Steve Davis (bassist)

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Steve Davis
Steve Davis on the right
Steve Davis on the right
Background information
Also known asLuquaman Abdul Syeed
BornMarch 14, 1929
DiedAugust 21, 1987(1987-08-21) (aged 58)
GenresJazz, modal jazz, hard bop, post-bop
Instrument(s)Double bass

Steve Davis (March 14, 1929 – August 21, 1987) (also known by his Muslim name Luquman Abdul Syeed) was an American jazz bassist who is best known for his time in the John Coltrane Quartet from 1960 to 1961.

In 1960, Davis was briefly part of the John Coltrane Quartet, before being replaced temporarily by Reggie Workman and permanently by Jimmy Garrison[1][2] Davis recorded My Favorite Things (1961) with the quartet.

He also recorded as a sideman with Chuck and Gap Mangione on Hey Baby! (1961), and with quartet fellow (and brother-in-law) McCoy Tyner on the 1963 album Nights of Ballads & Blues.


With John Coltrane

With Kenny Dorham

  • The Flamboyan, Queens, NY, 1963 (Uptown, 2009)

With Eddie Jefferson

With Freddie McCoy

With James Moody

With The Jazz Brothers Featuring Gap Mangione and Chuck Mangione

With McCoy Tyner


  • Leonard Feather & Ira Gitler, The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz. Oxford/New York 1999; ISBN 978-0-19-532000-8