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  • Olivier Babaz Trio: Bim Maloya

    Olivier Babaz Trio: Bim Maloya

    Olivier Babaz is working on an album focusing on his specialty of mixing bass and kalimba. He sent us this video for the song “Bim Maloya,” in which he plays both instruments while employing 12/8 & 9/8 rhythms from Réunion Island. »

  • Christian McBride Trio: Sophisticated Lady

    Christian McBride Trio: Sophisticated Lady

    Christian McBride is one bad dude. Here’s a jaw-dropping video of his trio performing the Ellington standard “Sophisticated Lady” live at the Festival de Jazz San Javier in 2009. The bassist kicks things off with an extended solo take on the song’s melody before bringing in the rest of the band. McBride pulls out all... »

  • Alissia Benveniste: Get Down

    Alissia Benveniste: Get Down

    One of our favorite musical discoveries this year was Alissia Benveniste, a bassist and bandleader who is reviving the classic funk style with catchy hooks, uplifting lyrics, and awesome bass lines. She just sent us her latest video, and it’s got the same great recipe. “Get Down” is bursting with energy with an even larger... »

  • Before Yellow: People Like To Know

    Before Yellow: People Like To Know

    Bassist Johannes Pehrson has shared another video by his project, Before Yellow. Like last time, there aren’t many instruments in the mix. Johannes plays a 4-string and a 6-string bass and covers some of the vocals with Katrine Kampp. Plus drums. Funky stuff! »

  • Rebecca Johnson Band: Come On, Come Over

    Rebecca Johnson Band: Come On, Come Over

    Long time No Treble readers will likely remember bassist Rebecca Johnson, who has wowed us all over the years with her videos. Rebecca sent me one of her latest with her band performing “Come On, Come Over”, written by Jaco Pastorius and Bob Herzog (with vocals by Sam & Dave on Jaco’s 1976 debut album).... »

  • Freekbass & The Bump Assembly: Never Enough

    Freekbass & The Bump Assembly: Never Enough

    Freekbass has released the second video from his latest album, Everybody’s Feelin’ Real, for the song “Never Enough.” The track is full of gritty tone and envelope filter goodness. “Lots of groovy bass tones on this one, and a cameo from Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band) who sings on the track,” the bassist shares. »

  • Mountain: Beside The Sea, Live at Woodstock

    Mountain: Beside The Sea, Live at Woodstock

    While looking for some videos of bassist Felix Pappalardi, I ran across this clip from Woodstock ’69 of Mountain performing “Beside the Sea.” Pappalardi’s insanely overdriven tone really grabbed my attention, but his tasteful playing in backing up guitarist Leslie West drove it home for me. »

  • Breath: White Man’s Funk

    Breath: White Man’s Funk

    Vegard Johansen sent us this video with this note: “My buddy and I met in the studio one day [along with] three other people I had never met before. One of them turned out to be the funkiest bass player in Norway. Also 2 drummers. Hope it will find it’s place at No Treble.” That... »

  • Chic: “Good Times” Live at Montreux

    Chic: “Good Times” Live at Montreux

    Chic closed the 2004 Montreux Jazz Festival with a bang. Among the tunes the group performed was their big hit “Good Times”. Bassist Jerry Barnes laid down the funky and iconic bass line and got the crowd going during the bass-drums-vocal break. Old school. »

  • Stanley Clarke and Sidiki Diabaté: The Meeting

    Stanley Clarke and Sidiki Diabaté: The Meeting

    We love it when different styles come together to make something new. Here’s a unique and beautiful clip sent to us by our Facebook friend “Ladyblue Utrecht” of bass master Stanley Clarke performing with Malian kora player Sidiki Diabaté. The kora is a traditional west African harp-like instrument with 21 strings. Clarke meshes with Diabaté’s... »