Oteil Burbridge is an American Grammy Award - winning multi - instrumentalist, specializing on the bass guitar, trained in playingjazz and classical music from an early age. He has achieved fame primarily on bass guitar during the current resurgence of the Allman Brothers Band from 1997 through the present day. He was also a founding member of the band the Aquarium Rescue Unit, and has worked with other musicians who include Bruce Hampton, Trey Anastasio, Page McConnell, Bill Kreutzmann and The Derek Trucks Band, with whom his brother Kofi Burbridge is the keyboardist and flautist.
As one of the original members of Bruce Hampton's avant-garde band, the Aquarium Rescue Unit, Burbridge was introduced to members of the jam bandscene in the southeast of the United States. This included members of Phish, Phil Lesh and Friends, and Blues Traveler, who freely sat in with one another in each other's bands. When Hampton left the Aquarium Rescue Unit, it slowly disbanded, however Burbridge had developed a reputation on the four- and six-string bass guitar, enjoying the less commercial nature of Atlanta-area musicians.
Burbridge has been a full-time member of the Allman Brothers Band since 1997, touring and recording with the band for 17 years. In February 2012, he received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his years with the band. Burbridge has played on the albums "Peakin' at the Beacon" (2000), "Hittin' the Note" (2003), "One Way Out" (2004) as well as the DVD "Live at the Beacon Theatre".
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