Remembering Richard Davis

Bassist Josh Werner remembers the influential, genre-hopping legend who passed away earlier this month and shares his favorite album's of his work

Remembering Richard Davis

Bassist Josh Werner remembers the influential, genre-hopping legend who passed away earlier this month and shares his favorite album's of his work

Werner and Davis Words by Josh Werner The realms of bass, jazz, music, and art lost an absolute giant on September 6th, with the passing of Richard Davis, at age 93. Maestro Davis was a bassist whose creativity, knowledge, and technique conquered the music world. Equally comfortable in classical, jazz, avant-garde, and pop, his career transcended label and genres, enabling him to link sounds from each in innovative ways. He’s also credited with one of the most iconic bass performances in rock history, on Van Morrison’s acclamed album, Astral Weeks. I was lucky enough to have Professor Davis as a mentor. As his private student, I witnessed him instilling confidence in his students, promoting diversity and equality on campus, guiding generations of students into a lifetime of jazz appreciation, and in many cases into a career of making music. One of the most widely-recorded musicians of his era, the Chicago-born Davis’s discography is downr
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