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2014 Reader Favorites – #2: James Jamerson

Editor’s Note: At the end of each year, we tally up all the article and video views on No Treble to come up with a list of top 10 most popular bassists. This is entirely based on readership, not on opinions, polls or anything else. Just having some fun.

James Jamerson

What can we say about James Jamerson that hasn’t already been said? The master bassist is still leading the charts around here, thanks to another great visualized bass line by Jack Stratton, an isolated bass track, and a new documentary about the Funk Machine in 2014.

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough: James Jamerson’s Bass Line Visualized

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough: James Jamerson’s Bass Line Visualized

Vulfpeck’s Jack Stratton sent me another one of his cool visualization videos highlighting another impressive bass line by the one and only James Jamerson. This time around, the tune is the performance of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell…

Jackson 5: James Jamerson’s Isolated Bass on “Darling Dear”

Jackson 5: James Jamerson’s Isolated Bass on “Darling Dear”

No “Isolated Bass Week” would be complete without one of the stunning bass lines by the one and only James Jamerson. Today we’re in for a treat with the beautiful bass line behind the Jackson 5 tune, “Darling Dear” from Third Album, released in 1970…

New Documentary Sets Out to Find James Jamerson’s Stolen “Funk Machine” Bass

New Documentary Sets Out to Find James Jamerson’s Stolen “Funk Machine” Bass

As bass players, nearly every one of us knows the magnitude of James Jamerson’s legacy. His impeccable groove and round tone was the key to most of the hits from the ’60s. The man – and the mystery of his whereabouts of his legendary bass, “The Funk Machine” – are the focus of a new documentary…