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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2007 6:37:42 AM PST
stevign says:

The way I see it is:
Mingus and Oliver Nelson were in the same boat (for Oliver's sake, a very big boat); Overshadowed by their extreme gift of composing/arranging; their musucianship, at least in the publics eye, was often forgotten or ignored.

I really enjoyed Marian McPartlan's 2hr biography of Mingus on NPR, and found it funny when talking to one of the musicians that played with Mingus said; he thought he was probably the only musician that Charles "didn't" slug. lol

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 25, 2007 2:12:06 PM PST
I agree. I also enjoyed the McParland bio of Mingus. I have a VHS tape of a documentary of Mingus titled "Triumph of the Underdog". They interview one musician who had his two front teeth knocked out by Mingus during an argument about who would do the orchestration for "Epitaph".

I also agree with you regarding Oliver Nelson.

Posted on May 23, 2012 5:55:41 AM PDT
I thought that,maybe, it's time to reawaken this thread as the last time that it was "in play", we barely touched on who the major players were and are. Therefore to kick off the re-awakening, I'm going to mention the name of Ira Coleman. In the past he name has been mentioned purely in some personnel listings. I was reminded of his work whilst listening to a track by the iconic, French tenor man, Barney Wilen kindly uploaded to his Facebook page by a friend of mine.
Ira is a first call bass player. Go to his website and read his discography and biography to gain some insights to the man's achievements, worthy of the utmost respect. Then check out Barney Wilen's recording of "New York Romance" on YouTube for some an indication as to his prowess on the upright bass.

Posted on May 23, 2012 7:10:37 AM PDT
CJBx7 says:
I would say Paul Chambers and Gene Wright. They both had such warmth and soul in their tones, and were both very unselfish, complementing the music and always focusing on providing the right support for the group. Going back to the 20s, check out some Steve Brown. He slapped the mess out of his bass and provided great rhythmic drive for every band he played with. He was featured prominently with Paul Whiteman's Orchestra and with Jean Goldkette previously, so he did quite a few recordings with Bix Beiderbecke. His work is comparable to Wellman Braud with an early incarnation of Duke Ellington's orchestra.

Posted on May 28, 2012 7:14:31 AM PDT
inner exile says:
Scott Colley and Drew Gress are also worthy of note on today's jazz scene, I think.

In reply to an earlier post on May 28, 2012 8:47:27 AM PDT
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Posted on May 28, 2012 8:51:12 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 28, 2012 11:19:00 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 28, 2012 11:30:55 AM PDT
Without a doubt. Don't forget about Reid Anderson of The Bad Plus, either. A humongous, Haden-esque bass sound and a fine composer (by far the best in the band), too. Oh, and among European players today, Mats Eilertsen is definitely worth noting.

EDIT: How could I forget? Thomas Morgan, most recently on Sunrise I believe, is also a fine young double bassist. That said... I certainly hope that we see many more suggestions here, especially those featuring current young/younger players, as I love the instrument.

Posted on May 28, 2012 11:54:42 AM PDT
inner exile says:
In the meantime three more names have come to mind. They are all expats based in NYC: Russian Boris Kozlov, German Johannes Weidenmueller, and Austro-American Hans Glawischnig.

Posted on Mar 4, 2013 2:02:26 AM PST
inner exile says:
Resuming conversation with myself, I would add Kiwi expat Matt Pennman whose playing was described in the following way: "I haven't heard low-end rumble like this since New Zealand separated from Gondwanaland."

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 6, 2013 11:31:18 PM PST
I'm a big fan of Bromberg's Wood album, did you like Wood 2?

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 11:45:50 PM PST
Ben Williams is a young monster player. Check out his album State of Art. I'v also been into Joe Sanders & Orlando LeFlemming. I like Eric Revis the bass man for the Branford Marsalis Quartet.

Posted on Mar 9, 2013 10:17:03 AM PST
inner exile says:
Sorry for the belated reply, but I was away for a few days. I'm not familiar with that particular Bromberg record but saw him perform live in Billy Cobham then-touring band sometime in the first half of the 1990s (w/ Wayne Krantz and Jim Beard - quality stuff). He was playing a Peavey stereo bass guitar.
Williams I've heard in the context of Metheny's Unity Band, while E. Revis is yet to be listened to once I procure a copy of Kurt Rosenwinkel's latest release. The others you menition are new to me.

Posted on Mar 24, 2013 6:26:18 AM PDT
inner exile says:
Better known for his bass guitar prowess, James Genus is equally capable of laying down fat grooves on double bass.
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