Groove: the notreble.com podcast
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Groove – The No Treble Podcast features interviews with bassists each month, discussing all things music, creativity and (of course) bass. Hosted by Mitch Joel.
||CleanGroove – Episode #25: Zander Zon||Zander Zon has close to 60,000 subscribers on YouTube. That’s impressive for any solo bass player. What’s even more impressive is that Zander’s videos have generated close to 8 million views. The U.S. born (but London-based) artist has||1/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGroove – Episode #24: Doug Wimbish||Here’s the funny thing about a great bass line. It creeps up on you. You find yourself humming it. The song won’t get out of your head for days. Sometimes, you’re humming it aloud. Often, it becomes an earworm for someone else. They’re either tha||12/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGroove – Episode #23: Rudy Sarzo||I’m a child of the eighties. Well, the seventies, too, but I cut my musical taste in the early eighties onwards. One of the most pivotal moments in music for me was the 1983 US Festival. The metal day, in particular. I can troll YouTube and watch video||11/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGroove – Episode #22: Bryan Beller||He could have one of the most fascinating careers as a bass player. It’s not that he’s played in classic bands during the sixties. He hasn’t. It’s not that he was around to see (and played) during the formative years, as the electric bass took ho||10/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGroove – Episode #21: Tim Lefebvre||There are bass players who are able to cross musical genres, but few do it as well as Tim Lefebvre. His playing consistently demonstrates an uncanny ability to adapt to a wide range of different styles. It may well be the exact reason why David Bowie cho||9/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGroove – Episode #20: Miroslav Vitous||Miroslav Vitous. A legendary musician. A true innovator of the bass. Those are facts. Vitous attended the Prague Conservatory (where he played with Jan Hammer long before either of them were stars), which led him to Berklee College of Music. In the mid s||8/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGroove – Episode #19: Rhonda Smith||In 1996, bass player Rhonda Smith did something that few musicians can ever lay claim to. She joined Prince’s astounding backing band, The New Power Generation. The years, miles and practice that brought her to this moment cannot be underestimated. Get||7/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGroove – Episode #18: Arthur Barrow||There’s crazy stories and then there’s really crazy stories. The timeline of Arthur Barrow’s success falls into the “really crazy story” category (without question). Barrow – a young musician trying to find his way – decides to teach himsel||6/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGroove – Episode #17: Tony Levin||Tony Levin is a bass specialist. Pure, simple and rhythmic. Bass players know how hard it is to find one’s voice. Levin has not only found his voice, but a very distinct sound, playing style and groove, whether he’s playing electric, upright or the C||5/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGroove – Episode #16: Jack Casady||Take one second, head over to Google Images and do a search for Jack Casady. A life in images. That’s not Photoshop. That’s him. A lifetime of electric bass history and evolution all rolled up into this individual who played for Jefferson Air||4/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGroove – Episode #15: Divinity Roxx||Who is Divinity Roxx? Musician? Bassist? Rapper? Singer? Producer? Performer? Composer? Musical director? Much more. Divinity Roxx is a true artist. The electric bass is her tool to get her message out. She mixes and crosses genres (from rock to rap to f||3/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGroove – Episode #14: Jeff Berlin||Jeff Berlin had a moment that he describes as “the dark night of the soul” at the age of sixty. Now, he’s 63 and he’s reflecting. He’s reflecting on his career as one of the most influential electric bass players who has ever lived, and he’s||2/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGroove – Episode #13: Felix Pastorius||Imagine playing the bass when your last name is Pastorius. Many of us might think that this is a blessing. There is no question that Jaco Pastorius is one of (if not THE) founding fathers of the modern electric bass. His son, Felix Pastorius, has no desi||1/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGroove – Episode #12: Stuart Hamm||Is there a better way to celebrate the one year anniversary of Groove – The No Treble Podcast than to dive into the amazingly, unconventional and beautiful playing of Stuart Hamm? Back in the late eighties, I made the mistake of thinking that Hamm||12/3/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGroove – Episode #11: Alain Caron||When I was growing up – and was a young and impressionable musician – every bass player wanted to be Jaco Pastorius (that’s not true, the rockers wanted to be Billy Sheehan). These virtuosos seemed unreachable. There was no Internet. There wa||11/5/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGroove – Episode #10: Victor Wooten||The Music Lesson is a book that will forever change you. Not because it was written by one of the world’s greatest bass players, but because the message is core to living a life worth celebrating. Music is all over Victor Wooten. He was bathed in it fr||10/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGroove – Episode #9: John Campbell||Lamb of God was one of the headliners at this year’s three-day hard music festival known as Heavy Montreal. Bassist John Campbell was willing and able to sit down in the blazing sun to talk about everything from why he used to play with only three stri||9/3/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGroove – Episode #8: Steve Lawson||If we’re going to refer to the late/great John Entwistle as “The Ox,” we should probably start referring to Steve Lawson as “The Octopus.” When you listen to his music (and yes, this is music… not just someone playing the bass), it seems unre||8/6/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGroove – Episode #7: Mark Egan||Mark Egan has a very specific sound. Whether it’s from co-founding the jazz fusion band, Elements, or being a part of the Pat Metheny Group… or from the Gil Evans Orchestra to his work with Sting, Joan Osborne, Cyndi Lauper or Art Garfunkel. The smoo||7/2/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGroove – Episode #6: Michael Manring||How is it that someone can be this in touch with their musicianship and instrument? Michael Manring is one of the most talented musicians that our world has ever seen. He’s not just a bass player of the highest order, he is someone who approaches music||6/4/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGroove – Episode #5: Juan Alderete||Juan Alderete doesn’t remember me. Fair ball. The last time I saw him, he had long hair, tight jeans and was playing bass for a hard rock band called The Scream back in the early nineties. That band is most notable because frontman, John Corabi, later||5/7/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGroove – Episode #4: Gary Willis||From a commercial standpoint, Gary Willis is mostly known as the co-founder of Tribal Tech (the jazz fusion band that includes Scott Henderson). The life of a jazz musician is never easy… no matter how much hype and excitement there is surrounding your||4/2/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGroove – Episode #3: Leland Sklar||“Who is that bass player with the long beard?” That was my initial reaction when I first saw the video for Phil Collins’ smash hit, “Sussudio”, in 1985. I did not know Leland Sklar’s pedigree as a bass player before that (and, what happened a||3/5/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGroove – Episode #2: Jerry Jemmott||There is a memorable scene in the Modern Electric Bass instructional video from 1986, when Jerry Jemmott asks Jaco Pastorius who really influenced the development of his playing style. Without missing a beat, Pastorius starts riffing on some of Jemmott||2/5/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGroove – Episode #1: Robert Trujillo||Robert Trujillo is known to millions of people – all over the world – as Metallica’s bass player. Fans of Metallica know Trujillo as the guy who replaced Jason Newsted in 2003. Both Trujillo and Newsted had tough boots to fill after original Metall||1/8/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
This is a great first episode. I can't wait to listen to more episodes. If you're a bass play you must tune in.
As a fellow Bassist, thank you! This is an amazing podcast not only for bass players but musicians in general. I just wish the episodes were longer...
Interesting guests, great host
I enjoyed all the podcasts so far, especially with the ones with Leland Sklar, Jerry Jemmot and Robert Trujillo. Please keep them coming.