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Jack Wilkins is a guitarist born on June 4, 1944 in Brooklyn, New York. He has played with many jazz greats including Bob Brookmeyer, Stanley Turrentine, Jimmy Heath, Charles Mingus, and bassist Eddie Gómez, as well as with singers Mel Tormé, Ray Charles, Morgana King, Sarah Vaughan, Tony Bennett, The Manhattan Transfer, Nancy Marano and Jay Clayton.
Wilkins was awarded an NEA grant in recognition of his work with the guitar.
Wilkins' cover of the Freddie Hubbard standard "Red Clay", from his 1973 album Windows, was sampled by the hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest on the song Sucka Nigga, on their 1993 album Midnight Marauders and also by Chance the Rapper on the song NaNa, off his 2013 mixtape Acid Rap. His full cover was subsequently included on the 1998 breakbeat compilation Tribe Vibes Volume 2.
- Windows (Mainstream, 1973)
- Merge (Chiaroscuro Records, 1977) with Randy Brecker, Michael Brecker, Phil Markowitz, Eddie Gómez, Jack DeJohnette, Al Foster
- Keep in Touch (Claves Jazz, 1995) mit Kenny Drew Jr., Akira Tana
- Trio Art (Arabesque Records, 1997) with Mark Puricelli, Steve LaSpina, Jeff Hirshfield
- Heading North (String Jazz, 2000)
- Reunion (Chiaroscuro, 2000)
- Mexico (CTI Records 2008)
- Until It's Time (MAXJAZZ 2009)