Eugene Wright, the jazz bassist best known for his time with the Dave Brubeck Quartet, has died, Brubeck Family Legacy Records announced. No cause of death was disclosed. Eugene Wright was 97 years old.
Eugene Wright was born in Chicago in 1923. Growing up, he played cornet before learning the double bass. Wright, known as "The Senator," led the Dukes of Swing group in the 1940s.
Wright first appeared in 1958 with the Dave Brubeck Quartet, which comprises a quarter of the classical line-up, along with pianist Brubeck, alto saxophonist Paul Desmond and drummer Joe Morello. One of the cast's first albums was the legendary 1959 Time Out, which includes the standard "Take Five". The four musicians recorded over 25 albums together before splitting up in 1968.
In addition to his work with the Dave Brubeck Quartet, Eugene Wright has recorded and performed with Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Vince Guaraldi and many others.