Throughout his career, bassist Buell Neidlinger played such a wide variety of styles that one can only conclude he could play anything. He started out studying classical cello and also learned trumpet and piano before settling on bass. After moving to New York in 1955, Neidlinger played with Dixieland and mainstream bands and such top players as Rex Stewart, Vic Dickenson, Coleman Hawkins, and Eddie Condon. The same year he joined the Cecil Taylor Quartet, a unit that only worked sporadically during the next six years. Neidlinger was certainly inspired by the challenging music, making several records with Taylor, including a Candid set (reissued in expanded form by Mosaic) that was originally put out under his leadership. He also worked with the Jimmy Giuffre 3, Steve Lacy, Gil Evans, and Freddie Redd, and for six months as an ...
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