Curtis Counce

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Curtis Counce
Born (1926-01-23)January 23, 1926
Origin Kansas City, Missouri
Died July 31, 1963(1963-07-31) (aged 37)
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Genres Jazz, Hard bop
Instruments Double bass
Labels Contemporary

Curtis Counce (January 23, 1926 – July 31, 1963) was an American hard bop and West Coast jazz double bassist.

Biography[edit]

Counce was born in Kansas City, Missouri and moved to California in 1945. He began recording in the 1950s in Los Angeles with Shelly Manne, Lyle Murphy, Teddy Charles, Clifford Brown, and many others.[1] Counce formed his quintet in 1956 featuring tenor saxophonist Harold Land, trumpeters Jack Sheldon and Gerald Wilson, pianist Carl Perkins and drummer Frank Butler. Elmo Hope replaced Perkins after his death at age 29 in 1958.[2] The four albums originally released on Contemporary Records were reissued in 2006 on a double CD by Gambit Spain. Counce died in Los Angeles, California, of a heart attack.

Selected Discography[edit]

As a leader[edit]

  • You Get More Bounce With Curtis Counce originally released as Counceltation[3] (Contemporary, 1956)
  • Landslide (Contemporary, 1956)
  • Sonority (Contemporary, 1958)
  • Exploring the Future (Dooto, 1958)
  • Carl's Blues (Contemporary, 1960 - recorded 1957)
  • The Complete Studio Recordings: The Master Takes (Gambit, 2006)

As a sideman[edit]

With Clifford Brown

With Maynard Ferguson

References[edit]

Literature[edit]

  • Richard Morton & Brian Cook: The Penguin Guide To Jazz On CD, London, Penguin, 2nd Edition, 1994 & 6th Edition, 2002

External links[edit]