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Born in 1944 in Santurce, Puerto Rico, Gomez moved to New York City with his family at an early age. His love of music led him to the double bass as a precocious 11-year-old student in the public school system. Two years later he was accepted to the High School of Music and Art and by 18, he had performed with such jazz luminaries as Buck Clayton, Marian McPartland and Paul Bley.
Gomez continued his studies at the Juilliard School of Music. By the end of his third year of school, he dreamed of a career as a performing jazz musician. Later that summer he joined with Gary McFarland and soon after the Gerry Mulligan Quintet.
In the spring of 1966, both Mulliganʼs group (with Gomez on bass) and the Bill Evans Trio performed for a week at the famed Village Vanguard. When Evans heard the young phenom, he practically hired him on the spot. Evans called a few weeks later, and at age 21, Gomez was the bassist with the Bill Evans Trio – and rose quickly to fame. TIME magazine declared in its review of the trioʼs first recording, “Eddie Gomez has the world on his strings.”
For 11 years, Gomez played an integral role in the Bill Evans Trioʼs sound and evolution. This period of vast artistic growth with Evans included performances throughout the United States, Europe, South America and Asia, as well as dozens of recordings – two of which won GRAMMY® Awards. During this time, Gomez realized another dream, performing on many occasions with the great Miles Davis, in the Davis quintet that also featured Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock and Tony Williams.
In 1977, Gomez left the Evans Trio to explore new musical territory. For the next decade, he performed in many diverse musical contexts, working with Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard, George Benson, McCoy Tyner, Hank Jones, Nancy Wilson, Tania Maria, Ray Barretto, the All Star groups Steps Ahead and New Directions and many others, as well as on GRAMMY®-winning recordings with Chick Corea.
Gomez tours and records with his own group, which he formed in 1992 with pianist Stefan Karlsson and legendary drummer Jimmy Cobb. The group’s recordings include Live in Japan, Dedication and Uptown Music.