09 November 2007

Art Davis (1933 ~ 2007)

Photograph: © A.J. Alfaro

I somehow missed the passing of bassist Art Davis in late August. Davis was an innovator on his instrument who also challenged ossified musical institutions. Pictured here at a duo performance with violinist Billy Bang in 2003, Davis played over the years with numerous great jazz muscians ~ Max Roach, John Coltrane, David Murray. In August The Guardian ran this touching, very personal obituary by photographer Val Wilmer. You can also find an obituary from The New York Times here.

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