Updated: Jan 17
Chambers madness continues! This transcription is Paul Chambers full walking line and solo from "Red Pepper Blues", from the 1957 Art Pepper album, ever-so-appropriately named, Art Pepper Meets the Rhythm Section.
So much to excite the ears in this walking bass line!
There's the classic Chambers linear lines, e.g. mm 15-16
Motifs errrwhere. The C-C#-D-Db line in m24 repeats at the end of EVERY chorus, except for the one leading into his solo
Another motif starts in m37 to begin a chorus: C-Db(!)-A-Ab. We hear this twice more later on.
Don't even get me started on the motifs in the solo. The slur on the very first note... the dotted quarter to eighth rhythm... the phrasing...!!!
The beautiful sense of time. One take-away for me here is, in addition to even spacing of each note's attack, I believe *confident articulation* contributes to his effective time. That is to say, there's little or no sliding after a note is fretted, and all notes are held for a long duration... no staccato here.
*Full disclosure: the solo is bowed, however, I did not write bow markings, as most of thebasscase readers are electric players. Wanting to keep it electric-friendly,