Grady Tate


Grady Bernard Tate (January 14, 1932 – October 8, 2017) was an American jazz and soul-jazz drummer and baritone vocalist. In addition to his work as sideman, Tate released many albums as leader lent his voice to songs in the animated Schoolhouse Rock! series.

Biography

Tate was born in Hayti, Durham, North Carolina. In 1963 he moved to New York City, where he became the drummer in Quincy Jones's band.

Grady Tate's drumming helped to define a particular hard bop, soul jazz and organ trio sound during the mid-1960s and beyond. His slick, layered and intense sound is instantly recognizable for its understated style in which he integrates his trademark subtle nuances with sharp, crisp "on top of the beat" timing (in comparison to playing slightly before, or slightly after the beat).The Grady Tate sound can be heard prominently on many of the classic Jimmy Smith and Wes Montgomery albums recorded on the Verve label in the 1960s.

During the 1970s he was a member of the New York Jazz Quartet. In 1981 he played drums and percussion for Simon and Garfunkel's Concert in Central Park.

As a sideman he has played with musicians including Jimmy Smith, Astrud Gilberto, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Quincy Jones, Stan Getz, Wes Montgomery, and Michel Legrand.

Among his most widely heard vocal performances are the songs "I Got Six", "Naughty Number Nine", and "Fireworks" from Multiplication Rock and America Rock, both part of the Schoolhouse Rock series. For the 1973 motion picture Cops And Robbers, Tate sang the title song, written by Michel Legrand and Jacques Wilson. On Mark Murphy's album Living Room, Tate shares the vocal on a medley of Misty and Midnight Sun.

He joined the faculty of Howard University in 1989.

Grady Tate died of complications of Alzheimer's on October 8, 2017 at the age of 85. He was survived by his wife Vivian and son Grady, Jr.

Discography

As leader

  • 1968: Windmills of My Mind (Skye)
  • 1970: After the Long Drive Home (Skye)
  • 1971: Feeling Life (Skye)
  • 1972: She Is My Lady (Janus)
  • 1973: Multiplication Rock (Capitol)
  • 1975: By Special Request (Buddah)
  • 1977: Master Grady Tate (Impulse!)
  • 1991: TNT (Milestone)
  • 1992: Body & Soul (Milestone)
  • 1999 Feeling Free (Pow Wow)
  • 2003 All Love: Grady Tate Sings
  • 2006: From the Heart: Songs Sung Live at the Blue Note (Half Note)

As sideman

With Benny Bailey

  • The Satchmo Legacy (Enja, 2000)

With Kenny Burrell

  • 1965 Guitar Forms (Verve)
  • 1967 A Generation Ago Today (Verve)
  • 1968 Blues – The Common Ground (Verve)

With Johnny Hodges

  • 1965 Joe's Blues (Verve) with Wild Bill Davis
  • 1966 Blue Notes (Verve)
  • 1967 Don't Sleep in the Subway (Verve)
  • 1970 3 Shades of Blue (Flying Dutchman)

With J. J. Johnson

  • 1964 J.J.! (RCA Victor)
  • 1965 Broadway Express (RCA Victor)
  • 1966 The Total J.J. Johnson (RCA Victor)
  • 1968 Israel (A&M/CTI)
  • 1969 Stonebone (A&M/CTI [Japan])

With Quincy Jones

  • 1964 Golden Boy (Mercury)
  • 1969 Walking in Space (A&M/CTI)
  • 1970 Gula Matari (A&M/CTI)
  • 1971 Smackwater Jack (A&M/CTI)
  • 1972 The Hot Rock OST (Prophesy)
  • 1973 You've Got It Bad Girl (A&M)

With Oliver Nelson

  • 1964 More Blues and the Abstract Truth (Impulse!)
  • 1966 Encyclopedia of Jazz (Verve)
  • 1966 Happenings (Impulse!)
  • 1966 Oliver Nelson Plays Michelle (Impulse!)
  • 1966 Sound Pieces (Impulse!)
  • 1966 The Sound of Feeling (Verve)
  • 1967 The Kennedy Dream (Impulse!)
  • 1967 The Spirit of '67 (Impulse!)

