George Cables

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George Cables
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Background information
Born (1944-11-14) November 14, 1944 (age 76)
New York City
Genres Jazz
Labels SteepleChase, Contemporary, Atlas
Associated acts The Cookers

George Andrew Cables (born November 14, 1944) [1] is an American jazz pianist and composer.


Early life

Cables was born in New York City, United States. [1] He was initially taught piano by his mother. [1] He then studied at the High School of Performing Arts and later at Mannes College (1963–65). [1] He formed the Jazz Samaritans at the age of 18, a band that included Billy Cobham, Steve Grossman, and Clint Houston. [1] Cables' early influences on piano were Thelonious Monk and Herbie Hancock. [1]

Later life and career

Cables has played with Art Blakey, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon, Art Pepper, Joe Henderson, and other well-established jazz musicians. [2]

His own records include the 1980 Cables' Vision with Freddie Hubbard among others. [3] From 1983, Cables worked in the project Bebop & Beyond. He left later in the 1980s, but returned for guest appearances on two early 1990s albums, before rejoining in 1998. [1]


George Cables in 1984 George Cables1.jpg
George Cables in 1984

As leader/co-leader

Year recordedTitleLabelNotes
1975 Why Not Whynot Trio, with Tony Dumas (bass), Carl Burnett (drums)
1979 Circle Contemporary With Joe Farrell (flute), Ernie Watts (alto sax), Rufus Reid (bass), Eddie Gladden (drums)
1979 Cables' Vision Contemporary With Freddie Hubbard (flugelhorn), Bobby Hutcherson (vibraphone), Tony Dumas (bass, electric bass), Peter Erskine (drums); some tracks with Ernie Watts (tenor sax, flute), Vince Charles (percussion) added
1980 Morning Song HighNote Quartet, with Eddie Henderson (trumpet), John Heard (bass), Sherman Ferguson (drums); in concert
1980?Some of My Favorite Things Atlas Trio, with Tony Dumas (bass), Billy Higgins (drums)
1981Whisper Not Atlas Trio, with Tony Dumas (bass), Peter Erskine (drums)
1982?Old Wine, New Bottle Atlas Trio, with David Williams (bass), Carl Burnett (drums)
1982?Wonderful L.A. Atlas Trio, with David Williams (bass), Carl Burnett (drums)
1982 Goin' Home GalaxyDuo, with Art Pepper (alto sax, clarinet)
1982 Tête-à-Tête GalaxyDuo, with Art Pepper (alto sax)
1983?Sleeping Bee Atlas Trio, with Tony Dumas (bass), Ralph Penland (drums)
1984The Big Jazz Trio Eastworld Trio, with Stanley Clarke (bass), Peter Erskine (drums)
1985 Phantom of the City Contemporary Trio, with John Heard (bass), Tony Williams (drums)
1986 Double Image Contemporary Duo, with Frank Morgan (alto sax)
1987 By George Contemporary Some tracks solo piano; most tracks trio, with John Heard (bass), Ralph Penland (drums)
1991 Cables Fables SteepleChase Trio, with Peter Washington (bass), Kenny Washington (drums)
1991Night and Day DIW Trio, with Cecil McBee (bass), Billy Hart (drums)
1991Beyond Forever SteepleChase With Joe Locke (vibraphone), Santi Debriano (bass), Victor Lewis (drums)
1993 I Mean You SteepleChase Trio, with Jay Anderson (bass), Adam Nussbaum (drums)
1994 Quiet Fire SteepleChase Trio, with Ron McClure (bass), Billy Hart (drums)
1994 George Cables at Maybeck Concord Solo piano; in concert
1995 Person to Person SteepleChase Solo piano
1995Alone TogetherGroove JazzTrio, with Philippe Soirat, Carlos Barretto
1995 Skylark SteepleChase Trio, with Jay Anderson (bass), Albert Heath (drums)
1996 Dark Side, Light Side SteepleChase Trio, with Jay Anderson (bass), Billy Hart (drums)
1997 Bluesology SteepleChase Trio, with Jay Anderson (bass), Billy Drummond (drums)
2000 One for My Baby SteepleChase Trio, with Jay Anderson (bass), Yoron Israel (drums)
2001 Senorita de Aranjuez MeldacTrio, with George Mraz (bass), Victor Lewis (drums)
2001New York ConcertoMeldacTrio, with George Mraz (bass), Victor Lewis (drums)
2001 Shared Secrets MuseFXWith Bennie Maupin (bass clarinet), Gary Bartz (alto sax), Alphonso Johnson and Abraham Laboriel (bass; separately); Vinny Colaiuta and Peter Erskine (drums; separately)
2003 Looking for the Light MuseFXOne track solo piano; one track trio, with Peter Washington (bass), Victor Lewis (drums); most tracks quartet, with Gary Bartz (alto sax, soprano sax) added
2004 A Letter to Dexter Kind of BlueTrio, with Rufus Reid (bass), Victor Lewis (drums)
2007 You Don't Know Me Kind of BlueSolo piano
2012 My Muse HighNote Trio, with Essiet Essiet (bass), Victor Lewis (drums)
2013 Icons & Influences HighNote Trio, with Dezron Douglas (bass), Victor Lewis (drums)
2015 In Good Company HighNote Trio, with Essiet Essiet (bass), Victor Lewis (drums)
2016 The George Cables Songbook HighNote Some tracks trio, with Essiet Essiet (bass), Victor Lewis (drums); some tracks quartet, with Sarah Elizabeth Charles (vocals) added); one track quintet, with Craig Handy (tenor sax, flute) added; some tracks sextet, with Steven Kroon (percussion) added
2019 I'm All Smiles HighNote Trio, with Essiet Essiet (bass), Victor Lewis (drums)

As sideman

With Laurie Antonioli

With Gary Bartz

With Art Blakey

With Joe Chambers

With Joe Farrell

With Chico Freeman

With Curtis Fuller

With Billy Harper

With Roy Haynes

With Eddie Henderson

With Joe Henderson

With Freddie Hubbard

With Bobby Hutcherson

With Philly Joe Jones

With Eddie Marshall

With Greg Marvin

With Frank Morgan

With David "Fathead" Newman

With Art Pepper

With Max Roach

With Sonny Rollins

With Charlie Rouse

With Bud Shank

With Woody Shaw

With Archie Shepp

With Bennie Wallace

With Kazumi Watanabe

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  2. Biography, AllMusic
  3. Yanow, Scott. "Cables' Vision: Review". AllMusic . Retrieved 2010-12-27.