'Nita', by the Paul Chambers Sextet
Raised in Detroit, Paul Chambers (1935-1969) began working as a prominent small-group sideman in 1954. He joined the Miles Davis Quintet the next year and stayed until the end of 1962, appearing on many classic albums, including ‘Kind Of Blue’.
You all know the beautiful opening of that album (the song ‘So What’), a brief duet with pianist Bill Evans. Chambers’ contributions on 'Kind Of Blue' are considered 'some of the most patient and thought out bass lines in the history of jazz’. Chambers was also one of the first to assert a soloist’s position on the instrument.
From 1963 until 1968 Chambers played with the Wynton Kelly Trio and freelanced frequently as a sideman for other important names in jazz throughout his career.
A mixture of narcotics addiction and tuberculosis led to his early death on January 4th, 1969, at the age of 33.
In 1956, he released the Blue Note hard bop session ‘Whims Of Chambers’. He gathered an all-star sextet (just look at that line up!) and recorded seven songs, including today’s song, a Coltrane composition called ‘Nita’, which also appears on a great many Coltrane (compilation) albums.
Donald Byrd - Trumpet
John Coltrane - Tenor Saxophone
Kenny Burrell - Guitar
Horace Silver - Piano
Paul Chambers - Bass
Philly Joe Jones - Drums