Player Watch: Henry Grimes, back in action

Henry GrimesAfter a 35 year hiatus from the music scene, bassist Henry Grimes made his return to music in 2003.

Or as Grimes calls it, “His Resurrection”.

A recent Financial Times article focuses on Grimes’s return, and he shared what it was like before and after the break, and what it was like getting back into music.

Before his break, Grimes was able to make his living playing bass. “By the mid-1960s, Grimes had appeared on so many landmark recordings that his discography is a trail through the birth of free jazz (for instance, Cecil Taylor’s Blue Note classic Unit Structures, Albert Ayler’s Spirits Rejoice). In 1966, Grimes recorded Live at the Village Gate with the saxophonist Albert Ayler, but that’s where the discographic trail came to an early end.”

Since his return to music in 2003, and after some intense practicing, Grimes has performed worldwide.

“Since his return to New York for the 2003 Vision festival, he has made more than 50 recordings and broadcasts and has performed 350 gigs in 23 countries.”

Check out more about Grimes at his web site and the Financial Times.

Get daily bass updates.

Get the latest news, videos, lessons, and more in your inbox every morning.

Share your thoughts