Gary King (Bob James, George Benson)

Photo courtesy of Steve Kahn Com Photo courtesy of Steve Kahn Com

Photo courtesy of Steve Kahn Com

Though unknown to the masses who dig contemporary jazz, his artistry is revered among musos for his groundbreaking tenure as house bassist for Bob James’ Tappan Zee imprint, and numerous releases on the CTI label, among others.

The late Gary King was a monster groove player on seminal sides by James, George Benson, Grover Washington Jr., Idris Muhammad, Alphonse Mouzon, Stanley Turrentine, Lenny White, Gato Barbieri, Roberta Flack, Joe Farrell, Maynard Ferguson, Hubert Laws, Mark Colby, Steve Kahn, and Tom Scott to cite a select few.

King’s unique gritty tone (which he often coaxed out of a Gibson hollow-body instrument) coupled with his expansive harmonic and rhythmic expertise set the standard for modern day “smooth jazz” players.

A giant of the instrument, we can only guess how many times Gary has been sampled in the digital era!

Dig Gary with Bob James – “Touchdown”

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