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  • Danny Balis releases “Too Much Living”

    Former Sorta bassist Danny Balis has released his new solo album, Too Much Living. Balis has taken a different approach from his time with Sorta, this album is an old school country record. The album written and recorded following the tragic death of his best friend Carter Albrecht in 2007. Balis has taken a darker... »

  • The Lowdown with Dr. D.: Making the Switch from Electric to Upright (part 1 of 3)

    This is my inaugural installment here at No Treble and I look forward to our impending dialogue. Here at the Lowdown, I will be focusing on the Upright Bass, in all its glory. Whether you are an Electric bassist looking to add the Upright to your gig bag, or a classically trained musician wanting to... »

  • Eddie Gomez, Bill Evans & Alex Riel: Autumn Leaves 1966

    This video shows bassist Eddie Gomez playing with Bill Evans and Alex Riel. Gomez played with the Bill Evans trio from 1966 to 1977. After the Bill Evans trio Gomez continued to work in a countless number of settings including filling in for Charles Mingus, playing with the fusion band Steps Ahead and working with... »

  • Gear Watch: New basses from Gadow Guitars

    After stopping production in 2006, Gadow Guitars has announced they are re-introducing their line of bass guitars. The basses are being built in their workshop in Durham, NC and are offered in two configurations: the Custom and Classic. Each model has a great set of features: The Custom comes standard with swamp ash body, figured... »

  • Linda Oh: Entry

    NYC-based jazz bassist Linda Oh has announced that her debut CD, Entry, will be released on October 6, 2009. In addition to Oh, the CD features Ambrose Akinmusire on trumpet and Obed Calvaire on drums. “So many musicians want to do everything with their first album,” Oh says. “Especially bass players who play upright and... »

  • What Does it Take to Become a Professional Musician?

    Q: What is really required of one who wants to become a professional musician (IE: no day job!)? A: Wowee… This could easily be a book (actually, I think it probably is…). To start with, there are many kinds of professional musicians. Here are some basic sub-catagories off the top of my head: One who... »

  • Arcellus Sykes: “Trane’s Slo Blues” solo playalong

    Arcellus Sykes, a bassist from Portland, Oregon, just knocked me out with his playalong of John Coltrane’s solo on “Trane’s Slo Blues”. Acellus claims “it isn’t as clean as I’d like it, but hey – it’s Coltrane.” Hey, we’ll take it. If you like this transcription, you can find many more posted on Arcellus’s blog.... »

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  • The Bass Forum: A new bass resource in Fredericksburg, Virginia

    This is a guest post from Brittany Frompovich, organizer of the Bass Forum in Fredericksburg, VA. If you’d like to contribute a guest post or have us publish your event, please get in touch. Bassists in Fredericksburg, Virginia have a new resource to help them expand their playing; the Bass Forum. This monthly event is... »

  • T.H.E. Family, Detroit: new material from John Clayton

    Jazz bass legend John Clayton has created a new work for the 30th annual Detroit International Jazz Festival, to debut on Labor Day. The piece, titled “T.H.E. Family, Detroit,” is scored for the Clayton Brothers Quintet and the 18-piece Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra of Detroit and honors jazz legends Thad, Hank and Elvin Jones. When... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Marcello Lavorgna

    Reader Spotlight: Marcello Lavorgna

    Meet bassist Marcello Lavorgna, our player in the spotlight for September 1, 2009. Bio: I was born on January 23, 1985, in Magenta (Milan). My first experience in music was at the age of 15, when I bought my first bass and I began to play. At the beginning I listened especially to metal and... »