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  • Joshua Young: Dominatus Fugue in C Minor

    Joshua Young: Dominatus Fugue in C Minor

    This is one of the most spectacular Bach-inspired pieces for bass guitar I’ve ever seen. Joshua Young wrote this extremely intricate and beautiful solo bass fugue in the style of the 18th century composer, complete with melody, counterpoint and bass line. If you weren’t looking, you’d think “Dominatus” was being performed by three different people.... »

  • Michele della Malva: Eldridge Mach 2 x Aeon

    Michele della Malva: Eldridge Mach 2 x Aeon

    Michele della Malva is a big fan of bassist Evan Marien (as are we). So when he bought some new music software, he decided to give it a trial run with a cover of two of Marien’s tunes: “Eldridge Mach 2” and “Aeon”. Michele created his own unique take on the tunes, and blended them... »

  • Mumpbeak: Oak

    Mumpbeak: Oak

    Ever since Mumpbeak released their debut album, it has stayed in my listening rotation. The group’s dark, progressive and experimental sound is one that gets into your subconscious and stays there. Here’s a clip of the band’s core – featuring keyboardist Roy Powell, drummer Pat Mastelotto, and bassist Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz – performing the song... »

  • 100 Bass Riffs: A Brief History of Groove on Bass and Drums

    100 Bass Riffs: A Brief History of Groove on Bass and Drums

    I love checking out these groove compilations, and the guys at Chicago Music Exchange hit it out of the park on this one. Bassist Marc Najjar teamed with drummer Nate Bauman to put together 100 of the most iconic bass riffs starting with 1955’s “Ain’t That A Shame” by Fats Domino and winding up the... »

  • 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.... »

  • Snarky Puppy: Lingus

    Snarky Puppy: Lingus

    “Lingus” was one of the tunes released on Snarky Puppy’s We Like It Here, an album and DVD recorded live in Kytopia Studios in Holland back in 2013. Here’s the group performing that track during this session – one that offers up some incredible, intertwined rhythms and some groovalicious bass by band leader, composer and... »

  • Vulfpeck: Sky Mall

    Vulfpeck: Sky Mall

    Vulfpeck’s Jack Stratton sent me the latest video by the band, from their new album, Fugue State. The tune, written by Jack, is anchored as always by bassist Joe Dart. Jack shared this: “Somewhat funny backstory: When we did the Amazon rental (again, don’t try this at home) we ordered the wrong scale flat wound... »

  • Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer: Why Only One?

    Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer: Why Only One?

    Bassist Edgar Meyer and mandolinist Chris Thile released a new album this week, aptly entitled . The duo took a little time out to find a slice of heaven in the mountains around Telluride, Colorado to perform the first track from the record called “Why Only One?” Meyer’s seemingly effortless technique and fantastic tone perfectly... »

  • Alun Vaughan: “Bohemian Rhapsody” Solo Bass Arrangement

    Alun Vaughan: “Bohemian Rhapsody” Solo Bass Arrangement

    About three years ago, bassist Alun Vaughan shared a video of Simon Fitzpatrick performing an all-bass arrangement of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”. Alun just shared with us his own take on the tune, also arranged for solo bass. “A quick demo of my solo arrangement of Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. (Apologies for a couple of synching issues... »

  • Dominique Muzeau: “A Day in the Life” Solo Bass Arrangement

    Dominique Muzeau: “A Day in the Life” Solo Bass Arrangement

    French bassist and No Treble reader Dominique Muzeau sent in this serene solo bass version of the classic McCartney/Lennon song “A Day in the Life,” and I’m glad he did. “I play a Takamine B10 bass and a while ago I was looking for some other players of this instrument on the web,” he wrote.... »