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  • Zawinul Syndicate with Gerald Veasley: King Hip (1988)

    Zawinul Syndicate with Gerald Veasley: King Hip (1988)

    When we interviewed Gerald Veasley in 2011, he spoke a lot about his time playing music with the late great Joe Zawinul in the Zawinul Syndicate. That’s some great reading, if you want to check that out after this video. Gerald was Zawinul’s longest tenured bassist, which should say a lot. Zawinul prided himself in... »

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  • Olivier Babaz Releases “Virages”

    Olivier Babaz Releases “Virages”

    French bassist/composer Olivier Babaz has released his third album, . Paris-born and now Montreal-based, Babaz usually focuses on working with small, acoustic jazz ensembles, but this 11-song album straddles the line between jazz and acoustic rock. Babaz’s previous recordings include the Akoz Duo record La Lune de Kala and his own Midnight Cafeine. This latest... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Sam Lord

    Reader Spotlight: Sam Lord

    Meet Sam Lord a musician from the UK who has had a bass in his hands pretty much since the day he was born. So it is no surprise he’s been one of the youngest bassists around his local scene. Sam is No Treble’s reader in the spotlight for the week of May 26th, 2014.... »

  • Lesson: Funky Slap Bass with Cross-String Hammer-Ons

    Lesson: Funky Slap Bass with Cross-String Hammer-Ons

    Here’s a new slap bass lesson for you to try out to incorporate cross-string hammer-ons into your playing. We’ll practice this with a line I put together in the key of E. In the video below, I play the line at full tempo, followed by half speed and finally super slow speed. Follow along with... »

  • Big Wreck: Ghosts

    Big Wreck: Ghosts

    I love discovering new artists, and it’s even better when a No Treble reader shares something with us. Justin Barker dropped me a line about bassist Dave McMillan of Big Wreck. “Just heard the single ‘Ghosts’ from a band called Big Wreck,” he wrote. “It’s pretty rare to me that a bass player from what... »

  • The Roots Release “…And Then You Shoot Your Cousin”

    The Roots Release “…And Then You Shoot Your Cousin”

    The Roots’ latest, is one of the group’s shortest efforts while still being a conceptual piece focusing on self-destructive cycles. With the low end provided by bassist Mark Kelley, the record is a deep, different offering from the group, which is now on its 14th album. The group’s drummer and bandleader Questlove even goes so... »

  • Electro-Harmonix Introduces the Nano Bass Big Muff Pi

    Electro-Harmonix Introduces the Nano Bass Big Muff Pi

    Electro-Harmonix has expanded their bass offerings with the announcement of the Nano Bass Big Muff Pi, a distortion/sustainer pedal that blends features of its predecessors into a smaller package. The new pedal is voiced like the EHX Russian Big Muff but has a classic Big Muff Pi control layout with Sustain, Tone, and Volume knobs.... »

  • Geezer Butler: Another Black Sabbath Album Possible

    Geezer Butler: Another Black Sabbath Album Possible

    Less than a year after scoring their first number one album in the United States with 13, the metal pioneers in Black Sabbath may be getting ready for a followup, says bassist Geezer Butler. “We’ve still got four tracks left over from the album,” he told Time Out Dubai, “so maybe we’ll fill in the... »

  • Victor Wooten & Federico Malaman: Isn’t She Lovely

    Victor Wooten & Federico Malaman: Isn’t She Lovely

    During the 2014 Musikmesse show in Frankfurt, two remarkable bassists – who have wowed us all with their solo performances – got together to perform one iconic song. Those bassists are Victor Wooten and Federico Malaman. The tune is Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely”. You may remember Victor performing this arrangement solo in one of... »

  • Martin Wind Quintet Releases “Turn Out the Stars – Music Written or Inspired by Bill Evans”

    Martin Wind Quintet Releases “Turn Out the Stars – Music Written or Inspired by Bill Evans”

    Bassist Martin Wind and his quartet are back with an album that pays tribute to the great jazz composer/pianist Bill Evans. The quartet includes Scott Robinson on tenor sax, Bill Cunliffe on piano and Joe LaBarbera on drums. LaBarbera also played in a trio with Evans. The album, , sees the quartet working with the... »