Bassist for Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen and Miles Davis passes away

by Patria

Bassist Richard Davis, who performed with the likes of Van Morrison, Miles Davis, Bruce Springsteen and Paul Simon, has passed away.

The acclaimed upright bassist passed away on September 6 at the age of 93 after nearly two years of hospice care.

On an official memorial page set up for him following his death, Davis’ daughter Persia said: “Richard touched the lives of thousands and will be missed by friends, family, fans, students and colleagues around the world.”

A Chicago native, Davis is best known for playing on Van Morrison’s seminal 1968 album Astral Weeks. He can also be heard on Springsteen’s Born to Run, where he appears on the track “Meeting Across the River,” and Paul Simon’s There Goes Rhymin’ Simon, where he plays on “Something So Right.

Due to his decades-long musical career, Davis is believed to have over 3,000 album credits to his name.

Other big names he has played and recorded with include Frank Sinatra, Leonard Bernstein, Barbra Streisand and Ahmad Jamal.

Davis released his first LP as a leader in 1967 with Heavy Sounds, a collaboration with jazz drummer Elvin Jones.

In 1969, Davis released his debut solo album, “Muses for Richard Davis,” and his final works, “Madison” and “Blue Monk,” were recorded and released in 2008.

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