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  • Miles Davis and Great Bassists: The Warner Bros. Years, Remastered

    Miles Davis and Great Bassists: The Warner Bros. Years, Remastered

    Lovers of the Warner Bros. era of jazz trumpeter/composer Miles Davis’ career, which began in the mid-1980s, can delight in a definitive 8-CD box set called The Last Word – The Warner Bros. Years. The of remastered music covers the Tutu, Amandla and Doo-Bop albums, and the Dingo and Siesta soundtracks. The set also includes... »

  • Abraham Laboriel: Case of the Blues

    Abraham Laboriel: Case of the Blues

    Every time I watch Abraham Laboriel, it’s like a masterclass in “how it’s done.” His playing exudes musicality that lets his personality shine through, giving us all something to strive toward. Here’s a great clip of the master improvising a blues along with Hadley Hockensmith on guitar, Bill Maxwell on drums, Greg Mathieson on organ,... »

  • Abraham Laboriel Sr.: Listen to Your Brother

    Abraham Laboriel Sr.: Listen to Your Brother

    A couple of months ago, we featured a video from Berklee’s 2014 Alumni Reunion Concert featuring Abraham Laboriel Sr. performing with his sons. Here’s another song from that performance, with an additional family connection. Laboriel Sr. is once again joined by his sons – Abraham Laboriel Jr. on drums and Mateo Laboriel on guitar –... »

  • Abraham Laboriel Sr. and Sons: Quiet Space

    Abraham Laboriel Sr. and Sons: Quiet Space

    Bassist and No Treble reader Stuart Fortune sent in this most excellent clip of Abraham Laboriel, Sr. getting into the music at the 2014 Alumni Reunion Concert at Berklee College of Music. The group includes Laboriel’s sons Abraham Laboriel Jr. on drums and Mateo Laboriel on guitar, as well as Jetro Da Silva on piano.... »

  • Restrung Documentary on Wyn Guitars Coming Soon

    Restrung Documentary on Wyn Guitars Coming Soon

    “There’s a reason why a singular artistic vision has a value to it,” says Randall Wyn Fullmer of Wyn Guitars, in the trailer for Restrung, a documentary about Fullmer, whose hand-crafted electric basses are beloved by some of music’s top players. The film by Mike Enns (who also plays bass) tells the story of Fullmer,... »

  • Abraham Laboriel with the CSCM Professors: The Chicken

    Abraham Laboriel with the CSCM Professors: The Chicken

    The Professors of the Cornel School of Contemporary Music got together and performed their take of “The Chicken”. The group includes Abraham Laboriel on bass, Jimmy Branly on drums, Otmaro Ruiz on keys and Allen Hinds on guitar. Many people think Jaco Pastorius wrote this tune, but it was actually composed by Alfred “Pee Wee”... »

  • Lee Ritenour with Abraham Laboriel: Rio Funk (Live)

    Lee Ritenour with Abraham Laboriel: Rio Funk (Live)

    Here’s a terrific live performance of “Rio Funk”, with Abraham Laboriel with Lee Ritenour’s band. The guys have some fun goofing around at the beginning, before getting into seriously funky territory. Part 1: Part 2: »

  • Christian Musician Summit Releases “Bass and Drums” DVD Workshop with Abraham Laboriel

    Christian Musician Summit Releases “Bass and Drums” DVD Workshop with Abraham Laboriel

    A new bass and drum focused “conference in a box” instructional DVD by Christian Music Summit is now out. Bass and Drums features two conference workshops, including a bass workshop by Abraham Laboriel. Laboriel has played more than 4,000 sessions and worship services, and shares his thoughts and techniques in a Bass Master Class. Bass... »

  • Abe Laboriel: live in Japan

    Abraham Laboriel is the man, and doesn’t seem to get the credit he deserves these days. Check out Abe in this live performance in Japan. Bonus points to anyone who knows the line-up/concert details. Just post in the comments. »