Jimmy Garrison / March 3, 1934 - April 7, 1976

One of my favorite bassists (and a major piece of the Coltrane groups of the '60s), Jimmy Garrison came out of the Philly jazz scene, working and/or recording with a host of greats such as Kenny Dorham, Calvin Massey, Jackie McLean, Ornette Coleman, Lee Konitz, Philly Joe Jones and others before hooking up with Trane in '62.

He brought a hard-driving style that later displayed a flamenco-inspired lyricism (at times) to the Trane sound as his #1 bassist until the saxophonist's death in '67. In the following years he continued to record with many Coltrane associates (such as Alice, Elvin Jones, Archie Shepp, etc), as well as with Clifford Thornton (on the heavy Freedom & Unity album), Hampton Hawes and Sonny Rollins. He also was an educator (William Parker was a student). He was lost to cancer at 42. His work with Coltrane opened up a lot of solo space for bassists.

Here's a segment of Garrison getting all the solo space he needs, in the intro to what turned out to be an hour long version of "My Favorite Things", recorded in Japan in '66.

And here he is in a trio with Elvin Jones and Joe Farrell, on the 1968 album The Ultimate Elvin Jones:

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