In the debut episode of the geek-fest, “Breaking It Down (with Jeff and John),” pro musicians John Montagna and Jeff Ganz go deep into the legacy of Motown bass legend James Jamerson.
Sure, they were hired as actors to play musicians, but the band soon evolved way beyond that. The Monkees were talented performers, and were also surrounded by world-class talent. It added up to genuinely excellent music that had a lasting, under-appreciated impact.
Droning “pedal” tones may not sound musically exciting, but they play a huge role in all sorts of music: from 12th-century hymns, to Indian ragas, to The Beatles. Here are some examples.
Join our resident Beatle-ologist Scott Freiman for a “deep dive” into the wildly-inventive chord structure of “Savoy Truffle.”