born on 9/8/1939 in Washington, DC, MD, United States
died on 5/10/2013 in Silver Spring, MD, United States
Edward "Butch" Warren (August 9, 1939 – October 5, 2013) was an American jazz double bassist who played in the hard bop genre. He was especially active in the late-1950s and the 1960s.
Warren began playing professionally at age 14 in a local Washington, D.C. band led by his father, Edward Warren. He later worked with other local groups, including that of Stuff Smith, as well as with altoist and bandleader Rick Henderson, at the historic Howard Theatre on 7th and T Streets.
In 1958, he moved to New York City to play with Kenny Dorham, appearing on his first recording, with Dorham, in January 1960 with saxophonist Charles Davis, pianist Tommy Flanagan and drummer Buddy Enlow. He stayed in New York for the rest of his musical career, mainly as house bassist for Blue Note records.
As sideman, he also recorded with Miles Davis, Hank Mobley, Donald Byrd, Sonny Clark, Dexter Gordon, Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson, Jackie McLean, and Stanley Turrentine. He played with Thelonious Monk in 1963 and 1964 and then moved back to Washington, D.C., where he briefly worked in television before becoming seriously ill. He was hospitalized and diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.
Following the onset of his illness he played professionally only occasionally, including a regular gig at the jazz club Columbia Station in Washington D.C.'s Adams Morgan neighborhood. In his later years he stayed with friend Russell Vassell until mid 2011 when he moved into a psychiatric facility.
His solos were inventive, occasionally using the bow. His only solo effort was captured on "Butch's Blues" but he was better known as a sideman on many albums, including Dexter Gordon's Go, Jackie McLean's Vertigo (1959) and Hipnosis (1967), and many recordings with Thelonious Monk. He memorably contributed to Herbie Hancock's "Watermelon Man", on Hancock's debut album, Takin' Off (1962).
- 1959: Vertigo - Jackie McLean
- 1960: Jazz Contemporary - Kenny Dorham
- 1961: Leapin' and Lopin' - Sonny Clark
- 1961: Royal Flush - Donald Byrd
- 1961: High Hope! - Elmo Hope (Beacon)
- 1961: Free Form - Donald Byrd
- 1961: A Fickle Sonance - Jackie McLean
- 1962: Takin' Off - Herbie Hancock
- 1962: Go - Dexter Gordon
- 1962: Preach Brother! - Don Wilkerson
- 1962: Jubilee Shout!!! - Stanley Turrentine
- 1962: A Swingin' Affair - Dexter Gordon
- 1962: Feelin' the Spirit - Grant Green
- 1962: Exodus - Slide Hampton
- 1963: No Room for Squares - Hank Mobley
- 1963: Happy Frame of Mind - Horace Parlan
- 1963: Exultation! - Booker Ervin
- 1963: A New Perspective - Donald Byrd
- 1963: Page One - Joe Henderson
- 1963: The Turnaround - Hank Mobley
- 1963: Miles & Monk at Newport - Thelonious Monk
- 1963: Monk in Tokyo - Thelonious Monk
- 1963: Una Mas - Kenny Dorham
- 1963: Straight No Filter - Hank Mobley
- 1964: It's Monk's Time - Thelonious Monk
- 1964: Holiday Soul - Bobby Timmons
- 1965: The Walter Bishop Jr. Trio / 1965 - Walter Bishop, Jr.
- 1967: Hipnosis - Jackie McLean
- 2011: Butch Warren French Quintet - With Pierrick Menuau (saxophone), Pierre Christophe (piano), Mourad Benhammou (drums) and Jean Philippe Bordier (guitar)
- "Edward ‘Butch’ Warren, Washington-born bassist, dies at 74", The Washington Post; retrieved October 6, 2013.
- Profile, Allaboutjazz.com; accessed January 22, 2018.
- Marc Fisher, "Decades of Discord Lie Between a Man and His Music", Washington Post, May 21, 2006.
- Keepnews, Peter (2013-10-23). "Butch Warren, 74, Prominent Jazz Bassist, Dies". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-10-28.
- Raw Fisher by Marc Fisher. Washington Post July 26, 2007;
- styleshout.com, Erwin Aligam -. "Amja - Chanson et Jazz". www.amja-productions.fr.
- Butch Warren on IMDb