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James Jamerson

[Français] Voici une sélection non-officielle de photographies de James Jamerson trouvées sur Internet. Je ne suis en aucun cas propriétaire des droits de ces photos. Mon idée est simplement de les partager avec les aficionados du bassiste, pour lui rendre un hommage. Hormis la série de clichés réalisée pour le magazine Guitar Player quatre années avant son décès, il existe assez peu de photographies de Jamerson rendues publiques. Celles reproduites dans l’ouvrage Standing in the Shadows of Motown sont elles-mêmes de qualité faible. Si vous parvenez à mieux identifier ou dater des images (lieu, contexte, artiste, année), vous pouvez m’écrire jeremy_@_dispatchbox.net [enveler les tirets bas].

[English] Here’s a very personal and unofficial selection of James Jamerson pictures found on the web. I don’t own any right on these pictures. My idea is simply to share for the passionate bass player fans and pay my tribute to the bass master. Apart the photos published in the 1979 Guitar Player’s interview, there’s only and undoubtedly a tiny amount of pictures available for the public. Even those published in Standing in the Shadows of Motown were average quality. If you can help me with providing further information (location, context, artist, year), feel free to e-mail me jeremy_@_dispatchbox.net [remove underscores]. Even you Phil Chen can help ! Cheers !

James et Annie Jamerson

James et Annie Jamerson

James Jamerson en concert (avec Marvin Gaye ?)

James Jamerson en concert (avec Marvin Gaye ?)

James Jamerson at a Martha Reeves show

James Jamerson at a Martha Reeves show

with James Jamerson playing his first '57 black refinished Fender Precision Bass (with the original maple neck).

with James Jamerson playing his first ’57 black refinished Fender Precision Bass (with the original maple neck).

Looks like a member of the audience took this photo. Classic Fender P & Ampeg B15

Looks like a member of the audience took this photo. Classic Fender P & Ampeg B15

 

Jamerson wearing a "black panther style" hat. Probably in the late 60 or the beginning of the 70s.

Jamerson wearing a « black panther style » hat. Probably in the late 60 or the beginning of the 70s.

 

With Earl Van Dyke

With Earl Van Dyke

Bass was bought by Jamerson after his fellow Horace Ruth lend him one of his own. James Jamerson was at first reluctant to move to the electric fretted bass.

Bass was bought by Jamerson after his fellow Horace Ruth lend him one of his own. James Jamerson was at first reluctant to move to the electric fretted bass.

This was probably around 1962 because this bass is reported missing in 1963 and caused James to buy his trusty 62 sunburst Fender Precision. Image seems to be a video capture. Jamerson later declined touring and focused on studio recording.

This was probably around 1962 because this bass is reported missing in 1963 and caused James to buy his trusty 62 sunburst Fender Precision. Image seems to be a video capture. Jamerson later declined touring and focused on studio recording.

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Here’s a quite fascinating picture of a young looking Jamerson in the beginning of the 60s, wearing a hat, a thin tie and a jacket. Notice the portrait of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy : that must be circa 1962-63.

And now, here’s a video excerpt right in the snakepit while The Temptations record Sorry is A Sorry Word. Notice the short cut at 1’44 where the band conductor asks the band to start again, you can see James Jamerson playing in the background. This is for the moment the only of the three existing videos showing James Jamerson live, the other to being What’s Going On with Marvin Gaye in 1972 and Power of Love with Martha and The Vandellas in 1975 (post Motown era) at a Don Kirschner show, starring Denny Coffey, Joe Sample, Wah Wah Watson… See hereafter end enjoy the spirit of this live music !

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