James Jamerson has played on more number 1 hits than The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Beach Boys combined. That’s old news. But why is that?
Well, in so many words because the man was extraordinarily talented and just kept laying down the meanest grooves and at the same time his bass lines were beautiful and melodic. What more can you really ask for? 🙂
Check out this funny video created by the wacky (and amazing) German-Pop wonder boys from Vulfpeck. Jamersons bass line on Stevie Wonder’s ‘For Once in My Life’ transcribed and almost isolated… Only accompanied by a single flute/sine-like synth sound and finger snaps. And still, the bass line just works!