Eddie Gómez (musician)

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Eddie Gómez
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Gómez on tour with Chick Corea in May 2010 in Santiago, Chile
Background information
Birth name Edgar Gómez
Born (1944-10-04) October 4, 1944 (age 69)
Santurce, Puerto Rico
Genres Jazz, jazz fusion
Occupations Musician, bandleader
Instruments Double bass
Years active 1959–present
Labels Columbia
Associated acts Bill Evans, Chick Corea, Mark Kramer, Steps Ahead
Website www.eddiegomez.com

Edgar "Eddie" Gómez (born October 4, 1944) is a Puerto Rican jazz double bassist born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, perhaps most notable for his work done with the Bill Evans trio from 1966 to 1977.

Biography[edit]

Gómez emigrated with his family from Puerto Rico at a young age to New York, where he was raised.[1] He started on double bass in the New York City school system at the age of eleven and at age thirteen went to the New York City High School of Music and Art. He played in the Newport Festival Youth Band (led by Marshall Brown) from 1959 to 1961, and graduated from Juilliard in 1963.[2]

His résumé includes performances with jazz giants such as Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Gerry Mulligan, John Coltrane, Benny Goodman, Buck Clayton, Ahmad Jamal, Bill Bruford, Scott LaFaro, Marian McPartland, Paul Bley, Michael Brecker, Wayne Shorter, Steps Ahead, Steve Gadd, Ron Carter, Jeremy Steig, Herbie Hancock, Tony Williams, Al Foster, Chick Corea, Eugenio Toussaint and Carli Muñoz. Time lauded: "Eddie Gómez has the world on his strings".[citation needed] He spent a total of eleven years with the Bill Evans Trio, which included performances throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, as well as dozens of recordings.[1] Two of the Trio's recordings won Grammy awards. In addition, he was a member of the Manhattan Jazz Quintet.

His career mainly consists of working as an accompanist, a position suited for his quick reflexes and flexibility.[2] In addition to working as a studio musician for many famous jazz musicians, he has recorded as a leader for Columbia Records, Projazz, and Stretch.[1] Most of his recent recordings as a leader are co-led by jazz pianist Mark Kramer.[2]

Gómez was also a member of the fusion band Steps Ahead.

Discography[edit]

As sideman[edit]

With Paul Bley

With Chick Corea

With Bill Bruford and Ralph Towner

  • If Summer had its Ghosts (1997)

With Bill Evans

With Art Farmer

With Mick Goodrick

'"With Jack DeJohnette"'

With Mike Nock

With Masahiko Satoh

  • Amorphism (1985)

With Eugenio Toussaint

  • Oinos (Música para beber vino) (2008)

With Ralph Towner

With Jack Wilkins

With Joanne Brackeen

  • Keyed In (Tappan Zee Records – JC 36075, 1979)
  • Ancient Dynasty (Tappan Zee Records – JC 36593, 1980)
  • Where Legends Dwell (Ken Music, 1992) OCLC 26472759

With Gabriel Vicéns

With Steps Ahead

Solo Albums[edit]

  • Down Stretch (Black Hawk Records, 1976)
  • Gomez (with Chick Corea and Steve Gadd, Interface Records, 1984)
  • Next Future (GRP records, 1993)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Yanow, Scott. Allmusic biography of Eddie Gómez.. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "Eddie Gomez". All About Jazz. Archived from the original on 19 June 2012. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 

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