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Bass Lines: Grooving with the Melody – Part II

Welcome back to Bass Lines! Here it is, Part II.

Thanks a lot for your comments and for the appreciation of Part I. This time I will show you an example of one of my all-time favorites, John Coltrane’s Mr. PC. This famous jazz standard has a very interesting melody that works great as a groove.

Between us, this is where I started the concept of grooving with the melody. Coltrane is a great school!

When I play live this jazz standard, I play the melody in the low register while the backing up band is playing a shuffle reggae style. It sounds very cool. I like the way the melody interacts with the groove. Try it!

Click to view John Coltrane’s Mr PC

Also, for your knowledge, Mr. Paul Chambers was playing the double bass in the original recording of Mr. PC in 1959. Keep Grooving!



  1. Leslie

    May 1, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Thank you Bass Musician Magazine! At last! What a great article! Maestro Jaime! You’re the BEST!

  2. Bass Bond 007

    May 1, 2011 at 10:54 am

    BASS LINES RULES! I told you…

  3. Mariam

    May 1, 2011 at 10:58 am

    I agree! BASS LINES RULES!

  4. Enrique

    May 1, 2011 at 11:07 am

    You have to hear him live. He is a fabulous performer.

  5. Yarra

    May 1, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Mr. PC? Sounds very familiar 😉
    Yes, you made it sounds differently.
    I like your arrangement, and can’t wait to put some more in it 🙂
    Keep up your good work. I’m so proud of you!!

  6. Dave

    May 1, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Jaime ,this is cool man..Good read and also enjoyed the read on the cover also! All the best my friend!

  7. Osvaldo

    May 2, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Basslines: Grooving with the melody! 🙂 SUPER MEGA ROCK ON, THE NEWS! And I see people love your column! Keep it going

  8. Jonathan

    May 2, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    A performer, a composer, a studio musician, an instructor, a bass clinician, a columnist, etc. What a BASS DUDE! A BUSY MUSICIAN…

  9. Enrique

    May 2, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    I agree with you Jonathan…Jaime is a busy musician with a lot music knowledge…I’ve been reading the last articles and they’re so complete!

  10. Miguel

    May 3, 2011 at 2:11 am

    Good approach! An interesting idea for making something different while playing…I like the way the melody keeps the groove. Your version of Cottontail it’s great too!

  11. Ana

    May 4, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Aquí apoyando a nuestro amigo Jaime en otro de sus artículos para Bass Musician Magazine!

  12. Manuelito Bass

    May 5, 2011 at 4:45 am

    Nice lesson! Thank you for the additional information about Paul Chambers. Coltrane is one of my favorites! Let’s play!

  13. Leslie

    May 6, 2011 at 6:52 am

    Coltrane is one of my favorites too and Paul Chambers is a great jazz bassist, an icon! A multi instrumentalist!

  14. Jossy

    May 7, 2011 at 6:54 am

    Coltrane’s music is so cool to play. Thanks Jaime for this outstanding lesson!

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