Larance Marable


Larance Marable (May 21, 1929 - July 4, 2012) was a West Coast jazz hard bop drummer born in Los Angeles, California, probably best known for his work with Charlie Haden in his Quartet West. However, Marable also had a career first as a bop musician in the 1950s, working with Dexter Gordon and Charlie Parker, among others. In the 1960s he started to venture into the cool jazz idiom with musicians like Zoot Sims, George Shearing and Chet Baker, although he worked with Baker as early as 1952 on the album "Bird and Chet: Live at the Trade Winds".

Earlier in his career, he was known as Lawrence Marable.

Larance was a relative of Mississippi riverboat bandleader Fate Marable.


With Curtis Amy

  • Tippin' on Through (Pacific Jazz, 1962)

With Ruth Cameron

  • Roadhouse (Verve, 1999)

With Chet Baker

  • Chet Baker Big Band (Pacific Jazz, 1956)
  • Playboys (Pacific Jazz, 1956)

With Conte Candoli and Lou Levy

  • West Coast Wailers (Atlantic, 1955)

With Kenny Drew

  • Kenny Drew and His Progressive Piano (Norgran, 1953–54)
  • Talkin' & Walkin' (Jazz:West, 1955)

With Teddy Edwards

  • Back to Avalon (Contemporary, 1960 [1995])

with Victor Feldman

  • Stop the World I Want to Get Off (World Pacific, 1962)

With Dexter Gordon

  • The Resurgence of Dexter Gordon (Jazzland, 1960)

With Jimmy Giuffre

  • Ad Lib (Verve, 1959)

With Charlie Haden

  • In Angel City (Verve, 1988)
  • Haunted Heart (Verve, 1991)
  • Always Say Goodbye (Verve, 1993)
  • Now Is the Hour (Verve, 1995)

With Hampton Hawes

  • Piano East, Piano West (Prestige, 1952)
  • Bird Song (Contemporary, 1956 [1999])

With Richard "Groove" Holmes

  • After Hours (Pacific Jazz, 1962)
  • Tell It Like It Tis (Pacific Jazz, 1961-62 [1966])

With Milt Jackson

  • Ballads & Blues (Atlantic, 1956)

With Robert Stewart

  • The Movement (Exodus, 2002)

With Sonny Stitt

  • Sonny Stitt Plays Jimmy Giuffre Arrangements (Verve, 1959)

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