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  • Ed Friedland: Looping Bass Version of Steely Dan’s “Do It Again”

    Ed Friedland: Looping Bass Version of Steely Dan’s “Do It Again”

    Here’s a cool video of Ed Friedland, aka the Bass Whisperer, building up a full on version of Steely Dan’s classic “Do It Again” during a 2010 clinic at the Bass Emporium in Austin, Texas. After “giving the drummer some,” Friedland fills out the tune’s bass line, chords and melody before ripping into a tasty... »

  • Top 10: Best of 2011 Lists, The Top Bass Video of the Week Plus New Bass Gear

    Top 10: Best of 2011 Lists, The Top Bass Video of the Week Plus New Bass Gear

    Our weekly top 10 list for the final week of 2011 is made up of even more top 10 lists. Our “Best of 2011” series last week was mega popular, taking the top three slots, and six of the top 10 overall. If you missed them, check them out below, or the complete “Best Of”... »

  • 2011 Readers’ Favorite Bassists – #1: Victor Wooten

    2011 Readers’ Favorite Bassists – #1: Victor Wooten

    One of the busiest bassists in the business, Victor Wooten was probably never busier than in 2011. Let’s run down the list: The bassist announced his new label, Vix Records, during the Winter NAMM show in January. That wasn’t Vic’s only announcement at NAMM. He also debuted the new Yin Yang Standard bass with Fodera,... »

  • 2011 Readers’ Favorite Bassists – #2: Les Claypool

    2011 Readers’ Favorite Bassists – #2: Les Claypool

    Les Claypool said that Primus went “back on the front burner” in 2011, with the reintroduction of original drummer Jay Lane and the band’s release of Green Naugahyde, the first new full-length album since 1999. News of the reunion, the new CD and touring activity pushed the bassist to the #2 slot on the reader... »

  • 2011 Readers’ Favorite Bassists – #3: Jaco Pastorius

    2011 Readers’ Favorite Bassists – #3: Jaco Pastorius

    Jaco Pastorius remains a force, nearly a quarter of a century after the world lost the bass legend way too soon. Jaco would have been 60 on December 1, 2011, so we honored him that day with an all-Jaco celebration, including our tribute to the one called “the world’s greatest bassist”. Thanks to the web... »

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  • 2011 Readers’ Favorite Bassists – #4: Esperanza Spalding

    2011 Readers’ Favorite Bassists – #4: Esperanza Spalding

    2011 was a monster year for Esperanza Spalding. She made bassists proud (and millions of teenage girls super sad/mad) by beating out Justin Bieber for the Grammy Award for Best New Artist. Esperanza was also the first jazz artist to win the award in decades. During the Grammy Awards, Esperanza teamed up with Bobby McFerrin... »

  • 2011 Readers’ Favorite Bassists – #5: Bootsy Collins

    2011 Readers’ Favorite Bassists – #5: Bootsy Collins

    Bootsy Collins is one busy bassist. 2011 saw the release of his first studio album in five years, Tha Funk Capital of the World, a new transcription book of Bootsy’s Legendary Licks, the two year anniversary of the bassist’s Funk University and an appearance on Sly Stone’s first album in over 25 years, I’m Back!... »

  • 2011 Readers’ Favorite Bassists – #6: Tal Wilkenfeld

    2011 Readers’ Favorite Bassists – #6: 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,... »

  • 2011 Readers’ Favorite Bassists – #7: John Entwistle

    2011 Readers’ Favorite Bassists – #7: John Entwistle

    The late, great John Entwistle remains as popular as ever. This year, we shared a couple of isolated bass videos from The Ox, including the 1979 “Won’t Get Fooled Again” performance and the Live at Leeds live performance of “Summertime Blues“. In August, Hal Leonard released The Who: Bass Play-Along Volume 28, a 72-page book... »

  • 2011 Readers’ Favorite Bassists – #8: Marcus Miller

    2011 Readers’ Favorite Bassists – #8: Marcus Miller

    Marcus Miller is a mainstay on the annual No Treble reader favorites list, and 2011 is no exception. The busy bassist released his live album, A Night In Monte-Carlo early in the year to rave reviews, including this one by Phil Wain here on No Treble. We teamed up with Marcus, Concord Music Group and... »