My friend and brother by another mother Charles E. Fambrough: Was the best; I met Charles during his early days of playing/learning the Upright Acoustic Double Bass during the time he was living in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. One summer afternoon there was knock at my door during the time I lived on Price Street in Germantown, PA; it was Charles. He was driving a VW Bug with his Upright Acoustic Double Bass stuck out of the passenger side front window; the strangest thing I had ever seen. He introduced himself as a Bassist wanting to shed some R&B & Funk Bass lines and from that day on we became very close friends. We played a number of JAZZ Mobile Gigs in Central Park New York (Charles playing the Upright Double Bass and I played my Gibson EBO four (4) string Electric Bass with Henry Decker Carnes Guitarist, George Johnson, Jr. Drummer and a number of New York musicians. Charles; my best friend he’ll truly be missed. RIP my friend.
Best known for his stint with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, bassist Charles Fambrough led three very effective all-star dates for CTI that were filled with his stimulating originals. He originally studied classical piano but switched to bass when he was 13. In 1968, Fambrough began playing with local pit bands for musicals and after some freelancing in 1970, he joined Grover Washington, Jr.'s band, staying with the popular saxophonist up until 1974. Fambrough was with Airto (1975-1977), McCoy Tyner (1978-1980), and then Art Blakey (1980-1982). After that time, he freelanced in many different situations. Fambrough's sidemen on his CTI recordings included Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Kenny Kirkland, Jerry Gonzalez, Steve Turre, Donald Harrison, Kenny Garrett, Abdullah Ibrahim, and Grover Washington, Jr. Charles Fambrough died at the age of 60 of a heart attack at his home in Allentown, PA on January 1, 2011; he had reportedly been suffering from a number of serious ailments including end-stage renal disease and congestive heart failure, and benefit concerts had been held over the preceding several years in the Philadelphia area to help the bassist and his family defray the costs of his mounting medical bills.