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2016 Reader Favorites – #8: Federico Malaman

Editor’s Note: At the end of each year, we tally up all the article and video views on No Treble to come up with a list of top 10 most popular bassists. This is entirely based on readership, not on opinions, polls or anything else. Just having some fun.

Federico Malaman

We’ve said it before – we’re not sure Federico Malaman is from this planet. But despite his incredible musicianship, Federico is one of the nicest (and most humble) people we’ve met.

Thanks to some killer videos – and our own interview with him – Federico makes this year’s No Treble reader favorites list.

Federico Malaman: I Love You, Giant

1. Federico Malaman: I Love You, Giant

Federico Malaman sent me this video to share. “This is a song of mine, dedicated to the great Jaco Pastorius!” he said. “I composed it after watching the Jaco film. Hope you like it.” We loved it. We think you will too…

Federico Malaman and Mohini Dey: Maladey

2. Federico Malaman and Mohini Dey: Maladey

Federico Malaman is flat out a wizard of the bass. And he may have met his match with bassist Mohini Dey. In this clip, the bass duo shows off their skills in this tune, “Maladey”…

Federico Malaman: Jasmine Flower (茉莉花)

3. Federico Malaman: Jasmine Flower (茉莉花)

It seems everytime I see a video by Federico Malaman, I’m struck with three things: his musicianship, his mastery of the bass, and how much fun he has when playing. Here’s as good as an example of all three turned up to 11, on Federico’s take on the Chinese Traditional, “Jasmine Flower.” Enjoy…

Touché: An Interview with Federico Malaman

4. Touché: An Interview with Federico Malaman

If you’ve ever looked for great bassists online, chances are you’ve watched a clip of Federico Malaman. In this interview, we caught up the bassist to get the scoop on his new album, Touché, his start on bass, and his classical background…

Federico Malaman and Marco Venturini: At Last

5. Federico Malaman and Marco Venturini: At Last

Federico Malaman joined vocalist Marco Venturini in the studio to record their own version of “At Last.” The iconic tune was made popular by Etta James in 1960. We love the what these two did with the song, including Federico’s jam at the end…

The Eden Rabin International Project II: Tune #1

6. The Eden Rabin International Project II: Tune #1

Federico Malaman messaged me the other day about a new project he’s involved in. The idea was to take “five musicians from four different countries and make music together without ever being in the same room!”

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