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Ain’t That Peculiar

January 16, 2007

Listening to Marvin Gaye sing “Ain’t That Peculiar.” More specifically, listening to James Jamerson play bass guitar on “Ain’t That Peculiar.” Impeccable bass lines. You start to think about how the Motown guys were all interested in jazz and played jazz gigs around Detroit and then bought those influences into the studio with them.

The bass line has great restraint and great taste. You can hear elements of walking bass lines as would be played in conventional jazz but in a slightly different way. It’s wonderful. That’s what you’re supposed to do and Jamerson did a masterful job.

Of course, anyone who’s seen the movie “Standing in the Shadows of Motown” knows that Jamerson is the hero of the film. Great stuff! What an unsung hero Jamerson was…

Short article about Jamerson is here…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Jamerson

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