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Archive for February 2011

Janek Gwizdala Releases Limited Time Live Album
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Janek Gwizdala Releases Limited Time Live Album

Janek Gwizdala has released Live at the 55bar-Special Collector’s Edition, a limited time release of 14 previously unheard tracks from the live performances at 55bar in New York. Other recordings from this show were released on Gwizdala’s 2008 album, Live At the 55bar. Collector’s Edition is available on Gwizdala’s Bandcamp page for only 48 hours, and will be gone Tuesday...

Practicing Scales
The Lowdown with Dr. D

Practicing Scales

The last installment of the Lowdown inspired a question from a reader about the “proper way to practice scales.” That would all depend on your specific goal, whether it be a technical or a musical one. There are innumerable ways to practice scales, and a plethora of material available to give you guidance. At the early levels, much more than...

RIP: Mark Tulin
In Memoriam

RIP: Mark Tulin

Mark Tulin, bassist for the psychedelic 60s band The Electric Prunes, passed away on February 26th at the age of 62. He was helping out at the Avalon Underwater Clean-Up in Avalon, California when he collapsed. Tulin and The Electric Prunes pioneered the psychedelic sound with hits like “Get Me To The World on Time,” and “I Had Too Much...

Jaco Pastorius: Live Solo (Berlin Jazz Festival, 1979)
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Jaco Pastorius: Live Solo (Berlin Jazz Festival, 1979)

In this video, Jaco Pastorius takes a solo during a Weather Report appearance at Berliner Jazztage ’79. This was broadcast as “Focus on Jazz” on German TV. Jaco covers a lot of musical ground, including Wayne Shorter’s “Delores”.

Weekly Top 10

Rewind: Top Bass Looper Videos, New Bass Gear, Les Claypool on Bass Banjo, Plus the Top Columns and Reader Spotlight

Here are the most read, most popular stories and features on No Treble for the week of February 20 – 26, 2011. 1. Top 10: Best Bass Looper Videos This week, we look back at the top 10 most popular bass looper videos all time on No Treble. This list is based on number of views by No Treble readers....

B.C. Rich Introduces Mockingbird Masterpiece Bass
Bass Gear

B.C. Rich Introduces Mockingbird Masterpiece Bass

B.C. Rich unveiled a few new basses this year, including the Mockingbird Masterpiece. The model is a variation on the brand’s Heritage Classic version, but instead features bolt-on construction, different pickups, and a Rosewood fingerboard. The bass includes a Dragon Blood-finished Mahogany body and Maple neck with 24 jumbo frets and cloud inlays on the fingerboard. The pickups included with...

Bunny Brunel Introduces Custom Carved EUBs
Bass Gear

Bunny Brunel Introduces Custom Carved EUBs

Bunny Brunel is expanding on his signature line of electric upright basses with a new custom carve option, in eco-friendly Mahogany wood. Introduced last year, Brunel’s EUBs are 3/4 size uprights (41 1/4″ scale), with an Italian-style D neck. The custom carve basses start at $6,500.00 and ship with a custom flight case and gig bag combination. The standard basses...

All Bass Hendrix: The Wind Cries Mary
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All Bass Hendrix: The Wind Cries Mary

This bassist is rocking his bass version of Jimi Hendrix’s “The Wind Cries Mary”. Does anyone know who this is? Update: the bassist is “Lomanis”

Victor Wooten Announces Virtual Release Party For Re-Mastered “A Show of Hands 15”
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Victor Wooten Announces Virtual Release Party For Re-Mastered “A Show of Hands 15”

Victor Wooten will be holding a virtual release party on his website to celebrate the remastered re-issue of his debut solo album, A Show of Hands, which will also include bonus tracks. The party will take place March 8 at 8:30PM EST and will include a live performance by Vic and JD Blair, a tour of Vic’s studio, special guests,...

Markbass Announces New TTE 500 Head and Micromark 801 Combo Amp
Bass Gear

Markbass Announces New TTE 500 Head and Micromark 801 Combo Amp

Markbass is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, and in turn has announced a slew of new products, including heads, cabs, and pedals, including the Markbass TTE 500 Head. Markbass TTE 500 Head The Markbass TTE 500 is an amp described as “modern vintage,” as it brings together a tube preamp, tube compressor, and tube color filter with a TTE...