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  • Berklee Bass Professors Craft Bass Instruction Book

    Berklee Bass Professors Craft Bass Instruction Book

    Three Berklee College of Music bass professors have written a new book about playing jazz bass, simply called Berklee Jazz Bass: Acoustic & Electric. The writers – bass chair emeritus Rich Appleman and bass professors Whit Browne and Bruce Gertz – are longtime faculty members at the Boston college, and between them have mentored artists... »

  • Peter Hook and the Light Embark on North American “Substance” Tour

    Peter Hook and the Light Embark on North American “Substance” Tour

    Peter Hook and the Light are returning to North America this Fall to perform the works of Joy Division and New Order. The trek will have the bassist revisit his former bands by performing Joy Division and New Order’s compilation albums Substance live, sequentially and in their entireties. “Released in August 1987, New Order’s Substance... »

  • Bass Transcription: Jaco Pastorius’s Bass Line on Weather Report’s “Night Passage”

    Bass Transcription: Jaco Pastorius’s Bass Line on Weather Report’s “Night Passage”

    Today we will be tackling Jaco Pastorius’s bass line on the title track from Weather Report’s 1980 album, Night Passage. This is one of the best Weather Report albums. To me, it always sounds fresh and modern, like a timeless record. The group also includes drummer Peter Erskine and percussionist Robert Thomas Jr, who sound... »

  • Zander Zon: Gladiator Medley

    Zander Zon: Gladiator Medley

    Zander Zon is back with another epic solo bass performance of a movie soundtrack. This time, he takes on music from Gladiator. »

  • Led Zeppelin’s BBC Sessions Expands in Revised Release

    Led Zeppelin’s BBC Sessions Expands in Revised Release

    Led Zeppelin has re-released its 1997 BBC sessions collection as the The Complete BBC Sessions, featuring eight previously unreleased sessions from BBC radio. All the recordings of the band, featuring bassist John Paul Jones, were captured during BBC radio performances between 1969 and 1971. The previously unreleased recordings include three performances from a 1969 session... »

  • Jens Ritter Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Coffee Table Book

    Jens Ritter Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Coffee Table Book

    This year marks the twentieth anniversary of Jens Ritter Instruments, and the bass maker is celebrating with a commemorative book of his work. “I started my career as an instrument maker in 1996. Now in September 2016 I am celebrating my 20th anniversary with a coffee table book with pictures of my favorite instruments from... »

  • What Makes a Good Bassist?

    What Makes a Good Bassist?

    Q: I was wondering what – in your opinion – makes a good bassist? A: This will be the most subjective article I’ve ever written, most likely, and I imagine that many of you will have a different view by one degree or another. There are many valid view points to be shared. I think... »

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  • Alex Bershadsky, Oz Noy, Nathaniel Townsley & Kama Kamila: POP-001

    Alex Bershadsky, Oz Noy, Nathaniel Townsley & Kama Kamila: POP-001

    Alex Bershadsky has teased his upcoming album with a new video for the song, “POP-001”. Besides the bassist’s incredible strumming and slap playing, the tune features heavyweight musicians with guitarist Oz Noy, drummer Nathaniel Townsley, and vocalist Kama Kamila. If this is any indicator of its direction, we’re really looking forward to the new album! »

  • Shirley Horn’s Trio Featured on Newly Released 1988 Live Set

    Shirley Horn’s Trio Featured on Newly Released 1988 Live Set

    A live performance from the late, great jazz vocalist and pianist Shirley Horn has been remastered and released as Live at the 4 Queens. The May 2, 1988 show at the 4 Queens Hotel & Casino featured Horn in her longstanding trio of bassist Charles Ables (d. 2001, and who switched from guitar to bass... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Chuck Bailey

    Reader Spotlight: Chuck Bailey

    To say Chuck Bailey is enthusiastic would be an understatement… and for good reason. After his dad influenced Chuck to play bass, he’s pursued it with passion. Today, he’s building a name for himself in Vegas. Chuck is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s his story… Bio: Chuck Bailey, former bassist for... »