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Upright Bass - formerly owned by jazz bassist Teddy Kotick, c. 1920's
Upright Bass, c. 1920's, 3/4 size, made in Czechoslovakia, rich medium brown varnish over a golden ground finish, maple sides, back and neck, spruce top, ebony fingerboard. This is a flat backed bass with sloped shoulders and decorative purfling on the upper part of the back. The instrument has original wood shanked machine heads.
Provenance: Teddy Kotick
The prototype bassist and a favorite of Charlie Parker's, Teddy Kotick preferred supporting the frontline and interacting in the rhythm section to displaying his considerable skills on solos. He had to be prodded into the spotlight by such bandleaders as Bill Evans and Horace Silver, despite his substantial ability. Kotick was among the most reliable accompanists of his day, a player whose timing was impeccable and tone huge and assertive. He was always an in-demand bassist who remained busy throughout most of his career. Kotick began studying guitar at six, then turned to bass in high school. He worked in New England before moving to New York in 1948.
Kotick played with Johnny Bothwell, Buddy Rich, Tony Pastor, Buddy DeFranco, Artie Shaw, Stan Getz and Charlie Parker from 1948 to 1954. He then worked with Bill Evans, George Wallington, and Horace Silver, and recorded with Rene Thomas, Martial Solal and Teddy Charles. After a long period of inactivity, Kotick returned in the late '70s playing with J.R. Monterose. He had no sessions as a leader, but can be heard on reissues by Getz, Parker, Wallington, Evans, Silver and Monterose.
~ Ron Wynn, All Music Guide
Overall length is 72 in. (182.9 cm.), 25 1/4 in. (64.1 cm.) greatest width, and 8 in. (20.3 cm.) in depth at deepest point. Scale length is in. (0 mm.). Expert repairs were done on the top along the bass-bar the upper right hand side. A number of repaired rib cracks, with a small well patched hole in the upper rib. Very Good Condition.
Item # 3869
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