Tags : | Soul | 9.57 MB

Description : My salute to James Jamerson, one of the most influential bass players in modern music, he played unaccredited on dozens and dozens of Motown number one hits and as a kid I loved that music and still do. The secret to JJ's tone is quite simple, a Fender Precision bass, flatwound strings and a foam mute.....and last but not least learning how to play with feel.

Arrangement, Production, Instrumentation PLANETJAZZBASS

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  1. JoeFunktastic
    JoeFunktastic on Wed 20th Nov 2019 - 2 years ago

    The most underrated bassist of all time. There should be monuments erected everywhere in James Jamerson's honor. Berry Gordy work the hell out of that guy. Jamerson had to be playing tired in some situations especially when Motown went on tour. Spectacular job Dave with your very soulful Bass. I bill myself here as the number 1 soul brother, but I may be in error, because you may very well be the number 1 soul brother here. Spectacular salute with your funky-soul bass playing. Joe

    Reply by Planetjazzbass

    Hi Joe..sorry for the late reply mate. You are far too kind in your comments, I think guys of our age are so lucky to have been exposed at an early age to so much great music and none more so than the brilliance of Motown, once it gets in your system it'll always there, players like J.J. certainly do deserve tribute way and beyond what they have received, sadly like much of the music industry of yesterday and today the peripheral participants are largely ignored, just to get something straight there is only one JoeFunktastic buddy, and he's definitely top of the heap!..cheers my friend, Dave.

  2. Magiq1
    Magiq1 on Sat 9th Mar 2019 - 3 years ago

    Classic enjoyed.

  3. Bilbozo
    Bilbozo on Tue 22nd Jan 2019 - 3 years ago

    Howdy Dave !

    Long time to see (or hear for that matter). I was travelling through tracks and found this beauty. Playing live I have had the opportunity to play a lot more jazz and fusion and this reminds me of some of those moments of genius that happen spontaneously. I really chilled out on this one while printing at work. How is the luthier work going? Cheers buddy!

    Reply by Planetjazzbass

    Hey there mate, your a sight for sore eyes! long time no see buddy...I have to admit that since the overwhelming insurgence of soundcloud blowins on Looperman my music and participation has dropped off somewhat , but mainly because I've been busy doing other things, such as moving to the country, the luthiery is going well, I've got two telecaster type guitars and a few more basses in the works, I've actually turned over a new leaf and have stopped bitching about HipHop punks in the forums! lol. I'll be concentrating on my music now and channelling the forces of niceness! haha...man at some point in the future we'll have to get together for a collab again, I have just about every bass tone on tap now! :)...great to see you again Bill! cheers Dave :)

  4. Spivkurl
    Spivkurl on Sun 26th Nov 2017 - 4 years ago

    Seriously cool tune you've created here! The mix stood out right away as being an excellent example of knowing what you want and making it happen. Smooth and chill, but upbeat and full of dynamics!

    I have very little experience on knowledge when it comes to motown or soul sort of music, but I can tell that this is a great nod to the style with your own added flair. Your bass playing, of course, fits right in with the style! Nice tone! A foam mute you say? Interesting.

    One of the synthesizer arpeggiations there at the buginning totally reminded me of something I might design in a virtual synth. That's some sparkly stuff right there!

    Well, I've got to go wash some dishes now. I'm glad I caught this tune, it's super fine! Fave!

  5. cej97
    cej97 on Sun 2nd Apr 2017 - 5 years ago

    I dig the oldschool-newschool mix you got going!

  6. lucioIV
    lucioIV on Sun 2nd Apr 2017 - 5 years ago

    I like the sound, vibe and chill.
    I am working on my art webpage and would like to use your music on my clips. Of course at every clip your name will be included.
    Are you interested?


  7. joecramer
    joecramer on Sun 12th Mar 2017 - 5 years ago

    This is very cool stuff Dave.
    Nice groove dynamics and kind off chilly bass. Very well played and mixed.
    The solo part is a bit funny kind of soul music :) and like someone said before - the brass is a little strange but in a way also very cool (cause it is just like something that says hey i am a vst but have all the rights to be in a modern soul like song) :) The trumpet is excellent, same the sax. Really nice work and very good to relax and enjoy.

    great track!

    stay tuned

    Reply by Planetjazzbass

    Hey Joe, thanks man!..yeah I was arranging this to suit the impressions I had of James Jamerson and it never was meant to be a straight soul tune, though I did try and squeeze it into a soul cake tin, what came out of the oven was indeed a little weird! thanks for taking the time to listen mate...cheers Dave :)

  8. CitizenMofo
    CitizenMofo on Sun 12th Mar 2017 - 5 years ago

    Seriously superb. This is a mix I can study to learn how to mix. The bass is fantastic and the horns and sax are perfect. I love everything about this - except one thing: It ends too soon!

