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June 6, 2017

Having spent a fair amount of ink perusing the early-’60s Motown/James Jamerson archives, I thought it would be interesting to take a look a...

June 6, 2017

Do you get mixed up when you play something not written in 4/4?

May 3, 2017

This month i’ll retread the “great Moments” format as a brief break from exploring the vaults of Motown.

May 3, 2017

The D#dim triad in bar 2 connects the chords Dm and Em.

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...

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