So after a long hiatus from posting to this site, I am finally back from a wild adventure of diving deep into the work of James Jamerson. To kick things off I am going to post a full transcription of one of my favorite Jamerson lines from a track called “I Need Your Lovin’” — … Continue reading
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The search for the Holy Grail of all instruments — Jamerson’s legendary Funk Machine — is continued in this landmark documentary, which explores the story of one of music history’s most important missing artifacts. The film is currently in production, so visit the page and help spread the word! https://www.facebook.com/findingthefunkmachine UPDATE: Check out the kickstarter … Continue reading
Dear Jamerson Enthusiasts, Anthony McKnight (JJ first cousin) is working to get James Jamerson inducted into his birth state of South Carolina’s Hall of Fame and we can help! His statement below: My name is Anthony”Ant”McKnight, I’m James Jamerson’s 1st cousin from Charleston, S.C. I am very very serious about getting my Cousin into the … Continue reading
For all you Jamerson aficionados out there — if you do not own Stevie Wonder’s For Once In My Life LP, you have been missing out. The Funks were Little Wonder’s music tutors and some of the hippest tracks they ever cut were on his mid to late 60s records. Uptight, I Was Made To Love … Continue reading
Transcribing Jamerson can be a difficult task. Even though the bass is often mixed as upfront as the vocal lines, there is almost always that moment where you would give anything to hear Jamerson’s line a little clearer. You ask yourself questions like, “Was that an open A or an Ab or the bass drum … Continue reading
Jamerson frequently tugs against the meter by superimposing a duple feel against the 12/8 groove. The opening four bars exemplify this rhythmic tension release pattern. One of my favorite moment on this record is when the walking line in m. 48 ignites the full blown walk that explodes with the drummer in m. 49 with … Continue reading
Here is a transcription of the Coda section of Save the Children, where the groove has shifted from 12/8 to 4/4. Save the Children – Bass Transciption (Standard Notation)
Just stumbled across this the other day. Martha Reeves live on Don Kischner’s Rock Concert (1974) being backed by non other than Mr. Jamerson. Extra special moment at 6:10. The entire concert is available here: http://www.historicfilms.com/tapes/13999 Would love to see this whole show someday, but unfortunately the membership fee is beyond my financial means.
Last week’s transcription was a live, 1973 performance of What’s Happening Brother. This week I wanted to compare and contrast the live performance with the original 1971 version from Marvin Gaye’s Whats Going On album. Jamerson’s ability to create variations on bassline motives and progressions is unlike any other bass player. Check out his comping … Continue reading