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  • Pino Palladino Transcription Book Released

    Pino Palladino Transcription Book Released

    It’s hard to find someone who doesn’t know or love superstar sideman Pino Palladino’s bass lines, knowingly or unknowingly. Pino Palladino – Bass Transcriptions (w/ bass Tabs) – Classic Fretless Tracks, from playbasslines.com, covers a handful of the songs for which Palladino — who has worked with Tears for Fears, Paul Young, Paul McCartney, Don... »

  • They Might Be Giants Dial Up “Glean”

    They Might Be Giants Dial Up “Glean”

    They Might Be Giants has released its 17th album, Glean. It’s a rock record for the duo, which has also recorded several children’s albums (TMBG reportedly has another children’s record in the offing for 2015 as well). TMBG is fronted by songwriters and musicians John Linnell and John Flansburgh. Bassist Danny Weinkauf has been part... »

  • The Alabama Shakes’ Sophomore Offering Both Far-Out and Soulful

    The Alabama Shakes’ Sophomore Offering Both Far-Out and Soulful

    The Alabama Shakes’ second album, Sound & Color, is being deemed kind of far out by the band itself. Founding member and bassist Zac Cockrell described in Rolling Stone the reaction he’d get when playing the moody, long piece “Gemini” for his friends. ”They’re like, ‘Uhhh… OK.’ I don’t think they liked it. I finally quit... »

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  • Mike Gordon Announces Interactive Tour

    Mike Gordon Announces Interactive Tour

    Mike Gordon has announced he’ll be be hitting the road in June in support of his latest album, Overstep. Starting in Charleston, South Carolina, the tour will focus on the East Coast and Midwest with 16 dates. It wraps up June 28th at Philadelphia’s Union Transfer. Gordon will be joined by guitarist Scott Murawski, percussionist... »

  • Jason Raso is the “Man of 40 Faces”

    Jason Raso is the “Man of 40 Faces”

    Bassist/composer Jason Raso has explored the groove where funk and jazz meet for more than two decades. He continues in that vein on Man of 40 Faces, the Canadian’s latest album of 11 new compositions. Bassist Alain Caron joins him to duet, and trombonist Wycliffe Gordon and vibraphone player Francesco Pinetti also appear on the... »

  • Variety of Bassists Appear on Tony MacAlpine’s Latest Instrumental Effort

    Variety of Bassists Appear on Tony MacAlpine’s Latest Instrumental Effort

    Progressive metal multi-instrumentalist Tony MacAlpine has released his twelfth solo album, Concrete Gardens. The instrumental record features not only MacAlpine’s virtuosic guitar work and bass stylings, but also bass contributions from Pete Griffin (Dethklok, Gryphon Labs, and ex-Zappa Plays Zappa) on five tracks, Lucky Islam on one track and Sean Delson (Agent Cooper, Stuck Mojo,... »

  • Little-Heard Music from Short-Lived, But Legendary Bluesbreakers Lineup Released

    Little-Heard Music from Short-Lived, But Legendary Bluesbreakers Lineup Released

    John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers is a rightly storied band, producing stars like the late bass legend Jack Bruce and guitar great Eric Clapton. It also, through a lineup that was together for a mere three months, the genesis of the first version of Fleetwood Mac. Live music from that short-lived lineup, featuring John McVie on bass... »

  • Esperanza Spalding Announces New Project, Tour Dates

    Esperanza Spalding Announces New Project, Tour Dates

    After wrapping up her successful Radio Music Society tour cycle, Esperanza Spalding has announced she’ll be hitting the road this Spring and Summer in support of a new project. Emily’s D+Evolution is described as rekindling the bassist’s childhood interest in theater, poetry and movement to expand her performances. “Emily is my middle name, and I’m... »

  • Jazz, World, and Chamber Music Merge on Petros Klampanis’ New Album

    Jazz, World, and Chamber Music Merge on Petros Klampanis’ New Album

    Jazz bassist/composer Petros Klampanis has released his second album on Inner Circle Music: Minor Dispute. The Greek musician, who burst into view via the New York City jazz scene, has created a work that pulls from a variety of influences, including jazz, of course, and world and chamber music. The core of Minor Dispute is... »

  • Bassline Publishing Releases Transcriptions of Level 42 Live Album

    Bassline Publishing Releases Transcriptions of Level 42 Live Album

    Stuart Clayton’s bass transcriptions are staples here at No Treble, and he has turned his talents to transcribing the whole of Level 42’s first live album, A Physical Presence. In the book, Level 42 — A Physical Presence Bass Transcriptions, Clayton transcribes the work of vocalist/bassist Mark King, known for his electric bass slap style,... »