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Scott LaFaro

Dave Green joins Alyn Shipton to pick the essential recordings of fellow bassist Scott LaFaro's brief but brilliant career, including work with Bill Evans.

Killed in a car accident aged just 25, Scott LaFaro was widely regarded as the most technically gifted bassist of the 20th Century. His records with Bill Evans are among the finest jazz trio discs ever made. Bassist Dave Green joins Alyn Shipton to pick the highlights of these, and to trace the other significant records in LaFaro's brief but brilliant career.

1 hour

Last on

Sat 5 Feb 2011 16:00


Music Played

  • The Buddy Morrow Orchestra

    You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To.

    Composer: Porter: Performers: Buddy Morrow, tb; Walt Stewart, tp; Dick Johnson, as; Scott LaFaro, b; plus unidentified other musicians. Chicago, 1956.

    • And His Golden Trombone.
    • Mercury.
    • MG 20221 Side 1.
  • Chet Baker

    Lisa (aka Extra Mild)

    Composer: Urso Performers: Chet Baker, tp; Phil Urso, ts; Francy Boland, p; Larance Marable, d; Scott LaFaro, b. ‘Tonight Show’, 14 Feb 1957.

    • Live in Copenhagen.
    • Rare Live Recordings.
    • RLR 88653.
  • Pat Moran Trio


    Composer: Rosolino Performers: Pat Moran, p; Scott LaFaro, b; Gene Gammage, d. 1958.

    • Pat Moran Complete Trio Sessions.
    • Fresh Sound.
    • CD 440.
  • Victor Feldman


    Composer: Gillespie Performers: Victor Feldman, p, vib; Scott LaFaro, b; Stan Levey, d. 22 Jan 1958.

    • The Arrival of Victor Feldman.
    • Contemporary / OJC.
    • OJCCD 268.
  • Hampton Hawes


    Composer: Hawes Performers: Hampton Hawes, p; Harold Land, ts; Scott Lafaro, b; Frank Butler, d. 14 Mar 1958.

    • For Real!.
    • Contemporary / OJC.
    • 713-2.
  • Herb Geller

    Cow Song

    Composer: Styne / Sondheim Performers: Thad Jones, tp; Herb Geller, as; Billy Taylor, p; Scott LaFaro, b; Elvin Jones, d. June 1959.

    • Gypsy.
    • Fresh Sound.
    • 1644.
  • Bill Evans Trio

    Autumn Leaves.

    Composer: Mercer / Kosma / Prevert Performers: Bill Evans, p; Scott LaFaro, b; Paul Motian, d. 28 Dec 1958.

    • Portrait in Jazz.
    • Riverside.
    • 1162.
  • Bill Evans Trio

    All Of You

    Composer: Porter Performers: Bill Evans, p; Scott LaFaro, b; Paul Motian, d. 7 May 1960.

    • Live At Birdland 1960.
    • Cool ‘ N ‘ Blue.
    • CD106.
  • Ornette Coleman

    Check Up

    Composer: Coleman Performers: Ornette Coleman, as; Don Cherry, c; Scott Lafaro, b; Ed Blackwell, d. New York City, 31 Jan 1961.

    • Beauty is a rare Thing (Complete Atlamtic recordings of Ornette Coleman).
    • Rhino.
    • R2 71410 CD 5.
  • Bill Evans Trio

    Gloria's Step

    Composer: LaFaro Performers: Bill Evans, p; Scott LaFaro, b; Paul Motian, d. Village Vanguard, 25 June 1961.

    • Sunday at the Village Vanguard.
    • Riverside.
    • OJCCD 140-2.
  • Stan Getz

    Music in the Air

    Composer: Hammerstein II / Kern Performers: Stan Getz, ts; Steve Kuhn, p; Scott LaFaro, b; Roy Haynes d. Newport, 2 July 1961.

    • The Vancouver Concert.
    • Gambit.
    • 69291.