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  • Hipster Slayer: In Space

    Hipster Slayer: In Space

    The last time we featured bassist Mats Ödahl, he knocked us out with the video of him playing along to a Charlie Parker solo. Mats just shared a new video with us, which is quite different and shows the bassist’s diversity. “I wanted to share a new live-performance video from my Finnish band Hipster Slayer... »

  • Jaco Pastorius: 1976 Montreux Solo

    Jaco Pastorius: 1976 Montreux Solo

    Shortly after Jaco Pastorius joined Weather Report, the band performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival. The date was July 8, 1976. During that performance, Jaco performed a solo piece which included “Portrait of Tracy”. He was just 24 years old at the time of this performance. In honor of the bass legend on the anniversary... »

  • Dominic Miller, Manu Katché and Pino Palladino: Rush Hour

    Dominic Miller, Manu Katché and Pino Palladino: Rush Hour

    One Shot Not was a terrific show aired on French television from 2007 until 2011. Described as a way to discover artists from multiple musical backgrounds through recorded sessions, the inspiration for the show was David Sanborn’s and Jools Holland’s “Night Music” program. In their final year of airing, guitarist Dominic Miller joined bassist Pino... »

  • Gheorghe Postoronca: Dreaming of You

    Gheorghe Postoronca: Dreaming of You

    Solo bassist Gheorghe Postoronca sent us this video for his latest song, “Dreaming of You.” Combining fingerstyle, slap and tapping, the song flows through several textures to give a full accompaniment to Postoronca’s catchy melody. »

  • Berklee Alumni 2014 Reunion: Actual Proof

    Berklee Alumni 2014 Reunion: Actual Proof

    During the 2014 Berklee Alumni concert, drummed Harvey Mason performed Herbie Hancock’s “Actual Proof” with the help of two bassists, Matt Garrison and Rueben Rogers. And these guys brought it. The rest of the band includes Hailey Niswanger on sax, Jetro Da Silva on piano and Jeff Lockhart on guitar. »

  • 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.... »