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Paul Chambers

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Pittsburgh, PA, USA (1935 – 1969)

There are at least three artists who have recorded under the name of Paul Chambers.

1. Paul Laurence Dunbar Chambers, Jr. (April 22, 1935, Pittsburgh, PA, USA – January 4, 1969, New York City, NY) was a leading double bassist. A prominent figure in many rhythm sections during the 1950s and 1960s, his importance in the development of jazz bass can be measured not only by the length and breadth of his work in this short period but also his impeccable time, intonation, and virtuosic improvisations.

2. Paul Chambers, an electronic artist who toured with Soulwax before releasing his first record (Yeah! Techno) in 2010.

3. Paul Chambers, a British minimal electronics experimenter, best known for his contribution to the “The Apprentices Dance” LP compilation from 1981 (released by US label Sounds Interesting Records).

1. Chambers born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was raised in Detroit, Michigan following the death of his mother. He began playing music with several of his schoolmates; the baritone horn was his first instrument. Later he took up the tuba. “I got along pretty well, but it’s quite a job to carry it around in those long parades, and I didn’t like the instrument that much.” Chambers became a string bassist around 1949. His formal bass training got going in earnest in 1952, when he began taking lessons with a bassist in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

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