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Note from the trenches: Nathan Watts

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Bunk McNulty, Jul 24, 2016.

  1. Bunk McNulty

    Bunk McNulty It is not easy to do simple things correctly. Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2012
    Northampton, MA
    Man, covering "I Wish" is so easy, all you have to do is land on every note like it's the end of the world, and make your fingers dance, not move, across the fretboard. And that sliding stuff, he gives what I am sure is a carefully rehearsed impression of wild improvisation. Or maybe that's just who he is, I don't really know anything about Nathan Watts, except that he's been Stevie's musical director for some time, and that's a gig I don't think you can fake your way into.

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  2. Jhengsman


    Oct 17, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    He was interviewed on the Ray Parker Jr episode of Unsung. They came up in Detroit together during the era when Motown was moving its base to Los Angeles
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  3. Don Kasper

    Don Kasper Supporting Member

    The chords of the (prechorus?) starting @ 0:36 are sometimes tricky.
    I believe they are:
    Bb7 / C7 / Fmin7 / Abmin6/
    Bb7 / C7 / Fmin7 / Bb7#9/
    That whole recording (2 vinyl records, actually...yes, I'm OLD!) is off-the-scale, mind-blowingly perfect in so many ways...IMO.
    A few days after D. Bowie died, someone Tweeted - (paraphrasing) "Quick! Somebody wrap Stevie Wonder in bubble-wrap. He's all we've got left!"
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  4. icebox


    Jul 16, 2009
    Nathan watts has to be my fav! Master Blaster, Do I Do, Sir Duke....the list goes on and on.
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