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Henry Grimes

In front of an audience at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2009, veteran bassist Henry Grimes tells Alyn Shipton his life story and presents his essential recordings.

Veteran bassist Henry Grimes has had two careers in jazz, first as one of the most influential bassists in the 1960s, and then after years of obscurity, he was rediscovered in 2003. In front of an audience at last year's Cheltenham jazz festival, Henry tells Alyn Shipton his remarkable story and presents his essential recordings.

When Henry Grimes' bass was broken in the late 1960s, he gave up his career as one of New York's great players - working with Gerry Mulligan, Sonny Rollins, Cecil Taylor and Albert Ayler - and went into forced retirement from music, working in obscurity as a building supervisor. He was rediscovered in 2003 and made a remarkable return to his former eminence, working with the cream of New York's avant garde players including Marc Ribot, William Parker Jr. and David Murray. In this edition of Jazz Library recorded at the Cheltenham Town Hall during the 2009 Jazz Festival, Grimes tells Alyn Shipton his extraordinary story. (R).

1 hour

Last on

Sun 2 May 2010 00:00

Music Played

  • Gerry Mulligan Quartet

    People Will Say We're In Love

    Composer: Hammerstein/Rodgers Performers: Chet Baker (trumpet), Gerry Mulligan (baritone saxophone), Henry Grimes (bass), Dave Bailey (drums). Dec 1957

    • Complete Studio Recordings.
    • Lonehill.
    • 10221.
  • McCoy Tyner

    Blues Back

    Composer: Tyner Performers: McCoy Tyner (piano), Henry Grimes (bass), Roy Haynes (drums). 14 Nov 1962

    • Reaching Fourth.
    • Impulse.
    • 255.
  • Sonny Rollins and Coleman Hawkins - Just Friends

    Composer: Klenner/Lewis Performers: Sonny Rollins, Coleman Hawkins (tenor saxophone), Paul Bley (piano), Henry Grimes (bass), Roy McCurdy (drums). 18 July 1963

  • Albert Ayler

    Spirits Rejoice

    Composer: Ayler Performers: Albert Ayler, Charles Tyler (tenor saxophone), Donald Ayler (trumpet), Henry Grimes, Gary Peacock (bass), Sunny Murray (drums). Sept 1965

    • Spirits Rejoice.
    • ESP.
    • 1020.
  • Cecil Taylor


    Composer: Taylor Performers: Bill Dixon (trumpet), Jimmy Lyons (alto saxophone), Cecil Taylor (piano), Henry Grimes, Alan Silva (bass), Andrew Cyrille (drums). 6 Oct 1966

    • Conquistador!.
    • Blue Note.
    • 76749-2.
  • Don Cherry


    Composer: Cherry Performers: Don Cherry (cornet) Pharoah Sanders (tenor saxophone), Henry Grimes (bass), Ed Blackwell (drums). 11Nov 1966

    • Where is Brooklyn?.
    • Blue Note.
    • 11436.
  • Marc Ribot


    Composer: Ayler Performers: Roy Campbell Jr (trumpet) Marc Ribot (guitar), Henry Grimes (bass), Chad Taylor (drums). Rec 2004

    • Spiritual Unity.
    • Pi.
    • 15.
  • Henry Grimes/Rashied Ali

    This Must Always Have Happened

    Composer: Grimes/Ali Performers: Henry Grimes (bass, violin, voice), Rashied Ali (drums). 2007

    • Going to the Ritual.
    • Porter.
    • 4005.
  • Henry Grimes


    Composer: Grimes Performers: Henry Grimes (bass, violin, voice) March 2008

    • Henry Grimes solo.
    • ILK.
    • 151.
  • Profound Sound Trio


    Composer: Cyrille/Dunmall/Grimes Performers: Cyrille/Dunmall/Grimes.

    • Opus de Life.
    • Porter.
    • 4032.