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  • Victor Wooten, Steve Bailey & Derico Watson: Bass Extremes

    Victor Wooten, Steve Bailey & Derico Watson: Bass Extremes

    Back in September, Berklee held their Beantown Jazz Festival. Victor Wooten, Steve Bailey and Derico Watson took the stage, and thankfully, they recorded it. »

  • Bill Laswell Record is a Bass Extravaganza

    Bill Laswell Record is a Bass Extravaganza

    The latest release from experimental composer/bassist/producer Bill Laswell is absolutely all about the bass. The seven-track piece, Bass Culture, features not only Laswell, but a divers group of bassists including funk icon Bootsy Collins (James Brown, Parliament-Funkadelic, Bootsy’s Rubber Band), Robbie Shakespeare (one half of reggae legends Sly & Robbie), Jah Wobble (P.I.L.) and Gabe... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Carlo Dellepiane

    Reader Spotlight: Carlo Dellepiane

    If you’re a regular reader here, you’ll know I love the Reader Spotlight. It might just be my favorite thing we do here. This week, I’m thrilled to share Carlo Dellepiane’s story. Carlo is about to embark on his next big step in his musical career, which is awesome. But wait until you read the... »

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  • Kiesel Guitars Introduces Vader Headless Bass Series

    Kiesel Guitars Introduces Vader Headless Bass Series

    Kiesel Guitars has introduced a bass version of their Vader Series of instruments. Available in four, five, and six-string versions, the basses feature a headless design with a compact, beveled body for ergonomics. Each version has 24 frets and a 34-inch scale, though the option of a 30-inch short scale is available. Standard features include... »

  • The Zamar Odongo Collective: Cantaloupe Island

    The Zamar Odongo Collective: Cantaloupe Island

    I’ve watched just one video of The Zamar Odongo Collective, and I’m already a big fan. Drummer Zamar Odongo and the group’s pianist, Timothée Bakoglu, came up with this terrific arrangement of Herbie Hancock’s “Cantaloupe Island”. Making this even sweeter is the groove (and tone) by bassist Lucy Clifford. We’ll be watching for more from... »

  • New Set Offers Overview of Jack Bruce’s Life in Music

    New Set Offers Overview of Jack Bruce’s Life in Music

    It’s been a year since Jack Bruce’s Oct. 25, 2014, death at age 71. At the time of this sad anniversary, Polydor has released a set of Bruce’s work, called Sunshine of Your Love: A Life in Music. The two-CD set’s title comes from the Cream tune of the same name. The set includes music... »

  • Bass of the Week: Lambdin Guitars 35″ Scale Four-String

    Bass of the Week: Lambdin Guitars 35″ Scale Four-String

    This week we’re checking out a 35″ Scale Four-String model by luthier Ben Lambdin of Lambdin Guitars. The California-based builder opened shop recently, but he’s no new-comer to the industry. “After nearly a decade of working for and learning from some of the most respected guitar manufacturers in the world, such as the Santa Cruz... »

  • Miles Mosley, Featuring Justin Sky: High School

    Miles Mosley, Featuring Justin Sky: High School

    Miles Mosley can rip it up on the upright bass, but his latest release, “High School,” isn’t about that. “Ever meet someone that makes you feel nervous and giddy like you’re back in High School again?,” the bassist asks. “Here’s live footage of a song I co-wrote about that very thing, featuring the West Coast... »

  • Malcolm-Jamal Warner Releases Latest as Bassist and Poet

    Malcolm-Jamal Warner Releases Latest as Bassist and Poet

    Malcolm-Jamal Warner, known for his years playing “Theo” on “The Cosby Show,” is also a Grammy-winning musician, whose latest album with his group Miles Long, Selfless, features his spoken word poetry as well as his bass work. “I’ve been really fortunate to create my own niche,” Warner said in an interview with The Associated Press.... »

  • Weekly Top 10: Funky Fretless Groove, Crackin’ the Slonimsky Code, New Bass Gear, Top Videos and More

    Weekly Top 10: Funky Fretless Groove, Crackin’ the Slonimsky Code, New Bass Gear, Top Videos and More

    We had a lot of fun putting together the stories and videos this week, and No Treble readers seemed to agree. Visits were way up, as were comments and shares. So thanks for that, and enjoy this week’s top 10 reader favorites. 1. Remco Hendrix: Funky Fretless Bass Grooves with Double Stops Remco Hendrix has... »