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

If it’s James Jamerson with a great drummer (Uriel Jones or Benny Benjamin?), you don’t need anything else. This isolated bass and drum version of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” proves it.

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  1. sakis

    one of the greatest bass players of all time!

  2. Mike

    Obviously the king of the genre, but it’s interesting to hear it isolated and how rushed some of his lines were

    • You say ‘rushed’ I say ‘forward momentum’. It’s probably a fine line but considering the success of his playing it’s difficult to criticise.

      However, he was extremely drunk at the time! :)

  3. Clifton

    You can tell, he was at the Top of his Game when he played this! Awesome! Yet, another Great Bass player that left us way to soon!!! Long Live the Hook!!!!

  4. bassin

    Thanks for this audio of James. Tremendous and so fat. No one like James. Strong.

  5. All in one take, drunk as a skunk, his crazy ways – this guy very much influenced not just bass players but musicians all over the world. I visited the Motown museum in Detroit & lay where he played on ‘what’s goin on’. The guy was (& still is) a genius.

  6. Norman T hacker

    Amazing ,hooked so well into the vocal and yet so very strong on his own.

  7. I think it’s Pistol Allen drumming on this. I’m not 100% but I think I remember that from Standing in the Shadows of Motown.

  8. Play a better line then call him drunk…..genius would be a better word.

  9. Totally mystifying.

  10. And that’s how it’s done. Right on James.

  11. Thanks for this one…