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George Mraz

George Mraz

Czech jazz bassist
George Mraz
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro Czech jazz bassist
Is Jazz musician
From Czech Republic
Type Music
Gender male
Birth 9 September 1944, Písek, Czech Republic
Age 77 years
Star sign Virgo
Education
Berklee College of Music
Genre:
Jazz
Instruments:
Bass
Double bass
Audio
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The details (from wikipedia)

Biography

Mraz (center) performing with Emil Viklický (piano) and Billy Hart (drums).

George Mraz (born Jiří Mráz on 9 September 1944 in Písek, Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, now Czech Republic) is a jazz bassist and alto saxophonist. He was a member of Oscar Peterson's group, and has worked with Pepper Adams, Stan Getz, Michel Petrucciani, Stephane Grappelli, Tommy Flanagan, Jimmy Raney, Chet Baker, Joe Henderson, John Abercrombie, John Scofield, Richie Beirach and many other important jazz musicians.

During the 1970s he was a member of the New York Jazz Quartet and The Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, and in the 1980s a member of Quest. He has also appeared with Joe Lovano, Hank Jones and Paul Motian on Lovano's records I'm All For You and Joyous Encounter. Mraz is also known for performing solos with a bow in arco style, similar to that of Paul Chambers.

Discography

George Mraz at Exxon Park, NYC 7/7/83 with the Tommy Flanagan Trio, Vernell Fournier, drums.

As leader/co-leader

With the New York Jazz Quartet

  • Surge (Enja, 1977)
  • Song of the Black Knight (Sonet 1977)
  • Blues for Sarka (Enja, 1978)
  • New York Jazz Quartet in Chicago (Bee Hive, 1981)
  • Oasis (Enja, 1981)

As sideman

With Pepper Adams

  • Ephemera (Spotlite, 1973)
  • Julian (Enja, 1975)
  • Twelfth & Pingree (Enja, 1975)
  • Reflectory (Muse, 1978)
  • The Master... (Muse, 1980)
  • Urban Dreams (Palo Alto, 1981)

With John Abercrombie

  • Arcade (ECM, 1978)
  • Abercrombie Quartet (ECM, 1979)
  • Straight Flight (JAM, 1979)
  • M (ECM, 1980)
  • Solar (1985)

With Toshiko Akiyoshi

  • Time Stream (1984)
  • Four Seasons (1990)
  • Remembering Bud: Cleopatra's Dream (1990)
  • Time Stream: Toshiko Plays Toshiko (1996)
  • Hope (2006)
  • 50th Anniversary Concert in Japan (2006)

With Eric Alexander

  • Solid! (Milestone, 1998)
With Chet Baker

With Kenny Barron

  • Minor Blues (Venus, 2009)

With Richie Beirach

  • Elm (ECM, 1979)

With Dee Dee Bridgewater

  • Afro Blue (Trio, 1974)

With Bob Brookmeyer

  • Back Again (Sonet, 1978)

With Kenny Burrell

  • Ellington Is Forever Volume Two (Fantasy, 1975)

With George Cables

  • Senorita de Aranjuez (Meldec Jazz, 2001)

With Benny Carter

  • In the Mood for Swing (MusicMasters, 1988)
  • My Man Benny, My Man Phil (MusicMasters, 1990)

With Arnett Cobb

  • Arnett Cobb Is Back (Progressive, 1978)

With Larry Coryell

  • Comin' Home (Muse, 1984)

With Kenny Drew

  • Lite Flite (SteepleChase, 1977)

With Yelena Eckemoff featuring Mark Turner, Joe Locke & Billy Hart

  • A Touch of Radiance (L&H, 2014)

With Jon Faddis

  • Jon & Billy (Trio, 1974) with Billy Harper
  • Youngblood (Pablo, 1976)

With Art Farmer

  • Crawl Space (CTI, 1977)

With Tommy Flanagan

  • Eclypso (Enja, 1977)
  • Ballads & Blues (Enja, 1978)
  • Confirmation (Enja, 1977–78 [1982])
  • The Magnificent Tommy Flanagan (Progressive, 1981)
  • Giant Steps (Enja, 1982)
  • Thelonica (Enja, 1982)
  • Nights at the Vanguard (Uptown, 1986)
  • Jazz Poet (1989)
  • Beyond the Blue Bird (1990)

With Stan Getz

  • Line for Lyons (Sonet, 1983) with Chet Baker
  • The Stockholm Concert (Sonet, 1983 [1989])
  • Voyage (Blackhawk 1986)
  • Bossas & Ballads – The Lost Sessions (Verve, 1989 [2003])

