Al McKibbon

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Al McKibbon
Lucky Thompson Hilda A. Taylor and Al McKibbon.jpg
Al McKibbon, Lucky Thompson and Hilda A. Taylor at the Three Deuces, New York, 1948
Photo: William P. Gottlieb.
Background information
Born 1919
Died 2005
Genres Jazz
Instruments Double bass

Al McKibbon (January 1, 1919 – July 29, 2005) was an American jazz double bassist, known for his work in bop, hard bop, and Latin jazz.

In 1947, after working with Lucky Millinder, Tab Smith, J. C. Heard, and Coleman Hawkins, he replaced Ray Brown in Dizzy Gillespie's band, in which he played until 1950. In the 1950s he recorded with the Miles Davis nonet, Earl Hines, Count Basie, Johnny Hodges, Thelonious Monk, George Shearing, Cal Tjader, Herbie Nichols and Hawkins. McKibbon was credited with interesting Tjader in Latin music while he played in Shearing's group.

McKibbon has always been highly regarded (among other signs of this regard, he was the bassist for the Giants of Jazz), and continued to perform until 2004. In 1999, at age 80, he recorded his first album in his own name, Tumbao Para Los Congueros De Mi Vida (Blue Lady Records), which was nominated for a Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Performance. McKibbon's second album, Black Orchid (Nine Yards Music), was released in 2004 and was recorded at Icon Recording Studios, Hollywood, California. The album was recorded and mixed by studio owner Andrew Troy and Assistant Engineer - Aaron Kaplay, 2nd Assistant Engineer - Pablo Solorzano. He also wrote the Afterword to Raul Fernandez' book, Latin Jazz, part of the Smithsonian Institution's series of exhibitions on jazz.


As sideman[edit]

With Nat Adderley

With Robert Stewart (saxophonist)

With Lorez Alexandria

With Sonny Criss

With Victor Feldman

With Dizzy Gillespie

With Coleman Hawkins

With Johnny Hodges

With The Jazz Crusaders

With Charles Kynard and Buddy Collette

With Thelonious Monk

With Randy Newman

With The Night Blooming Jazzmen

  • The Night Blooming Jazzmen (1971)

With Herbie Nichols

With Shuggie Otis

With George Shearing

With George Shearing and Dakota Staton

With Billy Taylor

With Jack Wilson