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  • Gary Peacock Trio Releases “Now This”

    Gary Peacock Trio Releases “Now This”

    Top jazz double bassist Gary Peacock (Keith Jarrett, Paul Bley, Bill Evans) has released Now This with his Gary Peacock Trio, which includes Marc Copland on piano and Joey Baron on drums. The album isn’t just a new record, though, its release also celebrates Peacock’s 80th birthday, which occurred on May 12. For Peacock fans,... »

  • Turning Exercises into Real Music

    Turning Exercises into Real Music

    Q: I’ve been studying for a while now, and I’ve been practicing my scales and modes as much as possible over changes. I’ve also been working through arpeggios, including the methods you talk about in your Improvisor’s Path book. For example, I’ll work arpeggios through tunes in different inversions and so on. However, when I... »

  • Wayne Shorter & Esperanza Spalding Duet

    Wayne Shorter & Esperanza Spalding Duet

    Tavis Smiley hosted Wayne Shorter and Esperanza Spalding on his PBS show. Described as a “3 camera 1 take no editing experience,” here is their performance. »

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  • Morglbl Releases Sixth Full-Length Album

    Morglbl Releases Sixth Full-Length Album

    Jazz/metal band Mörglbl has released its latest album, Tea Time for Punks. It’s the sixth full-length studio album for the French band featuring Ivan Rougny on bass, Christope Godin on guitar and Aurelian Ouzoulias on drums. The group’s sound merges metal chords, jazz, and humor to arrive at something that evokes artists as disparate as... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Michal Šelep

    Reader Spotlight: Michal Šelep

    Meet Michal Šelep, a bassist from Slovakia who has a great knack for story telling, as you’ll see below. Michal also seems to have a great outlook on life and music. He’s the No Treble reader in the spotlight for the week of May 25, 2015. Bio: It’s been 22 years since I’ve been making... »

  • Guild Introduces Westerly Collection B-140E Acoustic Bass Guitar

    Guild Introduces Westerly Collection B-140E Acoustic Bass Guitar

    Guild has introduces the Westerly Collection, a series pays homage to the company’s early history of acoustic instruments. The lineup includes the B-140E acoustic bass guitar, which is based on the mid-70’s B-50 model. Utilizing the Guild jumbo body shape, the bass is built with a solid Sitka spruce top, solid African mahogany back and... »

  • The Blurry Empire: Lunarscapes

    The Blurry Empire: Lunarscapes

    Bassist Marius Römer is one who likes to experiment with his bass and music. He shared this video with us of a Cologne, Germany-based band The Blurry Empire. “My passion is about creating particular soundscapes by using different kinds of effects and in this kind by playing the bass with a bow,” Marius shared. “The... »

  • Snarky Puppy Explores the Forest Musically with European Orchestra

    Snarky Puppy Explores the Forest Musically with European Orchestra

    Snarky Puppy’s latest album, Sylva, is unlike anything it has produced before — this time out, the groundbreaking band has created music with The Netherlands’ Metropole Orkest, which the band and orchestra then recorded live. “The last thing I wanted to do with this opportunity was turn it into a Snarky Puppy With Strings situation,”... »

  • Bass of the Week: Stambaugh Designs 6-String Custom Inlayed Bass

    Bass of the Week: Stambaugh Designs 6-String Custom Inlayed Bass

    Chris Stambaugh of Stambaugh Designs posts a “Build of the Month” on his website to show his best work of the month, and it’s incredible to see the range of styles he produces. This week, we check out a custom six-string design he featured in November 2012, with a dramatic fingerboard inlay and breath-taking body... »

  • Felipe Gianei: Charlie Parker’s “Cherokee” Solo on Bass

    Felipe Gianei: Charlie Parker’s “Cherokee” Solo on Bass

    We can learn a lot about our instrument by transcribing other instrumentalists, and Charlie Parker’s recordings are a lifetime of lessons. Bassist Felipe Gianei spent four months transcribing Bird’s solo on “Cherokee” and applying it to bass. “[The] first time I listened to this recording of Cherokee I thought, ‘Man, I want to know what... »