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Weekly Top 10: Carol Kaye & Gene Simmons, Losing a Legend, Popular Bass Videos and More

We usually call these top 10 lists the “best in bass for the week”. And the #1 item on the list certainly fits that category perfectly.

But late Friday afternoon, we learned of the passing of one of our heroes, Charlie Haden. Readers responded with a lot of heartfelt comments on No Treble and our Facebook page, and we enjoyed reading them all. Mr. Haden will be missed by us all.

Among the other most popular features on No Treble this week includes some other great bass videos (and a video top 10 list), our Bass of the Week, Reader Spotlight and news from Pink Floyd.

Thanks as always for reading, commenting and sharing. Here is your top 10 most read stories and most watched videos for the week of July 6-12, 2014.

Carol Kaye Gives Gene Simmons a Bass Lesson

1. Carol Kaye Gives Gene Simmons a Bass Lesson

Here’s something I never thought I’d see. Studio legend Carol Kaye gave KISS bassist Gene Simmons an impromptu bass lesson at Sunset Sound studios in Hollywood, and luckily cameras were rolling to catch it…

Dirty Loops: Wake Me Up (Avicii Cover)

2. Dirty Loops: Wake Me Up (Avicii Cover)

Dirty Loops has just released a new cover video, this time tackling Avicii’s “Wake Me Up.” Taking a more laid back feel than their previous covers, the clip has bassist Henrik Linder taking a more chordal approach (on his Mattissonbass with true temperament frets)…

In Memoriam: Charlie Haden

3. In Memoriam: Charlie Haden

American jazz bassist Charlie Haden, who made waves with artists like free jazz saxophonist Ornette Coleman and pianist Keith Jarrett, has passed away after a prolonged illness, according to a statement from ECM Records…

Musical Diplomacy: Bassists, Drummers and Locking In

4. Musical Diplomacy: Bassists, Drummers and Locking In

For bassists, the connection to drummers is a critical one. So what happens when the connection doesn’t work? That’s what a reader asked Damian Erskine this week, and Damian provided some great thoughts, as always…

Pink Floyd Announces First Album in 20 Years

5. Pink Floyd Announces First Album in 20 Years

In a move that has shocked the music industry, members of Pink Floyd have announced they will be releasing a new album later this year entitled The Endless River. The album will be their first in 20 years, following The Division Bell, which the band just re-released…

Bass of the Week: Paul Belgrado Stringed Instruments Custom AG #1

6. Bass of the Week: Paul Belgrado Stringed Instruments Custom AG #1

This week we check out the Custom AG by Belgian luthier Paul Belgrado. Finished in a root beer color nitrocellulose finish, the bass gives an air of classic ideas with a modern approach. Check out the bass of the week…

Top 10: The Most Watched Bass Videos (June 2014)

7. Top 10: The Most Watched Bass Videos (June 2014)

When we tally up the most watched videos of the month, we love the diversity – not to mention how killer the collection is. Check out the top 10 most watched bass videos in June…

Greg Christian Speaks On Split with Testament

8. Greg Christian Speaks On Split with Testament

Back in January, we reported that longtime Testament bassist Greg Christian was leaving the band. Christian, who was an original member of the group, opened up about his departure on his Facebook account, detailing discrepancies in payment and treatment…

Cheikh Ndoye Group: “Alchemy”, Live at the Kennedy Center

9. Cheikh Ndoye Group: “Alchemy”, Live at the Kennedy Center

Check out this video of Cheikh Ndoye’s electrifying performance on his tune “Alchemy.” Taken from a performance at the prestigious Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, the song brings together world music and classic jazz fusion with an unstoppable groove…

Reader Spotlight: Charles William Power Jones

10. Reader Spotlight: Charles William Power Jones

Okay, so this week’s spotlight is on a bassist who seems quite cool, starting with his name: Charles William Power Jones. Check out this week’s No Treble Reader Spotlight…