Jimmy Garrison
The Bassist.

Garrison's big, blunt sound, steady time and
inventive counterlines were an elemental ingredient in the sound
of [the John Coltrane Quartet].
-Paul de Barros

Garrison grew up in Philadelphia in the same neighborhoods as fellow quartet member McCoy Tyner. Garrison actually played with Coltrane and then with Tyner in the years before the Coltrane Quartet was established. He also taught for several years at the collegiate level.

The host of musicians he's worked with before and after the Coltrane Quartet is worth noting:
Curtis Fuller, Philly Joe Jones, Benny Golson, Bill Evans, Kenny Dorham, Lennie Tristano, Charlie Haden, Alice Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Archie Shepp, Elvin Jones, Hampton Hawes, Ornette Coleman.

Very little is written in print or via the Web about Garrison- fortunately, his music is a testament to his rich, compelling, talent-filled playing.

Photo copyrighted and courtesy of Bill Smith.