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“Here’s a double shot of Marvin Gaye and classic James Jamerson. The genius of Jamerson is how he did things that nobody else could do. He played notes that didn’t seem like they were even on the bass – he just seemed to pull things out of the air.
“The man made everything count. He didn’t play notes; he played music. His parts were beautifully composed, and they just danced under, over and along with the melody. His was a standard by which we can all be judged.
“The song What’s Going On is one of his greatest achievements. It’s like he wrote a song within a song. You could isolate the bass part and you’d know what the song is. That’s a pretty big testament to the scope of the man’s artistry.”