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Before I jump into this month’s column, I need to issue some corrections from last month.
Written music notation provides a visual description of sound. Some bass players don’t read well, but they deliver an electrifying pulse.
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.
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