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  • Groove – Episode #48: Tim Starace

    Groove – Episode #48: Tim Starace

    It used to be that cover bands were just that: a pale comparison to the original thing. Bands we’d see playing the local club scene, as a way to make some coin and to get by as musicians. We’ve come a long way. Some cover bands are so good, that they can fill an arena.... »

  • Groove – Episode #47: Janek Gwizdala

    Groove – Episode #47: Janek Gwizdala

    When I started preparing for my conversation with Janek Gwizdala, it became abundantly clear why he is such a popular bass player, teacher, and YouTuber. I found myself completely immersed in a fifteen minute long YouTube video about why he has his action so high on the bass. And, yes, it really was captivating. Janek... »

  • Groove – Episode #46: Damian Erskine

    Groove – Episode #46: Damian Erskine

    A fellow No Treble contributor! We’re super excited to bring you this conversation with our own Damian Erskine. He’s not just a regular contributor to No Treble, but he’s been here the longest. Longevity is a theme for this monster of a player. Damian is known for his ability to fit into any musical situation,... »

  • Groove – Episode #45: Ian Hill

    Groove – Episode #45: Ian Hill

    Judas Priest ruined me. While I had been exposed to a myriad of musical genres over my young life, nothing has impacted me more than the infamous US Festival in 1983. Their “Heavy Metal Day” on Sunday, May 29th featured Quiet Riot, Motley Crue, Ozzy Osbourne, Triumph, Scorpions, Van Halen and the now-legendary Judas Priest.... »

  • Groove – Episode #41: Evan Marien

    Groove – Episode #41: Evan Marien

    Simply put, Evan Marien is a very exciting bass player. The composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist grew up in Illinois, but Brooklyn is now his home. And yes, he’s super active on YouTube and pushing his own projects, but you may not know that Evan was also the last bassist to work with the legendary guitarist,... »

  • Groove – Episode #40: Chris Wood

    Groove – Episode #40: Chris Wood

    Wikipedia can be funny sometimes. When you look for Chris Wood, he is listed as a “jazz musician” (this happens when there are multiple people with the same name). I wonder if Wood considers himself a jazz musician? Most know him as a founder, experimental player and musician visionary within the band Medeski Martin &... »

  • Groove – Episode #38: Billy Sheehan

    Groove – Episode #38: Billy Sheehan

    Welcome to our first-ever live recording of Groove – The No Treble Podcast which took place at the NAMM Show in Anaheim (and was recorded in front of a live audience at the NAMM Idea Centre), this past week. Our guest this month can best be described as a living legend. Not only has Billy... »

  • Groove – Episode #37: Cody Wright

    Groove – Episode #37: Cody Wright

    Candidly, there are few bass players who sound as original as Cody Wright. In fact, when I first heard him play several years back, I was immediately transported back in time. It was the exact same audio sensation that came over me when I first heard Jaco Pastorius and Billy Sheehan play. It was not... »

  • Groove – Episode #36: John Patitucci

    Groove – Episode #36: John Patitucci

    What has not been said about the bass playing of John Patitucci? The Brooklyn native started playing the bass when he was twelve and has not stopped since. He was a member of three Chick Corea groups: the Elektric Band, the Akoustic Band, and the quartet. While he often switches between the acoustic and electric... »

  • Groove – Episode #35: Steve Bailey

    Groove – Episode #35: Steve Bailey

    Here’s a little known personal fact about me: Steve Bailey’s 2007 album, So Low… Solo, is one my favorite instrumental music discs of all time. Beyond his stunning mastery of the six-string fretless bass, the composition and arrangements on this album are captivating. It’s still on high rotation in my weekly playlist. With that, Steve... »