Benjamin M. Tucker (December 13, 1930 – June 4, 2013) was an American jazz bassist who appeared on hundreds of recordings. Tucker played on albums by Art Pepper, Billy Taylor, Quincy Jones, Grant Green, Dexter Gordon, Hank Crawford, Junior Mance, and Herbie Mann.
He was born in Tennessee. As bass player in the Dave Bailey Quintet in 1961, he wrote the instrumental version of the song "Comin' Home Baby!", first issued on the album Two Feet in the Gutter. Bob Dorough later wrote a lyric to the song, and the vocal version became a Top 40 hit for jazz singer Mel Tormé in 1962.
He died in a traffic collision in Hutchinson Island, Georgia, on June 4, 2013.
With Mose Allison
With Dave Bailey
With Kenny Burrell
- On View at the Five Spot Cafe (Blue Note, 1959)
- Freedom (Blue Note, 1964 )
- Swingin' (Blue Note, 1956 [rel. 1980])
With Lou Donaldson
- Gravy Train (Blue Note, 1961)
With Teddy Edwards
With Gil Evans
With Dexter Gordon
- Clubhouse (Blue Note, 1965 )
With Grant Green
With Chico Hamilton
With Roland Hanna
- Easy to Love (ATCO, 1960)
With Willis Jackson
- Gator's Groove (Prestige, 1969)
With Illinois Jacquet
With Quincy Jones
With Clifford Jordan
With Yusef Lateef
With Junior Mance
With Herbie Mann
- Herbie Mann at the Village Gate (Atlantic, 1961)
- Herbie Mann Live at Newport (Atlantic, 1963)
- Standing Ovation at Newport (Atlantic, 1965)
With Warne Marsh
- Jazz of Two Cities (Imperial, 1956)
With Pat Martino
With James Moody
With Gerry Mulligan
With Mark Murphy
- That's How I Love the Blues! (Riverside, 1963)
With Oliver Nelson
With Art Pepper
- The Art Pepper Quartet (Tampa, 1956)
- Art Pepper with Warne Marsh (Contemporary, 1956 ) with Warne Marsh
- Collections (Intro, 1957) with Red Norvo, Joe Morello and Gerry Wiggins
- Modern Art (Intro, 1957)
- Mucho Calor (Andex, 1957) with Conte Candoli
With Lalo Schifrin
With Bola Sete
With Jimmy Smith
- Got My Mojo Workin' (Verve, 1966)
With Jeremy Steig
- Flute Fever (Columbia, 1964)
With Sonny Stitt
With Billy Taylor
With Harold Vick
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