Retrofret Stock # 3870. Upright Bass (unlabelled), c. 1900, 3/4 size, made in Czechoslovakia, reddish and golden brown varnish finish, maple back, sides and neck, spruce top, ebony fingerboard. This is a flat-backed slope-shouldered bass with low C extension on the lowest string. It has original wood shanked brass machine heads with wood knobs. Very narrow neck at the nut, probably altered at Kotick's request to his specifications.Provenance: Teddy KotickThe prototype bassist and a favorite of Charlie Parker's, Teddy Kotick preferred supporting the frontline and interacting in the rhythm section to displaying his considerable skills on solos. He had to be prodded into the spotlight by such bandleaders as Bill Evans and Horace Silver, despite his substantial ability. Kotick was among the most reliable accompanists of his day, a player whose timing was impeccable and tone huge and assertive. He was always an in-demand bassist who remained busy throughout most of his career. Kotick began studying guitar at six, then turned to bass in high school. He worked in New England before moving to New York in 1948. Kotick played with Johnny Bothwell, Buddy Rich, Tony Pastor, Buddy DeFranco, Artie Shaw, Stan Getz, and Charlie Parker from 1948 to 1954. He then worked with Bill Evans, George Wallington, and Horace Silver, and recorded with Rene Thomas, Martial Solal, and Teddy Charles. After a long period of inactivity, Kotick returned in the late '70s playing with J.R. Monterose. He had no sessions as a leader, but can be heard on reissues by Getz, Parker, Wallington, Evans, Silver, and Monterose. ~ Ron Wynn, All Music GuideOverall length is 73 1/2 in. (186.7 cm.), 25 1/4 in. (64.1 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 8 in. (20.3 cm.) in depth at deepest point. Scale length is in. (0 mm.). There are many cracks on the top ribs and back and one machinehead knob missing. Good Condition.
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