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Friday December 29, 2017. 08:00 PM
As a Philadelphia native, there’s a lot to live up to as a bass player. Stanley Clarke, Christian McBride, Jaco Pastorius, Gerald Veasley, Gail Ann Dorsey, Victor Bailey, and our latest bass player to know, Alphonso Johnson, all hail from the City Of Brotherly Love. Heck,...
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Fernando Molinari has just released a new single with his trio featuring guitarist Davi Filho and Bruno Valverde. “Hidden” showcases the musicians locking in as the song melds between fusion and prog-rock. Molinari gets a killer tone to match his rock solid playing and tasty...
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Thursday December 28, 2017. 09:30 PM
Our bass lessons are super popular with readers, thanks in large part to our excellent contributors in the various lesson categories. Here are the top 10 No Treble reader favorite bass lessons for 2017. 1. Creative Bass Lines: The Chameleon Variations In this lesson, I’ve...
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Bassists Omar Vazquez Castro and Simon Sammut teamed up for a bass duo composition called “Mar”, which translates to “sea.” “Omar composed the track and plays bass chords and harmonics. I play the fretless and upright bass,” Sammut explains. The track reflects the feeling of...
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If you’ve felt the ground rumbling late, it’s probably because bassists from all over the world have teamed up for the Bassists Alliance. The project, which features thirteen bassists and one drummer, has released their debut album, Crush. Formed by Alberto Rigoni and Six...
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Doom metal legends Sleep expanded their 2018 tour dates with a new handful of concerts in January. The trio, which is anchored by the mighty Al Cisneros, will be visiting Utah, Alabama, Louisiana, and Texas in addition to their previously announced spring shows. In other...
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Wednesday December 27, 2017. 09:30 PM
I recently met a player in Portland who completely blew me away. (We soon realized, we only live two blocks away from each other!) He’s new to town and hasn’t been gigging here yet. His girlfriend plays in the symphony and he’s been getting his bearings in the new...
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Bassist John Ferrara and percussionist Seth Moutal have released their second composition, and it’s mesmerizing. “This one is an original composition with me tapping polyrhythms and doing auxiliary percussion with my feet, and Seth playing a hand drum and aux percussion with...
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We had the chance to chat with many bass players over the course of 2017, between the Groove Podcast and our other interviews. Here are the top 10 reader favorites of the year. 1. Groove – Episode #32: Joe Dart Let’s just call it a “mutual admiration society.”...
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Luthier Aaron “Ray” Ross has been cooking up a new style of bridge this year, and he’s created an amazing bass to showcase it. His 27th bass features the new saddle-less “universal bridge.” “Coming up with something new is a violent, painful way to create, this took 4 months...
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Tuesday December 26, 2017. 09:30 PM
We covered a lot of new basses in 2017. Here are the top 10 reader favorites of the year. 1. Ibanez Ashula SRAS7 Hybrid Fretted/Fretless Bass Ibanez shocked many bassists again this year by introducing a new Ashula bass. The SRAS7 is a seven-string model that has a unique...
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Will Lee is rounding out 2017 with a funky little video for the song “Wisps”. Written by drummer Stefano Volpe, it also features Lee’s jamming buddy Oz Noy on guitar. The bassist kicks off the video with his signature brand of humor before laying down a nicely syncopated...
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Monday December 25, 2017. 06:45 PM
Jayme Lewis knows how to celebrate the holidays with some killer cover songs. After tackling “Thriller” for Halloween, the bassist is back with his band and a funky rendition of Donny Hathaway’s classic “This Christmas.” “Merry Christmas! 2017 was a stellar year here at...
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Sunday December 24, 2017. 03:30 PM
Damian Erskine is our longest running columnist, for good reason. His Q&A column is one of the most popular features we publish each and every week. Of the 50-plus columns Damian published this year, here are the reader favorites for 2017. 1. A Drummer’s Perspective on...
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Saturday December 23, 2017. 06:30 PM
Evgeny Pobozhiy has a new video out featuring his collaboration with Federico Malaman, Valeriy Stepanov, and David Sagamonyants. The group play’s Evgeny’s original tune, “The Aether.” We dig this!
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David “Lenny” Stallworth, who anchored Roy Hargrove’s RH Factor and toured with Maceo Parker, has passed away. Raised in Moss Point, Mississippi, Stallworth started playing bass at 11 years old and one year later joined his first band: The Super Soul Movement. At eighteen he...
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Bass and drum duo Royal Blood have announced they’ll be coming to the U.S. for a headlining tour in 2018. Fronted by bassist/vocalist Mike Kerr, the band will be hitting the road in support of their latest album, How Did We Get This Dark? The tour kicks off in Brooklyn, New...
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Friday December 22, 2017. 06:30 PM
Larry Grenadier takes the melody and an awesome solo on this live version of “Father and Sun” by the Wolfgang Muthspiel Quintet. He also creates a spacey groove with drummer Brian Blade to propel the ethereal song.
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Back in 2011, we kicked off our popular Bass of the Week feature, showcasing low-end instruments ranging from beautiful to bizarre. Of the 50-plus we featured in 2017, here are the top 10 No Treble reader favorites. 1. Justin Chancellor’s Warwick Custom Shop Masterbuilt...
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If you’re looking to blow up your bass sound, Death By Audio has you covered with their new Absolute Destruction pedal. Utilizing a power amplifier IC, the unit offers a distortion as well as what its name implies. “Showing little to no respect for what instruments normally...
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