Veteran jazz bassist AL McKIBBON has died of kidney failure. He was 86.

Chicago native McKibbon passed away on 29 July (05) at Los Angeles' Good Samaritan Hospital, leaving behind two daughters, according to his close friend GARY CHEN-STEIN.

One of the last great string bass players from the bebop era, he was little known publicly but was famous among musicians and performed with the likes of DIZZY GILLESPIE, Miles Davis and THELONIOUS MONK.

Chen-Stein says, "He merged Afro-Cuban and black jazz. His bass line became standard. His contribution in jazz is immeasurable. He's got fans all over the world."

After moving from New York City to Los Angeles in 1958, McKibbon played in the staff orchestras of TV networks CBS and NBC, for movie soundtracks and on albums by Frank Sinatra, Randy Newman and Sammy Davis Jr, among others.

07/08/2005 21:31