Eddie Gómez

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Eddie Gómez
Gómez on tour with Chick Corea, May 2010, Santiago, Chile
Gómez on tour with Chick Corea, May 2010, Santiago, Chile
Background information
Birth nameEdgar Gómez
Born (1944-10-04) October 4, 1944 (age 79)
Santurce, Puerto Rico
OriginNew York City
GenresJazz, jazz fusion
Instrument(s)Double bass
Years active1959–present

Edgar Gómez (born October 4, 1944) is a Puerto Rican jazz double bassist, known for his work with the Bill Evans Trio from 1966 to 1977.


Gómez moved 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 & Art.[2] He played in the Newport Festival Youth Band (led by Marshall Brown) from 1959 to 1961, and graduated from Juilliard in 1963.[2]

He has played with musicians such as Gerry Mulligan, Marian McPartland, Paul Bley, Tania Maria, Steps Ahead, and Chick Corea.[1] He spent a total of eleven years with the Bill Evans Trio, which included performances in the United States, Europe and Asia, as well as dozens of recordings.[1]

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] Many of his recent recordings as a leader are co-led by the jazz pianist Mark Kramer.[2]

In May 2013, Gómez was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Berklee College of Music in Valencia, Spain.[3] This was the first honorary doctorate granted at the college's new international campus in Spain.[3]


As leader/co-leader[edit]

Year released Title Label Personnel/Notes
1976 Down Stretch Trio Records With Takehiro Honda (piano) and Eliot Zigmund (percussion)
1984 Gomez Interface With Chick Corea (piano) and Steve Gadd (drums)
1986 Mezgo Epic/Sonic With Michael Brecker (tenor sax), Masahiko Satoh (keyboards) and Steve Gadd (drums)
1988 Power Play Columbia With Al Foster and Steve Gadd (drums/percussion); Lee Ann Ledgerwood and Michael Cochrane (keyboards); Michael Brecker (tenor sax); Jeremy Steig (flute); Dick Oatts (soprano sax/alto sax); Jim Hall (guitar on Track #5); Ann Bristol and Kimiko Itoh (vocals on Track #9).
1989 Street Smart Epic/Sony With Richard Tee (piano); Kenny Werner (keyboards); Randy Brecker (trumpet); Hugh McCracken (guitar); Jack McDuff (organ); Dick Oatts (tenor sax); Barry Rogers (trombone); Steve Gadd (drums/percussion); Nicky Marrero (bongos/timbales); Steve Thornton (conga/percussion).
1992 Live In Moscow B&W Music BW-038 With Michael Okun (Piano); Steve Amirault (Piano); Ronnie Burrage (Drums).
1993 Next Future Stretch Records With Chick Corea and James Williams (piano/synthesizer); Rick Margitza (tenor sax/soprano sax); Jeremy Steig (flute); Lenny White (drums).
1998 Dedication Evidence With Stefan Karlsson (piano), Jeremy Steig (flute) and Jimmy Cobb (drums).
1998 Uptown Music Paddle Wheel With Stefan Karlsson (piano), Jeremy Steig (flute) and Jimmy Cobb (drums).
2004 Art Of The Heart Art of Life Records With Mark Kramer (piano).
2005 Jazz Fiddler on the Roof Twinz Records With Mark Kramer (piano) and John Mosemann (drums).
2007 Palermo Jazz Eyes With Stefan Karlsson (piano) and Nasheet Waits (drums).
2008 Beautiful Love Isol Discus With Al Di Meola (guitar), Yutaka Kobayashi (piano) and Billy Drummond (drums).
2010 Forever Plus Loin Music With Cesarius Alvim (piano).
2012 Per Sempre BFM Jazz With Teo Clavarella (piano), Matt Marvuglio (flute) and Massimo Manzi (drums).
2014 Live At Montmartre Storyville With Carsten Dahl (piano).

