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Standing in the Shadows of Motown: The Life and Music of Legendary Bassist James Jamerson Paperback – May 1, 1989
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The first section of the book tells the intertwined story of early Motown and Jamerson and is loaded with fascinating tidbits and micro-stories, many told in the words of folks who were there in Hitsville, USA. You can flip to any page and gain a unique insight that conveys just how special Motown was in the sixties and early seventies-- even Motown could not re-create the Motown sound made immortal during those years.
A later section features dozens of transcriptions put together by Dr. Licks and played by famous bass players on the included audio CD's. They do a more accurate job of showing how Jamerson created some of his most famous bass lines than any free bass tab you can find on the internet. However, you'll realize that he probably would have laughed at the idea of people playing his music note-for-note. This is because he and the rest of the rhythm section of Motown's Funk Brothers were given an incredible amount of freedom in the way they performed during recording sessions, especially Jamerson, whose playing style relied heavily on feeling and groove. Bass players could certainly borrow and be inspired by certain elements of his style, but for most people, the transcriptions simply offer a raw glimpse into his off-the-walls musical mind (spoiler alert: it involves lots of syncopation).
Tons of transcriptions and play along tracks for learning some of the most famous songs. Good luck on grooving like the master though ....
RIP James. You are loved and missed!!!