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  • In the Queen’s Service: A Look at Aretha Franklin’s Bassists

    In the Queen’s Service: A Look at Aretha Franklin’s Bassists

    Like the rest of the world, we’re in mourning over the passing of the Aretha Franklin. The Queen of Soul’s incredible vocal talents put a stamp on her generation while also giving her music a timeless quality that continues to be relevant today. Her career had highs and lows, but she was always a staple... »

  • Marcus Miller and Michael League: How to Develop a Groove

    Marcus Miller and Michael League: How to Develop a Groove

    Here’s a great clip from North Sea Jazz a few days ago with Marcus Miller and Michael League. The focus of this video is in response to the host’s question, “how do you develop a groove?” Michael immediately pushed the question over to Marcus, who decided it was better to show than tell. Then the... »

  • Marcus Miller: B’s River

    Marcus Miller: B’s River

    Marcus Miller has a new album out, but today’s video features a tune from his last one, Afrodeezia. I was so intrigued by this 2015 performance at North Sea Jazz, thanks in large part to the instrumentation. Marcus describes the instrument – and the inspiration for the song – in the video description: “My wife,... »

  • Marcus Miller Returns with “Laid Black”

    Marcus Miller Returns with “Laid Black”

    After exploring his musical roots on his 2015 album, Afrodeezia, Marcus Miller has brought things up to date on his new album Laid Black. His iconic bass lines tie a mix of current styles together with killer instrumental melodies. “‘Afrodeezia’ was like a musical voyage through my history. I followed the journey of my ancestors... »

  • Marcus Miller Featuring Tom Ibarra: Tutu (Live)

    Marcus Miller Featuring Tom Ibarra: Tutu (Live)

    In 2016, Marcus Miller was joined by 16-year-old guitarist Tom Ibarra at the Saint Emilion Jazz Festival. Here’s the band performing the title track from the Miles Davis record, Tutu. »

  • Markbass Unveils Marcus Miller Signature Amplification

    Markbass Unveils Marcus Miller Signature Amplification

    Last year, Markbass announced they would be teaming up with jazz legend Marcus Miller for a series of amps. This year they unveiled the lineup at the Winter NAMM Show, which will include four head units, three combos, and two cabinets. “Marcus has closely partnered with [Markbass founder Marco De Virgillis] to develop his amazing... »

  • Federico Malaman & Marcus Miller: NAMM Jam

    Federico Malaman & Marcus Miller: NAMM Jam

    During the 2018 NAMM Show, Federico Malaman and Marcus Miller got together for a spontaneous jam at a Markbass event showcasing Marcus’s signature amp. Federico said, “For me, it was PURE JOY!!!” »

  • 2017 Reader Favorites – #4: Marcus Miller

    2017 Reader Favorites – #4: Marcus Miller

    Marcus Miller is an annual favorite on No Treble and this year, he lands at the #4 slot. News of Sire’s Marcus Miller P7 and V9 Basses was a huge hit, as were the various videos we shared my Marcus over 2017. 1. Sire Guitars Unveils Marcus Miller P7 and V9 Basses The popular Marcus... »

  • Marcus Miller Band: Frankenstein (Live)

    Marcus Miller Band: Frankenstein (Live)

    Here’s a clip from a 2005 performance by Marcus Miller and his band performing Edgar Winter’s “Frankenstein.” Marcus (as always) lays down one solid groove, and there are just a ton of burning solos throughout. »

  • Beneath The Bassline Documentary Coming Soon

    Beneath The Bassline Documentary Coming Soon

    Bassists will be getting their due in a new documentary called Beneath The Bassline. Directed by Nick Wells, the film features loads of interview time with some of the greatest bass players in the world. Wells traveled to Fodera Guitars, Sadowsky Guitars, and Aguilar Amplification in New York to get the scoop on gear and... »