Eugene Wright

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Eugene Wright
Wright performing with The Dave Brubeck Quartet, 1967
Background information
Birth name Eugene Joseph Wright
Also known as The Senator
Born (1923-05-29) May 29, 1923 (age 91)
Chicago, Illinois[1][2]
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Bassist
Instruments Double bass
Years active 1943–present
Labels Columbia
Associated acts The Dave Brubeck Quartet

Eugene Joseph Wright (born May 29, 1923) and nicknamed The Senator, is an American jazz bassist, best known for his work as a member of The Dave Brubeck Quartet, in particular on the group's most famous album, Time Out (1959), with pianist Brubeck, drummer Joe Morello and alto saxophonist Paul Desmond.

Wright had played with the Lonnie Simmons group, and led his own band, the Dukes of Swing, but his big break came when he was recruited by Dave Brubeck. He had a very solid, Kansas-city style, theoretically at odds with, but in practice an important component of, Brubeck's cool, mannered jazz.

In addition to Brubeck, Wright has played with many jazz stars, including Count Basie, Charlie Parker, Billie Holiday, Carmen McRae, Buddy DeFranco, Cal Tjader, Kai Winding, Karen Hernandez, Sonny Stitt, Gene Ammons, Dottie Dodgion, Lee Shaw, Dorothy Donegan, and Monty Alexander.

Basically Wright is a book of his compositions for bass published by Hansen.

With the death of his bandleader Dave Brubeck in 2012, Wright is the only living member of the classic quartet.


Solo: "The Wright Groove" (Philips New Zealand,1962)Bass Solos Over The Years - Written By Eugene Wright With Laurie Lewis,Lew Campbell & Don Branch

With Gene Ammons

With Kenny Drew

With Sonny Stitt


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