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Weekly Top 10

Rewind: Esperanza Spalding’s Duet with Bobby McFerrin, Practicing Scales & Chord Voicings, New Bass Gear, RIP Mark Tulin and Mark Adams

Here are the most read, most popular stories and features on No Treble for the week of February 27 – March 5, 2011. 1. Esperanza Spalding and Bobby McFerrin Duet at Grammys Here’s an electrifying clip of Best New Artist Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding with vocal phenom Bobby McFerrin performing at the Grammy pre-telecast ceremony, which they co-hosted. Esperanza’s playing...

Steve Morse Band: 1984 German TV Performance, with Jerry Peek
Bass Videos

Steve Morse Band: 1984 German TV Performance, with Jerry Peek

Following the Dixie Dregs (or just “The Dregs”), Steve Morse formed his own band with bassist Jerry Peek and Dough Morgan on drums (for a time, until Dregs drummer Rod Morgenstein joined the group). The band’s first album, , was released in 1984. That same year, the band performed for the German television show, Live at Ohne Filter, featuring Morse,...

RIP Mark Adams
In Memoriam

RIP Mark Adams

Mark Adams, the bassist from the popular ’70’s Ohio funk band Slave, has passed away. Adams, who co-wrote the band’s first hit “Slide,” was an influence to many budding bassists. Anthony Wellington shared his thoughts: “My very first bass hero/idol Mark Adams (Mr. Mark) died last night,” he wrote on his Facebook page. “I remember being inspired by the song...

Jeff Ament’s Tres Mts. Debuts with New Release and Tour
Player News

Jeff Ament’s Tres Mts. Debuts with New Release and Tour

As Pearl Jam celebrates their 20th anniversary, bassist Jeff Ament is staying extra busy with his side project, Tres Mts. The band, with Fastbacks drummer Richard Stuverud and dUg Pinnick of King’s X, is releasing Three Mountains throughout the month of March, starting with the digital format on March 8th, followed by the CD (March 15th) and LP (March 22nd)....

Dani Weber: “Bad Movies” for Solo Piccolo Bass
Bass Videos

Dani Weber: “Bad Movies” for Solo Piccolo Bass

Dani Weber‘s solo bass work has been featured here before, and this is a nice piece we were recently checking out. Dani is playing his ’86 Warwick Thumb NT with piccolo strings tuned E – G# – B – E.

Chris Tarry Releases “Rest of the Story”
New Albums

Chris Tarry Releases “Rest of the Story”

Chris Tarry has released his latest project, Rest of the Story, a multi-media composition including a 100 page book and CD. The Canadian-born jazz bassist is also a writer, and the book includes his short stories as well as unique art. That’s not to say the music is a side-note, as the nine-track album is full of Tarry’s original compositions....

Junior Ribeiro Braguinha: Groove!
Bass Videos

Junior Ribeiro Braguinha: Groove!

Bassist Junior Ribeiro Braguinha uses these words to describe his performance in this video: “de groove de pizzicato”. I say, “holy smokes!”

Markbass Announces Ground Stereo Pre Preamp and BAS 121 Lites Cabinets
Bass Gear

Markbass Announces Ground Stereo Pre Preamp and BAS 121 Lites Cabinets

The list 2011 line of new Markbass gear continues with the introduction of the Ground Stereo Pre preamp and BAS-121 Lite powered cabinets. Ground Stereo Pre Preamp Markbass teamed up with endorser Alain Caron to design the components of a new rig, resulting in the Ground Stereo Pre and BAS-121 Lite powered cabinets. The Ground Stereo Pre is Caron’s signature...

Review: Marcus Miller’s “A Night in Monte Carlo”
Reviews

Review: Marcus Miller’s “A Night in Monte Carlo”

Having and developing an individual voice is so important in music. Michael Jackson, Cannonball Adderley, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter: we recognize all of them within a few notes. And Marcus Miller is someone with an instantly recognizable style on bass; he has found his own voice in music in his composition, arrangement and production. His music sounds natural and flows...

Evan Brewer: One Bassist, Two Basses
Bass Videos

Evan Brewer: One Bassist, Two Basses

Here’s a clip of Evan Brewer tapping out an original tune on two basses. The song is the third track from his upcoming solo bass CD. Thanks to Shannon Buck for sharing this with us!