In 1956 and 1957 Paul Chambers participated in nearly 100 recordings, including such as Thelonious Monk’s Brilliant Corners, the Sonny Rollins Quartet’s Tenor Madness.
Clark Terry (trumpet) Sonny Rollins (tenor sax) Thelonious Monk (piano) Paul Chambers (bass) Max Roach (drums) December 7, 1956
Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane (tenor sax), Red Garland (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), Philly Joe Jones (drums) May 24, 1956
In November 1956, he recorded first album ‘Chambers’ Music’ on the Jazz West label.
His first leader work was recorded in two hours for Jazz West, a small Los Angeles label.
Also Curtis Fuller played his debut recording on this session.
Three months later, he recorded secnd album ‘Whims Of Chambers’ on Blue Note label.
Vee Jay label LP ‘1st Bassman’ was his final work as a leader.
This record was recorded May 12, 1960.
He never overstepped his boundaries and he could be a very subtle player.
But he had been addictions to both alcohol and heroin.
Unfortunately he died at age 33,January 4, 1969.