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Paul Chambers: Bass on Top

Album Notes

Personnel includes: Paul Chambers (bass); Kenny Burrell (guitar); Hank Jones (piano); Art Taylor (drums).

Paul Chambers cut this little known album for Blue Note in 1957. Those familiar with Chambers's bass work on straight bop recordings, especially those done with Miles Davis in the 1950s, might be surprised at the range and variety here. Chambers plays the bass as a lead instrument (as the album's title indicates), and leads a crack ensemble--which includes Kenny Burrell on guitar, Hank Jones on piano, and Art Taylor on drums--through a rousing session of exploratory post-bop. This one comes recommended to collectors, not least for the Rudy Van Gelder remastering.


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