George Duvivier

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... read moreA consistently engaging, impressive bassist, George Duvivier's solo specialty was playing fast notes in the upper register, while providing steady deep accompaniment and sharp strong playing in an ensemble situation. Though he seldom took a leadership role, he was a premier session, studio, and...

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George Duvivier
Witchcraft (Live)
10:41
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Blue Bossa (Live)
10:33
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Oleo (Live)
10:29
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Avec Ces Yeux-La
4:15
George Duvivier
Lil Darlin' (Live)
11:11

Biography

Active: 1950s-1990s
Country Of origin: United States of America

A consistently engaging, impressive bassist, George Duvivier's solo specialty was playing fast notes in the upper register, while providing steady deep accompaniment and sharp strong playing in an ensemble situation. Though he seldom took a leadership role, he was a premier session, studio, and section contributor, flexible enough to handle combo and jam sessions and both studio and live dates. During his career, he worked with swing, bop, and cool players, even the adventurous Eric Dolphy. Duvivier studied violin at the Conservatory of Music and Art in New York and became assistant concertmaster of the Central Manhattan Symphony Orchestra at 16. He switched to bass, later studying composition at New York University. Duvivier played with Coleman Hawkins, Eddie Barefield, and Lucky Millinder in the early '40s, then went into the Army. After his discharge, he was Jimmie Lunceford's staff arranger from 1945 to 1947, then joined Sy Oliver's big band, doubling as bassist and arranger. During the '50s Duvivier toured Europe extensively with Lena Horne and Nellie Lutcher, and played on many film soundtracks, commercial jingles, and television shows. He made a rare date as a leader for the French Coronet label in 1956, playing with Martial Solal. Duvivier stayed busy with jazz dates, playing with Bud Powell from 1953 to 1957, and recording and playing with Chico Hamilton, Benny Goodman, Oliver Nelson, Shelly Manne, Count Basie/Joe Williams, Frank Sinatra, Clark Terry, Ben Webster, Bob Wilber, and Dolphy. He toured with Hank Jones and Benny Carter during the late '70s. Duvivier also recorded with a number of duos: Al Cohn and Zoot Sims; Sims with Joe Venuti; and Warren Vache and Jones. He died in 1985. ~ Ron Wynn~ Rovi

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