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Bass Players To Know And Love

Alfie Cooke
 
Mingus Ah Um
Mingus Ah Um
"No self-respecting jazz buff should be without it - but neither should anyone else."
9 Points In Ascent
9 Points In Ascent
"Most of his material available through Amazon shows his compositional qualities - this CD features his bass in the company of Graham Halliwell's alto sax."
Bass On Top (2007 Rudy Van Gelder Edition)
Bass On Top (2007 Rudy Van Gelder Edition)
"Paul Chambers made a simple walking bass line sound likeangels weeping at the beauty of the morning sun...."
Painter's Spring
Painter's Spring
"William PArker is not only a musical genius but one of the most profound voices on the human condition to be found in the world today.  This is him at his best."
Victorianville Tape
Victorianville Tape
"Parker again, this time in the company of Peter Kowald - one of Europe's greatest musicians."
Jimmy Giuffre 3, 1961
Jimmy Giuffre 3, 1961
"Best known these days for his phenominal bass guitar work, this early outing from 1961 has him playing double bass - and beautiful it is too."
Down Another Road/Songs For My
Down Another Road/Songs For My
"Better known as a composer but worth checking out for the funky grooves in odd time signatures."
SPIRITUAL UNITY
SPIRITUAL UNITY
"Gary Peacock - before Keith Jarrett locked him in a basement and kept him all to himself - a word of caution: this is early years Ayler, where the bass is often drowned out by Sunny Murray's drumming."
Illumination
Illumination
"Such a shame that Jimmy Garrison got to record so few albums away from John Coltrane.  Despite the presence of Elvin Jones, the sound owes more to the influence of Yusef Lateef than Coltrane."
Listen
Listen
"Paul Rogers is a phenominal bass player - a lot of his recordings feature him in various units with Paul Dunmall but this set of solos from Emanem is the man alone.  Excellent and well worth a listen"
Which Way Now
Which Way Now
"Harry Miller's Isipingo playing live.  Truly wonderful funky Anglo-South African jazz"
Amsterdam Funk
Amsterdam Funk
"Scandanavian Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten playing bass in a trio with clarinet and piano.  Similar to Giuffre's free-fall and a great chance to here him in uncluttered surroundings."