Dave Carpenter

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Dave Carpenter
BornNovember 4, 1959
DiedJune 24, 2008
Instrument(s)Bass guitar, Double bass

Dave Carpenter (November 4, 1959 – June 24, 2008) was an American bass player. During his early professional career he played with jazz musicians Buddy Rich, Maynard Ferguson and Woody Herman. During the late 1990s he was a touring member of the Allan Holdsworth Group. In Los Angeles studios he performed on over two hundred recordings, including television, film theme and soundtracks.[2]


After studying music at Ohio State University, he launched his professional career by moving to New York City. It was there that he first toured and recorded with artists such as Buddy Rich, Woody Herman and Maynard Ferguson.

Carpenter appeared on countless sessions and had dozens of television, film themes and soundtracks to his recording credit. He worked with artists such as Allan Holdsworth, Steve Hass, Peter Erskine, Pino Daniele, Joel Taylor, Mike Stern, Scott Henderson, Mitchel Forman, Eric Marienthal, Lee Ritenour, Tom Scott, Rita Coolidge, Russ Freeman, Rod Stewart, Johnny Mathis, Barbra Streisand, David Benoit, Boz Scaggs, Shakira, Dick Halligan and many more. He also appeared as a soloist with the Los Angeles and Berlin Philharmonics as well as the Tanglewood and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and was a founding member of the "Lounge Art Ensemble" with Erskine and Bob Sheppard.

Carpenter died suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 48.[3]


With Allan Holdsworth

With Barbra Streisand

With Al Jarreau

With Johnny Rivers

  • Shadows On the Moon (Soul City, 2009)

With Eric Marienthal

  • Got You Covered! (Peak Records, 2004)

With Rita Coolidge

  • And So Is Love (Paddle Wheel, 2005)

With Rob Mullins

  • Tokyo Nights (Nova, 1990)

With Toni Childs

With Jesse McCartney

With Boz Scaggs

With Rod Stewart

With Adam Cohen

  • Mélancolista (Capitol Records, 2004)

With Bette Midler

With James Taylor

With Shakira

With Pino Daniele


  1. ^ Adler, David R. "The Sixteen Men of Tain - Allan Holdsworth". AllMusic. RhythmOne. Retrieved 14 December 2021.
  2. ^ Robinson, Randall (2 July 2008). "Dave Carpenter Remembered". All About Jazz. Retrieved 14 December 2021.
  3. ^ Randall Robinson, "Dave Carpenter Remembered". Retrieved February 16, 2010.

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