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Bassist Avery Sharpe

Bassist Avery Sharpe is best known or his long tenure with piano giant McCoy Tyner, but he has many other irons on the fire. Sharpe tells us in his own words and music about growing up in a musical family, his enrollment at UMass Amherst, and coming under the tutelage of jazz greats such as tenor saxophonist Archie Shepp, drummer Max Roach, and bassist Reggie Workman. Sharpe's "Extended Family" series of recordings are featured throughout this portrait. He also tells us how he has tried to pass on the lessons that he has learned from his mentors.

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Producers: Steve Schwartz, Margot Melnicove
Engineer: Jane Pipik

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