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Gary Peacock

Bassist Gary Peacock played a major role in the development of avant-garde jazz. He has worked with the likes of Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Albert Ayler, Don Cherry}, {{Barney Kessel, Don Ellis, Terry Gibbs, Shorty Rogers, the Paul Bley Trio, Jimmy Giuffre, Roland Kirk and George Russell, among others. His recorded output is enormous — ECM Records alone lists fifty-one CDs on which he is featured. He has collaborated frequently with Ralph Towner in duet format, and since the late '70s has played and recorded in a world-renowned trio with Keith Jarrett and Jack DeJohnette.

Peacock was born in Burley, Idaho, on May 12, 1935; He grew up in Yakima, Washington, where he attended Yakima Senior High School. In school, he played piano, trumpet, and drums, When he was 15, he attended a Jazz at the Philharmonic concert featuring Oscar Peterson and Ray Brown.

After graduating high school in 1953, Peacock attended the Westlake School of Music in Los Angeles but was then drafted into the Army. While stationed in Germany, he played piano in a jazz trio, but self-taught himself the bass. According to Peacock, he "just sort of figured it out".

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From the review of the album " Tangents"

"As a bassist, Gary Peacock has always been a stealth virtuoso. What he plays often requires phenomenal speed and facility, but the power and originality of his music invariably draw the listener’s attention away from Peacock’s technical prowess. Even though it opens with a remarkable solo statement that stretches from thumb position down to the lowest reaches of the fingerboard, ‘Tangents’ is unlikely to change that notion. […] the group’s defining character remains the all- in equality of its interplay, maintaining a creative balance between piano, bass and drums regardless of whether the music is conventionally structured, like Miles Davis’’Blue In Green’, or as open-ended as Peacock’s title tune." J.D

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