Monday, November 14, 2005

music: Standing in the Shadows of Motown

I'd heard of the legendary James Jamerson on bass, but the rest of the Motown players were pretty obscure, and this movie brings them well deserved recognition. 47 minutes into the movie, the aging Funk Brothers assemble "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" a bar at a time, it's magic. And hearing drummer Richard 'Pistol' Allen play the different ways he, Benny Benjamin, and Uriel Jones would play the same pick-up is fascinating.

Jack Ashford on tamborine — on tamborine for God's sake! — is a revelation.

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