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  • Jimmy Blanton: Bass Solo on “Sepia Panorama”

    Jimmy Blanton: Bass Solo on “Sepia Panorama”

    Even in the few years he was able to make a name for himself, Jimmy Blanton helped change the face of jazz bass. Blanton, who was cited as an influence by the likes of Ray Brown and Charles Mingus, drove the bass into the spotlight as a viable solo instrument by playing horn-like melodies, but... »

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  • Hot Tuna Releases “Live at the Fillmore West, June 3, 1971”

    Hot Tuna Releases “Live at the Fillmore West, June 3, 1971”

    It was the final Saturday night at the legendary San Francisco concert venue, Fillmore West. Who played that night — July 3, 1971? Well, Quicksilver Messenger Service closed the night, but Hot Tuna got the crowd going with its performance, captured on . The group, anchored as always by bassist Jack Casady and guitarist Jorma... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Jamie Mills

    Reader Spotlight: Jamie Mills

    Bassist Jamie Mills hooked us with his very first sentence in his Reader Spotlight profile. Jamie has seen a lot of styles in the 14 years he’s played bass, and he’s as humble as he is talented from everything we can see. Jamie is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Bio: I’m a... »

  • Meddy Gerville with Michel Alibo: Té kout anou don

    Meddy Gerville with Michel Alibo: Té kout anou don

    Our good friend Sylvain Gros-Desormeaux keeps us in the loop on some excellent videos I’m afraid we would have otherwise missed. This time around, Sylvain shared this performance by keyboardist Meddy Gerville at ShapeShifter Lab in Brooklyn, along with bassist Michel Alibo and drummer Emmanuel Félicité. Sylvain said Gerville’s group plays “some traditional music from... »

  • Yes Releases “Heaven & Earth”

    Yes Releases “Heaven & Earth”

    So many of the classic Yes elements are in place for , the latest record from the progressive rock pioneers: Chris Squire on bass, Steve Howe on guitar, and Roger Dean’s artwork on the cover. There’s one new element though — Jon Davison has taken over on vocals from Benoit David, who had handled lead... »

  • OZZtosh Introduces LUMA Aluminum Body Bass

    OZZtosh Introduces LUMA Aluminum Body Bass

    OZZtosh unveiled their latest creation, the LUMA Bass, at the Summer NAMM Show in Nashville, Tennessee last week. The bass follows suit with the rest of their LUMA series and is CNC machined from a 6061 solid aluminum billet. The instrument is then hand polished and assembled in the U.S. Weighing in at 8.7 pounds,... »

  • Bass Lick Series: Funky Fingerstyle Bass Groove

    Bass Lick Series: Funky Fingerstyle Bass Groove

    Changing things up a bit this time around with a funky 5-string bass groove (which can also be played on a 4-string). The fill is based on the Em Dorian scale (E F♯ G A B C♯ D) and uses the open strings for a doubling effect. The doubling effect is something we’ve tried before... »

  • That 1 Guy: Live in Kalamazoo

    That 1 Guy: Live in Kalamazoo

    Our friend Cory O’Brien shared this terrific video, setting it up perfectly by saying it “exemplifies the fact that we are limited only by our imagination”. The artist in this video goes by the name That 1 Guy, who averages “150-200 shows a year all over North America and Canada.” The instrument is something That... »

  • PreSonus Introduces Capture for iPad and Capture Duo

    PreSonus Introduces Capture for iPad and Capture Duo

    PreSonus has ported their Capture audio-recording software to the iPad with two new apps: and . Capture for iPad allows for recording up to 32 tracks simultaneously with 24-bit, 96 kHz fidelity, while Capture Duo is a free version that lets you record and play two stereo tracks. Both apps focus on recording but come... »

  • Weekly Top 10: The Dan Briggs Interview, Remembering Bob Babbitt, One Glitzy Bass, New Bass Gear and More

    Weekly Top 10: The Dan Briggs Interview, Remembering Bob Babbitt, One Glitzy Bass, New Bass Gear and More

    There’s so much bass goodness in this week’s top 10, I can hardly contain myself. MarloweDK’s cool lesson on covering all the keys, a handful crazy good bass videos, Damian Erskine’s ask column on how to decide to take the gig, some new gear and one glitzy bass of the week. Here is your top... »