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Weekly Top 10: Jaco Documentary, Getting the Right Tone, Plus the Top Bass Gear and Videos

Another week, another top 10 list of pure bass awesomeness.

Here’s the most read stories and most viewed videos on No Treble for the week of May 27 – June 2, 2012.

Thanks for reading, commenting and sharing!

Robert Trujillo Financing Jaco Pastorius Documentary Film

1. Robert Trujillo Financing Jaco Pastorius Documentary Film

We’d heard rumors about this, and now a report has come out via USA Today confirming what we’ve been hearing: a film about Jaco Pastorius has been in development, and it is being financed by Metallica’s Robert Trujillo…

Choosing the Right Tone for the Song: On Stage and In Studio

2. Choosing the Right Tone for the Song: On Stage and In Studio

In his weekly column, Damian answers this reader question: “How do you decide what tone to use for different songs?”

Ran Kaufman: Solo Bass, Funky BaBa

3. Ran Kaufman: Solo Bass, Funky BaBa

Bassist Ran Kaufman sent us some of his videos, and we were immediately impressed. Ran employs loops in his work, and does so in a way that lays down a nice groove to let him showcase his soloing abilities. Here’s Ran performing his tune “Funky BaBa”. Funky indeed…

Player Spotlight: Cristian Tisselli

4. Player Spotlight: Cristian Tisselli

Meet bassist Cristian Tisselli, a musician from Argentina with a cool story about following dreams and a great line: “I could play a big stadium or in a small bar, I don’t really care.”…

Copilot FX Releases New Octave Pedal for Bass

5. Copilot FX Releases New Octave Pedal for Bass

Copilot FX has a new octave pedal designed specifically for bass. The Cubic is a versatile pedal with a switch for two different voices – one with pure octave and the other with mixed octave, while the switch on the front of the pedal toggles between providing one or two octaves down…

Return to Forever 2008: The Sorceress (Live)

6. Return to Forever 2008: The Sorceress (Live)

This is some great music, and some sweet grooves. The reunited Return to Forever, with Stanley Clarke, Lenny White, Chick Corea and Al Di Meola, performed at Montreux in July 2008. The concert was released a year later on the Returns – Live at Montreux DVD…

Bass of the Week: Hot Wire Bass Inlaw 521 BO

7. Bass of the Week: Hot Wire Bass Inlaw 521 BO

German bass company Hot Wire produced a super cool version of their Inlaw 521 BO model with a stunning quilted maple top and matching pickup covers. The “zebra” effect is attained by using a lighter quilted maple and a dark quilted maple to create a sharp contrast…

Fender Custom Shop Introduces Dusty Hill Signature Precision Bass

8. Fender Custom Shop Introduces Dusty Hill Signature Precision Bass

The Fender Custom Shop has expanded its Artist Series instruments with the Dusty Hill Signature Precision Bass. Available in Black and Nocaster Blonde, the bass oozes old school with a road worn finish and reverse headstock…

Marcus Miller: Run for Cover, Live (2007)

9. Marcus Miller: Run for Cover, Live (2007)

Recorded live at the Java Jazz Festival in 2007, here’s Marcus Miller and his band performing a groovy take on “Run for Cover”. Love the bass tone on this one. Love the solo. Love the bass face. This is not the first time we’ve shared a video of Marcus playing this tune…

Notion: A Look at the Music Notation Software for iPad

10. Notion: A Look at the Music Notation Software for iPad

As you may recall, Damian Erskine reviewed Symphony Pro late last year and hailed it as a good start and the best we have available to us for notating music on the iPad. He believes that Notion may have just raised the bar…