First-Call Bassist Dave Carpenter Dies

carpenter_dave.jpgDave Carpenter, a respected, first-call jazz bassist who worked with scores of legendary names in all musical styles on more than 200 recordings, died June 23 of a heart attack at his home in Burbank, Calif. He was 48. Carpenter was a favorite among smooth jazz artists � most recently, he performed on saxophonist Dave Koz�s At the Movies CD and saxophonist Tom Scott�s Cannon Re-Loaded: All-Star Celebration of Cannonball Adderley.

Carpenter also performed on CDs by Mindi Abair, Jeff Golub, Lee Ritenour, Eric Marienthal, Harvey Mason, the Benoit/Freeman Project, Marc Antoine, Bobby Caldwell and Al Jarreau. Most recently, Carpenter had been playing in a trio with pianist Alan Pasqua and drummer Peter Erskine and had just released an album called �Standards."

This is surely a big loss for anyone mesmerized by Carpenter's work on the upright bass.