Joe Benjamin

The life story of any bassist will inevitably include details of rhythm sections he has been a member of, as if there were any other purpose to the life of a bassist except perhaps depositing checks. In the case of Joe Benjamin, it is pretty hard to own an outstanding jazz collection without at least a few sides featuring this on-the-case bassman. Although he is best known as the kind of intelligent but not showy rhythm section partner that bandleader Duke Ellington was on the prowl for throughout his career, Benjamin was also not strictly a conservative jazzman. When he wanted a push, he went to bandleaders such as Rahsaan Roland Kirk or Hank Garland, while he was also quite capable of swinging at the barely audible dynamic label required by Dave Brubeck.

Born Joseph Rupert Benjamin, in Atlantic City, New jersey (November 4, 1919), the bassist worked in the big bands of Artie Shaw,...

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Albums featuring Joe Benjamin

37 records