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Weekly Top 10: RIP Rick Rosas, Top Bass Videos, Basses Under $500, Jaco Anthology and More

Every week, we tally up the visits to the stories and videos we share, and create these top 10 lists of the most popular ones.

Unfortunately this week we lead off with some more sad news, with the passing of the great Rick Rosas.

For the week of November 1 – 7, 2014, No Treble readers enjoyed our semi-annual roundup of recently released basses with price tags of $500 or less, a few great videos, expert columns from Dr. D and Damian Erskine, our Bass of the Week and more.

Thanks for reading, commenting and sharing.

In Memoriam: Rick Rosas

1. In Memoriam: Rick Rosas

Another great bassist has left us. Rick Rosas, who served as longtime bassist for Neil Young, passed away on Nov. 6th at the age of 65…

Bass on a Budget: 9 Basses Under $500

2. Bass on a Budget: 9 Basses Under $500

Our third entry in the “Basses on a Budget” series includes basses we’ve covered between August, 2013 and August, 2014, with a price tag of $500 or less…

Avoiding Injury: Five Tips for Bass Players

3. Avoiding Injury: Five Tips for Bass Players

As bassists, our health is important, and paying attention to our routine is paramount to avoiding injury. Here are five tips to keep in mind to staying healthy and injury free from Dr. D…

Simone Masina with Angelica Lubian: Always on the Run (Lenny Kravitz Cover)

4. Simone Masina with Angelica Lubian: Always on the Run (Lenny Kravitz Cover)

Bassist Simone Masina shared this video with us of him performing the Lenny Kravitz tune, arranged for double bass and vocals. The vocalist is Angelica Lubian, and the arrangement is described by Simone as a “cover of cover” – inspired by Adam Ben Ezra’s solo bass version of the tune…

Bass of the Week: Naked Bass Hitchhiker 5-String

5. Bass of the Week: Naked Bass Hitchhiker 5-String

Luthier Bill Woger decided to make the jump to create his own business last year called Naked Bass and Guitar Company. His fourth bass ever built is the Hitchhiker 5-string, and it’s No Treble’s Bass of the Week…

Warner Bros Releases Jaco Pastorius Anthology

6. Warner Bros Releases Jaco Pastorius Anthology

In 1981, Jaco Pastorius left Weather Report to pursue work with his Word of Mouth Big Band. He signed with Warner Bros, which brought Word of Mouth, Invitation and The Birthday Concert. Now Warner has released an anthology of Jaco’s work with the label…

Erlend Caspersen: Abhorrent’s “Reward System Malfunction” Playthrough

7. Erlend Caspersen: Abhorrent’s “Reward System Malfunction” Playthrough

Prepare yourself: Erlend Caspersen sent us this playthrough of his band Abhorrent’s song “Reward System Malfunction,” and it’s scary good. The song comes from their upcoming album Intransigence, and while the band has a vocalist, this playthrough removes the vocals to focus on the instruments…

On Musical Expression and Playing Freely

8. On Musical Expression and Playing Freely

This week’s Ask Damian column is just plain inspiring. Read what Damian has to say in response to a reader’s question about musical expression and playing more freely…

Abraham Laboriel Sr.: Listen to Your Brother

9. Abraham Laboriel Sr.: Listen to Your Brother

A couple of months ago, we featured a video from Berklee’s 2014 Alumni Reunion Concert featuring Abraham Laboriel Sr. performing with his sons. Here’s another song from that performance, with an additional family connection…

Niacin: Blood, Sweat & Beers

10. Niacin: Blood, Sweat & Beers

Dennis Chambers is on the short list of drummers I’d love to play with, and I’m sure most bass players would agree. Billy Sheehan is one of those bassists lucky enough to do just that, in the band Niacin. Here’s the trio with John Novello on keys performing “Blood, Sweat & Beers.” This one grooves…