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Stanley Clarke Remake: Hot Fun by Chiel
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Stanley Clarke Remake: Hot Fun by Chiel

One of my favourite Stanley Clarke songs of the 70’s is called “Hot Fun” from the album. Here’s Dutch bassist “Chiel42” performing his own 2009 version.

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RIP Sean Stewart

Bassist Sean Stewart of the Australian alt-rock band HTRK died last week according to a recent statement by the band’s label, Blast First Petite Records. Though the details of his death have not been released, it is said to have been suicide. He was 29 years old. HTRK (pronounced ‘hate rock’) formed in Melbourne, Australia in 2003. They released their...

Reader Spotlight: Alex Lofoco
Reader Spotlight

Reader Spotlight: Alex Lofoco

Meet Alex Lofoco, our bass player in the spotlight for March 23, 2010. Bio: Alex Lofoco is a native Itailan musician based in the UK. As a relative newcomer to the London music scene, he is already surprisingly established. As a bass player Alex possesses an enviable combination of agility, taste, groove and power, and it is no surprise that...


A Review of Zander Zon’s “Sonorous”

Sonorous indeed! Zander Zon is the pseudonym of a young London based solo bassist who has built a massive following for himself on Youtube. There has been quite a buzz of excitement around this release – unsurprising as Zon has a way of sounding like no-one but himself and plays unique music in a unique way using a Zon (surprise,...

Bass Gear

Gear Watch: TC Electronic BG500 Combo Amps

TC Electronic is introducing the new BG500 bass combos at the Frankfurt Musikmesse 2010, which runs from March 24th to the 27th. The 500-watt BG500 is available as a 1×15 or 2×10 combo, each equipped with a 1″ tweeter. The BG500 combos share many of the same features as the company’s RH450, including the SpectraComp multi-band compressor and TubeTone control...

Bass Videos

Alonso Arreola Solo Bass: Seis Letras

In this video Mexican bass player Alonso Arreola performs his original composition “Seis Letras” (Six Letters). Check out more from Arreola at his Myspace page and web site.

Bass Gear

Gear Watch: Aguilar Announces New Line of Bass Pickups

Aguilar Amplification has just announced the first in their new line of bass pickups, the AG-4J pick up. The AG-4J is a single-coil pickup, modeled after a mid-60’s single coil Jazz bass pickup, built using Heavy Formvar wire and Alnico V magnets. Aguilar says they’ve developed a proprietary winding pattern to give these pickups string-to-string consistency, and to match their...

Live looping: Thinking Outside the Box
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Live looping: Thinking Outside the Box

I was in a music retail outlet recently where I purchased a Boss RC-20XL Loop Station. A great piece of kit, a glowing review of which I will post separately. What occurred to me, as the eager shop assistant demo’d the device, was that live looping may have become a little typecast in the minds of many musicians; i.e. a...

Bass Videos

Meshell Ndegeocello with David Dyson: I’m Diggin’ You

Here’s a 1997 recording of Meshell Ndegeocello performing in a 1997 concert in Switzerland, backed by the funky bass lines of David Dyson.

Weekly Top 10

Rewind: The Top Stories for the Week of March 14th, 2010

Here are the top 10 articles from No Treble for the week of March 14th, 2010. 1. Contest: Win an Ansir Bravura Bass! Ansir Music wants to give away a bass to one lucky No Treble reader! Enter between now and March 31st. 2. Lesson: Scale Patterns from Tetrachord Combinations In this lesson we’re going to explore the concept of...

Bass Videos

Jacogrow’s Funk Groove: Fretless Bass Improv

Choi Dong-Ju, who goes by the screen name “jacogrow” posted this cool fretless bass jam, showcasing some of his great Gary Willis-inspired bass playing.


Sligo Jazz Project 2010 Adds Manring and Goldsby to Faculty

Sligo Jazz Project’s annual International Summer School and festival will feature two bass faculty members, double bassist John Goldsby and electric bassist Michael Manring. Sligo Jazz Project was founded in 2005 by four Sligo-based musicians to promote jazz education and performance in the area. All faculty members give one master class and two ensemble sessions each day, and perform at...