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Weekly Top 10: The Best in Bass for the Week of June 1st

The first week of June was a huge one, thanks in part to our fourth ever Isolated Bass week. Those isolated tracks combined for nearly 60,000 listens.

But there was more bass goodness than that… including some new gear, great bass videos, a unique Bass of the Week, some how-to’s and some exciting stories.

Here is your top 10 for the week of June 1-7, 2014. Thanks as always for reading, commenting and sharing.

Isolated Bass Week 4

1. Isolated Bass Week 4

Flea, McCartney, Squire, TimmyC, Geddy, Jamerson & Jaco. That’s a great lineup for anything bass related, and especially great for isolated bass week…

King Crimson Announce Reunion Tour Dates with Tony Levin

2. King Crimson Announce Reunion Tour Dates with Tony Levin

It’s really happening: King Crimson has just announced the initial tour dates with their latest incarnation – their eighth. The group’s lineup and plans for touring were announced back in September, with bassist Tony Levin returning to the fold…

Bass of the Week: Tony Cochran Mercy Bass

3. Bass of the Week: Tony Cochran Mercy Bass

I love instruments that get stylistically creative, and Tony Cochran has a knack for making them. Cochran, who is also the syndicated cartoonist of the comic strip Agnes, has a habit of taking neglected guitars and basses and giving them a new life…

Carvin Introduces JB4 and JB5 Classic Bolt-Neck Jazz Basses

4. Carvin Introduces JB4 and JB5 Classic Bolt-Neck Jazz Basses

Following up on their recent PB series, Carvin has announced the JB4 four-string and JB5 five-string Classic Bolt-Neck Jazz Basses. The new models blend classic styling with the company’s more contemporary features…

Jaco Pastorius and Bireli Lagrene: Teen Town Jam

5. Jaco Pastorius and Bireli Lagrene: Teen Town Jam

If you’ve listened to Live in Italy, with Jaco Pastorius, Bireli Lagrene and Tomas Böröcz, you’ve heard one killer version of Jaco’s “Teen Town”. Now you can see a video of the trio performing “Teen Town” (with some other tunes/jams thrown in) live in 1986…

Bass Players to Know: Bakithi Kumalo

6. Bass Players to Know: Bakithi Kumalo

Of all the great moments in bass history, one of Ryan Madora’s favorites is the short and sweet solo on the Paul Simon tune, “You Can Call Me Al.” So she decided to take a look at his career and some of her favorite tunes in this newest in her Bass Players to Know series…

G&L Launches Detroit Muscle Series: SS Collection LB-100 Basses

7. G&L Launches Detroit Muscle Series: SS Collection LB-100 Basses

If you love cars and basses, you’re in for a treat. G&L has revealed the Detroit Muscle Series SS Collection, which brings their instruments together with four historic color finishes from ’60s-era GM Motors muscle cars…

Reader Spotlight: Wayne Whittaker

8. Reader Spotlight: Wayne Whittaker

Meet Wayne Whittaker, a bassist who has studied with some impressive teachers and keeps busy as a session musician. We found ourselves smiling at many of the things he said, and many readers will appreciate his approach to the bass. Wayne is No Treble’s reader in the spotlight this week….

Playing Under Pressure and Facing Your Fears

9. Playing Under Pressure and Facing Your Fears

This week, Damian answers a reader’s question about overcoming fears when performing. We’ve all been there, and some of us are still there…

Mike Zabrin Releases “Funktastic”

10. Mike Zabrin Releases “Funktastic”

Chicago-based bassist Mike Zabrin is feeling Funktastic. That’s the name of his debut album, featuring R&B and jazz sounds, and of course, a heavy dose of funk. Zabrin, who tours with the Joe Moss Band, has enlisted some funk heavy-hitters to guest on the record, too…