Eddie Costa Biography

On July 28, 1962, jazz great Eddie Costa died in a tragic car accident on New York's Westside Highway. Only thirty-one years old, he had assembled a resume which most musicians cannot achieve in a lifetime.

While Eddie's work on the vibes was brilliant, it is his original jazz style on the piano that is most remembered. His percussive style and intense pounding left hand technique has rarely been duplicated even to this day. Known to some as "Eddie the Bear," he attacked the piano like a ferocious beast. It was said that he drove the beat enough on the piano that drums were an unnecessary commodity. Eddie's music comes back to life on many recordings produced from the mid-fifties to the time of his death. These recordings capture the unbelievable sense of time and concept of "swing" rhythm that is Eddie Costa.


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