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George Tucker

Discussion in 'Bassists [DB]' started by violinoscar, Nov 15, 2006.

  1. I have just aquired an amazing dvd of Earl Hines, George Tucker, Oliver Jackson and Coleman Hawkins. It was recorded in the 60's I think. Anyway, I was really impressed with George Tucker, have done a search on him (found plenty of recording credits but no bio), on both the net and this site. Can anyone tell me anything about this man? I am not very well informed on the who's who of DB outside of Ron Carter, Ray Brown etc. Is George Tucker a highly regarded player? If so, why is there so little about him on the net?
  2. Jake deVilliers

    Jake deVilliers Commercial User

    May 24, 2006
    Crescent Beach, BC
    Owner of The Bass Spa, String Repairman at Long & McQuade Vancouver
  3. Sam Sherry

    Sam Sherry Inadvertent Microtonalist Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2001
    Portland, ME
    Euphonic Audio "Player"
    Mr. Tucker plays on one of my all-time favorite "sleeper" discs, Jaki Byard's Live!! at Lennie's On the Turnpike. He's keeping company with Jaki, Joe Farrell and Alan Dawson. That record swings so hard . . .
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  4. Monte


    Jan 9, 2001
    DFW Area, Tejas
    Man, both of those Jaki discs at Lennie are just incredible.

    George Tucker plays his @ss off on those.
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  5. msw


    Aug 21, 2003
    Not to mention an Illinois Jacquet date with Alan Dawson and Barry Harris also live from Lennie's called "Bottoms Up".
  6. Check out a Zoot side w.Dave McKenna and Dannie Richman on drums playing more trad type tunes.Can't remember the albums name...Marshall ??:help:
    Update: The Zoot album is called " Down Home " and was recorded in 1960. Any relation between George and Ben Tucker ?
  7. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Augusta GA
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    Other than they both played bass, nope. Ben is still living and gigging down around Savannah.
  8. msw


    Aug 21, 2003
    Ben Tucker could play very good arco, and on a Kay! I have the Mosaic Curtis Fuller box and from that it is really clear that he was a very accomplished musician.
  9. drew_bassmore

    drew_bassmore Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2000
    San Francisco Bay Area
    I came across George Tucker's playing on the Stanley Turrentine record, "Look Out!"

    I particularly appreciate the amount of space and bluesy-ness Tucker applies to his solo on 'Yesterdays'.

    It sounds like a good candidate for a quick transcription. Got to get through some others on my list first.
  10. MR PC

    MR PC Inactive

    Dec 1, 2007
    So did Slam Stewart.

    I remember hearing Marshall Hawkins solo be bop ala arco on his Kay M-1 a couple of times when/while Richie Cole left the stage to powder his nose. Like Ben, Marshall is another lesser known great.
  11. analog_freak


    Jan 1, 2008
    George Tucker does an awesome job on the Walt Dickerson albums "To My Queen" and "Unity". He and Walt interact so beautifully especially on the title tracks of each album. Andrew Cyrille plays drums on both.
  12. Also check Tucker out on Freddie Redd's San Francisco Suite...an undersung pianist from the heyday. Tucker's also on a bunch of Horace Parlan sides from the 50's and I can't think of what other gems
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  13. TroyK

    TroyK Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2003
    Seattle, WA
    Was listening to Booker Irvin's "That's It" this morning and decided I needed to check out more George Tucker sides.
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  14. MR PC

    MR PC Inactive

    Dec 1, 2007

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  15. birgebass


    Nov 7, 2011

    Great opening solo from George Tucker.
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  16. Emoody

    Emoody Supporting Member

    Jun 3, 2012
  17. lurk


    Dec 2, 2009
    Amazing recordings. Two of my favorite records have the most spectacularly out of tune pianos ever on a commercially released recording. These and the Eric Dolphy Five Spot stuff. Both pianists (Mal Waldron with Dolphy) play with great exuberance anyway.
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  18. 834federal

    834federal David Brodie Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2012
    Great bassist. I think he played a ton with Horace Parlan's trio in the 60's. He's on "Doin' Alright", the great Dexter Gordon recording. I've always thought his sound was outrageous.
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  19. Covb


    Oct 6, 2019
    Far East
    I too admire this bassist so much that I made up my mind to purchase my own double bass to transcribe his forcible and intellectual playings.

    Especially in major recordings, his name is first seen in the credit of Clifford Jordan's "Cliff Craft(1957)" from Bluenote. And this is probably his very first career as a pro bassist. And in around 1961 he formed a group called "The Play House Four" with his most acquainted musicians:Harace Parlan(p),
    Al Harewood(ds), Booker Ervin(ts). I think this is one of the finest time in his career. In 1963 He joined Lambert,Hendricks&Bavan's group and also recorded several great playings with them there.
    /Go check out "Jazz Casual" in 1963

    I have no idea why he is so underrated with such crazy-grooving sound, he is difinitely one of the best jazz bassist of all time.
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  20. Phil Rowan

    Phil Rowan Supporting Member

    Mar 2, 2005
    Brooklyn, NY
    I have a Clifford Jordan album called "Cliff Craff" (w/ Art Farmer, Sonny Clark, Louis Hayes) that George Tucker's on, and boy, does it swing.
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2020
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