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try a full forum search.

 

I dont what else to do, besides google.

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Nathan appears in the "Standing in the Shadows of Motown" book by Alan Slutsky. From memory there's a bit of biographical information, probably not much but it's a start. Again from memory it has one of those sickening facts that makes you think "why do I bother?" - I think Stevie Wonder hired him less than 2 years after he first took up bass.
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Yeah, something like that. One of these guys who takes three lessons, & then skips the fourth because he's got a gig with Stevie Wonder--who, after all, learned all about rhythm sections as a child with the Funk Brothers, & everything he knew about bass from James Jamerson himself! Sheesh. Nicely done, Nate...

 

His performance of "Nowhere to Run" in the Jamerson book is wonderful. (Noticed that he didn't play any Stevie Wonder songs in the book, though... :confused: )

 

He's also in the "Standing in the Shadows" film, in a scene about Bob Babbitt, & in another scene attempting to play "What's Going On" in, er, the original "Jamerson position"! :D

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Nathan Watts is one bad-ass mofo. His work with Stevie Wonder alone is just friggin' amazing. Every aspiring bass player should be required to listen to the Stevie Wonder catalog to dig on the stuff that Mr. Watts is throwin' down.

 

I can feel it all over.

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Originally posted by BenLoy:

All of you out there must learn "Contusion" and "Sir Duke". Now.

 

I have spoken.

Word. Double word, in fact.

 

After "Sir Duke" ends on the cd, you might want to let it keep playing and learn "I Wish" as well. It's only 2 grooves all the way through the song with a few minor variations.

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Yeah, something like that. One of these guys who takes three lessons, & then skips the fourth because he's got a gig with Stevie Wonder--who, after all, learned all about rhythm sections as a child with the Funk Brothers, & everything he knew about bass from James Jamerson himself! Sheesh. Nicely done, Nate...
You're suggesting we can rule out a cloth-eared leader not able to tell the difference between a raw beginner and a good bassist as the explanation for young Nate getting hired?
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No--just the opposite! I'm talking about a leader who knows better than just about anyone on the planet what a good rhythm section & a good bassist is about, & picking a guy who's THAT good--after playing for so little time. Nate must be one HECK of a talent!
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After "Sir Duke" ends on the cd, you might want to let it keep playing and learn "I Wish" as well. It's only 2 grooves all the way through the song with a few minor variations.
Yes, learn that too. Cop that overdriven sound as well...use it sparingly and bandleaders will go "cool!"
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Originally posted by dcr:

No--just the opposite! I'm talking about a leader who knows better than just about anyone on the planet what a good rhythm section & a good bassist is about, & picking a guy who's THAT good--after playing for so little time. Nate must be one HECK of a talent!

dcr, I think you misread bc's post. He is suggesting that Stevie is not a cloth-eared leader.

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Messiaen knew how to parlay the funk.

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Sorry, my British sense of humour maybe doesn't translate - Stevie is one of the all time greats, in fact for a couple of years (when he was releasing albums like Talking Book, Innervisions and Songs in the Key of Life) he was my number one musical hero
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