As sideman[edit]

With John Abercrombie

With Warren Bernhardt

  • Blue Montreux (Arista, 1978)
  • Blue Montreux II (Arista, 1979)
  • Warren Bernhardt Trio (DMP, 1983)

With Paul Bley

With Joanne Brackeen

With Randy Brecker

With Bill Bruford and Ralph Towner

With Frank Caruso and Bob Rummage

  • Chosen (CD Baby, 2017)

With Joe Chambers

  • Isla Verde (Paddle Wheel, 1995)

With Santos Chillemi

  • Trinidad (Maracatu, 1991)
  • Au Gre Du Temps (Frémeaux & Associés, 2004)

With Billy Cobham

  • Drum 'n' Voice - All That Groove (Sony Music, 2001)

With Chick Corea

With Jack DeJohnette

With Armen Donelian

With Eliane Elias

With Peter Erskine

With Bill Evans

With Art Farmer

With Mordy Ferber

  • Mr. X (Ozone Music, 1995)
  • Being There (CDBY, 2005)

With Michael Franks

With Jeff Gardner

  • Continuum (Terramar, 2007)

With Art Garfunkel

With George Garzone

  • Alone (NYC Records, 1995)

With Mick Goodrick

With Dino Govoni

With Bunky Green

With David Grisman

With Tim Hardin

With Billy Hart

With Richie Havens

With Terumasa Hino

  • Double Rainbow (CBS, 1981)

With Jennifer Holliday

With Freddie Hubbard

With Sandy Hurvitz

  • Sandy's Album Is Here At Last (Verve, 1968)

With Bob James

  • All Around The Town (CBS, 1981)

With Andrei Kondakov

  • Fairy Tale In The Rain (Outline Records, 2012)
  • Blues For 4 (СПб Собака RU, 2005)

With Lee Konitz

With Mark Kramer

  • Jazz Fiddler on the Roof (Mythic Jazz, 2002 | Twinz, 2005)
  • Art of the Heart (Art of Life, 2006)
  • Kind of Trio with Joe Chambers (Eroica, 2008 | Strawberry Mansion, 2017)
  • Boulders and Mountains (Eroica, 2009 | Blue Node, 2017)
  • Art of Music (Strawberry Mansion, 2017)

With Ernie Krivda

With Kronos Quartet

With Andy LaVerne

  • Liquid Silver (DMP, 1984)
  • Metropolis - Unreleased recording of 1979 (ALV Productions, 2018)

With Tom Lellis

  • And In This Corner... (Inner City, 1979)
  • Double Entendre (Beamtide Records, 1991)
  • Tom Lellis (Solid Records, 2018)

With Dave Liebman

With Joe Locke

With Giuseppi Logan

With Enric Madriguera

  • The Minute Samba 1932-50, Vol. 2 (Harlequin, 2003)

With Mike Mainieri

  • An American Diary (NYC Records, 1995)
  • Live At Seventh Avenue South (NYC Records, 1996)

With Melissa Manchester

With Manhattan Jazz Quintet

  • My Funny Valentine (Paddle Wheel, 1986)
  • The Sidewinder (Paddle Wheel, 1986)
  • Live At Pit Inn (Paddle Wheel, 1986)
  • Live At Pit Inn Vol. 2 (Paddle Wheel, 1986)
  • My Favorite Things - Live in Tokio (Paddle Wheel, 1986)
  • Manhattan Blues (Sweet Basil, 1990)
  • Funky Strut (Sweet Basil, 1991)
  • Manteca - Live At Sweet Basil (Sweet Basil, 1992)
  • Concierto de Aranjuez (Sweet Basil, 1994)

With Herbie Mann

With Andrea Marcelli

  • Beyond The Blue (Art Of Life, 2005)

With Tania Maria

  • Intimidade (Blue Note, 2005)

With Phil Markowitz

With Hugh Masekela

With Eugene Maslov

With Paul McCandless

With Jay McShann

With Charles Mingus

  • Me, Myself & Eye - Posthumous recording, Mingus does not play. (Atlantic, 1979)
  • Something Like a Bird - Posthumous recording, Mingus does not play. (Atlantic, 1980)

With Bob Mintzer

  • Bop Boy (Explore Records, 2002)

With Bob Moses

  • Bittersuite In The Ozone (Mozown, 1975)
  • Visit With The Great Spirit (Gramavision, 1983)

With Gerry Mulligan

With The New York Art Quartet

With Judy Niemack

  • About Time (Sony, 2002)

With Mike Nock

With Claus Ogerman

With Michel Petrucciani

With Marco Pignataro

With David Pomeranz

  • Time To Fly (Decca, 1971)

