Legendary jazz bassist Gary Peacock dies aged 85

Gary Peacock performing in San Francisco, circa 1983
(Image credit: Tom Copi/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Gary Peacock, the legendary jazz bass player who performed on recordings alongside Albert Ayler, Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett, Tony Williams and many others, has died at the age of 85.

Peacock’s family confirmed in a statement to NPR that he died peacefully on September 4 at his upstate New York home. No cause of death has been revealed.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.