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Eddie Khan

Discussion in 'Bassists [DB]' started by Alexi David, Oct 13, 2004.


  1. Alexi David

    Alexi David

    May 15, 2003
    NYC
    Anyone have any info on Eddie Khan? he played with Eric Dolphy and Max Roach in the early 60's, circa the "we insist!" period. I can't dredge up a biography or a photo of him anywhere, or even if he's alive...
     
  2. B String

    B String Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    I could be wrong about this, but i believe he died a
    number of years ago. He was living in San Bernadino,
    Ca. My friend has (and plays) his bass. I will make a
    call to make sure my facts are correct. This is not
    something i would like to make a mistake about.
    Eddie was great player.
     
  3. Alexi David

    Alexi David

    May 15, 2003
    NYC
    I just got hold of wonderful footage of Eddie with Max Roach - looks like he had very clean technique, prob. classically trained. I'll try to get some screenshots posted.....maybe someone like Paul W. or Don Higdon would know more about Eddie???
     
  4. oliebrice

    oliebrice

    Apr 7, 2003
    London, UK
    I've got a great Marion Brown album on ESP with Eddie Kahn on it. can't remember what its called...
     
  5. Thanks for the pics...Man, he has a strange stance. Looks like a very tall cat with the pin all the way in. Just the opposite of you Mingus!
    I've heard Eddie's name for years, but never heard him play. It's obvious by the company he kept, that he was great.
    I speak in the past tense only because this is the first time i've heard his name in many years.
     
  6. Alexi David

    Alexi David

    May 15, 2003
    NYC
    I've since changed to having my endpin in, and holding the bass straight upright! ;)

    Yeah, Eddie is just one of many great players that seemed to have dissapeared without a trace, and it's just a shame and a mystery. It's great that a fan "brought back" Henry Grimes to the world - hopefully it can happen again.

    Eddie played really good bass. Nothing groundbreaking, just good bass. Often times, that's all we need.
     
  7. Alexi David

    Alexi David

    May 15, 2003
    NYC
    I don't think they played together. The discographies don't show their names together
     
  8. oliebrice

    oliebrice

    Apr 7, 2003
    London, UK
    I'm fairly sure I have the recording to prove it, but I'll check tonight.
     
  9. oliebrice

    oliebrice

    Apr 7, 2003
    London, UK
    A quick websearch (I'm bored at work) shows him to have worked with Herbie Hancock, Graham Moncur II and Woody Shaw
     
  10. oliebrice

    oliebrice

    Apr 7, 2003
    London, UK
    I was wrong about this, don't know what I was thinking of...
     
  11. Alexi David

    Alexi David

    May 15, 2003
    NYC
    OT, too bad about Marion Brown - he's ill and has has part of his leg amputated
     
  12. I have Eddie on a classic Blue-note recording by Freddie Hubbard called "Breaking Point" and it mentions in the liner notes that Eddie also appears on Jackie Mclean's Blue-note release called "One Step Beyond".
    It also mentions he was known as a tenor sax player around the San Francisco area.
     
  13. B String

    B String Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Eddie died of lung cancer in 1986 or early 1987. He ended
    up at his moms house in San Bernadino, Ca. A bassist
    friend of mine whose family still lives next door, has his
    bass. It gets played all the time. I'm told Eddie was a real
    sweetheart.
     
  14. Alexi David

    Alexi David

    May 15, 2003
    NYC
    Hmmph.

    RIP.
     
  15. I found a CD this week w.Eddie on one cut.It's a Blue Note by Donald Byrd called "Blackjack".
    I really bought it because I am a big Hank Mobley fan,But there's a Jimmy Heath blues called "All Members' w. Eddie playing bass,Herbie on piano,Jimmy and Tootie Heath on tenor and drums respectfully ,and Donald on trumpet and Sonny Red on alto .The album 's regular tracks include Cedar Walton,Hank Mobley,Sonny Red,Billy Higgins,and Walter Booker on bass.
    They play kidda in the Sidewinder Mode,but everyone sounds great.A nice CD for under 8 bucks....
     
  16. i'm not sure, but this may be the clip that is referred to above:



    Mr. Khan gets into it around 2:30 in this clip. Interesting stance, he does appear to be quite tall. There are other clips linked to this one that are also very nice including a version of "Tears for Johannesburg" where Khan is playing behind bars(?!?!). The material is tunes from Max Roach's "We Insist" record, which is very good, but the bassist on the album is not Eddie Khan, if i remember correctly.
     
  17. I listening to Eric Dolphy with Eddie Kahn right now. "The Illinois Concert". I haven't listened to this in a long time and didn't pay much attention to Eddie. He's playing some cool sh!t. I wish I could hear the bass better though.
     
  18. kane612

    kane612

    Feb 12, 2011
    mn
    there is a great andrew hill record called 'smokestack' (his 3rd on blue note in the early 60's) which features roy haynes, and both richard davis and eddie kahn on basses, in a two bass piano quartet. i believe one track is trio w/ davis. eddie's playing carries the record in a great way during davis' more adventurous moments.