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Gil Coggins
Nationalität: US
Instrumente: p
Pianist Gil Coggins had an extremely brief career in jazz but nonetheless managed to score the type of sideman credits everyone else wants--in other words, he made records with Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins. "I knew Miles when he was a yard," the ultimate cool cat is supposed to brag, but Davis was actually only 16 years old when Coggins met him. The pianist was only two years Davis' senior at this point, an army soldier stationed at Jefferson Barracks near St. Louis, Missouri. As for Davis, he had a gig playing his trumpet at a bowling alley near the base. The tap dancer Honey Coles was also Coggins' sergeant in this period. Coggins eventually played on sessions with Davis that were released on labels such as Blue Note and Prestige. The pianist's parents were West Indian. His mother, Winifred Coggins played a repertoire of largely hymns on the piano and used much of the money from her job as a domestic to pay for her son to get keyboard lessons. Young Coggins went to school in both New York City and Barbados. The army encounter with Davis may have served as an important catylyst--at any rate, something happened that made Coggins take piano more seriously, since prior to joining the army he had not played professionally at all. He got into the thick of things quickly, also performing with Coltrane, Lester Young, Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Rollins, tubaist Ray Draper as well as the young Jackie McLean, who for a time was Coggins' student. In 1954 he began selling real estate, a career decision that Colonel Bruce Hampton (Ret.) actually suggested was a good idea for musicians in a song lyric decades later. The pianist recorded as a leader only during the end of his career, including the Gil's Mood album for the Interplay label in 1990. Coggins died in early 2004 as the result of a car accident in Forest Hills, New York. At the time, he was still performing regularly. He was credited with inventing a personal catch-phrase to summarize his life philosophy: "vossa vusa", translated by some pundits as "keep on truckin'".
Alben auf denen "Gil Coggins" mitwirkt:
Album erhältlich
Label Label-Nummer Recording  
 Jackie McLean  —  Complete Quartet/Quintet/Sextet SessionsJazz ConnectionsJC 10011955-57CD
 Jackie McLean  —  Long Drink Of The BluesPrestigeOJCCD-253-21957CD
 Jackie McLean  —  Makin' The ChangesPrestigeOJCCD-197-21957CD
 Jackie McLean  —  Plays Fat JazzFresh SoundFSR-181957CD
 Jackie McLean  —  The Complete Jubilee SessionsLone Hill JazzLHJ 102691955/57CD
 Jackie McLean & Miles Davis  —  Complete Studio SessionJazz ConnectionsJC 10061955/52/51CD
XMiles Davis  —  Ballads & BluesBlue Note7243 8366 33231950-58CD
XMiles Davis  —  BoplicityNaxos Jazz Legends812 0772 CD
XMiles Davis  —  The BestBlue Note7777 9828 7221949-58CD
XMiles Davis  —  The Jazz CollectionGiants of JazzCDB 12031945-58CD
 Miles Davis  —  The Originals Birth Of Cool/Miles Davis Vol.1 & 2Blue Note8 35121 21949-54CD
 Miles Davis  —  The PeacocksJazzCATJC 25031952-57CD
 Miles Davis  —  The Real Birth Of The CoolGolden AgeJZCD 3131948-52CD
XMiles Davis  —  Volume OneBlue Note7777 8150 1211952/54CD
XMiles Davis  —  Volume TwoBlue Note7777 8120 2201953CD


Tracks auf denen "Gil Coggins" mitwirkt:
Track-Titel Album erhältlich
 Sonny Rollins Quintet & Thad JonesFresh SoundCD
 Sonny Rollins Quintet & Thad JonesFresh SoundCD
" Symphonie Pathetique " Sonny Rollins QuintetZETACD
'Round About MidnightXMiles Davis  —  The Jazz CollectionGiants of JazzCD
A Long Dring Of The Blues Jackie McLean  —  Long Drink Of The BluesPrestigeCD
A Night In Tunisia Various  —  25 Years Blue Note Anniversary Album Modern Jazz SeriesBlue NoteLP
Ah Leu ChaXMiles Davis  —  The Jazz CollectionGiants of JazzCD
Autumn LeavesXMiles Davis  —  Ballads & BluesBlue NoteCD
Autumn LeavesXMiles Davis  —  The BestBlue NoteCD
Bags' Groove Various  —  25 Years Blue Note Anniversary Album Modern Jazz SeriesBlue NoteLP
Bags' GrooveXMiles Davis  —  The Jazz CollectionGiants of JazzCD
Ballad Medley : Sonny Rollins Quintet & Thad JonesFresh SoundCD
Ballad Medley: Flamingo Sonny Rollins  —  First Recordings 1957Jazz AnthologyLP
Bean And The Boys Jackie McLean  —  Makin' The ChangesPrestigeCD
Bird Song Sonny Rollins QuintetZETACD