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  • Reader Spotlight: Jill Avilez

    Reader Spotlight: Jill Avilez

    Meet Jill Avilez, a.k.a. Mizz Absurd, a bassist from Las Vegas who found her style after ditching the guitar and focusing on combining bass and singing in what she describes as “Soul Scat Slap Solo Bass.” Jill is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s her story… Bio: Mizz Absurd writes Jazz Philosophy,... »

  • In Memoriam: Joe Osborn

    In Memoriam: Joe Osborn

    Very sad news to report today: bass legend Joe Osborn has passed away. He was 81 years old. His son, Darren, made a statement on behalf of his family on social media. “Thanks from all the Osborn family for all the warmth and support from our friends during this difficult time,” Darren wrote. “Joe is... »

  • In Memoriam: Lucas Starr

    In Memoriam: Lucas Starr

    Former Oh, Sleeper bassist Lucas Starr has passed away from colon cancer. He was 34 years old. Starr was a member of Terminal before helping to found Oh, Sleeper in Fort Worth, Texas in 2005. The group originated with fellow Terminal members Ryan Conley and James Erwin, ex-Between the Buried and Me guitarist Shane Blay,... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Dale Raszewski

    Reader Spotlight: Dale Raszewski

    Meet Dale Raszewski, a bassist of 42 years who has done quite a bit over the years, and is still going strong. Dale is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight (you could be next!) Here’s his story… Bio: I started playing at age 13. I saw KISS perform on the Paul Lynde Halloween... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Lucas Fernandes

    Reader Spotlight: Lucas Fernandes

    Meet Lucas Fernandes, a bassist from Brazil who first picked up the bass in school and said it was “love at the first low note.” Lucas is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s his story… Bio: I have studied bass with some great names of the local scene, like Oswaldo Amorim, Hamilton... »

  • More Beauty and Desolation: An Interview with Steve Lawson, Part 2

    More Beauty and Desolation: An Interview with Steve Lawson, Part 2

    In our last interview with solo bass whiz Steve Lawson, he gave us the scoop on his latest album, Beauty and Desolation. The gorgeous seven-song collection continues the bassist’s constant sonic exploration and artistic growth. Our chat included his ideas on the album’s concept, his improvisational style, and how he uses symbolism in music. In... »

  • In Memoriam: Josh Fauver

    In Memoriam: Josh Fauver

    Former Deerhunter bassist Josh Fauver has passed away at the age of 39. A cause of death was not reported, but a band representative confirmed the sad news. Fauver first joined the Atlanta-based indie rock band in 2004 after founding bassist Justin Bosworth died. He recorded on their debut self-titled album that same year and... »

  • In Memoriam: George Hawkins, Jr.

    In Memoriam: George Hawkins, Jr.

    Sad news to report today: George Hawkins, Jr. has passed away after battling cancer for the past year. The bassist and vocalist was a seasoned member of the music community and worked with artists ranging from Jimmy Reed to Roger Waters to Michael McDonald, who shared his grief on Facebook. “Today I’m wrestling with the... »

  • Purple House: An Interview with Ryan Madora

    Purple House: An Interview with Ryan Madora

    If you’ve been reading No Treble at all for the past seven years, you’ve probably read the work of Ryan Madora. Her popular columns run the gamut from mastering the blues to understanding your instrument to bass players you should know. If you haven’t heard her play yet, you need to check out Robben Ford’s... »

  • Neospectric: An Interview with Max Moran

    Neospectric: An Interview with Max Moran

    As artists, we try to combine all of our influences to create something new. Bassist Max Moran has achieved that with his new album, . The forward-thinking jazz album, which is anchored by his band of the same name, blends styles and genres for a beautiful flow over tight grooves. His unique sound came naturally... »