Born: June 23, 1910 | Died: December 19, 2000 Primary Instrument: Bass, acoustic
Milt Hinton was widely regarded as the dean of jazz bassists. This master bassist was one of the consummate sidemen in jazz history. His career very nearly spanned the gamut of jazz generations and he was one of those rare musicians who exhibited minimal ego and had an ability to make a contribution to any setting he found himself in, no matter the style. He once said, according to the New York Times, that he had made more records than anybody, and at the peak of his recording career he kept instruments at each of several major recording studios so that he would be ready to play at a moment's notice....