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Artists - Teddy Kotick

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1956-1958

The prototype bassist and a favorite of Charlie Parker's, Teddy Kotick preferred supporting the frontline and interacting in the rhythm section to displaying his considerable skills on solos. He had to be prodded into the spotlight by such bandleaders as Bill Evans and Horace Silver, despite his substantial ability. Kotick was among the most reliable accompanists of his day, a player whose timing was impeccable and tone huge and assertive. He was always an in-demand bassist who remained busy throughout most of his career. Kotick began studying guitar at six, then turned to bass in high school. He worked in New England before moving to New York in 1948. Kotick played with Johnny Bothwell, Buddy Rich, Tony Pastor, Buddy DeFranco, Artie Shaw, Stan Getz and Charlie Parker from 1948 to 1954. He then worked with Bill Evans, George Wallington, and Horace Silver, and recorded with Rene Thomas, Martial Solal and Teddy Charles. After a long period of inactivity, Kotick returned in the late '70s playing with J.R. Monterose. He had no sessions as a leader, but can be heard on reissues by Getz, Parker, Wallington, Evans, Silver and Monterose. ~ Ron Wynn

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