James Jamerson: The Untold Story of Motown’s Bass Hero
Jaz Moss sent us his latest video, which is an incredibly well-done, detailed look at the work of James Jamerson.
Jaz said it took three months of research to produce this retrospective on the Motown legend.
“Jamerson’s unique style and virtuosity have made him one of the most influential bassists in the history of music,” Jaz shared. “His melodic and intricate bass lines were a defining feature of the Motown sound and can be heard on countless hits by artists like The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and The Jackson 5. In this video, we not only explore Jamerson’s life and music but also delve into his playing style and techniques. The electric bass was a relatively new instrument during James Jamerson’s time, so in this video, we’ll also explore five specific techniques that he adapted from his experience playing the jazz double bass and successfully applied to his electric bass playing.”
- 0:00 – Prologue: Who was James Jamerson?
- 0:55 – Chapter 1: Early Years
- 2:38 – Chapter 2: The Funk Brothers
- 5:16 – Chapter 3: Jamerson’s Sound
- 5:56 – 5 things that define Jamerson’s sound
- 11:30 – Chapter 4: The Downfall
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