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  • The Winery Dogs: Elevate

    The Winery Dogs: Elevate

    Back in December, we shared the story of a new project with Billy Sheehan, Mike Portnoy and Richie Kotzen. We now know the group’s name is The Winery Dogs, and their debut album will be released next month in Japan. Dates for the rest of the world are to be determined. The band has released... »

  • Weekly Top Ten: The Top Bass Stories, Videos and How-To’s for the Week of April 21

    Weekly Top Ten: The Top Bass Stories, Videos and How-To’s for the Week of April 21

    Here are the top 10 most viewed stories and videos by No Treble readers for the week of April 21-27, 2013. Thanks for reading, commenting and sharing! 1. Fender Introduces Classic Series Precision and Jazz Basses with Lacquer Finishes Fender has expanded their bass lineup with the Classic Series ’60’s Jazz Bass Lacquer and Classic... »

  • Jefferson Starship’s Pete Sears Reunited with Custom Bass After 35 Years

    Jefferson Starship’s Pete Sears Reunited with Custom Bass After 35 Years

    Any musician will tell you that stealing an instrument is one of the worst things you can do to someone. The bass community has seen its fair share of famous instruments gone missing, but fortunately we can report one more that’s found its way home. Former Jefferson Starship bassist Pete Sears took to his Facebook... »

  • Weather Report: Barbary Coast (1976)

    Weather Report: Barbary Coast (1976)

    When Jaco Pastorius joined Weather Report, they were close to finishing Black Market, which had been recorded up to that point by bassist Alphonso Johnson. Jaco played on two tracks on that album, which included one of his own compositions, “Barbary Coast”. Here’s a live performance early on in Jaco’s tenure with the band, performing... »

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  • Jazz Bass Classics

    Jazz Bass Classics

    Hal Leonard has released Jazz Bass Classics, a new book featuring 16 note-for-note transcriptions of jazz classics. Transcriptions cover bass lines by Scott LaFaro, Paul Chambers, Ray Brown, Bob Cranshaw, Chuck Israels, Ron Carter and Wilbur Ware. The 168 page book focuses on both double and electric basses, with standard notation and tab. Jazz Bass... »

  • I Ain’t Superstitious: Personal Quirks and Why They Work

    I Ain’t Superstitious: Personal Quirks and Why They Work

    It’s 6pm… time to get the gear in the car, enter the club’s address into the GPS, and get on the road. It takes exactly five minutes and three trips to pack: one trip for each cabinet (the two fit side by side in the trunk), and one trip for the amp head, bag o’... »

  • Oceakyl: No One Can Be You

    Oceakyl: No One Can Be You

    When Joachim Mahoudeaux shared this video with us, he said very few words. “This french band is simply amazing!” The band is Oceakyl… an unusual trio we really dig. Started by bassist/multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Olivier Carole, who recruited bassist Emeline Fougeray and drummer Mogan Cornebert, the group has been performing together since 2009. The polyrhythms, which are... »

  • Black Sabbath Announces Full North American Tour Dates

    Black Sabbath Announces Full North American Tour Dates

    Black Sabbath has announced a full 20-city North American tour in anticipation of their upcoming album, 13. The outing will build on their current World Tour, which kicked off April 20 in New Zealand and takes the legendary act from Texas to Virginia to British Columbia to California and several spots in between. 13 will... »

  • Bass of the Week: Brett Wall’s “ThunderBacker”

    Bass of the Week: Brett Wall’s “ThunderBacker”

    Brett Wall has been making his own basses ever since he started playing. He dropped us an email with a couple of his latest creations including what he calls The ThunderBacker. The dual-course, 8-string bass brings together elements of a Rickenbacker, a Thunderbird and a Precision bass for a unique blend and stunning design. The... »

  • Imelda May: Proud And Humble

    Imelda May: Proud And Humble

    No Treble reader Ian Pettersson sent us this video of Imelda May, which features some mighty fine bass playing by Al Gare. Ian said, “I remember you featured Imelda May a while back with her song ‘Johnny’s Got A Boom Boom‘. Have a listen to this beauty. A fine example of the old ‘less is... »