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 #42: Mai Leisz||She just turned thirty, but she is an old soul. It’s for this reason that she has fit in performing with artists like David Crosby, Joan Baez, Jackson Browne, Seal and others. Mai Leisz (formerly Mai Agan) is a curious and engaging bass player. The||6/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGroove – 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 tha||5/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGroove – 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||4/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGroove – Episode #39: David Pastorius||What are the odds? What are the odds that you start playing the electric bass, and it’s not because your uncle is Jaco Pastorius? It’s not because David Pastorius never met his uncle. It’s not that the family wasn’t close. All of||3/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGroove – 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 describ||2/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGroove – 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 J||1/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGroove – 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 quart||12/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGroove – 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||11/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGroove – Episode #34: Julie Slick||Many people know Julie Slick as a virtuoso bassist and composer. Some know her best for her work in the progressive rock outfit, Adrian Belew Power Trio (yes, he of King Crimson fame). Her story is much deeper and more astonishing than you might imagin||10/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGroove – Episode #33: Doug Johns||Doug Johns is a beast of a bass player. In fact, it’s hard not to mention his name and have the words “funk master” and “groove beast” follow suit. He is a master musician who composes some of the richest bass lines that you||9/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGroove – Episode #32: Joe Dart||Let’s just call it a “mutual admiration society.” Vulfpeck bassist, Joe Dart, has always been very kind to the No Treble community. And all of us – here at No Treble – can’t get enough of his funky grooves that often d||8/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGroove – Episode #31: Shem Von Schroeck||Most people know Shem Von Schroeck as the longtime bass player in Kenny Loggins’ band. At the beginning of this summer, Shem got word that he landed the coveted bass gig in Toto. The prolific and proficient bass player has also worked with everyone f||7/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGroove – Episode #30: Robert “Bubby” Lewis||Some musicians struggle while trying to blend creativity and the electric bass. Robert “Bubby” Lewis is not one of those people. Whether it’s his video game, manga, comic book, science fiction-inspired solo album, , or how he thinks abo||6/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGroove – Episode #29: Chuck Rainey||How does one concisely (and intelligently) write something meaningful about an artist like Chuck Rainey? It’s easy to say that Chuck is an American bassist who was born in Cleveland, Ohio and went on to play with artists like Aretha Franklin, Steel||5/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGroove – Episode #28: Liam Wilson||It cannot be argued that The Dillinger Escape Plan is one of the heaviest bands our world has seen. From their early days in the late nineties, I would frequent their mathcore shows, and marvel at just how much the heavy music genre had progressed. Whe||4/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGroove – Episode #27: Richard Bona||He’s known as “The African Sting,” and people compare his style, approach and flair of the electric bass to Jaco Pastorius. If there’s one word that best describes Richard Bona it is: artist. The Cameroon native blends elements of||3/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGroove – Episode #26: Nathan East||It’s hard to not hear the music of Nathan East. His discography is – literally – a who’s who of popular music, and it runs across many genres. Whether you have grooved to the sounds of Daft Punk’s massive hit, “Get Luc||2/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||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 t||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 vid||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||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 c||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||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. G||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 hims||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||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||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’||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 de||1/7/2016||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.