Last week, we offered you the chance to win a fluttering €25 voucher for Golden Discs, usable at any of music giant’s 14 locations around the country.
We asked you to complete this sentence:
‘The finest exponent of the bass guitar in contemporary music would have to be_______________________especially during_____________________________’
It was another hard one to call…
But ‘Yer Man There’ has it.
The finest exponent of the bass guitar in contemporary music would have to be James Jamerson especially during the Motown era of Marvin Gaye. His playing is the stuff of legend, and not something that they teach in no fancy music schools. Listen to the way he carves out his own space by shifting ahead of the beat or behind it, or sitting on a note unexpectedly, while never sacrificing the groove or taking away from Marvin Gaye’s vocal (as if that was possible). An extremely influential musician who unfortunately never got the recognition he deserved and lived a poor, hard life.
Hard to argue, that.
Some more highlights from the going:
Yep: “The finest exponent of the bass guitar in contemporary music would have to be Victor Wooten, of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones especially during Amazing Grace. Showing mastery of technique while transforming the song from sonic bliss to infectious grove and everywhere between.”
Martin: “The finest exponent of the bass guitar in contemporary music would have to be Jaco Pastorius, especially during his life.”
Royal M: “The finest exponent of the bass guitar in contemporary music would have to be Geddy Lee of Rush especially during Digital Man from the Signals album.”
Birneybau2: “Stephen Morris, amazing. Bernard Sumner, terrible lyricist, amazing guitarist. Ian Curtis, one of the greatest. Peter Hook; ’nuff said.”
Serval: “The finest exponent of the bass guitar in contemporary music would have to be Andy Rourke, especially during This Charming Man.”
Bassists (above) clockwise from top left: James Jamerson; Andy Rourke; Victor Wooton; Jaco Pastorius; Geddy Lee; Peter Hook.
To all you musos out there, van with loads of gear stolen in Crumlin [Dublin] on Sunday. The most recognisable (and valuable) item was this lovely Musicman Bass (above) owned by Cormac Moore of The Camembert Quartet. Needless to say, if anyone sees it for sale etc, gimme or the GardaI a shout! The Gardaí did recover the van and are working to track down the actual thieves, so fingers crossed…