Carl Thompson is a pioneer of bass building, and he’s still pushing the limits and building world-class instruments. This week we’re checking out his latest build, made for Brian Kelly, who got a Full-Frills model with an enormous 38-inch scale.
LA Philharmonic Bassist Peter Rofé is making the most of his downtime. In this new video he shared yesterday, Rofé performs a solo bass/vocal arrangement of Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze”.
Melbourne, Australia’s Pickpocket has returned with their third album, entitled “Refraction”. The eight-piece jazz/funk/fusion band’s new effort is described as a “journey from the 80’s funk sounds” to some “Dub/RnB vibes”.
December was a pretty big month for new bass gear coverage. Recapping the final month of 2020, here are the top 10 No Treble reader favorite bass gear stories we published during the month.
Our friend Edo Castro Woodhouse shared this on Facebook a few days ago, and I proceeded to watch it countless times. Check out Mark Egan, Arjun Bruggeman, and Shane Theriot performing “Dancing Shiva”.
Tesla bassist and co-founder Brian Wheat has just released a new memoir. “Son of a Milkman: My Crazy Life with Tesla”, written with Chris Epting, details the highs and lows of Wheat’s life.
Fender wrapped up 2020 with the introduction of the limited edition Boxer Series. Made in Japan, the lineup includes a Precision Bass model that comes in Sherwood Green Metallic or Torino Red.
Gonzalo Grau & La Clave Secreta have released a new video with a timba version of Stevie Wonder’s “Don’t You Worry About A Thing”. Panagiotis Andreou anchors the groove with incredible finesse that adds to the song’s danceability.
Another giant of the bass has left us. Eugene Wright, whose playing anchored the great Dave Brubeck Quartet, passed away on December 30, 2020. He was 97 years old.
We made it to #1. This one may surprise you, but there’s a very cool story here. The 2020 Reader Favorite Bassist is Juliaplaysgroove, thanks in large part to our interview with her in 2020.
Leland Sklar brought us joy this year during the shutdown, with a run of videos where he shared the back story on so many songs from his career. And if that wasn’t enough, he released a new album with The Immediate Family and published a new book.
Joe Dart has been a consistent favorite over the years, and 2020 was no different. Between his work with Vulfpeck, The Fearless Flyers, and Theo Katzman – as well as Ernie Ball Music Man reintroducing his signature bass – readers responded big.