Gary King

Though unknown to the masses who dig contemporary jazz, his artistry is revered among musos for his groundbreaking tenure as house bassist for Bob James’ Tappan Zee imprint, and numerous releases on the CTI label, among others. The late Gary King was a monster groove player on seminal sides by James, George Benson, Grover Washington Jr., Idris Muhammad, Alphonse Mouzon, Stanley Turrentine, Lenny White, Gato Barbieri, Roberta Flack, Joe Farrell, Hubert Laws, Mark Colby, and Tom Scott to cite a select few. To my ears, King’s unique gritty tone - which he somehow coaxed out of a hollow-body - coupled with his expansive harmonic and rhythmic expertise set the standard for modern day smooth jazz players.