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Paul Chambers

One of the premier bassists in jazz history, Paul Chambers had it all: a beautiful tone, a fluid technique, a great choice of notes, impeccable time and a magnificent sense of swing. He could even take a bowed solo and keep it interesting and in tune.

Paul Chambers was born in Pittsburgh in 1935, and grew up in Detroit, where he became part of the city's growing jazz scene. He moved to New York, where he played in the J.J. Johnson

J.J. Johnson
J.J. Johnson
1924 - 2001
trombone
-Kai Winding
Kai Winding
Kai Winding
1922 - 1983
trombone
quintet. He joined Miles Davis' first legendary quintet along with John Coltrane
John Coltrane
John Coltrane
1926 - 1967
saxophone
, Philly Joe Jones
Philly Joe Jones
Philly Joe Jones
1923 - 1985
drums
, and Red Garland
Red Garland
Red Garland
1923 - 1984
piano
, at the age of 20. As the bass player, he complimented Jones perfectly on fast songs and played just well on ballads. He spent the bulk of his prime years (1955-1963) as a member of the Miles Davis Quintet, participating in virtually all of Davis' classic recordings of the era. After leaving Davis' group, he continued working with the pianist who replaced Garland in Davis' group, Wynton Kelly
Wynton Kelly
Wynton Kelly
1931 - 1971
piano
, and he did freelance work in New York.

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