EDDIE GÓMEZ

Born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, legendary bassist Eddie Gómez has been on the cutting edge of the jazz scene since his debut in the mid sixties. His impressive résumé includes performances with Jazz giants such as Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Bill Evans, Gerry Mulligan, Benny Goodman or Chick Corea, and his unique sound and style can be heard on hundreds of recordings spanning the worlds of jazz, classical, latin jazz, folk, and popular music.
As an eleven-year old student his love of music led him to the double bass and two years later he was accepted to the High School of Music and Art. By the age of eighteen Eddie Gómez had performed with such jazz luminaries as Benny Goodman, Buck Clayton, Marian McPartland, and Paul Bley.
Although his first love was jazz music, he continued his studies with Fred Zimmerman at the Juilliard School of Music with contemporaries like Chick Corea, James Levine, Itzak Perlman, Paula Robinson, and Gary Karr. In the spring of 1966 Eddie performed with Gerry Mulligan’s group at the Village Vanguard where Bill Evans heard the young phenom and practically hired him on the spot. At age 21 Eddie Gómez was the bassist with the Bill Evans Trio. In the late 60’s he also realized another dream when he performed on many occasions with his other idol Miles Davis, in the quintet that featured Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, and Tony Williams.
Throughout the seventies and into the 1980’s Eddie performed in many diverse musical contexts: Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard, George Benson, McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, Hank Jones, Nancy Wilson, Tania Maria, Ray Barreto, All Star groups “Step Ahead” and “New Directions” to name just a few. Eddie Gómez enjoys an active career as performer, recording artist, composer and educator. He records and performs extensively worldwide and composes for his own projects as well as for film. As an educator he has given master classes at many of the major universities throughout the United States and Europe.

SELECTED DISCOGRAPHY
Dedication Eddie Gomez (King)
Gomez Eddie Gomez (Denon)
Art Of The Heart Eddie Gomez/Mark Kramer (Art Of Life)
Both Sides Now Carl Munoz (Pelosenel)
Friends Chick Corea (Verve)
Mad Hatter Chick Corea (Polydor)
Old Friends, New Friends Ralph Towner (ECM)
Wayfaring Stranger Jermey Steig (Bluenote)
Intuition Bill Evans/Eddie Gomez (Fantasy)
The Tokyo Concert Bill Evans (Fantasy/OJC)
Bill Evans at the Montreux Jazz Festival Bill Evans (Verve)
Best Of Bill Evans On Verve Bill Evans (Verve)
New Directions Jack DeJohnette (ECM)
Bennie Wallace Plays Monk Bennie Wallace (Enja)
Hommage To John Coltrane Dave Liebman (OWL)
Steps Ahead Steps Ahead (Elektramusic./Collectables)
Torch Carly Simon (Warner Bros.)
Sweet Return Freddie Hubbard (Atlantic/Collectable)

“One of the top bass virtuosos on the current jazz scene …”
Ken Dryden, All Music Guide