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Doug Watkins

Douglas Watkins was an American hard bop jazz double bassist from Detroit.

An original member of the Jazz Messengers, he later played in Horace Silver's quintet and freelanced with Gene Ammons, Kenny Burrell, Donald Byrd, Art Farmer, Jackie McLean, Hank Mobley, Lee Morgan, Sonny Rollins, and Phil Woods among others.

Some of Watkins' best-known work can be heard when as a 22-year-old he appeared on the 1956 album, Saxophone Colossus by tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins, with Max Roach and Tommy Flanagan. From that session, the tunes “Blue Seven” and “St. Thomas,” especially, have become revered not only as evidence of Rollins' original genius but as fine examples of Watkins' work.

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bass, acoustic
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bass, acoustic
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bass, acoustic
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sax, tenor
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sax, alto
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