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Al McKibbon

Al McKibbon (January 1, 1919 – July 29, 2005) was an American jazz double bassist, known for his work in bop, hard bop, and Latin jazz.

In 1947, after working with Lucky Millinder, Tab Smith, J. C. Heard, and Coleman Hawkins, he replaced Ray Brown in Dizzy Gillespie's band, in which he played until 1950. In the 1950s he recorded with the Miles Davis nonet, Earl Hines, Count Basie, Johnny Hodges, Thelonious Monk, George Shearing, Cal Tjader, Herbie Nichols and Hawkins. McKibbon was credited with interesting Tjader in Latin music while he played in Shearing's group.

McKibbon has always been highly regarded (among other signs of this regard, he was the bassist for the Giants of Jazz), and continued to perform until 2004.

In 1999, the first album in his own name, Tumbao Para Los Congueros De Mi Vida, was released. McKibbon's second album, Black Orchid (Nine Yards Music), was released in 2004 and was recorded at Icon Recording Studios, Hollywood, California. The album was recorded and mixed by studio owner Andrew Troy and Assistant Engineer - Aaron Kaplay, 2nd Assistant Engineer - Pablo Solorzano. He also wrote the Afterword to Raul Fernandez' book, Latin Jazz, part of the Smithsonian Institution's series of exhibitions on jazz.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 1st, 1919 (Chicago), Died July 29th, 2005 (Los Angeles)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1944

Roles Represented in DAHR: string bass

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 72094 10-in. 5/10/1944 You lovely you Tab Smith Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 72095 10-in. 5/10/1944 I live true to you Tab Smith Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 72096 10-in. 5/10/1944 Brown skin blues Tab Smith Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 72097 10-in. 5/10/1944 All night long Tab Smith Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 72177 10-in. 5/25/1944 Hurry hurry Lucky Millinder Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 72178 10-in. 5/25/1944 Darlin' Lucky Millinder Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 72179 10-in. 5/25/1944 I can't see for lookin' Lucky Millinder Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 72180 10-in. 5/25/1944 Who threw the whiskey in the well Lucky Millinder Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 72181 10-in. 5/25/1944 Lover man Lucky Millinder Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 72602 10-in. 12/6/1944 I've been good to you Tab Smith Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 72603 10-in. 12/6/1944 Loving you just the same Tab Smith Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 72604 10-in. 12/6/1944 It's all over but the shouting Tab Smith Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 72605 10-in. 12/6/1944 Sorry about the whole affair Tab Smith Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "McKibbon, Al," accessed September 28, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/330772.

McKibbon, Al. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 28, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/330772.

"McKibbon, Al." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 28 September 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/330772

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