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Weekly Top 10: Top Bass Videos, New Bass Gear, John Patitucci Returns to Electric, Reader Spotlight and Bass of the Week
Weekly Top 10

Weekly Top 10: Top Bass Videos, New Bass Gear, John Patitucci Returns to Electric, Reader Spotlight and Bass of the Week

Welcome to your weekly dose of the best in bass. Otherwise known as the No Treble top 10 reader favorite stories and videos of the week. Thanks as always for reading, watching, commenting and sharing. 1. Wayne Shorter & Esperanza Spalding Duet Tavis Smiley hosted Wayne Shorter and Esperanza Spalding on his PBS show. Described as a “3 camera 1...

CG Lutherie Unveils UbiQ Bass Guitar
Basses

CG Lutherie Unveils UbiQ Bass Guitar

French company CG Lutherie has introduced the UbiQ, a new model that blurs the lines between bass and guitar. The six-string singlecut bass features a multi-scale design and is tuned EADGBE. The bass’s scale ranges from 30.9 inches to 32 inches while its maple fingerboard has a compound radius from 20 inches to 23 inches. It’s headless design revolves around...

Christian McBride: Used ’Ta Could
Bass Videos

Christian McBride: Used ’Ta Could

We’re celebrating Christian McBride’s birthday today with another amazing performance. This one was recorded in 2012, live at KPLU with pianist Peter Martin. Doesn’t get any sweeter than this. Happy birthday, Christian! (After this one, be sure to check out a more recent clip from KPLU, where Christian’s trio performed “Fried Pies“.)

Warwick Announces Adam Clayton Streamer CV Signature Bass
Basses

Warwick Announces Adam Clayton Streamer CV Signature Bass

Five years after his first signature bass with the company, Adam Clayton has once again teamed up with Warwick to collaborate on a new version of their Streamer CV bass. The Warwick Adam Clayton Streamer CV Signature bass is built in the Warwick Custom Shop in Markneukirchen, Germany. The bass is built with an extra light swamp ash body finished...

Snarky Puppy & Metropole Orkest: The Curtain
Bass Videos

Snarky Puppy & Metropole Orkest: The Curtain

I’m not sure there’s a more exciting band out there today than Snarky Puppy. The band has just released their new album, Sylva, along with Metropole Orkest. Here they are performing “The Curtain” from that album, with bassist and band leader Michael League playing both electric bass and Moog keybass on the tune. And does anyone have more (or better)...

Seven Yes Concerts Released in Their Entirety in New Set
New Albums

Seven Yes Concerts Released in Their Entirety in New Set

Early 1970s Yes is in all of its glory on the 14-CD box set Progeny — Seven Shows from Seventy-Two. The set features recently unearthed recordings from seven full concerts performed in North America between Oct. 31 and Nov. 20, 1972, back when Close to the Edge was a new album. Live material from that year’s tour is also well-known...

Chaos Labyrinth: An Interview with Jeff Hughell
Interviews

Chaos Labyrinth: An Interview with Jeff Hughell

Of the few bassists who play a 7-string bass, no one makes it sound quite like Jeff Hughell. The veteran death metal musician gets a unique sonic fingerprint through his instruments and his unique techniques. He works the entire fretboard with lots of two-handed tapping and sweeping runs. Hughell’s individual sound and dedication have led him to work with a...

Portnoy Sheehan MacAlpine Sherinian: Apocalypse 1470 B.C.
Bass Videos

Portnoy Sheehan MacAlpine Sherinian: Apocalypse 1470 B.C.

Holy smokes, this one is impressive. Billy Sheehan along with guitarist Tony MacAlpine, keyboardist Derek Sherinian and drummer Mike Portnoy took the stage in 2012 at Zepp Tokyo, as the supergroup known as PSMS. Here they are performing “Apocalypse 1470 B.C.”, which has some of the most impressive unison parts you’ll ever hear.

Graham Parker & The Rumour Bound by “Mystery Glue”
New Albums

Graham Parker & The Rumour Bound by “Mystery Glue”

Graham Parker and the Rumour has continued to build on its 2011 reunion with the release of Mystery Glue. The band, in its original lineup, includes bassist Andrew Bodnar, known for his years of work with Parker and on recordings like Elvis Costello’s “Watching the Detectives.” What is the mystery glue of the title? Parker explains: “When Swiss astrophysicist Fritz...

Phil Collins, with Leland Sklar: Sussudio, Live 1990
Bass Videos

Phil Collins, with Leland Sklar: Sussudio, Live 1990

We’re celebrating Leland Sklar‘s birthday today with a throwback to his 1990 tour with Phil Collins. This clip from Knebworth has the band digging in on “Sussudio” in front of close to 120,000 fans, and you can tell Sklar is getting into it. The session ace gave us the scoop on this bass line during our Stories Behind the Songs...