Lewis Worrell

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Bassist Lewis Worrell served as a hired gun for several renowned jazz artists of the '60s, chiefly Albert Ayler. Born Lewis James Worrell in Charlotte, NC, on November 7, 1934, Worrell first took up the…
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Bassist Lewis Worrell served as a hired gun for several renowned jazz artists of the '60s, chiefly Albert Ayler. Born Lewis James Worrell in Charlotte, NC, on November 7, 1934, Worrell first took up the tuba (playing it for six years) before switching over to the bass. Worrell didn't start recording with others however until the early '60s, when he played on the self-titled debut by the New York Art Quartet in November of 1964. From there, Worrell could be heard on releases by Ayler (1965's Bells and 1966's Quintet Live at Slug's Saloon, Vols. 1 & 2), as well as Sunny Murray's Sunny's Time Now, Archie Shepp's Live in San Francisco and Three For a Quarter, One For a Dime, and Roswell Rudd's Everywhere. Despite a promising session career laying ahead of him, Worrell would only contribute to one more recording, 1967's Until, before almost completely disappearing from the music scene all together (he managed to reappear on the Sam Rivers Trio's 1973 release, Live). 1998 saw the release of an archival Albert Ayler live set (featuring several concerts from the mid-'60s), which featured Worrell on bass.