Yesterday I talked about how Paul McCartney was, in my opinion, the most innovative bass player in rock besides James Jamerson. It wouldn't be fair not to listen to Jamerson after listening to Paul, so here are a number of Motown hits featuring Jamerson's signature bass playing. Of course, Jamerson was one of the mainstays of the Motown house band known as the Funk Brothers.
1) On What's Goin' On, listen to how Jamerson builds the intensity of the track as it goes on. You can just feel him pushing the track as his line gets more and more complex and he digs in harder.
2) Jamerson's bass has a distorted edge to it. He supposedly went direct while recording and used an Ampeg B-15 when playing live, but the tone on this song sure sounds like a B-15 to me.
3) Bernadette may be Jamerson's masterpiece. He's playing a fairly busy part yet it's always in the pocket and always seems effortless.
) Bernadette is also a really good example of how a Motown track is put together when you hear all the instruments fall in with the bass.
10. ágú. 2010
James Jamerson Isolated Bass
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