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Kevin Johnson

Kevin Johnson

Managing Editor

Kevin joined No Treble in 2009 as a contributor and later became the Managing Editor. Kevin is a true bass enthusiast and activist. In addition to writing for No Treble, he is Jazz Division Head for the Bass Coalition, which seeks to foster community and education through promoting local bass events including workshops, performances, and other events. He’s also a freelance bassist and teacher in the Northern Virginia area. Though his performances revolve around jazz, Kevin appreciates all genres of music, from R&B to metal and everything in between.

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David Gross Publishes Two New Bass Books
Sheet Music & Instruction

David Gross Publishes Two New Bass Books

David Gross has expanded his list of instructional books by revisiting his earliest book with “Very Bassic Bass” and publishing the new method book Learning the “Fingerboard of the Six-String Bass”.

Triptykon Complete Unfinished Celtic Frost Work on “Requiem”
New Albums

Triptykon Complete Unfinished Celtic Frost Work on “Requiem”

Although they formed in only 2008, the avant-garde extreme metal band Triptykon has released a new live album that’s been over 30 years in the making. Check out “Requiem (Live At Roadburn 2019)”

In Memoriam: Josef Bansuelo
In Memoriam

In Memoriam: Josef Bansuelo

Sad news to report: former 7Seconds bassist Josef Bansuelo has passed away from cancer. He was 63 years old. The news was confirmed by his former bandmate, Kevin Seconds, on Facebook.

Steve Uccello and Billy Jones: Thursday’s Theme
Bass Videos

Steve Uccello and Billy Jones: Thursday’s Theme

Steve Uccello sent us his latest video, which is a bass ensemble version of Benny Golson’s “Thursday’s Theme”. Along with drummer Billy Jones, the bassist covers all parts of the song with two double basses and a resophonic contrabass guitar.

Steve Bailey and Victor Wooten to Host Free Webinar on Gender Justice
Events

Steve Bailey and Victor Wooten to Host Free Webinar on Gender Justice

Steve Bailey and Victor Wooten are continuing their weekly free webinar series this Friday, June 5th at 4pm Eastern. The meeting topic is “Gender Justice…Empowerment, Enlightenment, and Education,” and as such it will include some of the best female musicians around.

Source Audio EQ2 Pedal Now Shipping
Pedals & Effects

Source Audio EQ2 Pedal Now Shipping

Source Audio is now shipping the EQ2, a programmable equalizer pedal that was first debuted at the Winter NAMM Show. The unit builds on its first EQ pedal and combines a graphic and parametric equalizer with 10 adjustable frequency bands.

Long Beach Dub Allstars Return With Self-Titled Album
New Albums

Long Beach Dub Allstars Return With Self-Titled Album

Almost two decades since their last album, the Long Beach Dub Allstars have returned to release a new self-titled album. The band is now anchored by drummer Marshall Goodman “Ras MG” and bassist Edwin Kampwirth.

Bass of the Week: Rybski Empathy Bass
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: Rybski Empathy Bass

Jordan Rannells sent us some details on his amazing new bass by Rybski Custom Bass Guitars. Dubbed “The Empathy Bass,” the instrument features the empathy symbol, which represents two sides reaching out to each other.

Mats Eilertsen Releases “Memorabilia”
New Albums

Mats Eilertsen Releases “Memorabilia”

Jazz bassist Mats Eilertsen explores new textures to blur genres – and centuries – on his new album, “Memorabilia”. The record matches his trio with the vocal ensemble Trio Mediaeval.

In Memoriam: Al Rex
In Memoriam

In Memoriam: Al Rex

We lost one of the original bassists of rock and roll this week with the passing of Al Rex. He was 91 years old.

Spector and Blackstar Announce Limited Edition FLY 3 Bass Amp
Amps

Spector and Blackstar Announce Limited Edition FLY 3 Bass Amp

Spector has teamed up with Blackstar Amplification to release a limited edition version of the FLY 3 bass amp. The compact practice amp, which offers 3 watts of power through a 3-inch speaker, is adorned with the Spector logo.

Rush’s 40th Anniversary Edition of “Permanent Waves” Now Available
New Albums

Rush’s 40th Anniversary Edition of “Permanent Waves” Now Available

The special 40th Anniversary edition of Rush’s groundbreaking seventh studio album “Permanent Waves” is now available. It comes in several formats, but die-hard fans will take note of the Super Deluxe Edition.