Tony Archer

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Bassist Tony Archer was between the '60s and '80s quite a familiar face on-stage at London clubs such as Ronnie Scott's, backing up whatever visiting jazz dignitary was in town. This most efficient of…
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Bassist Tony Archer was between the '60s and '80s quite a familiar face on-stage at London clubs such as Ronnie Scott's, backing up whatever visiting jazz dignitary was in town. This most efficient of British bassmen had a general background in music, beginning both his professional jazz career and recorded documentation thereof in a combo led by Don Rendell in 1961. By the following decade, the bassist had established himself as a good pair of hands to have in a piano trio, working with players such as Roy Budd and Eddie Thompson before becoming closely associated with Tony Lee. It was the Lee rhythm section that wound up backing up many a star on the Ronnie Scott's calendar.

He went on to become part of several top British groups that worked on their own, including stints with Harold McNair and John Dankworth in the '70s and the proud ensemble called Best of British Jazz in the following decade, also featuring trumpeter Kenny Baker and trombonist Don Lusher. Listeners seem to favor the bassist's work with Lee, with whom he continues to perform. The Tony Lee Trio performed in London in 2003, filled out by Steve Brown on drums and with special guests Art Theman on saxophones and Terry Smith on guitar.