George Barrow (musician)

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George Barrow (21 September 1921 – 20 March 2013[1]) was an American jazz saxophonist who played both tenor and baritone saxes.

Self-taught on the saxophone, flute and clarinet, by the mid-1950s, he was playing in different line-ups led by Charles Mingus,[2] including the Quintet (with Eddie Bert, Mal Waldron and Max Roach) before going on to join line-ups led by Ernie Wilkins, including the Ernie Wilkins-Kenny Clarke Septet and the Ernie Wilkins Orchestra, as well as with Oliver Nelson, notably on the classic album The Blues and the Abstract Truth.


As leader[edit]

As sideman[edit]

With Kenny Clarke and Ernie Wilkins

With Charles Mingus

With Teddy Charles

With The Three Playmates

  • The Three Playmates (Savoy, 1957)[5]

With Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis

With Oliver Nelson

With Gene Ammons

With Jimmy Forrest

With Etta Jones

With Jimmy Smith

With Clark Terry

With Frank Wess

With Bill Dixon

With Bobby Timmons

With The Jazz Composer's Orchestra

With Melvin Van Peebles


  1. ^ Jazz legend George Barrow is dead at 91 Daily News. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
  2. ^ Jenkins, Todd S. (2006) I Know What I Know: The Music of Charles Mingus, p. 34. Greenwood Publishing Group At Google Books. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
  3. ^ Savoy 15000 series Retrieved 23 June 2013.
  4. ^ Charles Mingus Catalog Retrieved 23 June 2013.
  5. ^ Savoy Records discography Retrieved 23 June 2013.