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  • Unreleased Live Material from Weather Report’s Jaco Years Gets Release

    Unreleased Live Material from Weather Report’s Jaco Years Gets Release

    Jaco Pastorius and Weather Report fans have an early present this holiday season — Weather Report –The Legendary Live Tapes: 1978-1981. The previously unreleased tapes, sourced from the jazz-rock-fusion band’s soundboard recordings and from bootleg recordings, are arranged so that they reflect key performances, rather than the band’s typical set lists of the era, which... »

  • Tool and Primus Announce Winter Tour

    Tool and Primus Announce Winter Tour

    In what promises to be one of the most anticipated tours of 2016, Tool and Primus are teaming up for a set of tour dates in January. The 8-date trek is a rare outing for Tool, who have seldom played more than 20 shows in a single year since 2007. Kicking off on January 9th... »

  • Bass of the Week: Lea Bass Guitars Dumpster Bass

    Bass of the Week: Lea Bass Guitars Dumpster Bass

    As they say, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. That’s why luthier Scott Sterling of Lea Bass Guitars decided to create the Dumpster bass. Although the bass has a fine fit and finish, the components didn’t start out that way. “This bass started out as an ‘upcycled’ experiment in tonality – all the wood... »

  • Vulfpeck: 1612 (Live)

    Vulfpeck: 1612 (Live)

    Back in 2011, we shared a Vulfpeck video for the first time. We became instant fans, as did many of No Treble’s readers. Over the years, we’ve watched the band do more and more – releasing EP’s each year, followed by the genius move of Sleepify, and finally to the release of their . But... »

  • Jesper Lundgaard Live Record Released

    Jesper Lundgaard Live Record Released

    Danish jazz bassist and composer Jesper Lundgaard celebrated his 60th birthday in 2014 by performing with Italian pianist Enrico Pieranunzi and Danish drummer Alex Riel. Their performance at the Jazzhus Montmartre, Copenhagen, which focused on the American songbook, is now available as the record, 60 Out of Shape. Here’s the trio’s interpretation of “All the... »

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  • Weekly Top 10: James Jamerson, New Ariane Cap Lesson Series, New Bass Gear, Top Videos and More

    Weekly Top 10: James Jamerson, New Ariane Cap Lesson Series, New Bass Gear, Top Videos and More

    Welcome to our weekly installment of the reader favorite edition of No Treble. Here are the top 10 stories, columns, lessons, videos and more. Thanks as always for reading, watching, commenting and sharing. 1. Martha Reeves with James Jamerson: Live on Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert 1974 There’s not a whole lot of live footage of... »

  • Maddie Jay & The pH Collective: No Going Back

    Maddie Jay & The pH Collective: No Going Back

    Maddie Jay has released her second track with the The pH Collective – one she describes as “some good ol’ fashioned new age acid jazz.” The tune is “No Going Back,” which was written by Maddie with arrangements by the band. This one grooves. »

  • Bassist Pens Book on Extending Past the Root

    Bassist Pens Book on Extending Past the Root

    Ben Hands, bassist for the British progressive metal band Endeavour and onetime No Treble Reader Spotlight subject, has released an e-book on bass playing. Beyond The Root: A guide on how to approach chord inversions for bass players is designed to help players extend their harmonic vocabulary and discover more options when creating bass lines.... »

  • Seymour Duncan Releases The Apollo Jazz Bass Linear Humbucker Pickup

    Seymour Duncan Releases The Apollo Jazz Bass Linear Humbucker Pickup

    Seymour Duncan has added to their line of bass pickups with the Apollo Jazz Bass Linear Humbucker. The new model employs two coils that sit next to each other under a standard single-coil-sized cover. Duncan’s head of R&D Kevin Beller designed the pickups to get a warm, traditional sound with modern attributes to clean up... »

  • Evan Marien: Water On The Brain Pt 2

    Evan Marien: Water On The Brain Pt 2

    Evan Marien shared his new video with me this week, and it is so great to see another great performance from him. In this video, Evan performs his arrangement of the Allan Holdsworth tune, “Water On The Brain Pt2”. Check out the solo! If you dig this, Evan made this available on his Soundcloud page. »