Chris Anderson (pianist)
|Born||February 26, 1926|
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||February 4, 2008 (aged 81)|
Manhattan, New York
|Associated acts||Herbie Hancock, Charlie Haden, Dinah Washington|
Born in Chicago and self-taught, Anderson began playing in Chicago clubs in the mid-1940s and played with Von Freeman and Charlie Parker, among others. Hired as Dinah Washington's accompanist, Anderson's tenure with Washington was brief. Washington, who changed accompanists frequently, fired Anderson in New York six weeks after hiring him, and Anderson decided to stay in the city.
In 1960 he recorded what might be his best regarded album My Romance (VeeJay, 1960) with bassist Bill Lee and drummer Art Taylor. His student Herbie Hancock praised him highly, saying: "After hearing him play just once, I begged him to let me study with him."
Despite the respect of his peers, Anderson had difficulty finding work or popular acclaim due in large to his disabilities. He was blind and his bones were unusually fragile, causing numerous fractures, which at times compromised his ability to perform at the times or places requested, although he continued to record until he was well into his 70s. A Down Beat profile indicated he had "Osteogenesis", probably meaning osteogenesis imperfecta.
He died February 4, 2008 in Manhattan, New York City.
|1960||My Romance||Vee-Jay||Trio, with Bill Lee (bass), Art Taylor (drums)|
|1961||Inverted Image||Jazzland||Most tracks trio, with Bill Lee (bass), Walter Perkins (drums); some tracks trio with Lee (bass), Philly Joe Jones (drums)|
|1987||Love Locked Out||Mapleshade||Solo piano; Anderson also sings on two tracks|
|1991||Blues One||DIW||Trio, with Ray Drummond (bass), Billy Higgins (drums)|
|1994||Live at Bradley's||Alsut||Some tracks solo piano; some tracks trio, with Ray Drummond (bass), Frank Gant; one track trio, with Drummond (bass), Billy Higgins (drums); in concert|
|1996||Solo Ballads||Alsut||Solo piano|
|1997||None but the Lonely Heart||Naim||Duo, with Charlie Haden (bass)|
|1998||You Don't Know What Love Is||Naim||Quartet, with Sabina Sciubba (vocals), David Williams (bass), Billy Higgins (drums)|
|1998||From the Heart||Naim||Solo piano|
|2001||Solo Ballads Two||Alsut||Solo piano|
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With Clifford Jordan
With Charlie Parker
- An Evening at Home with the Bird (Savoy, 1950 )
With Sun Ra
- Sun Ra Sextet at the Village Vanguard (Rounder, 1991 )
With Frank Strozier
- Long Night (Jazzland, 1961)