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Paul Chambers

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 extent of his work in this short period, but also by his impeccable timekeeping and intonation, and virtuosic improvisations. He was also known for his bowed solos. Chambers recorded about a dozen albums as a leader or co-leader, and as a sideman, notably as the anchor of trumpeter Miles Davis's "first great quintet" (1955–63) and with pianist Wynton Kelly (1963–68).

Birth and Death Data: Born April 22nd, 1935 (Pittsburgh), Died January 4th, 1969 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1957 - 1958

Roles Represented in DAHR: string bass

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 104634 3/25/1958 Sing song Hal McKusick Quintet instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 104635 3/25/1958 It never entered my mind Hal McKusick Quintet instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 104636 3/25/1958 Yesterdays Hal McKusick Quintet instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 104637 3/25/1958 A touch of Spring Hal McKusick Quintet instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 104638 3/28/1958 La rue Hal McKusick Septet instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 104639 3/28/1958 Now's the time Hal McKusick Septet instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 104640 3/28/1958 Whisper not Hal McKusick Septet instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 104641 3/28/1958 The last day of Fall Hal McKusick Septet instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 9809 1/21/1957 Cluster John Graas Sextet instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 9810 1/21/1957 Canon frair-1 John Graas Sextet instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 9811 1/21/1957 Mood-2 John Graas Sextet instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 9812 1/21/1957 I'm confessin' that I love you John Graas Sextet instrumentalist, string bass  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Chambers, Paul," accessed July 27, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/308013.

Chambers, Paul. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 27, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/308013.

"Chambers, Paul." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 27 July 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/308013

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