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Monday October 2, 2017. 06:30 PM
I love all the footage from this 1971 performance by King Curtis & The Kingpins. The whole band is fantastic, and Jerry Jemmott shows us how it’s done. Here’s “Soul Serenade”. Be sure to also check out “Ridin’ Thumb” (my favorite of this excellent concert) and “Memphis...
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Sunday October 1, 2017. 09:30 PM
September was a great month for new bass gear stories, as evident by all the reader interest in what we covered during the month. Here are the top 10 reader favorites for September. Thanks for reading, commenting and sharing! 1. Chowny Bass Retrovibe EVO Davie 504 Signature...
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I just discovered the music of Han Beyli thanks to this video. Han recently went into the studio at Berklee to record his original composition, “Jeyran,” which offers up some tremendous bass, vocals, horns, and more.
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Saturday September 30, 2017. 06:30 PM
In 2012, Will Lee performed at the Cotton Club in Tokyo, along with Steve Gadd, Chuck Loeb, Giulio Carmassi, and Oli Rockberger. Here’s a tune from that set, with the band covering Toto’s hit song, “Georgy Porgy.”
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In March of 2017, John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension played two nights of sold-out shows at the world-renowned London jazz club Ronnie Scott’s. It was a special occasion for McLaughlin, whose history with the club goes as far back as the 1960’s when he was a member of the...
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Friday September 29, 2017. 09:30 PM
Every so often, I’m asked about some of my favorite drummers to play with and why that is. Whether it’s for a gig referral or for the sake of conversation with my fellow musicians, it’s a question that doesn’t always have the same answer. The context of a gig, the...
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Here’s some old school funky goodness from a live, early ’70s performance of Curtis Mayfield and his band performing “Freddie’s Dead.” Joseph “Lucky” Scott puts on a master class of some textbook groove on this one.
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Last year, fans of heavy music that grooves were elated at the formation of Prophets of Rage. The rap-rock supergroup includes three members of Rage Against the Machine (guitarist Tom Morello, drummer Brad Wilks, and bassist Tim Commerford), two members of Public Enemy (DJ...
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Thursday September 28, 2017. 09:30 PM
Derrick Cook emailed us with a story about an astonishing piece of gear: “I have a one of a kind Peavey VTA-800 that was handmade by Hartley Peavey as a prototype only in 1972 – 400-watt tube head 8×6550. It’s the only one ever made,” he shared. We asked him for more on this...
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I recently discovered tenor saxophonist Bob Reynolds and his band on a recent Youtube binge, and I was glad I did. Here’s the band performing at the Blue Whale Jazz Club in Los Angeles, California, on January 21, 2016. The tune, “Can’t Wait for Perfect,” is from Reynolds’...
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The Foo Fighters are back with their ninth studio album, Concrete and Gold. The album features an eclectic array of styles that came to leader Dave Grohl in a burst of inspiration, standing in stark contrast to 2014’s Sonic Highways. Bassist Nate Mendel holds it all...
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Rob van den Broek is a bassist and a luthier. He’s also a huge fan of Gibson’s basses, which led him to publish The Gibson Bass Book. The 180-page book documents over 80 Gibson basses and 70 Epiphone basses with more than 400 pictures. The story begins in the late 1930’s...
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Wednesday September 27, 2017. 09:30 PM
Q: My band and I have started playing out in bars and clubs, and one thing keeps me on edge: No matter how much we prepare and rehearse, there are always hiccups. How do the pros know how to deal with things going wrong (like someone going to the wrong section of the tune,...
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I’ve seen Gabriel Severn show up on Facebook more and more lately. And it is no surprise. The 12-year-old bassist is playing well beyond his years. In this clip, Gabriel takes on Adam Nitti’s “Not of This World.” Watch out world!
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Meet Roy Eraca, who got his start on bass after making a promise to improve his grades (he did, and his reward was a new bass guitar). Since then, Roy has gone from being a “closet player” to a gigging one. Roy is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight (you could be...
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Tuesday September 26, 2017. 06:30 PM
Time to kick it old school with this look back at Chicago performing live at Tanglewood. The concert took place in July 1970, featuring Peter Cetera laying down some boss bass and fronting the band on the tune “25 or 6 to 4.” So good.
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It’s safe to say that in the 60 years he’s been playing drums, Ringo Starr has made a few friends. So for his new release, Give More Love, he’s getting by with a little help from them – including a few of the top bass players in the world. The former Beatle’s 19th solo...
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Monday September 25, 2017. 11:00 PM
This week we’re checking out gorgeous Unique V bass from Schack Guitars. Built with a flamed ash body, the instrument features a striking top and matching headstock of spalted quilted bubinga. Similarly, its flamed maple neck is topped with a beautiful marbled ebony...
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In episode 43, we looked at an easy piano piece that was arranged for two basses. This is a great exercise because it works on your reading and your technique. Bach’s bass lines are typically challenging and push us as bassists to hone our chops. This time we’re checking out...
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Level 42 always has sick bass lines thanks to Mark King. That’s not lost on Scott Whitley, who whipped up this killer bass version of the tune utilizing his signature bass and a piccolo bass for the melody lines. This one is sure to get you in gear!
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