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With Miles


The Miles Davis Quintet, minus Miles filmed March 28, 1960 in Dusseldorf, Germany.


John Coltrane, tenor saxophone
Wynton Kelly, piano,
Paul Chambers, bass
Jimmy Cobb, drums

Paul Chambers began on baritone sax and tuba before transitioning to double bass.

He studied at Detroit's Cass Technical High School where he gained a good base of musical knowledge.

During the mid-1950s he performed with artists including Bennie Green, George Wallington, Paul Quinichette, Kai Winding, and J. J. Johnson.

Along with Slam Stewart he is distinguished as one of the first jazz bassists to perform using a bow.

His abilities put him in high demand as a session musician.

Chambers joined the Miles Davis Quintet in 1955, remaining with the group until 1963 when he joined the Wynton Kelly Trio.

He died as a result of tuberculosis in January, 1969, at the age of 33.

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