With Houston Person

  • 1972 Broken Windows, Empty Hallways (Prestige)
  • 1972 Sweet Buns & Barbeque (Prestige)
  • 1976 The Big Horn (Muse)
  • 1977 The Nearness of You (Muse)
  • 1987 The Talk of the Town (Muse)
  • 1990 Just Friends (Muse, [rel. 1992]) with Buddy Tate and Nat Simkins
  • 1994 Christmas with Houston Person and Friends (Muse)
  • 1999 Soft Lights (HighNote)
  • 2001 Blue Velvet (HighNote)
  • 2002 Sentimental Journey (HighNote)

With Lalo Schifrin

  • 1964 New Fantasy (Verve)
  • 1965 Once a Thief and Other Themes (Verve)
  • 1992 Jazz Meets the Symphony (Atlantic)
  • 1993 More Jazz Meets the Symphony (Atlantic)
  • 1995 Firebird: Jazz Meets the Symphony No. 3 (Four Winds)

With Jimmy Smith

  • 1964 The Cat (Verve)
  • 1965 Monster (Verve)
  • 1965 Organ Grinder Swing (Verve)
  • 1966 Got My Mojo Workin' (Verve)
  • 1966 Hoochie Coochie Man (Verve)
  • 1986 Go for Whatcha Know (Blue Note)
  • 1990 Fourmost Recorded Live at Fat Tuesday's NYC (Milestone)
  • 2001 Fourmost Return (Milestone)

With Billy Taylor

  • 1968 I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free (Tower)
  • 1969 Sleeping Bee (MPS)
  • 1977 Live at Storyville (West 54)

