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Gary Peacock

Gary Peacock

American double-bassist
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Occupations Composer Jazz musician Educator
Countries United States of America
Gender male
Birth May 12, 1935 (Burley, Idaho, U.S.A.)
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Gary Peacock (born May 12, 1935, in Burley, Idaho, United States) is an American jazz double-bassist.


After military service in Germany, in the early sixties, he worked on the west coast with Barney Kessel, Bud Shank, Paul Bley and Art Pepper, then moved to New York. He worked there with Bley, the Bill Evans Trio (with Paul Motian), and Albert Ayler's trio with Sunny Murray. There were also some live dates with Miles Davis, as a temporary substitute for Ron Carter.

Peacock spent time in Japan in the late 1960s, abandoning music temporarily and studying Zen philosophy. After returning to the United States in 1972, he studied Biology at the University of Washington in Seattle and taught music theory at Cornish College of the Arts from 1976 to 1983.

In 1983, he joined Keith Jarrett's "Standards Trio" with Jack DeJohnette (the three musicians had previously recorded Tales of Another in 1977 for ECM Records, under Peacock's leadership). Among the trio's albums are Standards, Vol. 1 and Standards, Vol. 2 and Standards Live.

With the breakup of the "Standards Trio" in 2014, Peacock decided to continue his career as the leader of his own piano trio, with Marc Copland on piano and Joey Baron on drums. His 80th birthday year (2015) saw him touring worldwide with this trio to support their ECM release.


As leader

  • Eastward (CBS/Sony, 1970) with Masabumi Kikuchi, Hiroshi Murakami
  • Voices (CBS/Sony, 1971) with Masabumi Kikuchi, Hiroshi Murakami, Masahiko Togashi
  • Tales of Another (ECM, 1977)
  • December Poems (ECM; 1978) with Jan Garbarek
  • Shift in the Wind (ECM; 1980) with Art Lande, Eliot Zigmund
  • Voice from the Past - Paradigm (ECM, 1981) with Tomasz Stanko, Jan Garbarek, Jack DeJohnette
  • Guamba (ECM, 1987) with Palle Mikkelborg, Jan Garbarek, Peter Erskine
  • Partners (Owl, 1989) with Paul Bley
  • Oracle (ECM, 1993) with Ralph Towner
  • Just So Happens (Postcards, 1994) with Bill Frisell
  • A Closer View (ECM, 1995 [1998]) with Ralph Towner
  • Now This (ECM, 2015) with Marc Copland, Joey Baron
  • Tangents (ECM, 2017) with Marc Copland, Joey Baron

With Tethered Moon (Trio with Masabumi Kikuchi and Paul Motian)

  • First Meeting (Winter & Winter, 1990–91, [1997])
  • Tethered Moon (King/Paddle Wheel, 1992, Evidence, 1993)
  • Triangle (King/Paddle Wheel, 1993)
  • Tethered Moon Play Kurt Weill (JMT, 1995; reissued on Winter & Winter, 2005)
  • Chansons d’Édith Piaf (Winter & Winter, 1999)
  • Experiencing Tosca (Winter & Winter, 2004)

As sideman

With Franck Amsallem

  • Out a Day (OMD, 1990) with Bill Stewart

With Albert Ayler

  • Ghosts (Debut, 1964 [1965])
  • Prophecy (ESP-Disk, 1964 [1975])
  • Spiritual Unity (ESP-Disk, 1965)
  • Spirits Rejoice (ESP, 1965)

With Paul Bley

  • Virtuosi (Improvising Artists, 1967 [1976]) – with Barry Altschul
  • Mr. Joy (Limelight, 1968)
  • Paul Bley with Gary Peacock (ECM, 1970)
  • Ballads (ECM, 1971)
  • Turning Point (Improvising Artists, 1975)
  • Japan Suite (Improvising Artists, 1977)
  • In the Evenings Out There (ECM, 1991)
  • Annette (Hat ART, 1993)
  • Not Two, Not One (ECM, 1998)

