Milt Hinton, bassist
birth name: Milton John Hinton

Milt Hinton

June 23, 1910, Vicksburg, MS ~ December 19, 2000, New York, NY

Milt Hinton was widely regarded as the dean of jazz bassists. This master bassist was one of the consummate sidemen in jazz history. His career very nearly spanned the gamut of jazz generations and he was one of those rare musicians who exhibited minimal ego and had an ability to make a contribution to any setting he found himself in, no matter the style. He once said, according to the New York Times, that he had made “more records than anybody,” and at the peak of his recording career he kept instruments at each of several major recording studios so that he would be ready to play at a moment's notice. ~ All About Jazz: Milt Hinton ~ retrieved December 15, 2013 © All About Jazz

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Bassist Milt Hinton probably appeared on more records than any other musician in the world, and he remained a vital figure in jazz even into his 80s. He grew up in Chicago and worked with many legendary figures from the late '20s to the mid-'30s, including Freddie Keppard, Jabbo Smith, Tiny Parham (with whom he made his recording debut in 1930), Eddie South, Fate Marable, and Zutty Singleton. He was with Cab Calloway's orchestra and his later small group during 1936-1951. Considered the best bassist before the rise of Jimmy Blanton in 1939, Hinton was featured on Pluckin' the Bass (1939) and was an ally of Dizzy Gillespie in modernizing Calloway's music. ~ Allmusic: Milt Hinton ~ retrieved December 15, 2013 © Allmusic

Milt Hinton ~ Inducted in the 1996 Big Band And Jazz Hall Of Fame.

As a Session musician, guest or band member

George Russell ~ The Jazz Workshop (1957) ~ Ranked #44 Jazzwise 100 Jazz Albums That Shook The World in 2006 ~ One of the most important jazz albums ever. ~ 2006 © Jazzwise

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