With others

  • 1962 Charles Mingus, The Complete Town Hall Concert (Blue Note)
  • 1963 Gary McFarland, The In Sound (Verve)
  • 1964 Ben Webster, See You at the Fair (Impulse!)
  • 1964 Budd Johnson, Off the Wall (Argo)
  • 1964 Cal Tjader, Soul Sauce (Verve)
  • 1964 Lou Donaldson, Rough House Blues (Argo)
  • 1964 Nat Adderley, Autobiography (Atlantic)
  • 1965 Cal Tjader] Soul Bird: Whiffenpoof (Verve)
  • 1965 Dave Pike, Jazz for the Jet Set (Atlantic)
  • 1965 Dorothy Ashby, The Fantastic Jazz Harp of Dorothy Ashby (Atlantic)
  • 1965 Gary McFarland and Clark Terry, Tijuana Jazz (Impulse!)
  • 1965 Illinois Jacquet, Spectrum (Argo)
  • 1965 Kai Winding, Rainy Day (Verve)
  • 1965 Milt Jackson, Ray Brown / Milt Jackson (Verve)
  • 1965 Roland Kirk & Al Hibbler, A Meeting of the Times (Atlantic)
  • 1965 Stanley Turrentine, Joyride (Blue Note)
  • 1966 Bill Evans, Bill Evans Trio with Symphony Orchestra (Verve)
  • 1966 Clark Terry, Mumbles (Mainstream)
  • 1966 Eric Kloss, Love and All That Jazz (Prestige)
  • 1966 Gabor Szabo, Gypsy '66 (Impulse!)
  • 1966 Jimmy McGriff, The Big Band (Solid State)
  • 1966 Kai Winding, More BrassDirty Dog (Verve)
  • 1966 Shirley Scott, Roll 'Em: Shirley Scott Plays the Big Bands (Impulse!)
  • 1967 Herbie Mann, Glory of Love (A&M/CTI)
  • 1967 Kai Winding, Penny Lane & Time (Verve)
  • 1967 Stan Getz, Sweet Rain (Verve)
  • 1968 Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Love Calls (RCA Victor)
  • 1968 Eddie Harris, Plug Me In (Atlantic)
  • 1968 Hubert Laws, Laws' Cause (Atlantic)
  • 1968 Jimmy McGriff, The Worm (Solid State)
  • 1968 Johnny Hammond Smith, Nasty! (Prestige)
  • 1968 Milt Jackson, Milt Jackson and the Hip String Quartet (Verve)
  • 1968 Nat Adderley, You, Baby (A&M/CTI),
  • 1968 Roy Ayers, Stoned Soul Picnic (Atlantic)
  • 1968 Stan Getz, What the World Needs Now: Stan Getz Plays Burt Bacharach and Hal David (Verve)
  • 1969 Freddie Hubbard, A Soul Experiment (Atlantic)
  • 1969 Hubert Laws, Crying Song (CTI)
  • 1969 Lena Horne and Gabor Szabo, Lena & Gabor (Skye)
  • 1969 Pearls Before Swine, These Things Too (Reprise)
  • 1969 Phil Woods, Round Trip (Verve)
  • 1969 Ron Carter, Uptown Conversation (Embryo)
  • 1971 Dizzy Gillespie, Bobby Hackett and Mary Lou Williams, Giants (Perception),
  • 1971 Pearls Before Swine, Beautiful Lies You Could Live In (Reprise)
  • 1972 Eric Kaz, If You're Lonely (Atlantic)
  • 1972 Grant Green, The Final Comedown (Blue Note)
  • 1972 Boogaloo Joe Jones, Snake Rhythm Rock (Prestige)
  • 1973 Bette Midler, Bette Midler (Atlantic)
  • 1973 Leon Spencer, Where I'm Coming From (Prestige)
  • 1973 Lou Donaldson, Sophisticated Lou (Blue Note)
  • 1973 Marlena Shaw, From the Depths of My Soul (Blue Note)
  • 1973 Paul Simon, There Goes Rhymin' Simon (Columbia)
  • 1973 Roberta Flack, Killing Me Softly (Atlantic)
  • 1973 Shirley Scott, Superstition (Cadet)
  • 1974 Arif Mardin, Journey (Atlantic)
  • 1974 Gato Barbieri, Chapter Three: Viva Emiliano Zapata (Impulse!),
  • 1974 Jack McDuff, The Fourth Dimension (Cadet)
  • 1975 Jack McDuff, Magnetic Feel (Cadet)
  • 1975 Hank Jones, Hanky Panky (East Wind)
  • 1975 Zoot Sims, Zoot Sims and the Gershwin Brothers (Pablo)
  • 1976 Etta Jones, Ms. Jones to You (Muse)
  • 1976 Phoebe Snow, Second Childhood (Columbia)
  • 1977 Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Dancer with Bruised Knees (Warner Bros.)
  • 1978 Clifford Jordan, The Adventurer (Muse)
  • 1978 New York Jazz Quartet, Blues for Sarka (Enja)
  • 1979 Charles Earland, Infant Eyes (Muse)
  • 1981 Charles Earland, Pleasant Afternoon (Muse)
  • 1981 Grover Washington Jr. Come Morning (Elektra)
  • 1982 Red Rodney, The 3R's (Muse)
  • 1982 Simon & Garfunkel, The Concert in Central Park (Warner Bros.)
  • 1983 Michel Legrand, After the Rain
  • 1983 Sadao Watanabe, Fill Up the Night
  • 1983 Willis Jackson, Nothing Butt... (Muse)
  • 1986 Mark Murphy, Living Room
  • 1988 Peggy Lee, Miss Peggy Lee Sings the Blues (Capitol)
  • 1989 Maureen McGovern, Naughty Baby
  • 1990 Bette Midler, Some People's Lives (Atlantic)
  • 1990 Dizzy Gillespie, The Winter in Lisbon (Milan)
  • 1991 Bob Thiele Collective, Louis Satchmo
  • 1992 John Hicks, Friends Old and New (Novus/RCA/BMG)
  • 1993 Andre Previn, What Headphones? (Angel)
  • 1993 Frank Morgan, Listen to the Dawn (Antilles, [1994])
  • 1993 Stanley Turrentine, If I Could (MusicMasters Jazz)
  • 1994 Oscar Peterson and Itzhak Perlman, Side by Side (Telarc)
  • 1995 Andre Previn, Andre Previn and Friends Play Show Boat (Deutsche Grammophon)
  • 2007 Kenny Barron, The Traveler (Sunnyside)

 


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