Cecil McBee

He is among the most versatile and prolific bassists in modern music. An educator, composer, and recording artist, Cecil McBee’s laudable canon spans Charles Lloyd, Wayne Shorter, Yusef Lateef, Pharoah Sanders, Alice Coltrane, Joe Farrell, Leon Thomas, Lonnie Liston Smith, and Norman Connors to cite an extremely select few. To my ears, McBee’s work in the late 1960s “soul jazz” movement was watershed, as he rendered melodic passages and deep grooves that inspired both upright and electric players.