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