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  • Greg Goebel with Damian Erskine: Wayfarer

    Greg Goebel with Damian Erskine: Wayfarer

    Pianist Greg Goebel recently shared this tune from his upcoming album on Facebook. I noticed our very own Damian Erskine was on the track, so I watched it. I was glad I did. Damian plays some sweet lines on this one, and the whole band is stellar. The trio also includes Reinhardt Wolfgang Melz on... »

  • Peter Erskine Releases New Albums with Benjamin Shepherd and Damian Erskine

    Peter Erskine Releases New Albums with Benjamin Shepherd and Damian Erskine

    Drum legend Peter Erskine has worked with a slew of the world’s best bass players, and that’s once again documented on two new albums from his projects. First up, Erskine’s “Dr. Um” band has followed up their successful debut album with Second Opinion. Where the original album featured Janek Gwizdala, the former Weather Report drummer... »

  • Jaco Pastorius Big Band Import CD Available

    Jaco Pastorius Big Band Import CD Available

    Jaco Pastorius’ music, as played in the past and closer to the present, are the focus of Now & Then, the two-CD import set from the Jaco Pastorius Big Band. The first disc of the Japanese import is the “Then” part of the package, featuring previously unreleased takes from Jaco’s 1981 “Birthday Concert.” The second... »

  • BassTheWorld: 29 Bassists in 1 Video

    BassTheWorld: 29 Bassists in 1 Video

    The internet is a wonderful thing. Gregor Fris from BasstheWorld.com put together this epic bass jam with 29 bassists from all over the world for a stunning display of the instrument’s diversity. The bassists in order of appearance are Federico Malaman, Lars Lehmann, Trip Wamsley, Or Lubianiker, Hyunmo Kim (aka “hjfreaks”), Ralf Gauck, Zander Zon,... »

  • Brad Cheeseman Group Releases Self-Titled Debut Album

    Brad Cheeseman Group Releases Self-Titled Debut Album

    Toronto-based contemporary jazz ensemble, The Brad Cheeseman Group, has released its self-titled debut album to acclaim from no less than bassist (and No Treble columnist) Damian Erskine. Erskine says the band, featuring Cheeseman on electric bass, offers “Fantastic music, expertly played and 100 percent devoid of ego-driven writing and playing.” The band, active since 2012,... »

  • Damian Erskine Releases “Within Sight”

    Damian Erskine Releases “Within Sight”

    Damian Erskine has released, Within Sight, an album that explores the boundaries of the bass in jazz fusion. The long-awaited followup to 2010’s So To Speak features the bassist’s unique voice on nine original compositions that vary in tone and texture for an intriguing listen. “This album is my attempt to put it all out... »

  • Old School: John Worster / Arvell Shaw Bohemian Double Bass (Circa 1820)

    Old School: John Worster / Arvell Shaw Bohemian Double Bass (Circa 1820)

    A couple of weeks ago, Damian Erskine sent me an email filled with excitement. Here’s an excerpt: You know about my trip to pick up my dad’s bass in St Louis, right? Well, Jim Widner (who cared for it for the past 25 years) pointed out a name carved in the front. Faint but clear:... »

  • Book Review: Damian Erskine’s “The Improvisor’s Path”

    Book Review: Damian Erskine’s “The Improvisor’s Path”

    There comes a time for every bassist where they feel they’re in a rut or have hit a plateau in their playing and creativity. It happens to the best of us. Bassist and No Treble contributor Damian Erskine’s new book The Improvisor’s Path is a surefire way to get yourself back into high gear. While... »

  • Best of 2013: The Top 10 Ask Damian Erskine Columns

    Best of 2013: The Top 10 Ask Damian Erskine Columns

    Damian Erskine was No Treble’s first regular columnist, and he has been going strong every Wednesday afternoon since June, 2009. We feel very lucky to have him and based on readership, you all agree. Here are Damian’s top 10 most popular columns this year, based on readership. There’s a lot of great advice in here!... »

  • Justin Morell Dectet Releases “Subjects and Complements”, Featuring Damian Erskine

    Justin Morell Dectet Releases “Subjects and Complements”, Featuring Damian Erskine

    Guitarist/composer Justin Morell’s new album Subjects and Compliments is an experimental exploration of the relationship between the jazz and classical idioms. Compositionally, Morell reaches into the past with fugue forms on some tracks while also blending in room for solos on others. The ensemble itself fits somewhere between a big band and jazz combo and... »