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Jimmy Knepper

Born: November 22, 1927 | Died: June 14, 2003    Primary Instrument: Trombone

Jimmy Knepper

Jimmy Knepper, a jazz trombonist best known for his productive but stormy association with Charles Mingus.

Over the course of a career that began when he was in his teens, Mr. Knepper was a featured soloist in countless bands, big and small. But his reputation as one of the most original trombonists of his generation rests largely on the music he made with Mingus from 1957 to 1962.

Mr. Knepper's distinctively gruff sound and loose-limbed phrasing were essential elements in some of the most celebrated albums by Mingus, the great bassist and composer, including ''The Clown,'' ''Tijuana Moods'' and ''Mingus Ah Um.''...
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Source: Steve Voce

As leader

Jazz Workshop Presents: "Jimmy Knepper"
Debut (1957, with Bob Hammer) A Swinging Introduction to Jimmy Knepper
Bethlehem (1957) Pepper Knepper Quintet
Metrojazz (1958) Cunningbird "Jimmy Knepper Quintet"
SteepleChase (1976) Jimmy Knepper in L.A.
Inner City (1977) Tell Me...
Daybreak (1979) Primrose Path
HEP (1980) First Place
Black Hawk (1982) I Dream Too Much
Soul Note (1984) Dream Dancing
Criss Cross (1986)

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