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Jacky Samson 1940-2012

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French bass player Jacky Samson who was a member of the Georges Arvanitas Trio for years died on October 3 in the French Burgundy village of Précy-sous-Thils where he retired in 2000. He was 72.

In addition to Arvanitas, Samson played and recorded with Ted Curson, Teddy Wilson, Anita O'Day, Dexter Gordon, Ben Webster, Eddie Davis, Sonny Criss, Pepper Adams, Michel Legrand among others.

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RIP. I used to see him with Arvanitas all the time back in the 80's, backing lone-gun soloists. Arvanitas, Samson, Charles Saudrais. They probably played with more touring American soloists than any other rhythm section in France, as well as their own concerts and recordings.

I remember that Samson, who was black, raised a ruckus once about racism in the French jazz scene. His remarks were controversial!

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r.i.p.

that Arvanitas trio was a fine unit!

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