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  • Groove – Episode #36: John Patitucci

    Groove – Episode #36: John Patitucci

    What has not been said about the bass playing of John Patitucci? The Brooklyn native started playing the bass when he was twelve and has not stopped since. He was a member of three Chick Corea groups: the Elektric Band, the Akoustic Band, and the quartet. While he often switches between the acoustic and electric... »

  • Groove – Episode #35: Steve Bailey

    Groove – Episode #35: Steve Bailey

    Here’s a little known personal fact about me: Steve Bailey’s 2007 album, So Low… Solo, is one my favorite instrumental music discs of all time. Beyond his stunning mastery of the six-string fretless bass, the composition and arrangements on this album are captivating. It’s still on high rotation in my weekly playlist. With that, Steve... »

  • Groove – Episode #34: Julie Slick

    Groove – Episode #34: Julie Slick

    Many people know Julie Slick as a virtuoso bassist and composer. Some know her best for her work in the progressive rock outfit, Adrian Belew Power Trio (yes, he of King Crimson fame). Her story is much deeper and more astonishing than you might imagine. From her humble beginnings at the genesis of School of... »

  • Groove – Episode #33: Doug Johns

    Groove – Episode #33: Doug Johns

    Doug Johns is a beast of a bass player. In fact, it’s hard not to mention his name and have the words “funk master” and “groove beast” follow suit. He is a master musician who composes some of the richest bass lines that you will ever hear. His albums have all become bass classics. From... »

  • Groove – Episode #32: Joe Dart

    Groove – Episode #32: Joe Dart

    Let’s just call it a “mutual admiration society.” Vulfpeck bassist, Joe Dart, has always been very kind to the No Treble community. And all of us – here at No Treble – can’t get enough of his funky grooves that often dominate and lead the band’s music. In short: we’re huge fans of how this... »

  • Groove – Episode #31: Shem Von Schroeck

    Groove – Episode #31: Shem Von Schroeck

    Most people know Shem Von Schroeck as the longtime bass player in Kenny Loggins’ band. At the beginning of this summer, Shem got word that he landed the coveted bass gig in Toto. The prolific and proficient bass player has also worked with everyone from Don Felder of The Eagles to Christopher Cross. He’s been... »

  • Groove – Episode #30: Robert “Bubby” Lewis

    Groove – Episode #30: Robert “Bubby” Lewis

    Some musicians struggle while trying to blend creativity and the electric bass. Robert “Bubby” Lewis is not one of those people. Whether it’s his video game, manga, comic book, science fiction-inspired solo album, , or how he thinks about the world, Bubby is a creative force on the electric bass. This is (probably) one of... »

  • Groove – Episode #29: Chuck Rainey

    Groove – Episode #29: Chuck Rainey

    How does one concisely (and intelligently) write something meaningful about an artist like Chuck Rainey? It’s easy to say that Chuck is an American bassist who was born in Cleveland, Ohio and went on to play with artists like Aretha Franklin, Steely Dan, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson 5, Quincy Jones, etc… He’s so much more... »

  • Groove – Episode #28: Liam Wilson

    Groove – Episode #28: Liam Wilson

    It cannot be argued that The Dillinger Escape Plan is one of the heaviest bands our world has seen. From their early days in the late nineties, I would frequent their mathcore shows, and marvel at just how much the heavy music genre had progressed. When I was a young metalhead, I could never imagine... »

  • Groove – Episode #27: Richard Bona

    Groove – Episode #27: Richard Bona

    He’s known as “The African Sting,” and people compare his style, approach and flair of the electric bass to Jaco Pastorius. If there’s one word that best describes Richard Bona it is: artist. The Cameroon native blends elements of African rhythms with jazz, rock, and pop. He has played with guitarist Mike Stern and Japanese... »