Astral Weeks is on my very short list of the greatest albums ever made, and a key component is the bass playing of Richard Davis. Davis was a jazz player who essentially led the musical support for Morrison during the recording of the album. Over his career he played with everyone from Eric Dolphy to Frank Sinatra.
Richard Davis died Wednesday at the age of 93. Here are few highlights of a long and varied career:
"Come Sunday" is a Duke Ellington song recorded by Eric Dolphy with Davis in 1963:
"Sweet Thing" is from Astral Weeks, recorded in 1968:
"Meeting Across the River" is from Bruce Springsteen's album 1975 Born to Run. Davis plays bass on this track.
"On the Trail" comes from the Davis album Way Out West, recorded in 1977 and released in 1980. It's a movement from Ferde Grofé's "Grand Canyon Suite".