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The Jazzpickers & Red Norvo • Command Performance

Harry Babasin (19 de marzo de 1921, Dallas, Texas - 21 de mayo de 1988, Los Ángeles, California) fue un contrabajista y violonchelista estadounidense de jazz.
Tras tocar en orquesta locales de Texas, se trasladó a Nueva York, donde entró a formar parte de las big bands de Gene Krupa, Charlie Barnet y, en 1945 y ya instalado en California, Benny Goodman, con el que participa en el film , A Song Is Born. Después tocó con Woody Herman y con su propio grupo, The Jazz Pickers. Más tarde se convertirá en uno de los sidemen más solicitados de la escena de la Costa Oeste, formando con frecuencia sección con el batería Roy Harte. En sus últimos años, trabajó básicamente para bandas sonoras de cine y televisión.
Su estilo se caracterizaba por el uso frecuente de los registros agudos y el walking bass, siendo además pionero en el uso del violonchelo tocado en pizzicato (1947, en grabaciones con el pianista Dodo Marmarosa).


Yervant Harry Babasin, Jr. (19 March 1921 Dallas, Texas - 21 May 1988 Los Angeles) was an American jazz bassist. His nickname was "The Bear".
Babasin was born in Texas to an American mother and an Armenian father. He attended North Texas State University, one of many noted jazz alumni from the school. Among them were Jimmy Giuffre, with whom Babasin played in Bill Ware's orchestra around 1940, and Herb Ellis, who played with Babasin in the Charlie Fisk Orchestra starting in 1942. Fisk actually fired his rhythm section after hearing Ellis and Babasin play, and after he was admitted, Babasin quit school to go on tour with Fisk. He also toured in the 1940s with Jimmy Joy, Bob Strong, Billie Rogers, Gene Krupa, Charlie Barnet, Boyd Raeburn, Benny Goodman, Woody Herman, Frank DeVol, and Jerry Gray. He also appeared in A Song Is Born, one of many jazz stars to play roles in the film. On the set of the film, he met Brazilian guitarist Laurindo Almeida, and the two began jamming together; along with Roy Harte and Bud Shank, their quartet was an early experiment blending Brazilian music and jazz. Their 1954 10" discs are predecessors to the bossa nova explosion of the late 1950s and early 1960s.
In 1947, he recorded the first cello solos known in jazz music, with the Dodo Marmarosa Trio. In order to do so, he tuned his strings in fourths. In later cello ensembles he added a bass player. He and Oscar Pettiford did a session together with two cellos. In the mid-1950s, he put together his own ensemble, Harry Babasin & the Jazzpickers, who played regularly at the Purple Onion in Hollywood; this ensemble released three albums. One recording of note was made in 1952 at the Tradewinds nightclub in Inglewood. It features Charlie Parker, Chet Baker, Sonny Criss, Al Haig, Larance Marable, and Harry, in one of Bird's few West Coast appearances.
His career cooled in the 1960s, returning to work with Charlie Barnet and supporting Bob Hope on USO tours. In the 1970s he and Harte initiated the Los Angeles Theaseum, a jazz archive and preservation society. Some of the recordings preserved through this effort were released on the Jazz Chronicles label.
Babasin's last tour was given in 1985 with John Banister on piano. Babasin died of emphysema three years later, having participated in possibly as many as 1,500 recordings.

1. Stinger
2. Someone to Watch Over Me
3. Eyein' the goof
4. Lester Leaps In
5. Blues for Bill
6. Evening in Azerbaijan
7. Bagatelle
8. My Ideal
9. Petite Rondeau

Harry Babasin, cello; Red Norvo, vbs; Dempsey Wright, g; Red Wooten, b; Bill Douglass, d.
Hollywood, CA; 1957

Mercury SR 60126
Genre: Jazz
Style: Bop, Swing
Year: 1958

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