As a leader and a sideman, George Cables defines mainstream jazz piano. When he was 18 he worked with Steve Grossman and Billy Cobham. He quickly gained recognition and worked with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson and Freddie Hubbard . He was on piano with Dexter Gordon during the tenor's successful return to the United States from 1976 to 1978. George was Art Pepper's favorite pianist and did work with Bebop and Beyond, as well. Mr. Cables has played countless sessions and concerts and has recorded frequently as a leader for the Contemporary label, including the 1979 classic Cables Vision, as well as for Concord, and SteepleChase. As you will hear, George made a beautiful and major contribution to the Jazz Explorers project.
Hailing from Los Angeles, bassist Greg Cohen has played in many styles and genres with everyone from Bill Frisell and John Zorn to the Rolling Stones, Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson. Perhaps best known as Tom Waits' bass player, Cohen has also composed for the Lincoln Center Theater and collaborated on film score arrangements for Ed Wood and Fried Green Tomatoes. He is currently bassist and music director with Ornette Coleman. Greg played beautifully on Mystique for the Jazz Explorers.
Andrew Cyrille has worked with a stellar list of greats including Mary Lou Williams, Roland Hanna, Roland Kirk, Coleman Hawkins and Junior Mance, as well as Cecil Taylor, Rashied Ali, and Milford Graves. As a leader with his group, Maono and as collaborator with the Group, Cyrille has been on the cutting edge of where Jazz is going. With Graves, Don Moye and Kenny Clarke, he recorded the all-percussion album Pieces of Time for Soul Note in 1983. When not leading his own bands, Mr. Cyrille also works as a sideman with, among others, John Carter, Muhal Richard Abrams, and Jimmy Lyons. The subtle drive of Village of Origin' is a classic performance.