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Scott Colley

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“Scott Colley ranks with the most solid bass backbones in jazz. Along with his mellifluous invention, his skills enhance the glorious bedrock of the art form.” — Stuart Troup, New York Newsday

His forceful lines, impeccable articulation, assured sense of swing and sensitive support have made Scott Colley the bassist of choice for such jazz legends as Jim Hall, Andrew Hill and Herbie Hancock. Colley’s remarkably empathetic skills, strong melodic penchant and improvisational daring have also served him well in groups led by colleagues Chris Potter, Greg Osby, David Binney and Adam Rogers. But it is as a composer and bandleader in his own right that Colley has flourished in recent years, as evidenced by a string of consistently impressive recordings, beginning with his 1996 debut Portable Universe, (Freelance) and continuing with 1997’s This Place (SteepleChase), 1998’s Subliminal (Criss Cross), 2000’s The Magic Line (Arabesque) and 2002’s Initial Wisdom (Palmetto).

“Although I love being a bass player,” he has said, “I look to all instruments for ideas and inspiration. I think of myself as a musician first. I’ve been privileged to play under a lot of great bandleaders and now I’m trying to add to that with projects where I have more input compositionally.”

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