Get Lucky :: Daft Punk :: Nathan East

I’m sure there are some people out there who don’t like Daft Punk’s recent release Random Access Memories but I haven’t met them yet.  This will be a record I can come back to again and again and never get tired of it.  It wasn’t until after I first listened to the record that I learned that there are real live human beings playing instruments throughout the record.  What a novel idea for a dance/pop record in these digital days.  Get Lucky features Omar Hakim on drums and Nathan East on bass.  It’s a master class in rhythm section playing between two of the best in the business.

The song is straight forward harmonically with a chord progression Bmi – D – F#mi – E for the entire tune.  It might be simple but the song has hooked 1000s of people world wide.  Have you heard that old joke that pop/rock musicians play 4 chords for thousands of people and jazz musicians play 1000s of chords for 4 people?  It’s a 5 string bass tune.  Nathan hangs out on the low B and D a fair bit.   Continue reading