Paul Chambers (US jazz bassist)

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A gifted double bass player, Mr Paul Laurence Dunbar Chambers Jr. left us many fine contributions, either as sideman (Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Wynton Kelly, Sonny Rollins, ...), or in his own sessions (mainly mid 50's Blue Note).
He contributed in introducing the use of bow in jazz bass play.
Unfortunately, his taste for the booze took him at 33 years old.
Curious people probably want to start with one of the Blue Note, either Chambers Music or Whims of Chambers.

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Paul Laurence Dunbar Chambers, Jr. (April 22, 1935 – January 4, 1969) was a jazz double bassist. A fixture of rhythm sections during the 1950s and 1960s, his importance in the development of jazz bass can be measured not only by the length and breadth of his work in this short period but also his impeccable time and intonation, and virtuosic improvisations. He was also known for his bowed solos.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1956 Whims of Chambers Paul Chambers Sextet with Paul Chambers, Donald Byrd, John Coltrane, Kenny Burrell, Horace Silver & Philly Joe Jones 3
1957 Chambers' Music: A Jazz Delegation From the East Paul Chambers 1
1957 Paul Chambers Quintet Paul Chambers 2
1957 Bass on Top Paul Chambers 3
1957 Les Jazz Modes Julius Watkins, Charlie Rouse, Gildo Mahones, Ron Jefferson, Oscar Pettiford, Paul Chambers 1
1958 We Three Roy Haynes with Phineas Newborn, Jr. & Paul Chambers 1
1959 Go Paul Chambers 1
2004 Motor City Scene Paul Chambers & Tommy Flanagan 1
2005 Kenny Drew Trio Kenny Drew with Paul Chambers, Philly Joe Jones 1
2009 1st Bassman Paul Chambers 2
Chambers' Music Paul Chambers 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1959 Just Friends Cannonball Adderley & Paul Chambers 1
2001 The Complete Vee Jay Sessions 1959-1961 Paul Chambers & Wynton Kelly 1
2003 Mosaic Select 5: Paul Chambers Paul Chambers 1

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