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Essiet Essiet

Considered one of the top bassists in jazz today, Essiet Essiet first received critical acclaim over a decade ago in Bobby Watson's group Horizon. Born in Nebraska to Nigerian parents, he began studying violin at age10 and switched to bass viol at 14. As a child, he traveled widely with his family and that early exposure to many cultures, folk- ways, languages, and religions fostered his world view of strength through diversity. 

Some musicians are purists, says Essiet, but I like to mix styles. Essiet was Art Blakey's last bassist, playing with him for 2 years and on 3 CDs. He's also performed with Freddie Hubbard, Cedar Walton, Benny Golson, and the Blue Note All-Stars, to name a few. Essiet also leads IBO, a Nigerian jazz project.


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Sing To The World

Rainy Days Records
2021

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Too Close for Comfort

HighNote Records
2021

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Work

Jazzheads
2020

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Onward & Upward

Onyx Music Label
2020

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In Our Own Way

Self Pro
2018

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Blue Spirit: Blue...

Blue Note Records
1996

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