With Bill Carrothers

With Marc Copland

  • My Foolish Heart (Jazz City, 1988) with John Abercrombie, Jeff Hershfield
  • All Blues at Night (Jazz City, 1989) with Tim Hagans, Bill Stewart
  • At Night (Sunnyside, 1992) with Billy Hart
  • Paradiso (Soul Note, 1995) with Billy Hart
  • Softly (Savoy, 1998) with Mike Brecker, Tim Hagans, Joe Lovano, Bill Stewart
  • What It Says (Sketch, 2004)
  • Modinha - New York Trio Recordings Vol. 1 (Pirouet, 2006) trio with Bill Stewart
  • Voices - New York Trio Recordings Vol. 2 (Pirouet, 2007) trio with Paul Motian
  • Insight (Pirouet, 2009)

With Marilyn Crispell

  • Nothing Ever Was, Anyway: Music of Annette Peacock (ECM, 1997)
  • Amaryllis (ECM, 2000)
  • Azure (ECM, 2013)
  • With Don Ellis
  • Essence (Pacific Jazz, 1962)

With Bill Evans

  • Trio 64 (Verve, 1963)

With Clare Fischer

  • First Time Out (Pacific Jazz, 1962)
  • Surging Ahead (Pacific Jazz, 1962)

With Keith Jarrett

  • Standards, Vol. 1 (ECM, 1983)
  • Standards, Vol. 2 (ECM, 1983)
  • Changes (ECM, 1983)
  • Standards Live (ECM, 1985)
  • Still Live (ECM, 1986)
  • Changeless (ECM, 1987)
  • Standards in Norway (ECM, 1989)
  • Tribute (ECM, 1989)
  • The Cure (ECM, 1990)
  • Bye Bye Blackbird (ECM, 1991)
  • At the Deer Head Inn (ECM, 1992)
  • Keith Jarrett at the Blue Note (ECM, 1994)
  • Tokyo '96 (ECM, 1996)
  • Whisper Not (ECM, 1999)
  • Inside Out (ECM, 2000)
  • Yesterdays (ECM, 2001)
  • Always Let Me Go (ECM, 2001)
  • My Foolish Heart (ECM, 2001)
  • The Out-of-Towners (ECM, 2001)
  • Up for It (ECM, 2002)
  • Somewhere (ECM, 2009)
  • After the Fall (ECM, 2018)

With Barney Kessel

  • Barney Kessel's Swingin' Party (Contemporary, 1960 [1963])

With Prince Lasha and Sonny Simmons

  • The Cry! (Contemporary, 1962)

With Misha Mengelberg

  • Driekusman Total Loss (VaraJazz (Netherlands), 1981, recorded in 1964)

With Don Pullen

  • New Beginnings (Blue Note, 1988)

With Bud Shank

  • Holiday in Brazil (World Pacific, 1958) with Laurindo Almeida
  • Latin Contrasts (World Pacific, 1958) with Laurindo Almeida
  • Slippery When Wet (World Pacific, 1959)
  • New Groove (Pacific Jazz, 1961)
  • Barefoot Adventure (Pacific Jazz, 1961)

With Ravi Shankar

  • Improvisations (World Pacific, 1962)

With John Surman

  • Adventure Playground (ECM, 1991)

With Ralph Towner

  • City of Eyes (ECM, 1988)

With Mal Waldron

  • First Encounter (RCA Victor (Japan), 1971)

With Tony Williams

  • Life Time (Blue Note, 1964)
  • Spring (Blue Note, 1965)

With Jimmy Woods

  • Awakening!! (Contemporary, 1962)

With Toninho Horta

  • Once I Loved (Verve, 1992)
  • From Ton To Tom (VideoArts Music, 1998)



Year Title Credit Notes
1961 Toys on a Field of Blue composer short film
1964 New York Eye and Ear Control composer short film
Year Title Credit Notes
1960 Barefoot Adventure musician surfing documentary
1985 Keith Jarrett: Standards himself (bass guitar) direct-to-video documentary
1993 The Keith Jarrett Trio: Live at Open Theatre East himself (bass guitar) direct-to-video documentary
Year Title Credit Notes
2001 Mostly Martha "Never Let Me Go" & "U Dance" performed by: (credited w/Keith Jarrett & Jack DeJohnette) soundtrack


Year Title Credit Notes
1962 Frankly Jazz himself (musician: bass) (TV series) original air date: November 10, 1962
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