With Emily Remler

With Alex Riel

With Ted Rosenthal

  • Calling You (CTI Records, 1992)

With Iñaki Sandoval

  • Miracielos (Bebyne, 2011)

With Masahiko Satoh

  • Chagall Blue (Openskye, 1980)
  • Amorphism (Sony, 1985)

With Tom Schuman

  • Extremities (GRP, 1990)

With John Scofield

With Phil Seamen

  • Phil Seamen Meets Eddie Gómez (Saga, 1968)

With Ben Sidran

With Carly Simon

  • Torch (Warner Bros, 1981)

With Smappies

With Tommy Smith

  • Step by Step (Blue Note Records, 1988)

With David Spinozza

  • Spinozza (A&M Records, 1978)

With Spyro Gyra

With Jeremy Steig

With Steps Ahead

  • Step by Step (Better Days, 1980)
  • Smokin' in the Pit (NYC Records, 1980)
  • Paradox - Live At Seventh Avenue South (Better Days, 1982)
  • Steps Ahead (Elektra Musician, 1983)
  • Modern Times (Elektra Musician, 1984)

With Richard Stoltzman

  • Begin Sweet World (RCA, 1986)
  • Brasil (BMG, 1991)
  • Hark! (BMG Classics, 1992)
  • Dreams (RCA, 1995)
  • Danza Latina (RCA, 1998)

With Ira Sullivan

With Martin Taylor

  • Kiss and Tell (Columbia, 1999)

With The Gadd Gang

  • The Gadd Gang (A Touch, 1986)
  • Here & Now (Columbia, 1988)
  • Live At The Bottom Line (A Touch, 1994)

With Great Jazz Trio

  • Moreover (East Wind, 1980)
  • The Session / Sleepy Meets The Great Jazz Trio (Next Wave, 1980)
  • Chapter II (East Wind, 1981)
  • Re-Visited - The Great Jazz Trio At The Village Vanguard Volume 1 (Eastworld, 1981)
  • Re-Visited - The Great Jazz Trio At The Village Vanguard Volume 2 (Eastworld, 1981)
  • Aurex Jazz Festival' 81 / The Great Jazz Trio & Friends With Nancy Wilson (Eastworld, 1981)
  • What's New - with Nancy Wilson (East Wind, 1982)
  • Threesome (Eastworld, 1982)
  • The Club New Yorker (Interface, 1983)
  • Easy To Love: Eri Sings Cole Porter - with Eri Ohno (Interface, 1984)
  • Monk's Mood (Denon, 1984)
  • N.Y. Sophisticate: A Tribute To Duke Ellington (Denon, 1984)
  • Ambrosia - with Art Farmer (Denon/Interface, 1984)
  • The Great Jazz Trio Standard Collection (Interface, 1986)
  • The Great Jazz Trio Plays Standard (Somethin' Else, 1998)

With Eugenio Toussaint

  • Oinos (Música para beber vino) (Urtext, 2008)

With Ralph Towner

With McCoy Tyner

With Gabriel Vicéns

  • Point In Time (Self-Released, 2012)

With Roseanna Vitro

  • Conviction: Thoughts Of Bill Evans (A-Records, 2001)

With Bennie Wallace

  • The Fourteen Bar Blues (Enja Records, 1978)
  • Live At The Public Theatre (Enja Records, 1978)
  • The Free Will (Enja Records, 1980)
  • Mistyc Bridge (Enja Records, 1982)
  • Twilight Time (Blue Note, 1985)
  • The Art Of Saxophone (Denon, 1987)
  • Bordertown (Blue Note, 1988)
  • Bennie Wallace (AudioQuest Music, 1998)
  • The Nearness Of You (Enja Records, 2003)

With Jack Wilkins

With Larry Willis

With Daniel Wong

  • Daniel Wong Trio (Fonarte Latino 2014)


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  2. ^ a b c d "Eddie Gomez". All About Jazz. Archived from the original on June 19, 2012. Retrieved January 26, 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Bassist Eddie Gomez Awarded Honorary Doctorate Degree". Jazztimes.com. Archived from the original on October 29, 2013. Retrieved November 12, 2017.
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