Cecil McBee

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Cecil McBee
Born (1935-05-19) May 19, 1935 (age 79)
Origin Tulsa, OK, United States
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Double bass
Associated acts Dinah Washington, Paul Winter, Miles Davis, Andrew Hill, Sam Rivers, Jackie McLean, Wayne Shorter, Charles Lloyd, Yusef Lateef, Keith Jarrett, Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Alice Coltrane

Cecil McBee (born May 19, 1935) is an American post-bop jazz bassist, one of the most influential in the history of jazz.[1][2] McBee has recorded as a leader only a handful of times since the 1970s, but has contributed as a sideman to a number of jazz albums.

Biography[edit]

Early life and career[edit]

McBee was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on May 19, 1935. He studied clarinet at school, but switched to bass at the age of 17, and began playing in local nightclubs. After gaining a music degree from Ohio Central State University, he spent two years in the army, during which time he conducted the band at Fort Knox. In 1959 he played with Dinah Washington, and in 1962 he moved to Detroit, where he worked with Paul Winter's folk-rock ensemble in 1963–64.

New York[edit]

His jazz career began to take off in the mid-1960s, after he moved to New York, when he began playing and recording with a number of significant musicians including Miles Davis, Andrew Hill, Sam Rivers, Jackie McLean (1964), Wayne Shorter (1965–66), Charles Lloyd (1966), Yusef Lateef (1967–69), Keith Jarrett, Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw (1986), and Alice Coltrane (1969–72).

Later career[edit]

In the 2000s, McBee unsuccessfully sued a Japanese company that opened a chain of stores under his name.[3]

He was an artist in residence at Harvard from 2010 to 2011.[4] He teaches at the New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts.

Awards[edit]

Grammys[edit]

Discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

As sideman[edit]

With the Ray Anderson

  • Old Bottles New Wine (1985)

With the Bob Thiele Collective

  • Sunrise Sunset (1990)

With Kenny Barron

  • What If? (Enja, 1986)

With Joanne Brackeen

  • Snooze (Choice, 1975)

With Dollar Brand

  • African Space Program (Enja, 1973)

With Anthony Braxton

With Roy Brooks

With Alice Coltrane

With Chico Freeman

With Johnny Griffin

With Andrew Hill

With Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw

With Elvin Jones

With Clifford Jordan

With John Klemmer

With Yusef Lateef

With The Leaders

  • Mudfoot (Black Hawk, 1986)
  • Out Here Like This (Black Saint, 1987)
  • Unforeseen Blessings (Black Saint, 1988)
  • Heaven Dance (Sunnyside, 1988) – The Leaders Trio with pianist Kirk Lightsey and drummer Don Moye
  • Spirits Alike (Double Moon, 2007)

With Dave Liebman

With Charles Lloyd

With Raphe Malik

  • Storyline (Boxholder, 1999) – with Cody Moffett

With Jackie McLean

With Lloyd McNeill

  • Treasures (1976)

With Charles McPherson

With Grachan Moncur III

With Amina Claudine Myers

With Almanac

With Art Pepper

With Dannie Richmond

With Sam Rivers

With Buddy Tate and Dollar Brand

With Pharoah Sanders

With Saxophone Summit

  • Gathering of Spirits (Telarc, 2004)

With Zbigniew Seifert

  • Man of the Light (Promising Music, 2010)

With Woody Shaw

With Archie Shepp

  • Lady Bird (Denon, 1978)

With Wayne Shorter

With Lonnie Liston Smith

  • Expansions (1974)

With Leon Thomas

  • Spirits Known and Unknown (1969)

With Horace Tapscott

With Mickey Tucker

With McCoy Tyner

With James "Blood" Ulmer

With Mal Waldron

With Michael White

With Paul Winter

  • Jazz Meets the Folk-Song (1963)

With Yōsuke Yamashita

  • Sakura (Verve, 1990)
  • Kurdish Dance (Verve, 1993)
  • Dazzling Days (Verve, 1993)
  • Fragments 1999 (Verve, 1999)
  • Spider (Verve, 1996)
  • Delightful Contrast (Universal, 2011)

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