b. Albert Forrest Stinson Jnr., 2 August 1944, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, d. 2 June 1969, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Although he played several instruments as a child, by his early teens Stinson had settled on the bass. Still a teenager, he played with Terry Gibbs and then with Chico Hamilton, with whom he recorded several albums including two sessions for Impulse! Records, 1962’s Passin’ Thru and 1965’s El Chico. He also recorded with fellow Hamilton sideman, Dennis Budimir. Towards the end of the 60s, he played with bands led by John Handy and Larry Coryell. A strikingly gifted player with great technical accomplishment and enormous flair, Stinson’s death in his mid-twenties brought to an abrupt end a potentially important career.
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