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April 7, 2017

We return to our look at early Motown recordings with three relatively unknown tracks from 1961, “Mighty Good Lovin’” by the Miracles, “Don’...

April 7, 2017

Music continually surprises me.

March 17, 2017

Continuing our look at the early days of Tamla/Motown records, let’s examine what is widely considered to be the fledgling label’s first mon...

March 17, 2017

Slow ain’t easy. Most bass ists first learn to groove on medium tempos. Then, after their chops improve, they tackle fast bass lines and sol...

January 25, 2017

When you think “Motown,” iconic songs like Marvin Gaye’s “Heard It Through the Grapevine” or the Supremes’ “You Can’t Hurry Love” come to mi...

January 25, 2017

In the new Amazon series Crisis in six Scenes, Woody Allen frames his meandering plot with classic jazz hits from the ’60s: “Moanin’” played...

December 8, 2016

Before I jump into this month’s column, I need to issue some corrections from last month.

December 8, 2016

Written music notation provides a visual description of sound. Some bass players don’t read well, but they deliver an electrifying pulse.

December 1, 2016

James Brown. Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past 50-plus years, you have been touched by this man’s genius.

December 1, 2016

Can you find Tunisia on a map without using online help? I thought so.

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