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Gary Peacock (May 12, 1935 - September 4, 2020) was an American jazz double-bassist. He recorded a dozen albums under his own name, and also performed and recorded with major jazz figures such as Albert Ayler, Paul Bley, and Bill Evans. In addition, he recorded over twenty albums with Keith Jarrett's Standards Trio, which also featured drummer Jack DeJohnette, and which existed for over 30 years. DeJohnette stated that he admired Peacock's "sound, choice of notes, and, above all, the buoyancy of his playing." Pianist Marilyn Crispell called Peacock a "sensitive musician with a great harmonic sense."



After military service in Germany, in the early sixties he worked on the west coast with Barney Kessel, Bud Shank, Paul Bley and Art Pepper, then moved to New York. He worked there with Bley, the Bill Evans trio (with Paul Motian), and Albert Ayler's trio with Sunny Murray. There were also some live dates with Miles Davis, as a temporary substitute for Ron Carter.

Peacock spent time in Japan in the late 1960s, abandoning music temporarily and studying Zen philosophy. After returning to the United States in 1972, he studied Biology at the University of Washington in Seattle, and taught music theory at Cornish College of the Arts from 1976 to 1983.

In 1983 he joined Keith Jarrett's "Standards Trio" with Jack DeJohnette (the three musicians had previously recorded Tales of Another in 1977 for ECM Records, under Peacock's leadership). Among the trios albums are Standards, Vol. 1 and Standards, Vol. 2 and Standards Live. The trio continues to perform and record all around the world. Playing together for nearly 25 years now, Jarrett, Peacock and DeJohnette have developed a reputation as one of the most preeminent jazz trios of our time.

Was previously married to fellow musician Annette Peacock.


As leader

With Tethered Moon (Trio with Masabumi Kikuchi and Paul Motian)

As sideman

With Franck Amsallem

With Albert Ayler

With Paul Bley

With Bill Carrothers

With Marc Copland

With Marilyn Crispell

With Don Ellis

With Bill Evans

With Clare Fischer

With Keith Jarrett

With Barney Kessel

With Prince Lasha and Sonny Simmons

With Misha Mengelberg

  • Driekusman Total Loss (VaraJazz (Netherlands), 1981, recorded in 1964)

With Don Pullen

With Bud Shank

With Ravi Shankar

With John Surman

With Ralph Towner

With Mal Waldron

With Tony Williams

With Jimmy Woods

With Toninho Horta

  • Once I Loved (Verve, 1992)
  • From Ton To Tom (VideoArts Music, 1998)




Year Title Credit Notes
1961 Toys on a Field of Blue composer short film
1964 New York Eye and Ear Control composer short film


Year Title Credit Notes
1960 Barefoot Adventure musician surfing documentary
1985 Keith Jarrett: Standards himself (bass guitar) direct-to-video documentary
1993 The Keith Jarrett Trio: Live at Open Theatre East himself (bass guitar) direct-to-video documentary


Year Title Credit Notes
2001 Mostly Martha "Never Let Me Go" & "U Dance" performed by: (credited w/Keith Jarrett & Jack DeJohnette) soundtrack


Year Title Credit Notes
1962 Frankly Jazz himself (musician: bass) (TV series) original air date: November 10, 1962

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