Funky Friday – James Jamerson – Fever In The Funkhouse
For openers it’s a hair-raisingly rare track I managed to grab while the online goldmine Winmx was up and running
Who’s James Jamerson? No, he’s not the shouty, cigar chomping editor from Spiderman. But was the bass playing virtuoso with The Funk Brothers – Motown’s in house band that played on more number 1’s than Elvis,The Beatles,The Beach Boys and The Rolling Stones combined.
Checkout his discography here
James Jamerson was one of those rare talents that crackle with natural ability and genius.
And like all genuine geniuses the usual rules don’t apply. He rarely changed the strings on his bass “The Funk Machine”,it’s neck was notoriously bowed with a crazy high action between the strings and the fret board. He didn’t rake the strings (the standard spider like hand movements bass players employ). But instead used just his index finger – Which he nicknamed “The Hook”
Try re-listening to I was Made To Love Her, Bernadette, or What’s Going On to hear this Funk Brother bounce around the Fretboard
Fever in The Funkhouse is James Jamerson’s own composition and is still unreleased