Paul Chambers

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Paul Chambers

Paul Laurence Dunbar Chambers Jr. (* 22. April 1935 in Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania , † 4. January 1969 in New York ) was an American jazz - bassist .

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Paul Chambers, who initially played the baritone horn and tuba , began playing the double bass at the age of 14 . After moving to Detroit , he was soon playing with local musicians such as Thad Jones , Barry Harris and Kenny Burrell . With Paul Quinichette he came to New York City in 1955 to play in all of the city's major jazz clubs . In the same year he was hired by Miles Davis for his quintet. One of his particularly outstanding achievements is his participation as bassist on Kind of Blue in 1959. He played in Davis' band until 1963, and was also involved in recordings by John Coltrane , Cannonball Adderley , Sonny Rollins and Kenny Dorham . He also recorded some albums for Blue Note and Vee Jay under his own name in the late 1950s . In 1956 he worked on Quincy Jones ' debut album This Is How I Feel About Jazz . In 1964/1965 he played together with Wynton Kelly and Jimmy Cobb in a trio and made a. a. Recordings with Wes Montgomery . Due to his heroin addiction , he died of tuberculosis in 1969 at the age of just 34.

Chambers was an outstanding bass player, a bebop- style companion , who laid solid walking bass lines under the solos of his fellow musicians and thus gave them the security for their improvisations . In addition, Chambers skilfully used the bow in his solos, which was extremely rare in his time and set him apart from his colleagues, who also only plucked the strings as a soloist. Coltrane's Giant Steps album , which featured Chambers, features a Coltrane song called Mr. PC. This dedicated track is now seen as the jazz standard .

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