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  • John Clayton, John Patitucci, Victor Wooten, and Steve Bailey: Santa Claus Is Coming to Town

    John Clayton, John Patitucci, Victor Wooten, and Steve Bailey: Santa Claus Is Coming to Town

    Steve Bailey has a great tradition of spreading holiday cheer. He gathers his fellow bassists for a winter summit at Berklee College of Music, where he heads the bass department, and puts together star-studded arrangements of carols. This year the group includes heavyweights John Clayton, John Patitucci, Victor Wooten, and Bailey playing a reggae/swing/funk version... »

  • Best of 2014: The Top 10 Lowdown with Dr. D Columns

    Best of 2014: The Top 10 Lowdown with Dr. D Columns

    Every other Monday, Dr. Donovan Stokes brings offers up his latest prescription for improving ourselves as bassists. We’re lucky to have someone with his vast knowledge and status as an educator. Here are the top 10 most popular Lowdown columns published in 2014. 1. Improving Troublesome Passages: Five Tips for Bass Players From the speed... »

  • Funkadelic is Back with 33 Songs After 33 Years

    Funkadelic is Back with 33 Songs After 33 Years

    Funkadelic has released an album of new music after a 33-year hiatus. is the first album the legendary funk group led by George Clinton has released since 1981’s The Electric Spanking of War Babies. The new record, which combines classic funk with hip-hop sounds, features several bassists, including Rodney ‘Skeet’ Curtis, Lige Curry, Jeff ‘Cherokee’... »

  • Miki Santamaria: Silent Night

    Miki Santamaria: Silent Night

    Continuing our celebration of the holiday season, bass-style, here’s a beautiful arrangement and performance of “Silent Night” by bassist Miki Santamaria. Miki said “Please excuse my facial expressions… LOL I was very into it haha.” Hey, he wouldn’t be a bass player without some bass faces. Happy holidays, all. »

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  • Jazz Greats to Celebrate the Life and Music of Charlie Haden

    Jazz Greats to Celebrate the Life and Music of Charlie Haden

    Charlie Haden had an incredible life full of triumph, tragedy, and – most of all – beautiful music that he shared with the world. His passing earlier this year rocked the jazz community, who remembered his legacy with an outpouring of anecdotes on his impact on their lives. Now everyone is invited to honor Haden’s... »

  • Best of 2014: The Top 10 Isolated Bass Tracks

    Best of 2014: The Top 10 Isolated Bass Tracks

    Our “Isolated Bass Weeks” are super popular, and they’re super fun for us to do. Here are the top 10 reader favorites from 2014, based on No Treble reader views over these 12 months. Which one is your favorite? »

  • Bass of the Week: Phantom Guitars XTC

    Bass of the Week: Phantom Guitars XTC

    This week we check out the XTC by Phantom Guitars. Handmade in Cologne, Germany, the XTC brings together elements of several classic basses with a single-coil and humbucker pickup configuration that the company says gives it modern sounds for rock, funk, jazz and pop. The XTC comes in 4-, 5-, and 6-string versions with a... »

  • Simon Fitzpatrick: Jingle Bells (Solo Bass)

    Simon Fitzpatrick: Jingle Bells (Solo Bass)

    Time for some more holiday cheer from another one of our favorite bassists around here. Here’s Simon Fitzpatrick performing “Jingle Bells” – solo bass style. »

  • Bastille’s Third “Mixtape” Features Collaborative Originals

    Bastille’s Third “Mixtape” Features Collaborative Originals

    Indie band Bastille has reappeared with a new mixtape, with a title reminiscent of its first two. This time out, the “tape” — actually a CD — is . However, the album marks the fist time the “mixtape” has featured exclusively original content, rather than a combination of originals and cover versions of songs. The... »

  • Weekly Top 10: Funky Bass Videos, New Bass Gear, Learning the Electric Bass, Self Evaluation and More

    Weekly Top 10: Funky Bass Videos, New Bass Gear, Learning the Electric Bass, Self Evaluation and More

    This week’s top 10 list kicks off with two incredible videos – the first by Alissia Benveniste with her old school funky sound, and the second by Rebecca Johnson and her remarkable bass and vocal work on Jaco’s “Come on, Come Over”. Readers also enjoyed columns by Sam Hallam (the best way to learn electric... »