Chuck Israels is still best known for his work with the Bill Evans Trio (1961-1966), but he has been an important educator since the 1970s. A tasteful and supportive bassist, Israels' first recording was the 1958 meeting between John Coltrane and Cecil Taylor. He played with George Russell's sextet (1959-1961), was briefly with Eric Dolphy's band, and then joined Bill Evans. During the Evans years, Israels also appeared on records led by J.J. Johnson, Herbie Hancock, Gary Burton, and Stan Getz. He founded and headed the National Jazz Ensemble (1973-1978), a top repertory band that recorded two albums for Chiaroscuro. Afterward, Israels was less active as a player, but he did record with the Kronos String Quartet (1984) and Rosemary Clooney (1985), in addition to heading an obscure session for Anima (1991). ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi

Chuck Israels Interview
Bob Mintzer & Chuck Israels - "Doxy" - Eastman
The Chuck Israels Quartet live at The 1905
Schertler LaFaro Double Bass Amp w Chuck Israels
Bill Evans Trio featuring Chuck Israels: "Come Rain or Come Shine"
Chuck Israels Orchestra - Show-Type Tune
Chuck Israels: Fly Me To The Moon
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