George Morrow

George Morrow - © Bill Claxton / / Max Roach, Harold Land, Clifford, George Morrow

born on 15/8/1925 in Pasadena, CA, United States

died on 26/5/1992 in Orlando, FL, United States

George Morrow (bassist)

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George Morrow (born August 15, 1925 in Pasadena, CA, died May 26, 1992 in Orlando, FL[1]) was a jazz bassist.[2]

Although most closely associated with Max Roach and Clifford Brown, Morrow also appears on recordings by Sonny Rollins and Sonny Stitt.

After leaving the military, he played with Charlie Parker, Sonny Criss, Teddy Edwards, Hampton Hawes and other musicians who were in L.A. Morrow then spent five years in San Francisco (1948-53), often appearing at Bop City and working with Dexter Gordon, Wardell Gray, Billie Holiday and Sonny Clark, among others.[1]

According to Roach, Morrow had been "free-lancing around San Francisco clubs" when they hired him to play with them after having rejecting two other bassists.[3] He appeared all of the studio albums made the Clifford Brown-Max Roach Quintet. After that band dissolved due to the deaths of Brown and Richie Powell, Morrow continued recording with Max Roach's band. He also worked with Anita O'Day in the 1970s before joining the Disney World house band in 1976. He never led his own recording date.


With Clifford Brown and Max Roach

  • Jam Session (EmArcy, 1954) - with Maynard Ferguson and Clark Terry
  • Brown and Roach Incorporated (EmArcy, 1954)
  • Daahoud (Mainstream, 1954 [1973])
  • Clifford Brown & Max Roach (Emarcy, 1954-55)
  • Study in Brown (EmArcy, 1955)
  • Clifford Brown and Max Roach at Basin Street (EmArcy, 1956)

With Max Roach

  • Max Roach + 4 (EmArcy, 1956)
  • Jazz in ¾ Time (EmArcy, 1956-57)
  • The Max Roach 4 Plays Charlie Parker (Emarcy, 1958)
  • MAX (Argo, 1958)

With Sonny Rollins

  • Work Time (Riverside, 1956)
  • Sonny Rollins Plus 4 (Riverside, 1956)
  • Tour de Force (Prestige, 1956)
  • Sonny Boy (Prestige, 1956 [1961])

With Sonny Stitt

  • The Hard Swing (Verve, 1959)
  • Sonny Stitt Swings the Most (Verve, 1959)


  1. 1.0 1.1 [George Morrow (bassist) at All Music Guide Biography at allmusic]
  2. the late Leonard Feather; the late Ira Gitler Professor of Jazz History Manhattan School of Music (1999). The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz, Oxford University Press.
  3. Liner notes to Brown and Roach, Inc.
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