigrant Song & Peter Gunn

2. Jeff Beck Live with Tal Wilkenfeld and Jimmy Page: Bolero, Immigrant Song & Peter Gunn

This clip is from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame performance by Jeff Beck, along with Beck’s band (at the time), bassist Tal Wilkenfeld, drummer Vinnie Colaiuta and keyboardist Jason Rebello. Jimmy Page joins the band for the group’s performance of Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song”.

Tal Wilkenfeld Working on New Album

3. Tal Wilkenfeld Working on New Album

After a somewhat quiet period, Tal Wilkenfeld has announced she’s working on a new album with special guests to include Jackson Browne, ex-Journey vocalist Steve Perry, and Mike Elizondo. Wilkenfeld, who raised eyebrows while laying down the low end with Jeff Beck, says she’ll also be displaying her vocal talents on the record. “When I…

Jeff Beck with Tal Wilkenfeld: Big Block, Live at Ronnie Scott’s

4. Jeff Beck with Tal Wilkenfeld: Big Block, Live at Ronnie Scott’s

Taken from the Performing This Week… Live at Ronnie Scott’s DVD, here’s Jeff Beck, Tal Wilkenfeld (bass), Vinnie Colaiuta (drums) and Jason Rebello (keys) performing Beck’s “Big Block”.

Herbie Hancock: “Chameleon” Live at Montreux Jazz Festival 2010, with Tal Wilkenfeld

5. Herbie Hancock: “Chameleon” Live at Montreux Jazz Festival 2010, with Tal Wilkenfeld

Here’s a pretty good video of Herbie Hancock’s newest line-up, shot from a member of the audience at the Montreux Jazz Festival last month. The band is performing a classic from Herbie’s extensive library, “Chameleon”, with Tal Wilkenfeld holding down the low end and even helping Herbie with some equipment issues.

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