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  • Meshell Ndegeocello Releases “Comet Come to Me”

    Meshell Ndegeocello Releases “Comet Come to Me”

    Bassist Meshell Ndegeocello has returned with her 11th studio album, . The album was “little labor but a lot of love,” Ndegeocello says of the album which is melodic, yet groove-driven and meditative. You can hear what she’s talking about in this clip of “Conviction” from the new record: Comet, Come to Me is available... »

  • Carvin Introduces JB4 and JB5 Classic Bolt-Neck Jazz Basses

    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 including a locking bass bridge, a smooth contoured neck heel with a 5-bolt neck plate, and a 22-fret neck with dual carbon fiber... »

  • The Lowdown with Dr. D: A Call for Questions

    The Lowdown with Dr. D: A Call for Questions

    Over the years, I’ve received questions from aspiring bassists, and many of those questions have turned into the Lowdown columns you read here. I’d love to do more of this. Please send me questions you’d like to see me cover in future Lowdown columns. You can send them to drd@notreble.com or post them in the... »

  • Red Hot Chili Peppers: Isolated Bass and Drums on “Give It Away”

    Red Hot Chili Peppers: Isolated Bass and Drums on “Give It Away”

    Kicking off our fourth Isolated Bass Week is the one and only Flea. Here is the isolated bass and drum track for the Chili Pepper's "Give It Away"... »

  • Jamie Saft, Steve Swallow and Bobby Previte Team Up for “The New Standard”

    Jamie Saft, Steve Swallow and Bobby Previte Team Up for “The New Standard”

    Three jazz greats — Jamie Saft, Steve Swallow and Bobby Previte — prove that excellent music doesn’t always take long to make. The trio’s first record, , was recorded in about three hours in an upstate New York studio. Saft, who composed seven of the record’s 10 tracks, had high praise for bassist Swallow, who... »

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  • Weekly Top 10: The Best in Bass for the Week of May 25th

    Weekly Top 10: The Best in Bass for the Week of May 25th

    The last week of May closed the month with a bang (or a boom) in the world of bass. Our top 10 list this week kicks off with two monster videos, along with some great bass how-to’s, some new bass method and transcription books, the Bass of the Week and more. Here is your top... »

  • Molten Voltage Introduces The Tempode

    Molten Voltage Introduces The Tempode

    Molten Voltage has released The Tempode, a MIDI clock generator pedal for synchronizing up your MIDI-capable pedals to a single device. The Tempode can be used as a stand-alone device but is also compatible with all MIDI controllers. Built for simplicity, the pedal has MIDI in and out jacks and a pair of footswitches to... »

  • Jaco Pastorius and Bireli Lagrene: Teen Town Jam

    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. Thank goodness we’re past the era of video tapes (and... »

  • moe. Releases “No Guts, No Glory”

    moe. Releases “No Guts, No Glory”

    The 11th studio album from moe., , was supposed to have a completely different sound than the finished product. “Everything we started out to do turned into completely something else. An album that was supposed to be an acoustic based album recorded in a barn turned into a hard rock album recorded in Connecticut with... »