With Dizzy Gillespie

  • The Winter in Lisbon (Milan, 1990)
  • Bird Songs: The Final Recordings (Telarc, 1992)
  • To Bird with Love (Telarc, 1992)

With Urbie Green

  • The Fox (CTI, 1976)

With Jim Hall

  • Jim Hall & Basses (Telarc, 2001)

With Sir Roland Hanna

  • Time for the Dancers (Progressive, 1977)
  • Milano, Paris, New York: Finding John Lewis (Venus, 2002)

With Jaroslav Jakubovič

  • Coincidence (VMM, 2009)

With Elvin Jones

  • Earth Jones (Palo Alto, 1982)
  • Youngblood (Enja, 1992)

With Fred Lipsius

  • Dreaming of Your Love, (mja Records, 1995)

With Keystone Trio

  • Heart Beats (1995)
  • Newklear Music (1997)

With Jimmy Knepper

  • Cunningbird (SteepleChase, 1976)
  • I Dream Too Much (Soul Note, 1984)
  • Dream Dancing (Criss Cross, 1986)

With Steve Kuhn

  • Steve Kuhn Live in New York (Cobblestone, 1972)

With Andy LaVerne and Al Foster

  • Time Well Spent (1994)

With John Lewis

  • Evolution II (Atlantic, 2001)

With Joe Lovano

  • Grand Slam
  • Celebrating Sinatra (Blue Note, 1996)
  • I'm All For You (Blue Note, 2003)
  • Joyous Encounter (Blue Note, 2004)
  • Classic! Live at Newport (Blue Note, 2016)

With Warne Marsh

  • Star Highs (Criss Cross Jazz, 1982)
  • Posthumous (Interplay, 1985 [1987])

With Greg Marvin

  • The Greg Marvin Quartet (Hi Hat, Planet X, 1986)
  • I'll Get By (Planet X, 1987)
  • Workout! (Planet X, 1988)
  • Wake-up Call! (Planet X, 1996)
  • Special Edition (Planet X, 2001)

With Carmen McRae

  • Carmen Sings Monk (Bluebird, 1988)

With Charles Mingus

  • Three or Four Shades of Blues (Atlantic, 1977)
With Tete Montoliu
  • Body & Soul (Enja, 1971 [1983])
  • I Wanna Talk About You (SteepleChase, 1980)
  • The Man from Barcelona (Timeless, 1990)

With Mike Nock

  • In Out and Around featuring Mike Brecker and Al Foster) (1979)

With Oscar Peterson

  • Another Day (MPS, 1970)
  • In Tune (MPS, 1971)
  • Walking the Line (MPS, 1971)

With Art Pepper

  • Thursday Night at the Village Vanguard (Contemporary, 1977 [1979])
  • Friday Night at the Village Vanguard (Contemporary, 1977 [1979])
  • Saturday Night at the Village Vanguard (Contemporary, 1977 [1979])
  • More for Les at the Village Vanguard (Contemporary, 1977 [1985])

With Michel Petrucciani & Stephane Grappelli

  • Flamingo (Dreyfus, 1996)

With Quest

  • Quest (Trio/Palo Alto, 1981)

With Jimmy Raney

  • Wisteria (Criss Cross, 1985) with Tommy Flanagan
  • But Beautiful (Criss Cross, 1991)

With John Scofield

  • John Scofield Live (Enja, 1977)

With Zoot Sims

  • Zoot Sims and the Gershwin Brothers (Pablo, 1975)
  • Soprano Sax (Pablo, 1976)
  • If I'm Lucky (Pablo, 1977) with Jimmy Rowles
  • For Lady Day (Pablo, 1978 [1991])
  • Warm Tenor (Pablo, 1979) with Jimmy Rowles
  • The Sweetest Sounds (Pablo Today, 1979) with Rune Gustafsson

With The Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra

  • Suite for Pops (A&M, 1972)
  • Thad Jones/Mel Lewis and Manuel De Sica (Pausa, 1974)
  • Potpourri (Philadelphia International, 1974)
  • Live in Tokyo (Denon, 1974)
  • New Life (A&M, 1976)

With McCoy Tyner

  • McCoy Tyner Plays John Coltrane: Live at the Village Vanguard (Impulse!, 1997)

With Mal Waldron

  • Mal 81 (Progressive, 1981)

With Larry Willis

  • My Funny Valentine (Jazz City, 1988)
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