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James Jamerson

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Mr.Phil, Jun 15, 2005.


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  1. Mr.Phil

    Mr.Phil

    Apr 9, 2005
    Upstate NY
    If you had to pick, what's your all time favorite Jamerson bass line?
     
  2. I Was Made To Love Her
     
  3. 20db pad

    20db pad

    Feb 11, 2003
    I been everywhere, man...
    None. At all.
    According to my mother, I liked "Can't Hurry Love" before I was born, and I still do now.

    These days, it's probably "Darling Dear", "For Once in my Life" or "How Long Has That Evening Train Been Gone", which was a deeper cut in a Supremes album brought to attention by Anthony Jackson in the Alan Slutsky "SITSOM" book.

    FWIW, I maintain that Jamerson DID play on all these tunes..........
     
  4. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    My favorite line of his is "Reach Out (I'll Be There)." The way he doesn't always stick to the root note of the chord, the precision of the intro, and the general feeling of the song...all of these were pretty much original Jamerson concepts that have become standard issue for soul and funk bassists.
     
  5. Marcus Willett

    Marcus Willett Supporting Member

    Feb 8, 2005
    Palm Bay, FL
    Endorsing Artist: Bag End - Dean Markley - Thunderfunk
    +1. AJ called it (IIRC) a "towering achievement", and he was 100% correct.
     
  6. ErikP.Bass

    ErikP.Bass Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2004
    Bernadette.
     
  7. Marvin and Tami's Ain't No Mountain High Enough
     
  8. ryco

    ryco

    Apr 24, 2005
    97465
    "Reflections" - Supremes
     
  9. Arthur U. Poon

    Arthur U. Poon

    Jan 30, 2004
    SLC, Utah -USA-
    Endorsing Artist: Mike Lull Custom Basses
    "What's Going On" - Marvin Gaye
     
  10. ryco

    ryco

    Apr 24, 2005
    97465
    ....then again there's "Keep Me Hangin' On" - Supremes. How can I pick a FAV JJ tune?? "Back In My Arms Again". O ...the indecision!....
     
  11. Jerry Ziarko

    Jerry Ziarko Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Rochester, NY
    I honestly can't do it. Favorite 10, maybe. I still am amazed by his note and phrasing choices. I know many say their favorite player is a "Jaco" or "Victor" type, but I still feel no one, has ever said more in a simple three minute pop tune than James Jamerson!
     
  12. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Yeah, and ask Vic who his favorites are and Jamerson is always mentioned.
     
  13. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties

    Apr 1, 2004
    New York, NY
    You Keep Me Hangin' On. But Bernadette sure is a close second...

    MM
     
  14. Mr.Phil

    Mr.Phil

    Apr 9, 2005
    Upstate NY
    My favorite Jamerson line is "My Guy" by Mary Wells. He plays it on upright and the line is very articulate.
     
  15. Arthur U. Poon

    Arthur U. Poon

    Jan 30, 2004
    SLC, Utah -USA-
    Endorsing Artist: Mike Lull Custom Basses
    +1. I love his lead-ins from the verses into the choruses on "Reach Out" too. It's one of the best recorded examples of his style.

    "For Once In My Life" -Stevie Wonder. It's another of my favorite Jamerson bass lines.
     
  16. `ash

    `ash

    Feb 26, 2004
    Melbourne
    I have a soft spot for the ones i can play. Bernadette and Reach Out...

    But from the ones i cant play. I Was Made To Love Her, and Home Cookin
     
  17. Too many to mention. J.J. was a monster!
     
  18. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I believe Jamerson did "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" and "I was Made to Love Her." I think both of those are great too. I also like his acoustic bass on Martha Reeves and the Vandellas "Heatwave."
     
  19. BassLand

    BassLand

    Mar 20, 2000
    Lost Angeles
    Hi Dr. Cheese,

    SSD (Signed, Sealed, Delivered) is Bob Babbitt. The rest of the tunes mentioned are Jamerson. There are plenty of Jamerson lines I like most of which don't fall into the top20 category. One song in particular that I think has a great bass line is "Ain't No Justice" by Shorty Long. Another is "What's Happening Brother" from the Whats Going On CD

    http://bassland.net/jamerson.html

    BL
     
  20. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member

    +1. He's probably my favorite on electric.
     



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