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  • Spare Parts: Watch Your Step

    Spare Parts: Watch Your Step

    Here’s a great clip of Spare Parts jamming on their song “Watch Your Step” live at Warehaus West in Chicago. The band grooves hard thanks to bassist Colin Scott, who utilizes fingerstyle, slap, and some intense strumming with effects to keep you on your toes. »

  • Donald “Duck” Dunn and Steve Cropper: Time is Tight (Final U.S. Performance)

    Donald “Duck” Dunn and Steve Cropper: Time is Tight (Final U.S. Performance)

    On this day in 1941, the great Donald “Duck” Dunn was born. And that was a good thing for bass players ever since… he showed us the right way to hold it down. Here’s a video from Duck’s final U.S. performance, just two weeks before he passed away in 2012. The tune is Booker T.... »

  • Esperanza Spalding: Hold On Me (Live)

    Esperanza Spalding: Hold On Me (Live)

    It’s Sunday (at least it is when I’m sharing this), and this just feels perfect for a chill day like today. Of course, when it is Esperanza Spalding, I don’t need any excuse. This is Esperanza performing “Hold On Me” live in 2012, with Leo Genovese (keys), Jef Lee Johnson (guitar), Igmar Thomas (trumpet), Lyndon... »

  • Chick Corea and Friends, with Eddie Gomez: Humpty Dumpty

    Chick Corea and Friends, with Eddie Gomez: Humpty Dumpty

    Steve Bailey recently sent me a cool video of bass players congratulating Eddie Gomez on his recent honorary doctorate from Berklee School of Music. A recurring theme in everyone’s praise was Eddie’s playing on the song “Humpty Dumpty,” which led me to revisit the song and find a few versions. Here’s a clip of Eddie... »

  • Maktub Project: The Sound of Silence

    Maktub Project: The Sound of Silence

    Bassist Davide Medicina shared this video of his band Maktub Project performing a reimagined version of Simon and Garfunkel’s classic hit, “The Sound of Silence.” Medicina describes their band as influenced by R&B, jazz and neo-soul, and it shows. The trio reharmonizes the song and adds a healthy dose of modern groove. Medicina lays a... »

  • Acoustic David Bowie with Gail Ann Dorsey: “Heroes” (Live)

    Acoustic David Bowie with Gail Ann Dorsey: “Heroes” (Live)

    In celebration of Gail Ann Dorsey’s today, we go back to a terrific acoustic performance of David Bowie’s “Heroes”, which took place in October, 1996. Bowie is on acoustic guitar, with a bottlecap taped to the bottom of his shoe for percussion. Reeves Gabrels is also on guitar, and of course, the wonderful Gail Ann... »

  • Fernando Lamadrid: La casa de las notas escondidas

    Fernando Lamadrid: La casa de las notas escondidas

    If you’ve been a No Treble reader for a while, you’ll likely recognize the name Fernando Lamadrid, thanks to the video we shared in August 2013 of his tune “Mollete Express” (this was such a great tune, we even published a transcription by Stuart Clayton). Fernando is back with a new video that shows off... »

  • Oz Noy, Will Lee and Keith Carlock: Steroids (Live)

    Oz Noy, Will Lee and Keith Carlock: Steroids (Live)

    One of my all-time favorite videos we’ve shared goes back to 2012: Oz Noy, Will Lee and Keith Carlock performing “Schizophrenic” live in Tokyo. Here’s the trio cooking on “Steroids” from that very performance. »

  • Nenad Vasilic: Vranjanka

    Nenad Vasilic: Vranjanka

    Bassist Nenad Vasilic has a new album out this month called The Art of Balkan Bass, and this preview track has been stuck in my head for a week. “Vranjanka” is a traditional Balkan folk song that Vasilic tackles by himself with his upright. He perpetuates the groove with some perfectly laid ghost notes and... »

  • Colin Trusedell’s Quartet of Jazz Death: The Escape

    Colin Trusedell’s Quartet of Jazz Death: The Escape

    Colin Trusedell is an active duty Air Force bass player and Colorado State University bass professor. He shared this new video of a tune from his new funk/fusion electronic jazz album, Quartet of Jazz Death. The tune “The Escape” features some seriously beefy bass tone, lots of grooves and solos. Skip ahead to the 1:13... »