Richard Davis, legendary jazz bassist who worked with everyone from Van Morrison to Charles Mingus, dies at 93

Richard Davis en concert le 3 septembre 2016 pendant le Festival Jazz à la Villette, Paris, France.
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Richard Davis, the bass player with over 3,000 recording credits to his name, has died at the age of 93. “We appreciate all the love and support the community has shown him over the years,” Davis’ daughter Persia Davis shared in a statement.

Having studied double bass in high school under renowned music teacher Walter Dyett, Davis joined rising piano star Ahmad Jamal’s trio in 1952, before moving to New York to perform alongside the likes of Eric Dolphy and Sarah Vaughan.

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Nick Wells

Nick Wells was the Editor of Bass Guitar magazine from 2009 to 2011, before making strides into the world of Artist Relations with Sheldon Dingwall and Dingwall Guitars. He's also the producer of bass-centric documentaries, Walking the Changes and Beneath the Bassline, as well as Production Manager and Artist Liaison for ScottsBassLessons. In his free time, you'll find him jumping around his bedroom to Kool & The Gang while hammering the life out of his P-Bass.