Was it James Jamerson or Carol Kaye? The new issue of Bass Player sheds light on the decades-old controversy

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Bass Player's new issue is out, and it's a must-read for anyone into the low end!

We bass players pride ourselves on acknowledging the pioneers of our instrument, and giving credit where it’s due. Just take a look at any ‘Greatest Bassist’ poll of the last few years: a large portion of the results will be devoted to bassists from the Sixties and Seventies, and quite rightly so. So why has there been so much confusion when it comes to the legacies of James Jamerson and Carol Kaye, surely the archetypes of our instrument? In this issue, we examine a long-standing debate over which of these great bassists played on which Sixties hit songs at the Motown stable. Our conclusions respect each bass player’s unparalleled contribution to our world, and some welcome clarity is gained in doing so. That’s our job, after all.

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Joel McIver

Joel McIver was the Editor of Bass Player magazine from 2018 to 2022, having spent six years before that editing Bass Guitar magazine. A journalist with 25 years' experience in the music field, he's also the author of 35 books, a couple of bestsellers among them. He regularly appears on podcasts, radio and TV.