born on 13/12/1940 in Owensboro, KY, United States
died on 11/9/2020
Reggie Johnson (musician)
Reginald Volney Johnson (born 13 December 1940) is an American jazz double-bassist.
After playing trombone with school orchestras and army bands, Johnson switched to double bass, and started working with musicians such as Bill Barron and recording with Archie Shepp in the mid1960s, before joining Art Blakey's band for a month-long residency at the Five Spot Café in December 1965, and then going on to The Lighthouse nightclub in Hermosa Beach, California, where they recorded the live album, Buttercorn Lady, at the beginning of 1966, with a line-up, comprising Blakey, Frank Mitchell, Chuck Mangione, Keith Jarrett, and Johnson.
He has also played and/or recorded with Bill Dixon, Sun Ra, and Burton Greene, Lonnie Liston Smith, Stanley Cowell, Bobby Hutcherson, Harold Land, Blue Mitchell, Walter Bishop Jr., Sonny Rollins, Sonny Stitt, Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae, Art Pepper, Clark Terry, The Crusaders, Johnny Coles, and Frank Wess.
In the mid1980s he moved to Europe, where he has worked with Johnny Griffin, Horace Parlan, Monty Alexander, Kenny Barron, Tom Harrell, Phil Woods, Cedar Walton, Alvin Queen, Jesse Davis, Freddie Redd and Clark Terry.
- As leader/co-leader
- 1985: First Edition JR Records
- As sideman
- 1965: Fire Music Archie Shepp (Impulse! Records)
- 1966: Hold On, I'm Coming Art Blakey (Limelight)
- 1966: Buttercorn Lady Art Blakey & The New Jazz Messengers (Limelight)
- 1967: Booker 'n' Brass Booker Ervin (Pacific Jazz)
- 1968: The Jazz Composer's Orchestra Jazz Composer's Orchestra (ECM)
- 1968: Total Eclipse Bobby Hutcherson (Blue Note)
- 1968: Bish Bash - Walter Bishop, Jr. (Xanadu)
- 1969: Orgasm Alan Shorter (Verve Records)
- 1971: Spring Rain Rudolph Johnson (Black Jazz Records)
- 1971: Head On Bobby Hutcherson (Blue Note)
- 1972: Black Vibrations Sonny Stitt (Prestige)
- 1972: Constant Throb John Klemmer (Impulse!)
- 1972: 'Round Midnight Kenny Burrell (Fantasy Records)
- 1973: Both Feet on the Ground Kenny Burrell (Fantasy Records)
- 1977: Mapenzi Harold Land-Blue Mitchell Quintet (Concord)
- 1979: Spiral Bobby Hutcherson (Blue Note Records)
- 1980: Medina Bobby Hutcherson (Blue Note Records)
- 1990: Epitaph Charles Mingus (posthumous) (Columbia Records)
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