Paul Chambers – Bass On Top


Paul Chambers cut this little known album for Blue Note in 1957. Those familiar with Chambers’s bass work on straight bop recordings, especially those done with Miles Davis in the 1950s, might be surprised at the range and variety here. Chambers plays the bass as a lead instrument (as the album’s title indicates), and leads a crack ensemble–which includes Kenny Burrell on guitar, Hank Jones on piano, and Art Taylor on drums–through a rousing session of exploratory post-bop. This one comes recommended to collectors, not least for the Rudy Van Gelder remastering.

Personnel: Paul Chambers (bass guitar); Kenny Burrell (guitar); Hank Jones (piano); Art Taylor (drums).


01. Yesterdays
02. You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To
03. Chasin’ The Bird
04. Dear Old Stockholm
05. The Theme
06. Confessin’
07. Chamber Mates

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One Response to “Paul Chambers – Bass On Top”

  1. Joe Rockhead says:

    Wow, this is a pleasant surprise! I’d never heard this album before nor have I listened to Paul Chambers other than him in the background on Miles Davis albums.

    I’ve got to explore some more, find out if Paul Chambers recorded any more work as front man.

    Great web site you have!

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