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Nathan Watts

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Yvon, May 19, 2001.


  1. Yvon

    Yvon Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2000
    Montreal, Canada
    I love this guy!
    He is a great bass player, probably underated, unfortunatly.
     
  2. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Nathan's probably the quintessential studio bassist: one less thing for the artist or producer to worry about. He's definitely someone who plays for the song.
     
  3. Oysterman

    Oysterman

    Mar 30, 2000
    Sweden
    Why have I never heard of this guy before? Can anyone fill me in on who he is?
     
  4. JimK

    JimK

    Dec 12, 1999
    ...maybe you've heard him doin' his thing with Stevie Wonder?
    "Sir Duke", "I Wish"..."Do I Do" kills me; about 8+ minutes of 'groove city'.

    Brad-
    ...is that Watts on "Contusion"?

    Oysters...in any event, look into Songs In The Key Of Life &/or Original Musicquarium. Too, Watts plays on the Jamerson bio, Standing In The Shadows Of Motown...I believe there's some info about Watts in that book.
     
  5. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Pretty sure it is. I think the name of the cut (get it:rolleyes: ) was related to Stevie's car accident around that time. VH1 did a special on the album (Songs in the Key of Life) a couple of years ago with all the original guys assembled (Hank Redd, Mike Sembello, Nathan, etc.) and they still sounded great. But the best part was watching Stevie recreate the layers of sound, playing the drums and just being Stevie.
     
  6. Yvon

    Yvon Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2000
    Montreal, Canada
    I saw it also, it was great!
    Just to look at Nathan play I wish.....
     
  7. winston

    winston Supporting Member

    May 2, 2000
    Berkeley, CA
    That was a really cool video. It was the only time I've really been able to see Stevie in action. I was surprised to learn that even on the cuts where Stevie played everything (including drums) he always did the keyboards first. A friend of mine has an INCREDIBLE live Stevie bootleg from around '77 or '78 with the WonderLove band and it's absolutely smoking. It's so soulful and it's great to hear how Nathan and Stevie trade off on the super-funky bass lines. Nate's definitely coming from the James Jamerson school, but with his own twist.
     
  8. ibeni

    ibeni

    May 21, 2001
    switzerland
    he played also on the Jacksons Destiny and maybe some other motown records , somebody know ???