From the City University of New York, Queens College, session bassist and producer Harvey Brooks was the go-to player on the New York studio scene in the 1960s. As the electric bass was essentially in its infancy, Brooks brought his understanding of blues, pop, soul, folk, and jazz to the instrument, appearing on such influential albums as Bob Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited, Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew (with Dave Holland), Al Kooper’s Super Sessions, the Doors’ Soft Parade, and The Electric Flag’s A Long Time Coming, to name a few.
Harvey lived for the pocket, and no matter how far he extended the harmonic and rhythmic possibilities within a chord, he always managed to land on the root at the top of every measure! In the process he taught Miles to rock, added zest to Dylan’s libretto, and gave Mike Bloomfield the support he needed to extend the language of blues guitar.
Harvey Brooks is yet another giant from the classic era of rock and jazz fusion deserving of Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame induction in the sideman category.