Gary Peacock Death – Dead: American jazz double-bassist was made a dozen albums under his own name, and also performed and recorded with major jazz figures such as Albert Ayler, Paul Bley, and Bill Evans, Gary Peacock has passed away. Gary was reported to have today September 2020. He died at the age of 85. His cause of death or what killed is not yet known to us as at the time of filing this report.
Born in Burley, Idaho, and grew up in Yakima, Washington, Gary Peacock attended the Yakima Senior High School, now called A.C. Davis High School.
He started off his musical career by first getting involved playing piano, trumpet, and drums. When he was 15, he heard live jazz for the first time, attending a Jazz at the Philharmonic concert featuring Oscar Peterson and Ray Brown.
Peacock graduated in 1953; while playing for his class, he had a profound experience, stating: “I was playing the drums, and had the experience of being played rather than playing… I realized that something transformative had happened… and there was this certainty. From the bottom of my feet to the top of my head, it was totally clear: ‘Oh, this is the direction to go.'”
After graduating, Peacock attended the Westlake School of Music in Los Angeles but was then drafted into the Army. While stationed in Germany, he played piano in a jazz trio but switched to bass when the group’s bassist quit.
Peacock recalled: “The bass player got married, and his wife didn’t want him out any more. The band’s drummer… said, ‘You play bass.’ I said, ‘I don’t want to play bass…’ As it turned out, he found a pianist, and I started playing the bass.
The legendary Jazz double bassist recorded more than twenty albums which had the likes of Keith Jarrett and legendary drummer, Jack DeJohnette featured on it.
Tributes From Friends & Fans
Dave Holland wrote – I just received the news that bassist Gary Peacock has died. Intense and creatively original, his playing in the new music of the early ’60s was inspiring. Here’s a track with Albert Ayler and Sunny Murray that made a big impression on me.
James Squids wrote – Extremely saddened to hear of the passing of bass great Gary Peacock. He was one of the reasons I decided to pick up the instrument in the first place. His ear for creative and robust melody inspire me to practice and cultivate a rich sensibility every day. Rest in Peace.
Simon Goulding wrote – RIP Gary Peacock. A huge influence. I remember transcribing every bass line from one of the Jarrett Standards Live albums years ago, a masterclass in note choice & phrasing. Dug this out today. It’s (as they say nowadays) an absolute “Banger”. RIP
Phil Robson wrote – Sad to hear that the great bassist Gary Peacock has passed away. I saw him with Jarrett of course but loved all the records with Marc Copland and lots of other stuff. RIP Gary Peacock.
Steve Silberman wrote – RIP Gary Peacock. When I was working on my essay on Nardis, “Broken Time” (https://believermag.com/broken-time/), I asked Ralph Towner, who played the tune dozens of times, what his own favourite version was. It was this with Gary, on a rare, out of the print album.
Richard Williams wrote – RIP Gary Peacock, one of the greatest members of an outstanding generation of jazz bass players. Strength and lyricism.
Devin Gray wrote – a view I wish had felt- I used to watch those Keith trio videos nonstop for YEARS! i learned so much from each of them- the WIDTH of musicianship that Gary brought to ALL music- that’s huge for me, play it all! and wow did he do that- thank you for the music Gary Peacock! RIP.