A top jazz and studio bassist, Bob Magnusson has worked with virtually everyone in modern jazz. The son of a clarinetist who played with the San Diego Symphony, Magnusson studied French horn for 12 years before switching to bass in 1967. His talent and sound developed very quickly, touring with Buddy Rich's Orchestra by 1968, playing with the San Diego Symphony and having two stints with Sarah Vaughan (1971-72 and 1975-76).
Magnusson, who has been a studio musician for decades, was part of the co-op group Road Work Ahead from 1979-82. He has recorded with John Klemmer (Nexus), Art Pepper, Benny Golson, Joe Farrell, Linda Ronstadt (with Nelson Riddle's Orchestra), Bud Shank, Laurindo Almeida and Shorty Rogers, among others. Counting the Road Work Ahead projects, Magnusson has led record dates for Discovery in 1979, 1980 and 1984, and Trend in 1982.
Scott Yanow -All Music Guide