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  • Christian McBride Trio: Fried Pies

    Christian McBride Trio: Fried Pies

    Here’s a clip that will get your foot tapping. Christian McBride and his trio of pianist Christian Sands and drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr. recently visited Seattle’s KPLU for a small set including their take on the classic Wes Montgomery tune “Fried Pies.” The group is firing on all cylinders as they quickly get into a... »

  • In Memoriam: Scott Clendenin

    In Memoriam: Scott Clendenin

    Scott Clendenin, who played bass with Death, has passed away at the age of 47. A cause of death has not been released, though former band manager Eric Greif stated he had been facing health challenges. Clendenin joined the band in 1996 and was featured on 1998’s The Sound of Perseverance. The bassist continued with... »

  • Right Hand Endurance for Bass Players

    Right Hand Endurance for Bass Players

    Q: I’d like to ask something about right hand endurance. I’m playing in two metal bands, so some of our songs are rather fast-paced (I play 95% of the time with a pick). When rehearsing, everything seems just okay – no problems. But when playing live, my right tends to get this irregular muscular tension,... »

  • James Brown, Featuring Charles Sherrell: Live on The Hollywood Palace

    James Brown, Featuring Charles Sherrell: Live on The Hollywood Palace

    James Brown had tons of hits, and nearly every one of them was driven by an outstanding bass line. This clip from 1969 on The Hollywood Palace proves just that. After being introduced by Sammy Davis, Jr., Brown and his band tear through a medley of “I Got the Feelin,” “Cold Sweat,” “Say It Loud... »

  • Marc Cary Re-teams with Tarus Mateen on New Album

    Marc Cary Re-teams with Tarus Mateen on New Album

    Keyboardist Marc Cary has released a followup to his 1999 album, Rhodes Ahead Vo. 1, featuring the same personnel as the late 1990s record, including bassist Tarus Mateen. Rhodes Ahead Vol. 2 showcases Cary’s electro-acoustic jazz sound and Fender Rhodes’ keyboard work. It also incorporates drum n’ bass, electronic dance music (EDM), funk and rock... »

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  • Reader Spotlight: Johannes Ossi

    Reader Spotlight: Johannes Ossi

    Meet Johannes Ossi, one of many bassists who started out first on guitar, before finding his love with the lower end of the spectrum. Johannes keeps busy with a post-grunge band, and thinks of bass in the way many would say is the mark of a true bassist. He’s the No Treble reader in the... »

  • AC Guitars Announces Standard Series Basses

    AC Guitars Announces Standard Series Basses

    AC Guitars has revamped their offering with the Standard series, which the company says offers “outstanding value for money sitting below [their] custom basses.” The line offers each of the company’s models with reduced options to keep prices and wait times down. Standard basses can be ordered in 4-, 5-, and 6-string versions with a... »

  • Evan Brewer: Entheos “Primal” Playthrough

    Evan Brewer: Entheos “Primal” Playthrough

    Ever since Evan Brewer joined Entheos at the beginning of the year, I’ve been eager to check the band out. The technical death metal band’s Primal EP dropped this month and proved the wait was worth it. Brewer joins drummer Navene Koperweis, guitarist Frank Costa, and vocalist Chaney Crabb to lay down some brutally heavy... »

  • Two 1976 Rush Albums Reissued in Remastered Vinyl Editions

    Two 1976 Rush Albums Reissued in Remastered Vinyl Editions

    The year’s vinyl releases of remastered Rush albums continues with the double live album All the World’s a Stage and the legendary 2112, both from 1976. Both albums from the prog-rock trio of Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart were remastered at Abbey Road Studios using the Direct to Metal Mastering process and pressed... »

  • Bass of the Week: Anastasio Fasanaro Contrabasso

    Bass of the Week: Anastasio Fasanaro Contrabasso

    This week we take a look at Italian luthier Anastasio Fasanaro’s Contrabasso model, but this is no ordinary double bass. The unique 1/4 size bass features low profile sides for a slim body and a highly figured, bookmatched curly Italian poplar top. Fasanaro gave it a dark finish for a smoky, elegant aesthetic. The Contrabasso... »