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What was Jamerson reading?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by pkstone, Feb 1, 2013.

  1. pkstone

    pkstone Supporting Member

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    One of the rare visual records of the great James Jamerson playing is a few precious moments in the excellent Marvin Gaye video (here if you haven't seen it yet).

    I'm curious (and I don't know if there's anyway to answer it, other than speculation, but) what kind of chart is Jamerson reading? I can't imagine it being note-for-note standard notation-- who (particularly Marvin Gaye) would presume to tell this man how to play his lines?

    Is it more likely a lead sheet with the changes over the words?
  2. pkstone

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    Well now, internet synchronicity strikes again. On another thread, on this very day, it is revealed that Jamerson was playing a written-out part. The catch is that the composer used a compilation of Jamerson licks to write the line!

    See this thread for the fascinating details.

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