Harry Babasin – Harry Babasin and the Jazz Pickers with Terry Gibbs

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“Harry Babasin was (along with Oscar Pettiford) probably the first bassist to play jazz cello. This LP reissue of a set originally for the MOD (Music of the Day) label features Babasin’s Jazz Pickers (a quartet with guitarist Dempsey Wright, bassist Ben Tucker, and drummer Bill Douglass), plus guest vibraphonist Terry Gibbs. The music (five Babasin originals and three veteran standards) swings hard but lightly with Babasin’s cello solos being the date’s most unusual feature.” – Scott Yanow/AllMusic.

Track listing:

00:00 A1 Thou Swell
03:53 A2 Wingo
08:47 A3 Basin Street Blues
12:04 A4 Pee Wee

15:09 B1 De Ge
19:18 B2 Happy
23:08 B3 These Foolish Things
26:51 B4 On Bear Hill


Ben Tucker – bass
Harry Babasin – cello
Bill Douglas – drums
Dempsey Wright – guitar
Terry Gibbs – vibraphone


Label: Mode Records
Format: Vinyl, LP, Mono
Country: US
Released: 1957
Recorded: July 1957, Hollywood, California
Duration: 30:29