Larry Gales

Lawrence Bernard " Larry " Gales ( born March 25, 1936 in New York City; † 12 September 1995 in Symar, California ) was an American jazz musician ( bass, cello ).

Life and work

Larry Gales began at the age of eleven years, together with his relatives George Duvivier with the bass playing; He played in the next few years in various bands bass and cello. From 1956 he studied at the Manhattan School of Music. After working for Steve Pulliam (1959 ), JC Heard (1960) and Buddy Tate (1960 ), he worked in the next few years with Eddie " Lockjaw " Davis, Eddie Harris / Johnny Griffin, Herbie Mann, Junior Mance, Jack McDuff, Sonny Stitt / Red Holloway, Bennie Green and Joe Williams. From 1964 to 1969 he was a member of the quartet of Thelonious Monk, went with him on numerous tours and participated in the albums of the Columbia era like Live at the It Club, Straight No Chaser, Underground, as well as his recordings with the larger formations 1967/68 with. He also played at the same time with Mary Lou Williams. 1969 moved Gales to Los Angeles, where he primarily with musicians from the local scene such as Erroll Garner, Willie Bobo, Red Rodney, Harry Sweets Edison, Benny Carter (also a tour of Japan ), Blue Mitchell, Clark Terry, Eddie " Cleanhead " Vinson and Kenny Burrell played, with whom he performed in New York's Village Vanguard. 1990 Gales took his only album under his own name for Candid, which consisted out of his own composition "A Message from the High Priest" from Monk pieces (A Message From Monk ); Musicians were doing Junior Cook and Ben Riley and Claudio Roditi, Benny Green and Steve Turre. In 1993 he appeared in the television movie The Morning After.


  • Richard Cook & Brian Morton: The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings, London, Penguin, 2006; ISBN 0-141-02327-9 (8th Edition)