    Reply by Planetjazzbass

    Hey MrMofo thanks man!..it's always a dilemma on how long to make a track, I usually always think in terms of longer tracks (Lp's back in the day) but we've been conditioned to accept short tunes by the radio I guess..next time much longer for sure! haha...cheers mate Dave/PJB :)

  9. LankFrampard
    LankFrampard on Sun 12th Mar 2017 - 5 years ago

    holy cow that beat came outta nowhere

    bassy shit man

    like the low freq snare aswell



    Reply by Planetjazzbass

    Hey Lank, thanks for the listen buddy! it's always grooves within grooves for me, glad you enjoyed the tune man...much appreciated! cheers Dave/PJB :)

  10. kingmadi
    kingmadi on Thu 2nd Mar 2017 - 5 years ago

    Very chill and soulful! Nice work man.

    Reply by Planetjazzbass

    Hey thanks Kingmadi glad you enjoyed it man!..all the best Dave /PJB :)

  11. StrikingDaggers
    StrikingDaggers on Tue 28th Feb 2017 - 5 years ago

    Great track Planetjazzbass! It has such an awesome vibe to it. The bass was my favorite part. I really enjoyed the ride you took me on. This one's a Fav and its downloaded. Truly nice work.

    Reply by Planetjazzbass

    Hey mate, thanks for the review buddy happy that you enjoyed the track!..hit me up anytime you'd like some bass work done on one of those old school gems you produce, all the best man. Dave :)

  12. laurentwirz
    laurentwirz on Tue 28th Feb 2017 - 5 years ago

    Nice, I like it. Cool to here again REAL MUSIC played by real MUSICIANS! Cheers and beats. Laurent

    Reply by Planetjazzbass

    Hey Laurent, thank you very much appreciated!..glad you enjoyed the tune, I wasn't quite sure what genre to place it under but figured I go with the last half's general feeling...all the best Dave :)

  13. StaticNomad
    StaticNomad on Tue 28th Feb 2017 - 5 years ago


    Nice jam(erson) you have going here.

    Totally illegal sample to kick things off but I let you off. And then it's not motown at all. Is it?

    Steady little, gentle, subdued groove with some predictably fuky bass and lead stabby keys. And even a bit of cowbell.

    0:36 that's really not a Motown vibe. No glitchy, twinkly stuff in that sort of music. There's no I Heard It Through The Glitchline. But it's cool twinkly stuff.

    1:44 surprise brass stab that seems a bit disconnected from everything else. Too dry, too close.

    1:50 that's some weird sax. Kind of cool, squawking away like that. Brass stab probably now doesn't need to be there.

    Then a tasteful key change and some muted trumpet that seems to belong more in the mix than the other brass. Good stuff. Played by you from the keyboard?

    3:34 some wicked trumpet runs there! Very soulful stuff.

    And a disappointing fadeout end before we head back to the naughty sample.

    Overall: a cool vibe but I think some improvements can be made.

    Reply by Planetjazzbass

    Hey Static thanks for taking the time to listen....actually I expected a similar reaction to this piece as you've given, my whole aim here was an analogous take on JJ's life and not an actual motown style, having said that your comments are nonetheless accurate from your point of view obviously. My approach is tangential, no illegal sampling here! lol and I'd successfully defend that in a court of law (if they actually exist) the listener is encouraged to imagine walking past a radio or studio hallway and briefly hearing a snippet of the music he was involved with, follow on the tune describes JJ's early career where things seemed twinkling and great, then an attitude of disgruntlement, lack of recognition and alcohol abuse ensued (horns) leading to his eventual untimely death (47) illuminated somewhat with the recognition of his contributions (flugel horn passage)...a conceptual piece bracketed by illegal sampling! lol and yes there's always room for improvement. brass vst's can be tricky...cheers mate I always like your reviews as their coming from an honest musician. Dave :)

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