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  • Collectables: An Interview with Todd Coolman

    Collectables: An Interview with Todd Coolman

    Veteran bassist and educator Todd Coolman has worked with a who’s who of the jazz world. His resumé includes work with Horace Silver, Gerry Mulligan, Stan Getz, Benny Golson, Art Farmer, Tommy Flanagan, Ahmad Jamal, Lionel Hampton, Benny Goodman, and James Moody (with whom he won Grammy), among others. In working with these incredible bandleaders,... »

  • Alex Bershadsky & Rostik Lerman Project: Tango Traumatico

    Alex Bershadsky & Rostik Lerman Project: Tango Traumatico

    If you’re addicted to that fretless “mwah”, then you’re going to want to sit down for this one. Alex Bershadsky teamed up with pianist Rostik Lerman and drummer Shay Sasson to record Lerman’s composition “Tango Traumatico” and it’s got tons of creamy bass tone. The trio gets into a great tango groove with solid foundation... »

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  • Tom Petty’s Mudcrutch Releases Second Album

    Tom Petty’s Mudcrutch Releases Second Album

    Mudcrutch, Tom Petty’s band before the Heartbreakers, has released its second album, 2, more than 40 years after the band’s 1975 breakup. Mudcrutch can almost be seen as an incubator for Petty’s later band, including future Heartbreakers Mike Campbell (guitar) and Benmont Tench (keyboards). Both men, and Petty, are part of the current incarnation of... »

  • Peterson Tuners Now Shipping BodyBeat Pulse Solo

    Peterson Tuners Now Shipping BodyBeat Pulse Solo

    Peterson Tuners has introduced the BodyBeat Pulse Solo, a clip-on device that allows players to feel the beat from a metronome through vibration. The Pulse Solo uses the output of any metronome that has a standard 3.5mm headphone output jack, including metronome apps on mobile devices. It also works with Peterson’s own BodyBeat Metronome App... »

  • How To Come Up With New Groove Ideas

    How To Come Up With New Groove Ideas

    Q: Do you have any tips for how to come up with new groove ideas? A: I spent quite a few years doing what I call “fishing”. What I mean by that is, aimlessly using different notes and rhythms hoping to stumble upon something interesting (This is especially true with my soloing back in the... »

  • Mike Frost Band and FSO: Astral Dance

    Mike Frost Band and FSO: Astral Dance

    Mike Frost stepped things up this year with a stellar collaboration with the Florence Symphony Orchestra. The bassist performed his work “Astral Dance” with his band plus the entire orchestra to create a huge and engrossing musical experience. Starting with the strings, the tune starts almost as a lullaby that Frost puts a melody on.... »

  • Boris Kozlov Releases Album as Bandleader

    Boris Kozlov Releases Album as Bandleader

    Two-time Grammy Award-winner Boris Kozlov has released his debut album as a bandleader: Conversations At The Well. The New York-based bassist, who originally hails from Russia, performs on the record with guitarist David Gilmore (Steve Coleman and Five Elements) and drummer Rudy Royston. The album was recorded on Feb. 16, 2016, in Brooklyn. Conversations at... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Hector “Hexbass” Rodriguez

    Reader Spotlight: Hector “Hexbass” Rodriguez

    Meet Hector “Hexbass” Rodriguez, a bassist who clearly marches to the beat of his own drum (or bass). A musician who doesn’t want to do “same cookie-cutter stuff”, he’s navigating the world of music and doing his own thing. Hexbass is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s his story… Bio: I was... »

  • Contest: Win a Robert “Bubby” Lewis Bass Gear Prize Pack from Gallien-Krueger, MTD, Gruv Gear and La Bella

    Contest: Win a Robert “Bubby” Lewis Bass Gear Prize Pack from Gallien-Krueger, MTD, Gruv Gear and La Bella

    Update: Thanks to everyone who entered! We’re thrilled to announce the winners: Darrell S. (grand prize), Fred W. (second prize) and Ed M. (third prize). A huge thanks to Gallien-Krueger, MTD, Gruv Gear and La Bella for putting on such a stellar contest! Gallien-Krueger, MTD, Gruv Gear, La Bella and No Treble are teaming up... »

  • Coffee Break Grooves: Marcelo Yakko Jam

    Coffee Break Grooves: Marcelo Yakko Jam

    The music of bassist Marcelo Yakko is on heavy rotation in my library. I just spotted this great video of him jamming along to one of the Coffee Break Grooves backing tracks, and it knocked me out like so much of his music. Marcelo is jamming to the track “Chill 1-2”, which you can get... »